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Medea by Euripides
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Apr 17, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: t100-female-leads-20k

The Medea monologues are obviously good for Actressing in their sad/mad melodrama (It's the only role in a play w/3 Tonys.), but a bit longwinded and repetitive to read without moving forward the story much – though like other plays of the like, most of the story is exposition about what’s happened previously. The only other notable role is Nurse, who while doing nothing for the vast majority of the play has two lengthy lamenting monologues at the beginning of it that I definitely can see being nom-worthy with the right actress, and nommed it was for both the Tony and Emmy when played by former Medea Judith Anderson. I wonder if Medea as a role would be as winning if the competition wasn’t so weak; the year a relative unknown won for it, the others were unknowns in plays that are pretty unknown. The year that stage legend Caldwell won, she was against movie stars in obscure-ish roles. And the year there was definitely another renowned actress in a plum role, there was a tie. The play itself, it’s okay; it does a decent job at telling the story.
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