Review: Lysistrata

War has been going on forever. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece and the known world to withhold sex from their husbands (and lovers, occasional shags, one-night-stands etc) in order to force the men to broker world peace. The women agree and despite being tempted hold true to their promise. Will the men come together and stop fighting so they can get laid?

Adapted from the play by Aristophanes Lysistrata is sexy, silly, political, and meta-theatrical. It’s energetic in true Bacchanals fashion with actors playing multiple characters, gender neutral casting, live music, and choreographed dancing.  There are numerous pop culture references, pointed political jokes, a tiny bit of self-promotion along with fantastic chorus work and comic timing. Occasionally it feels like a lecture on the woes of the world but mostly it is anti-war rhetoric of the most entertaining sort.

N.B. Originally published Wellingtonista, June 3 2015.

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