I wish, I wish, I wish I'd seen Eternal Hydra by Anton Piatigorsky (directed by Chris Abraham) early in its run so I could have the pleasure of seeing it again, but it ends on May 31st. Crow’s Theatre presentation of this now two-act play (from it’s original one act) has got to be, for me, one of the highlights of this year. I’ve seen too many well written plays stagger under the weight of bad or mediocre actors. Likewise, I’ve seen too many fine actors embarrassed by sloppy scripts and amateur direction. This cast is uniformly excellent and does the superbly written words proud by giving them such emotional and intellectual life.
David Ferry, Sam Malkin, Liisa Repo-Martell, Karen Robinson are so good I can’t (and won’t) praise one more than another. They had me from the moment the lights went up and didn’t let go for a second. Amazing!
“The play is set in motion by the discovery of a long-lost novel, whose pages sparks an academic controversy that reaches as far back as the American Civil War and irrevocably entwines all those who come in contact with it. Obsession, identity politics and the myth of genius all come to play in this post-modern look at the making of a modernist masterpiece.”
That's from the website, and is as good a summary as any. Frankly, I don’t trust myself to write one of my own; it would probably run as long as the play itself (I’m still a little high from it.) It’s a rare thing to have the mind and the heart so enthralled at one time.