Venue: Venue 5: Waterfront Theatre,
1412 Cartwright Street
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2002, 7:30 P.M.
Reviewer: Elmer G. Wiens
Women assume roles in their relationships with men. Mrs. Eva Shackles is a faithful wife and mother. Miss Lillian Moonback is Mr. Shackle's mistress. Eva tracks down Lilian and demands she give him up. In these roles, Katharina and Heidrun's acting seemed exaggerated, verging on mime. Their ennui was almost contagious, in spite of their antipathy. But, both actors came alive on stage in the dream sequence, after transforming into Lilith and Eve. Lilith, the Biblical Adam's first wife, was banished to the moon for her willful ways. God, realizing Adam needed a helpmate, created Eve from Adam's DNA. But as punishment for eating forbidden fruit from the tree of good and evil, God placed Eve under Adam's domain, with her desire to him. Heidrun, a lovely Eve, and Katharina, a convincing, scary Lilith, plot to bend Adam to their will. In response, Adam does "what all men do when they feel their power is threatened." After the dream sequence, Eva and Lilian exchange costumes and roles. The acting becomes natural and more fun. If Adam only knew what his wanton wife was really like!
© 2002 Elmer G. Wiens