“Hippolytus” would have been a little more enjoyable if Cole’s Notes had been provided at the door. This modern-day version of Euripides’ classic play presupposes that the audience is familiar with Greek myths and goddesses. But even familiarity the ancient story would not have saved this play. The writing is confusing. For example, we supposedly are shown that Hippolytus is childlike because he locks his front door to an unidentified and unimportant boy and his girlfriend and then soaks them with water guns. It’s an unrealistic set-up that makes for a lot of head scratching in the audience. The lustful stepmother is meant to be a high-powered business woman, but comes off as a whiney brat and Aphrodite speaks all her lines in an annoying faux-sexy voice. On the brighter side, there are some excellent performances by Artemis, the Secretary and Hippolytus’ two young friends, but that’s nowhere near enough to save this play.

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