In Greek playwright Euripides’ Hecuba, Trojan queen Hecuba is enslaved by her Greek captors after the Trojan War, mourning her murdered children and seeking revenge. In Stage Left’s production opening this weekend, Irish playwright Marina Carr takes the original tale and gives it a modern twist by changing its perspective. Carr’s version of Hecuba, directed at Stage Left by Rebecca McNeill, puts the title character front and center, now the victim of thuggish Greeks who were portrayed as the heroes in Euripides’ play. With the story told through Hecuba’s perspective, she leads her daughters into the post-war world as new questions about humanity arise, and they’re no less dramatic than in Euripides’ day.
Feb. 22-March 10; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $20 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third • spokanestageleft.org • 838-9727
— Dan Nailen