ASSEMBLYWOMEN! by Greg Robic, after Aristophanes. See listings, this page. Rating: NNRating: NN
Assemblywomen! doesn't get my vote. Greg Robic's adaptation of the Aristophanes comedy about women taking control of the corrupt Athenian government has a few chuckles, but most of the humour is so flat-footed and overdone that the laughs are few and far between. Aristophanic comedy is broad, but this production is forced and rarely funny.
The music, for which Robic has written some clever lyrics to melodies by Sullivan, Donizetti, Puccini and even from Les Miz, works best. The cast of good singers come to life in the songs.
Elizabeth Beeler as Praxagora, leader of the women's coalition, gives a standout performance, singing with a sure tone and providing the show's only subtlety and emotional truth.