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  • Adam Richter:
    31 May. 2021
    The story of Clytemnestra is eternal but the original mythology of her is woefully out of date. Elisabeth Giffin Speckman gives her a much-needed update in this brilliant and compelling play. The staging blends modern techniques with Ancient Greek drama and I would love to see it staged. I loved the portrayal of Clytemnestra as a weary, put-upon wife and mother who just wants some alone time and Helen as an attention-seeking needy sister. This play needs to be produced.
  • Doug DeVita:
    29 May. 2021
    This reimagining of the mythological character Clytemnestra’s story in contemporary idioms is a wildly theatrical tour de force – for the playwright, and for any directors, design teams, and performers lucky enough to be involved in a production of it. On the page it stuns with its creativity; on the stage I can only imagine exciting it will be. Oh, how I’d love to be in the audience for this when it inevitably gets produced!
  • Vince Gatton:
    28 May. 2021
    This is just flat-out awesome. Elisabeth Giffin Speckman’s take on the House of Atreus gives us a Clytemnestra who’s relatable, modern, and human without sacrificing any of her towering capital-letter Tragic Grandeur. It’s a play in which the gods, Achilles, and mall ear-piercing kiosks co-exist; with language that alternates between spare elegance, zippy repartee, and delicious monologues of wry insight; and with choral movement that invites and demands bold theatrical imagination. Plus it’s hilarious. And enraging. An absolute hoot and an absolute tragedy, this play is alchemy of the first order.
  • David Hansen:
    26 Apr. 2021
    The playwright playful anachronrizes the tale, it is then, but also now, with phones and media and humorous, contemporary turns of phrase. But it’s comic relief, which serves to make the tragedy, the drama bearable, not to send it up. The protagonist endures such grief, the absence of her husband, the murder of one child, the dismissive behavior of her other children. It's gorgeous and funny and upsetting and wonderful. Highly recommended!
  • Ky Weeks:
    25 Apr. 2021
    A mythic and tragic story that adds new and refreshing elements to the original tale. Reverses the Greek Chorus in interesting and impactful ways. In every sense, Clytemnestra is telling her own story, and it's every bit as mourning and vengeful as one could hope for. The meaningful use of the element of water is fitting, as this is a play that feels as though it's sinking into darker depths, drawing us in as well.
  • Samantha Marchant:
    13 Apr. 2021
    A truly fabulous script! It is clear Speckman knows her Clytemnestra inside and out. This is a character that has my full attention. Every element in the script is woven with such care. Love the bathtub and all the visuals. A fresh take on an old tale, highly recommend!
  • Janice Hibbard:
    24 Mar. 2021
    An adaptation that grips the audience in it’s fluid embrace, CLYT; OR THE BATHTUB PLAY, strikes the heart of what makes Greek Tragedies great. Through effortless dialogue and swimmingly smooth transitions, Elisabeth Griffin Speckman has given us a modern adaptation that speaks volumes to our most basic instincts while still managing to utilize traditional Greek theatre building blocks. A concrete script filled with sweet and tender moments that give way to the brutality of humankind. It is a piece that begs to be staged! The stage directions alone strike up insane visuals in my mind. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
  • Monica Cross:
    22 Mar. 2021
    CLYT; OR, THE BATHTUB PLAY gives us a much needed prespective on moments surrounding the Trojan War. Elisabeth Giffin Speckman not only gives us Clytemnestra's point of view, but also rich relationships between between sisters (Clytemnestra/Helen and Electra/Iphigenia). With a blended pastiche of settings, ancient and modern, we are introduced to a new way of concieving what it means to be a timeless tale. This play is maintain high tensions as we watch characters march towards unalterable fates. There is also a satisfying blend of physical comedy, word play, and irony peppered throughout this script!

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  • Steven G. Martin:
    20 Mar. 2021
    This full-length drama is an exciting, surprising, refocused exploration of one of the most epic Greek myths and legends.

    It's not only the content of "Clyt; or, The Bathtub Play" that is brilliant, but also how Elisabeth Giffin Speckman tells the story. She uses ravishing, expressionistic stage directions; direct address to the audience; chorus action; anachronisms; a cinematic-like montage and more to make an audience understand and sympathize with Clytemnestra.

    I was fortunate to attend an early workshop of "Clyt" and a virtual reading of a more developed script. This is shining, brilliant, theatrical, exciting, and worthy of production.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    8 Mar. 2021
    God, Speckman’s world would be so much FUN to stage! Not only is it commanding and powerful, it is filled with the kind of striking pictures and images we are sorely feeling the loss of in these pandemic times. “Clyt” takes us through an impassioned character study of simple honesty, women can be jealous. Angry. They can seek vengeance. Natural human emotions are allowed to everyone, so why have past tellings of the story demonized her so? This is a brave, explorative, and rich examination of the myth, and it is a play you need to know about.

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