Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. In the words of Louise Bourgeois, “I have been to Hell and back. And let me tell you, it was wonderful. New York Theatre Workshop has pulled off another miracle. Hadestown is a thrilling new musical by Anaïs Mitchell that sucks us into the myth of Orpheus (Dammon Dauno0 and Eurydice (Nabiyah Be). “It’s a sad song…” our narrator Hermes (Chris Sullivan) tells us – but they are gonna sing it anyway. Because that is what you do with myths. Pete and repeat, as the saying goes. And repeat again just in case it might come out differently.
This is a compelling piece of theatre that does more than tell a story. It offers its heart on its sleeve and asks for a piece of yours. Before you know it, the exchange is made and you are left richer and a bit haunted. You are not quite the same person you were when you arrived. Brava.