Friday, June 14, 2013

June 13-30, 2013

Bob Abelman

For a first production by a new theater company, this one is impressive.  If “Medea” is an example of the femme-forward thinking to come, then Mamai will be a welcome addition to the local theater community.  Though not all of its creative risks pay off in this production, risk-taking is a fine hook on which to hang one’s hat.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article here.

Roy Berko

MEDEA, a masterpiece example of classical tragedy, is one of the Western world’s greatest plays. It is a daunting undertaking.  Some directorial decisions and story interpretation in this staging seem questionable, but the production is blessed with a brilliant performance by Tracee Patterson.  It’s worth going just to see this amazing actress spin her maniacal magic.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Fran Heller

Irish playwright Brendan Kennelly's translation brings a fresh, contemporary interpretation to "Medea" as an Everywoman who defines the role of womanhood, past and future.
Mamai's inaugural production, a U.S. premiere, succeeds on some fronts, and falters on others.
Tracee Patterson's bravura performance as Medea painfully captures the dilemma of a mother and wife torn between a demand for justice and love for her children.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News

Mark Horning

While not without its problems, watching this production of “Medea” is a grippingly intense experience. You feel the electricity even before the play begins and the action grabs and holds you throughout.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning at

Christine Howey

Mamma's pissed, so you better get out of her way. Especially as Tracee Patterson plays this demonically possessed scorned woman.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Andrea Simakis

With MEDEA, the Maimai Theatre Company much like the titular sorceress and priestess of Hecat, has made a howling entrance onto the city's artistic scene.  The cast is tight, the material superb, the direction canny and inspired.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.