Big Love: Talented, but Superfluous

Big Love, by Charles Mee, is a modern adaptation of Aeschylus’s The Suppliants. Fifty sisters run away from an arranged marriage with their fifty cousins, in hopes of solace in another country. From there, things became less clear.

The actors playing brides and grooms were certainly athletic, talented, and graceful. The audience was staring at abs, sweaty muscles, and nightgowns.

Distracting flops and floor hitting did nothing but show off the actors in some scenes and draw laughter in other scenes. Two large movement pieces, one for the women and one for the men took up the majority of the production. The monologues during these pieces were completely lost to audience laughter and clapping.

This demonstrated an incredible talent from the actors, intricate choreography, and a full use of the space. However, the plot was completely lost because of these moments. The final death throes of Constantine lasted moments longer than it should have and pulled from the gravity of the situation.

Big Love is an entertaining performance, but will leave you wanting something more substantial.