50 Years Ago Today

LINOS KARZIS: From a review by Emilios Hourmouzios of the Themelikos Theater’s performance of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata at the Herod Atticus Theater: Linos Karzis’s tireless and persistent efforts in ancient theater are worthy indeed. Our newspaper does not deny him that, even when his efforts have been less than successful. (…) This time he has been more fortunate, in that he secured the participation of Madame Cybele, with whom he set out to conquer ancient comedy. Has he succeeded? The experiment was attractive, since it was difficult. If there is a tradition in the interpretation of ancient drama [Ed. note: tragedy and satirical drama], in Greece (…), the same is not true for comedy. (…) Karzis’s current effort is in a way a rehabilitation of Aristophanes’ much-abused comedies (…). Karzis, who likes revivals, as we know from his achievements in the interpretation of ancient drama, was not able to attend to the details he considers necessary for what he believes to be the spirit of ancient drama. This lack of boldness in departing from tradition – which would have been a courageous effort had he transferred the old to the contemporary – is, I believe, the trap into which Mr. Karzis falls with such charming self-confidence. Second, is the indirect, albeit positive, influence via the rules of economic integration… such as the reduction in interest rates and funds from the EU.

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