No, “Calliope Rose” doesn’t take place in Ancient Greece, rather in the last manned lighthouse off the shore of Maine. The play is about Calliope Rose Walker, a follower of the ancient Greek gods, who has been living in isolation ever since her husband, Jason, was lost after he left to fight off fisherman abusing the seas. The story gets interesting when Dexter, a government employee, investigates a number of maritime deaths that could have been prevented by the lighthouse. Amid the chaos, Tina, Rose’s daughter, conspires to gain control over the lighthouse in hopes of building a cheesy tourist attraction. The plot’s twists and turns draw on conventions of Greek mythology; blackmail, incest and the crazy things love and newfound faith can make a person do.

The greatest triumph of Calliope Rose” is the story’s originality. People make just about everything under the sun their higher power, but it’s not everyday you run into someone who actually prays to the ancient Greek gods. It’s hard to take anyone who believes in Greek gods seriously, though we’re in Hollywood, where everyone believes in something different and everyone, especially Calliope Rose Walker, thinks they have the answers; a theme the play lightly touches on.?The price of writer/director Bill Sterritt’s originality is paid in some hard to follow plot lines. Also, unless you are learned in Greek mythology, the story is confusing; however, a sheet with Greek terminology (gods, goddesses, ideals, etc.) is provided before the production. Despite being only one act, “Calliope Rose” demands your full attention.

After the March 7 matinee, there’s a party and viewing of the Oscar telecast.



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