Lysistrata has a great idea. She'll get the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges until their men stop fighting with each other and come home. First presented in 411 B.C.E. at the height (and nadir) of the Peloponnesian War, Aristophanes' play is the mother of comedy in the Western tradition—filled with sex jokes, topical political barbs, sex jokes, gender analysis, cultural criticism, sex jokes and giant phalluses. Colby's production keeps the sex jokes and phalluses intact (wouldn't you?), but this adaptation by Theater and Dance professor Lynne Conner is also a meditation on the habit of war and a celebration of women-led social action in their time and ours.
*Lysistrata is a featured event of "Comedy, Seriously," the 2012-13 Annual Humanities Theme Programming series.
This production contains strong language and sexual situations and is not recommended for children.