Photos By Joshua Miller
Story By Hayley Hart
“Lysistrata,” an ancient Greek play, performed in LAC’s Studio Theater, fully reveals men’s painful condition when women withhold sex, with comical proportions.
Lysistrata, the title female character, calls for all Grecian women to withhold sex to end the war between Athens and Sparta. Lysistrata’s band of women, which includes Lampito, a Spartan with stereotypical Southern slang and accent, make an oath to bar their feminine gates to husbands and lovers until peace is found.
It is hard not to notice the men’s entrance to the stage largely because of absurdly sized phalluses. Members of the audience giggled when the men came on stage.
Keith Wax’s son, male chorus cast member Keiandra Wax, did not tell his father details about the men’s costumes. Keith Wax said, “I was shocked. I felt a little awkward. I’m glad I didn’t bring my mom.”
Kristina Atkins, 22, a theater major, when first seeing the men enter, said, “Oh my god that was hilarious. I was not expecting that. I think that when I saw the first man, I was like ‘Wait is that supposed to be like that?’ And then when I saw everybody, I just thought is was hilarious.”
The men are enraged from not having access to women and carry burdens of wood to smoke the women out of Athens, treasury where they have locked themselves in. The men and women argue with the women winning and beating the men off stage.
Kinesias, an Athens soldier, approaches the treasury with an obvious need for his wife Myrrhine’s attentions. She refuses him after teasing that she will give in to his needs.
Will Werner, 19, a theater major, about the men’s appendages, said, “I just laughed I don’t know if I couldn’t stop looking or I couldn’t look at it at all, but it was hilarious.”
A Spartan herald, husband to Lampito with the same Southern drawl, arrives with his own apparent need for his wife. He speaks with Lysistrata to find an end to the absence sex.
Lysistrata uses a woman named Peace who has banners across her body to represent maps of the land included in the war. The herald and Kinesias at first fight and then agree to share certain areas of Peace. Athenians and Spartans enter the treasury, finding relief to the war and the men’s painful condition.
Werner said, “I thought it was great. There were a lot of (phallic) jokes, but it was really good. It was light-hearted. It was comedy. Laughed a lot, got a lot of chuckles. Somewhere in there are important issues. This is my second time coming to this show. It’s really good.”
The play ended production Saturday, Nov. 14.