BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER Minneapolis 2006 -
Though somewhat lost amid the 2005 Twin Cities Greek Revival (we can think of five Greek shows last year, and there were surely more), Wendy Knox's The Women of Troy, a dramatic splicing of Euripides's The Trojan Women and Hecuba, was nonetheless an example of the fevered, intelligent, and uncompromising theater that this itinerant company consistently provides. Plunging deep into historical bondage and injustice, Troy featured an excellent set as well as a Marian Anderson-inspired score by Marya Hart. The clock was considerably moved ahead for The God of Hell, Sam Shepard's scary allegory of contemporary fascism, in which a leering government agent intrudes on the lives of a farm couple for the purpose of exerting unchecked and secret government power. The tone was cranked up high, as always in a Frank show. But in this case, the production managed a surreal alchemy with the historic moment.