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    Not enough drama in Ghana

    The Greek drama "Alcestis" is transplanted to West Africa in the well-staged but undramatic "Edufa."


    "Edufa" is a tragedy from Ghana based — perhaps not closely enough — on the classical Greek tragedy "Alcestis" by Euripides and transplanted to West Africa.

    Like "Alcestis," it is the story of a well-to-do family leader who allows his wife to die in his place and then, too late, comes to regret the decision.

    Written by: Efua T. Sutherland.
    Directed by: Shela Xoregos.
    Based on "Alcestis" by: Euripides.
    Cast: Carolyn Ratteray, Owiso Odera, Gwenda Callender, Myorah Bethel Middleton, Rocney Sheley, Tanya Turner, Tiffany Adams, Obelah Oke, Herb Foster Quebec, George Hannah.
    Unlike the play that inspired it, "Edufa" sets up this premise and then seems to coast.

    There is a notable lack of drama as Edufa, the husband and father, neither shows his agony over getting into this fix nor makes any visible attempt to reverse the deal. (We're told that at some point he has burned the magic charm that's responsible, but that's the extent of his efforts.) We're just left with professions of admiration for the brave but doomed wife and sullen asides from two characters who think Edufa has done wrong.

    It's a shame that the play, which has a slightly stiff, classical style, doesn't have more to offer, because the Africa Arts Theater Company has done a lot right in staging it. The actors do well with their unfortunately limited material. They are beautifully costumed in lavish African fabrics. The set is also warm and inviting, with a large, glowing sun in the background that moves slightly from scene to scene to show the passage from morning to night and from hope to despair.

    FEBRUARY 22, 2001

    Reader comments on Edufa:

  • Edufa is a landmark in Ghanaian theatre.   from bossman boakye, Dec 16, 2003
  • Edufa:   from Aaron Gyabaah Yeboah, Sep 15, 2004
  • Re: Edufa:   from Arit Nsemoh, May 31, 2005
  • Re: Edufa:   from , Oct 10, 2010
  • Re: Edufa:   from Emmanuel Kalos, Nov 5, 2012
  • [no subject]   from regina serwaa brenyah, Mar 29, 2006
  • perfect play   from truddy bekoe, Apr 21, 2006
  • Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from Daniel Appiah-Adjei, Feb 9, 2008
  • Re: Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from ena, Sep 6, 2011
  • Edufa as a moral lesson   from HARRY AKOTSU, Apr 27, 2007
  • edufa is certainly an adaptation of alcestis   from Yunusa Abugi, Oct 21, 2007
  • indeed Efua Suthereland is a dramatist   from Mohammed Gali SalaM, Apr 21, 2009
  • How great she is   from Sutherland serwaa Ampaafo, Dec 12, 2010
  • its good   from gastone ogutu, Jan 12, 2011
  • Belifs and Representation Africa's point of view.   from onyeulo kelechi, Apr 13, 2011
  • COMMENT   from ONANA VICTOR, Aug 19, 2011
  • wonderful work   from Jerry Obeng Boateng, Oct 31, 2011
  • ISLAMIC   from IBINI ---LIK, Aug 10, 2012

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