Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man is a comic and pungent take on the story of Oedipus from the perspective of the family of shepherds who raised him. Written by Brooklyn-based playwright Kate Tarker and directed by foolsFURY founder Ben Yalom, Dionysus brilliantly mixes absurdism and traditions of clowning as a lens to tackle the timely subjects of sexual assault, justice and accountability.
In the Greek tragedy, Oedipus unknowingly killed his own mother. Kate Tarker’s version takes another approach; it’s about family dysfunction, with the story enacted from the POV of the folks (humble shepherds, it turns out) that raised Oed—oh, and it’s a comedy. Artistic director Ben Yalom of the physical theater ensemble FoolsFURY helms a six-member cast. How the god of wine fits in (and is he really so nice?) remains to be seen.