The title of Are You There, Zeus? It's Me Electra, at the Bleecker Street Theatre, proves to be the best part of writer/director Aliza Shane's new play, based on the ancient Greek story of Electra but told with a contemporary twist, and more than a little camp.
In the tradition of Judy Blume, Electra (Sierra Marcks) frequently poses her titular question within the piece, much to the chagrin of the all-female Greek chorus (Felicia Blum, Carley Colbert, Kate Dickinson, and Ashley Lovell), who have a tendency to strike purposefully pretentious poses while speaking.
In Shane's version of the tale, the chorus also blatantly asks Electra why she just sits around waiting for brother Orestes (Timothy Mele) to save her, rather than taking matters into her own hands. That proves to be the focal point of the script, as there's a distinct and welcome "girl power" subtheme that runs throughout the play, even if it's done on a fairly superficial level.
And in fact, that superficiality proves to be the downfall of the play, as all the characters become paper-thin creations, including Clytemnestra (a cross-dressed Cas Marino), an airheaded Chrysothemis (Kerri Ford), an even dumber Aegisthus (James David Larson), and a posturing Pylades (David Michael Brown). Moreover, the initial charm of the characters parodying Ancient Greek tropes and stylistic mannerisms wears thin quickly, and the one-or-two joke premise that the entire work is built around isn't enough to sustain the show's 90-minute running time.