Los Angeles Times Critics' Choice!
It's 1960 and America is in the midst of a civil upheaval. But in North Orange, New Jersey, an immaculate suburb with all the trappings of a prosperous, modern society, afternoon tea parties, electric appliances, Jell-O, "progress," and "science" are the buzzwords of the day. In this farcical, domestic tragicomedy, the classical Greek heroines Clytemnestra and Medea have been recast as pill-popping housewives, and Antigone is the lovelorn, teenage girl next door. Their "blissful" lives are upended when Cassandra, a colored girl new to town and cursed with the gift of prophecy, arrives with a mind to free them from their dark destinies.