Eberhardt’s show deftly weaves together threads taken from both ancient myth and 1940s academia.
By Alix Kemp
In Greek mythology, the Fates were responsible for weaving the threads of human destiny. In similar fashion, Sharon Eberhardt’s one-woman show deftly weaves together threads taken from both ancient myth and 1940s academia to tell the story of Alice Kober, the American classicist and archaeologist whose work was integral to deciphering the mysterious ancient script Linear B.
The clever script intertwines Kober’s life story with the myth of the Minotaur as it explores the ways in which men have historically taken credit for women’s work. Eberhardt herself is charming as she delves into seemingly unrelated tangents, only to pull those loose strands back into the main story. While this makes Mark of the Minotaur slightly unfocused in places, the overall effect works. The show’s Achilles’ heel is found in Eberdhardt’s stilted delivery, especially the thready Brooklyn accent she employs as Kober. Still, anyone with an interest in history will find plenty to like here.