For I Am Zeus is a collection of 6 short plays in one collection by playwright Crystal Smith-Connelly that presents a humorous look at the amorous adventures of the Greek god Zeus and his sexual conquests.
I’m a big fan of ancient Greek comedy with their base and ribald jokes and social messages. Smith-Connelly seems to be influenced by them as well. These plays, while chock fill of jokes, looks at things like the bar scene, speed dating, marriage counseling, reality show television, and religion in general. Her writing suggests a familiarity with the original source material while maintaining her own unique voice and vision. And while some of the jokes are “dated”, they work because they are coming out of the mouth of a clueless braggart like Zeus.
I did notice some formatting problems, particularly in the latter plays in the collection. They weren’t major (extra spaces, extra return key strokes, a missing return key stroke) but I feel that I would be remiss not to mention them, but they didn’t take away from my enjoyment of Smith-Connelly’s plays. I will also mention that in one of the character descriptions, Zeus was mentioned as being in his 60s when in the previous ones he is mentioned as being in his 50s. Again, minor stuff here. I would have also liked a table of contents that linked me to each individual play so that I could reread certain ones again without have to page through the whole thing.
This is a piece I would love to see performed on stage sometime and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is a quick read and worth the hour or so it takes to read.