The Whore Upstairs breakdown

Orfeas Gate

Orfeas Gate


This is not an analysis of the bluegrass music hit, “The Whore Upstairs Breakdown”, but a brief synopsis of the story being presented at Orfeas this Saturday and Sunday at 9pm.

The play opens with a new widow just returned to her home after the funeral of her husband. In the monologue that follows we learn about her dreams and the reality of her life. Throughout her entire married “career” she has put up the front of the perfect wife and housewife though in reality she learned early on that her husband was a total jerk. She discovered that his idea of marriage was to have someone to cook for him while he carried on with his life outside of the home. Because of his abuse, she is glad he is dead though the conventions of society require her give the appearance of being grief stricken.

The title derives from the fact that a prostitute lives (and works) in the upper apartment and, due to poor soundproofing, our widow has heard everything that has gone on upstairs. We never see the prostitute but the protagonist uses what she knows of the life of the whore as a reflection of her own existence.

Gradually, over the course of the play, our heroine releases herself from the constraints she has allowed to be imposed on her.

As someone in the press wrote about the performance, “A show with intensity and humor, submerged deep in the human psyche illuminating difficult truths and false dreams.” (rough translation from a Greek newspaper)

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One thought on “The Whore Upstairs breakdown

  1. As a note – I saw (part of) a rehearsal the other day. Very impressive acting by 3 Marias and an Artemis.
    So you know…
    Artemis runs the blood lab directly behind Panagia Eleftherotrias church.
    Maria 1 – from Keratso’s Kitchen restaurant
    Maria 2 – from the Optical shop
    Maria 3 – from the Wind/ graphic design shop next to the PO

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