REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Oedipus El Rey” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Oct 25, 2017
“Oedipus El Rey,” written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Chay Yew, opened on October 24, 2017 in New York City. “Oedipus El Rey,” written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Chay Yew, opened on October 24, 2017 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
“A production that fully engages our senses and emotions...An adaptation that feels both urgently relevant and timeless...The whole stage pulses with life under the sweaty, passionate direction of Yew...An intimate moment between Jocasta and Oedipus is among the sexiest things one can legally see on a New York stage...Alfaro illuminates the ancient themes of the Oedipus story in thrillingly modern ways, giving us a new appreciation for the myth."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 70
“'Oedipus El Rey' doesn’t come into its strength right away, but stick with it...Alfaro’s retelling of ancient myth builds to kiln-hot intensity...There are exchanges of real richness between Oedipus and Jocasta—their mutual seduction is extraordinarily brave and tender...It takes a while for Alfaro to find Sophocles, for director Yew to find Alfaro and for all the actors to find one another. But when they do, it turns out those old Greek timbers are more than ready to catch fire again.”
David Roberts
Theatre Reviews Limited
ShowScore: 85
“Deconstructs the classic distilling it to its essence and reconstructs the tragedy with a painful and sometimes disquieting relevance to metamodernism...Mr. Alfaro’s play is something new and transcendent...The focus on the love between Oedipus and Jocasta is refreshing and transformative...Alfaro’s 'Oedipus El Rey' raises rich and enduring questions, some timeless, some relevant to the current socio-economic environment.”

“Oedipus El Rey” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, and Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 35 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious

David L 6228, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see Greek tragedy transported inventively to a modern Latino LA setting." 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a light, escapist entertainment."
Stephi L, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see a modern but still larger-than-life Greek tragedy performed by a great cast." 
Don't see it if…"You’re uncomfortable with eye-gouging and nudity center stage. Sex and violence aren’t everything but what’s there is explicit."
Benjamin Stone, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You are interested in modern interpretations of classics, diverse representation in writing and acting, and up for an emotional challenge."
Don't see it if…"You are uncomfortable with extended male and female nudity, or find the Oedipus story so off-putting that you wouldn't be able to enjoy it.
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