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Antigone (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the show

As part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, this new translation directed by Ivo Van Hove features Juliette Binoche as the rebellious and intense Antigone. More…

When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say "No." Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.

Member Reviews (17)


Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You are okay with seeing a dark play. Don't expect to laugh. Follow the story line. Gripping.

Don't see it if You are looking for comedy.

Exquisite, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant, Arid

See it if an anti-Greek-ish tragedy entices. Conversational more than cathartic. Modern dress. Timeless words, deeds. Always intelligent & beautiful.

Don't see it if you'll find deliberate pacing, projections & modern music that may distract, a star performance that isn't all that, & talktalktalk agony.

Confusing, Edgy, Overrated, Slow, Glacial

See it if (Saw in Edinburgh) You really insist on seeing a different take on this Greek classic. Go see other productions if you like Van Hove.

Don't see it if Yea, skip this one. Zero intensity, pace was horrible. I love Antigone. I was really bored. Even Binoche's talent can't save it. Set was ok.

Opera thrown in, Confusing, Indulgent, Lazy, Disappointing

See it if Seemed labour of love by self directing lead who, though good actress, was 2 old. Antigone MUST b a young woman. Opera throw in 4 no reason~

Don't see it if Was a lazy production-no effort w/staging, props, lighting, or costume. Age of "2 young lovers" being near 40 was distracting/play no sense~

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy political statements disguised in the form of a Greek tragedy. Cleverly presented as a modern day parable. No costumes, no sets.

Don't see it if you should be up on the Greek classic, especially at the end when a single actor sums up the finale with mumbled pentameter speech.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if This is a very dark play. It's based on the greek tragedy. But I left there moved and in awe of the cast. Original sets.

Don't see it if It's a bit hard to follow at times. Very dark. Very depressing. Very moving.

Exquisite, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if It's a timely reinterpretation of a Classic myth. Outstanding performances.

Don't see it if This is not for the average theater goer. It's for the thoughtful, engaged spectator.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like classic think pieces and the original world's worse family Thanksgiving.

Don't see it if you don't to sit through about 6 suicides.

Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You do not like drama.

Clever, Absorbing, Indulgent, Intense, Must see

See it if if you like more serious settings and acting

Don't see it if you are easily affected by yelling and screaming

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Romantic

See it if You enjoy a riveting, dramatic show.

Don't see it if You don't like crying.

Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the history of theater and timeless themes of duty, responsibility and love.

Don't see it if Your favorite show is Cats.

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy thought provoking drama.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you wish to see something light hearted. it does take allot out of you.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if the classics appeal to you

Don't see it if you need showstopping musical numbers

During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Intense

See it if Like highly stylized, dramatic interactions - if fitful & eruptive? The chorus is integrated into the story, playing characters when re-

Don't see it if quired. There's no sing-song Greek chorus here - perhaps, it's missed. This is modern, sleek staging w/ filmed projections and eerie music.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Ivo Van Hove's direction as always is superb and Juliette Binoche stunning. But pacing a bit long and hard to hear in balcony.

Don't see it if you prefer comedies and fast paced shows.

For a previous production

See it if You enjoy Greek tragedies.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Greek tragedies.

September 27th, 2015
"In portraying this tale of civic and private wills at loggerheads, Mr. van Hove’s 'Antigone' unfolds with the clinical detachment of a professor of anatomy cutting into a universal cadaver...'Antigone' is more narcotizing than upsetting. This is not for want of heavy emoting from the ensemble. M...
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September 29th, 2015
"At its best, this production sweeps away 3000 years of knowledge to deliver us at the feet of angry gods. It's flawed, absolutely, but also too rare to miss...There's still a sense of haste in some of his choices. The fundamentals of the production, including the performances and treatment of Ca...
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September 27th, 2015
"In van Hove’s telling, the play is less about character than justice. Whether you will appreciate that depends largely on whether you like your Greek tragedy emotional or cerebral. Apparently, you have to choose...This production does everything it possibly can to argue rather than move — or, at...
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September 27th, 2015
"Thoughtful, measured and more than a little dull, this 'Antigone' is not so much melodrama as meh-drama...Despite its contemporary relevance, the play suffers here from the mannered, modernistic approach of the acclaimed Belgian director...It's not just the modern dress and the set, or the ever-...
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