Antigone (BAM)
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Antigone (BAM)

Antigone (BAM) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(17 Ratings)
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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.

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332 Reviews | 41 Followers
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.

59 Reviews | 22 Followers
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.

175 Reviews | 98 Followers
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.

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
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~

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
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.

266 Reviews | 116 Followers
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.

13 Reviews | 6 Followers
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.

11 Reviews | 5 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
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. Ms. Binoche, as the fatally rebellious daughter, and Patrick O’Kane, as her antagonist, Creon, can be found writhing in the depths of agony...Yet somehow they never grab us by the guts."
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Time Out New York
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 Carson's ravishing text, are beautiful. But its framing is haphazard, particularly the ending, which threatens to unravel the mysteries already spun."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 best, to move through arguing...Apparently as uninterested in psychology as he is in sympathy, van Hove instead offers 'Antigone' as a cautionary tale about the rule of law."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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-trendy video projections. It's more that the staging moves at a glacial pace, with the actors too often reciting their lines in a soft-spoken monotone that quickly proves tedious."
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AM New York
October 1st, 2015

"Director Ivo von Hove works against its compelling and compact nature by slowing it down to an unbearable pace. Much of the dialogue is recited without emotion. The abstract design scheme, which contrasts a blazing sun and empty desert with a contemporary office and sofa, is intriguing but puzzling."
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September 28th, 2015

"Director van Hove gives 'Antigone' a contemporary urgency by keeping one foot in Sophocles' ancient world and another planted squarely in the present...This production makes clear that 'Antigone' has as much to say to today's audiences as it did to Sophocles'...Together van Hove and Sophocles try to teach us a timeless lesson about the dangers of extremist thought and the need for compromise. It's a lesson that, millennia later, we have yet to learn."
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September 25th, 2015

"It's unfortunate that van Hove wasn't able to point his leading lady in the right direction. But with its otherwise excellent cast and the director's sense of both the minimal and the grand, 'Antigone' is haunting. It's not exactly focused, but perhaps, like the projections, that's intentional. "
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Exeunt Magazine
October 3rd, 2015

"Unfortunately, van Hove’s ultra clean – and can I say 'older?' – production avoided any conflict or contemporary issues and catered to a safe middle ground...The play’s theme of religion over politics is a big question still. I would have liked to see van Hove, of all directors out there, take the opportunity of Antigone to challenge us a little more. Instead, he plays it safe all around, with star casting and big visuals."
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