Antigone (Fusion Theatre)
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Antigone (Fusion Theatre)

Antigone (Fusion Theatre) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(20 Reviews)
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Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

About the Show

Fusion Theatre's production merges two takes on the Sophocles classic: Jean Anouilh's 1944 political and moral drama, and Arthur Honegger's 1927 opera.

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Member Reviews (20)

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Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You need an air conditioned room with uncomfortable seats. If you enjoy ear piercing opera moments mixed with a high school level production

Don't see it if If you can think of anything else to do like shining your shoes.

Extraordinarily uneven but some thrills

See it if You want to hear some lovely music sung with great fervor somewhat lacking in modulation. Hear an abbreviated old tale.

Don't see it if you need more than a bare stage with a hassock and gold draped pedestal.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a failed experiment. Greek tragedy with operatic interludes that make very little sense.

Don't see it if you are looking for good experimental theater.

Slow, Confusing, Relevant

See it if you like minimal (as in nonexistent) sets and an interesting take on a classic play. You like an intimate theatre

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Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Yoru standards are so low that anything touching on ancient Greece, however unprofessional in its presentation, is fine by you.

Don't see it if You expect a modicum of professionalism in any production on a New York City stage.

Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Terrible seats, Classical

See it if you like seeing experimental theater and classically trained opera singers

Don't see it if seating matters to you, these seats are painful!

Opera thrown in, Disappointing, Confusing, Lazy, Indulgent

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 thrown 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 distracting/play makes no sense

Slow, Great singing, Banal

See it if You are a fan of opera and ancient Greek classics

Don't see it if You don't like opera and have no interest in Greek tragedies Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

Stage Buddy
May 18th, 2017

"The acting is impressive on all fronts...I couldn't help feeling that the opera didn't really jibe with the rest of the play. This wasn't because the singers couldn't pull it off but, for whatever reason, the production felt a little disjointed, and the transitions to opera from the script seemed a little awkward. That being said, this sense of disjointedness was the only serious flaw I found in the play, as the acting, singing, and staging were all exceptionally well done."
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On Stage Blog
May 20th, 2017

"It is painful to see brilliant text landing flat due to bad direction...Fusion Theatre’s production uses ultra-minimalistic scenic design and mostly modern-day clothing, which seems more like the product of a lazy mind than an artistic decision, and it is ultimately a lost opportunity to make a statement...Even though the arias might seem a bit too long and heavy in the relation to the spoken text and are there are no supertitles, these numbers are the gems of the production."
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Let's Talk Off-Broadway
May 19th, 2017

"The impact is powerful...The sympathetic Creon brings us to a high point of this production: Groen...What an experience, to hear this full, operatic bass not in a vast opera house but in the intimate setting of, yes, Off-Broadway...If there were no other reason to see this play–and there are many others–Groen’s 'Ella Giammai' would be of itself worth all...The acting is for the most part of high caliber...The operatic music was thought-provoking, enriching and a pleasure to hear."
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June 1st, 2017

"Fusion Theatre’s mission is to merge classical theatre with opera...The technique works very well...O’Dea gives a superb performance as Antigone...Groen, as well, gives a marvelous, complex performance as Creon. In fact, the entire cast is first-rate. O’Dea directs the show, and she keeps it sharp and focused throughout...The staging strips drama to bare truth. She eschews theatricality and gives us a direct honesty...This production is excellent, exquisite, a great success."
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