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Antigone (Fusion Theatre)

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Members say: 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. More…

When her dead brother is declared a traitor, his body left exposed beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle King Creon, she dares to say, "No." Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, an act that triggers a cycle of destruction. Fusion Theatre draws its cast from a pool of classically trained actors who are also renowned opera singers in a production that features arias in addition to dialog,

Member Reviews (20)


Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow
Avg Score

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

Don't see it if sets and costumes are important to you.

Also acoustics are not great and makes some of the dialogue hard to hear as... Read more Read less

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you are unfamiliar with Anouilh's play, since it is great and worth knowing.

Don't see it if you want anything above a bare-bones staging. If mediocre singing offends you. Two of the arias were very good, but others much less so.

Also The idea of integrating operatic music into this play is a good one, b... Read more Read less

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

Also The operatic singing was exceptionally good. If not for that, I may ha... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in listening to some beautiful operatic voices, a simplistic design of a powerful show, some wonderful acting.

Don't see it if you need all the trappings of a set, props and costumes.

Also Although a wonderful production some of the characters were miscast. B... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You like Greek mythology fused with a handful of opera songs. Voices were great as was the acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a long show and uncomfortable wood seats. Otherwise the show is a "go see it"!

Amateur, badly directed, badly staged, great singing, great concept

See it if you want to sit through an amateur production (reminiscent of middle school or high school theater) to get an idea of the story of Antigone

Don't see it if The idea of blending opera and classic theater intrigues you and you'll be bummed if the execution falls flat. Also, there are only 4 songs.

Also Minimalist sets and staging only work when the acting, scripting, and ... Read more Read less

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like a serious heavy dark story.

Don't see it if you like an entertaining story.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy hearing a classical song with a non-scenic backdrop and the action focused on the characters developing the plot with no distracts

Don't see it if you don't like operatic singing and short scene vignettes

Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if If you like opratic arias (performed wonderfully) mixed with a modernly adapted greek play that is relevant for today

Don't see it if If you want fancy sets or major production values


See it if you like a classic text with classic opera.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward musical.

Also It's a small theater, so there isn't much room. Still this production ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Excruciating, Intelligent

See it if You like bare bones classics and opera

Don't see it if Waiting for the good stuff in the second is not likely with an awfully dull first.

Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if for Anouilh's version of the classic.

Don't see it if you have high expectations

Also First of all, there was not one note of Honegger's music in the show; ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you like a very special, intimate, intense production. The text and acting make Antigone vivid, accessible; the music gives deep nuance.

Don't see it if If you are seeking easy spectacle entertainment.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You wish to see a different approach to classical theater blending more than one element in the format.

Don't see it if You do not like opera

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 see...
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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 ...
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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 man...
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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 sha...
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