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Antigone (Fusion Theatre)

From 20 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

67
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

64
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

69
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

55
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

57
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.

66
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.


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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