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Antigone (Park Avenue Armory)
Upper E Side
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Antigone (Park Avenue Armory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Exquisite, Ambitious

About the Show

Famed Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi creates a new version of this fabled mythology that looks at this ancient play through the prism of Japanese culture. Performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

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Dramatic, Ghostly, Majestic, Esthetic

See it if you want to see a Sophocles “Antigone” that is not only gorgeous, but excavates the heartrending dramatic conflict of every scene.

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Visually arresting, Japanese, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a fascinating Japanese Noh-inspired take on Greek tragedy. The staging is beautiful, and the structure is captivating.

Don't see it if you're looking for something super accessible or are unwilling to engage with different cultural styles of theatre. Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

September 26th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "A Spellbinding ‘Antigone,’ Both Timeless and Urgent: An easily legible production of the ancient Greek tragedy borrows from the tradition of Noh theater at the Park Avenue Armory."
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September 26th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Satoshi Miyagi's massive account of Sophocles' tragedy is dreamy, then sleepy."
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September 26th, 2019

"At the Armory, a Mesmerizingly 'Japanese 'Antigone'"
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September 29th, 2019

"Satoshi Miyagi's Entrancing Staging of 'ANTIGONE' Arrives From Japan"
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September 26th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Greek Tragedy Is Reflected Through Traditional Japanese Modes': A Japanese company delivers an unusually immersive staging of a classical play"
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October 5th, 2019

A Best Bet "This drama about morality, resistance, and justice, seen through the prism of Buddist philosophy, proves to be timeless and universally significant...Splitting the characters in the Noh manner demonstrates the wisdom of Buddist detachment and the beauty of one-ness."
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October 11th, 2019

"Perfectly directed (no easy feat, considering the nearly 40 actors that grace the performance) by Satoshi Miyagi, the production is a sonic and visual wonder."
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September 26th, 2019

"Ethereal, stylized and visually stunning, Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi's production of 'Antigone'…fuses several theatrical traditions… inducing occasional confusion and impatience…[and] just as many moments that inspired deep emotions: pity…also awe."
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September 29th, 2019

"Powerful as the effects are, Miyagi's focus on aesthetics suppresses the emotional impact. It's hard to feel much compassion for characters in such a hieratic world…A beautiful event, worth every theatergoer's time…While it may stir your political angst, it's unlikely to achieve catharsis."
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