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Antigone (Park Avenue Armory)

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful

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. More…

From the show:

He turns the stage into a flowing river of water, known in many spiritual beliefs to separate the world of the living from that of the dead. This fresh take presents a riveting play about loss and memorialization in a way that is both timeless and timely, mixing the foundational principles of Greek tragedy, Japanese Noh theatre, Indonesian shadow play, and the Buddhist philosophy to negotiate the boundaries of intercultural encounters while creating a new theatrical universe of globalized proportions.


Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful
90
Avg Score

90
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.

Don't see it if you like your theater naturalistic.

Also Is Sophocles’ “Antigone” the great Greek tragedy? No quartet of charac... Read more Read less

75
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.

Also You'll do best if you brush up on the plot of Antigone and on what the... Read more Read less

94
Relevant, Stunningly beautiful, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a classic Greek mythical tragedy seen through a beautifully composed Eastern lens, yielding a tale both timeless and timely.

Don't see it if You do not like works that derive meaning and resonance from both text and precision movement.

100
Spectacular, Disciplined, Perfection-in-motion, Noh, Sacred

See it if you have any interest in theater practice or expanding your mind’s vision of what theater can be.

Don't see it if you’re willfully ignorant.

Also Dionysus, Brecht, Shakespeare, and Olivier are smiling on this one.... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Dream-like evocation of classic story, Visually spectacular, Spell-binding

See it if Try something new-ghost actors and musicians in white walking through water to stage a 2500 year old story of a conscientious objector

Don't see it if Not a ordinary stage play. In Japanese with super titles. Each character is portrayed by a speaking actor and a gesturing actor.

Also A visual and aural feast.I found.the slow and stately pace hypnotic.I ... Read more Read less

81
Profound, Masterful, Overrated, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a visually stunning version of a classic Greek play, presented in a foreign language in a breathtaking setting.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays presented in a foreign language, care more about acting and plot than the overall visual effect/visuals.

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Astonishing, Spectacular, Amazing, Leaves you speechless. Like no other. Not to be missed. The Park Avenue Armory never fails to awe.

Don't see it if You dislike the classics and the use of English subtitles to translate Japanese throughout.

95
Must see, Relevant, Great staging, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if Satoshi Miyagi created a stunning prod in a Noh still art form applied to Greek trag w/stg mesg:duty vs human feelings, indiv vs authority.*

Don't see it if you expect the original script; you do not like subtitles.

Also *Japanese Director Miyagi floods the wide stage with water on which gh... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Overrated, Visually stunning, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you wish to see international and festival-quality productions of epic proportions

Don't see it if you like personal drama or just light plays and musicals

Also I was disappointed. While visually it was stunning, there were major f... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Slow, Masterful, Great staging

See it if Classic Greek theater seen through an eastern eye

Don't see it if In Japanese with super titles. Each character is portrayed by a speaking actor and a gesturing actor.

79
Slow, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You like noh theatre and the visual beauty of the staging

Don't see it if You want the powerful drama of antigone and individuation of characters

94
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if This unusual blend of Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku is a marvelous and unique (yes, really) piece of theater. As they say, “run don’t walk”.

Don't see it if you need "action" on stage even in a greek tragedy or a Noh play

90
Great staging, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if only for the beautiful presentation of this Greek tragedy in a pool with a mesmerizing cast, costumes, lighting, and movement. Unforgettable

Don't see it if you want fast-paced story. This is to be watched and contemplated. More symbolic than literal, maybe? Take a deep breath and enjoy.

Also Read a summary in advance. It's in the program too. Then you don't wor... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Masterful, Epic, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for unique visual storytelling.

Don't see it if you want action and you hate reading subtitles.

Also mesmerizing and unique telling of the antigone story. vocally, musical... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Masterful, Clever

See it if you enjoy Japanese-styled theater. There are two actors for each character; one speaking, one moving.

Don't see it if you don't want to read during performance. Done in Japanese with English super titles.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite

See it if You want to be immersed in a familiar story presented in a phenomenally unique way.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be exposed to another culture and realize the common threads that connect iconic stories

88
Visually gorgeous, breathtaking, unique, amazing staging,, Exquisite

See it if would enjoy a powerful Greek tragedy seen via traditional Japanese delivery and a stunningly beautiful production.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Greek tragedies and have little patience for slowly paced shows.

100
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a moving and exquisite take on an ancient play.

Don't see it if You don't like to read subtitles, don't like paying attention to various acting and movement elements at the same time, want a rapid pace.

90
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You like cutting edge staging, the classics, Greek tragedy

Don't see it if You don’t like the classics, novel interpretations or subtitles

90
Refreshing, Intelligent, Epic, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if if you want to be amazed by unusual staging and enjoy a classic story with an unusual twist.

Don't see it if you don't like Japanese theater.

100
Riveting, Great staging, Must see, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if If you like innovative staging. There were things about the staging that I had never seen before.

Don't see it if You do not like slow, meditative performances.

Also I absolutely loved this performance. It was so unique. Everything abou... Read more Read less

91
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Sophocles’ play performed by a Japanese company,appeals to you. Traditional Japanese Noh, exquisite staging,

Don't see it if U hate surtitles,

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Epic

See it if You are familiar with the greek classic, and are absorbed by vast production value and methods of storytelling that veer from western norms

Don't see it if You are looking for a straightforward, realistic, or english adaptation of the greek play.

96
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if you want to experience a familiar story with a Zen lens. If you are a fan of shimmering water and percussion.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Eastern styles. Noh is a very still, distinct and deliberate art form. And if you don't want to read subtitles.

Also Be sure to go a little early to read the pamphlet. All gaps are filled... Read more Read less


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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