Opens Oct 24

Oedipus El Rey

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious
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Critics
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Members
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21 reviews
 

The Public Theater and the Sol Project present this new take on the classic Greek tragedy, set in South Central LA.

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Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he’s spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped—by desperation or fate, history or violence—no one man can change his story alone. Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling new play that asks: what’s fate, and what’s just the system?

 
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Reviews (21)

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82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are interested in a modern take of the Oedipus story. The acting is excellent. The staging and direction are clever and innovative.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional and classic storytelling. You are uncomfortable with violence and nudity.

78
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if want an updated version of the Greek Classic--it covers the bases of the original and adds to it; excellent acting

Don't see it if you don't like violence, nudity, the classics

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy thoughtful and new interpretations of classic pieces.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional staging of classic works. Also if you are uncomfortable with nudity.

87
During previews
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if a well-reimagined modern-day Oedipus appeals. The lead performances especially are outstanding, and the energy throughout is first-rate.

Don't see it if you can't stomach the whole, you know, ick factor. But go anyway, or you'll miss a truly great evening of theater.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want a sexy, intense LA cholo telenovela of a Greek tragedy. Ambitious well crafted production - felt a bit long but totally riveting

Don't see it if you want a classic production of Greek production, take issue with intense gritty urban interpretation of classics, are offended by nudity

73
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Slow, Great staging

See it if you want a thoughtful and compelling update to a Greek tragedy ... with strong performances, although the writing is at times contrived.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for the artifice of an ancient play superimposed on modern times, and a piece that's occasionally slow as a result.

82
During previews
Original, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy non-traditional storytelling, like classic plays to have a contemporary take, like ensemble plays

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays to remain that way

90
During previews
Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are into a well imagined re-up of the Oedipus story. Athletic. Very well directed and staged

Don't see it if you have a problem with full nudity

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Theatrical

See it if you want to see an exciting and theatrical adaptation of the Oedipus story that places it in a relevant contemporary context.

Don't see it if the Oedipus story doesn't interest you.

73
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like to see a new take on an old play.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity.

Also It seems like they were mostly trying to make it a modern, realistic, ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if A Greek tragedy. Excellent Acting and I was happy to see the scene set in LA

Don't see it if Want a light hearted story or comedy

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like the style of greek theatre. Even though updated it is still heavily tied to greek theatre.

Don't see it if You want something entirely new.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if a reworking of the Greek classic interests you (think of the reworking of Romeo and Juliet for West Side Story), though w/o music

Don't see it if the story of Oedipus and Jocasta doesn't interest you; you don't want to see handsome/sexy lovers undress and make love

95
During previews
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you think there is nothing more to be done with Oedipus but are prepared to be happily shocked. Brilliant conception brilliantly executed.

Don't see it if You never heard of Sophocles, total onstage nudity is a problem for you.

Also Psychologically, sociologically, morally a tour de force. Don't miss t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

See it if See if you like intense theater hi to listen to there's a lot of Spanish it would help to know the story of Orpheus but it was a terrific if

Don't see it if if you have a problem with nudity then not gonna like this it's engaging and you have to pay attention because there is a lot of Spanish

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75
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see some incredible actors tell an upsetting story

Don't see it if You're not interested in the Oedipus story.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Packs a punch

See it if you like your classics dusted off and given a new spit shine. Chay Yew's directing complements Luis Alfaro's pungent take on Oedipus.

Don't see it if you like your classics straight up.

Also Luis Alfaro rejiggers Sophocles' play into a critique of our criminal ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Exquisite, Intense, Interesting, Great staging, Modern

See it if you like intense and untraditional acting, and are interested in violent gang story.

Don't see it if you are looking for a mind blowing story.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a new take on an old classic and Innovative staging

Don't see it if Extended frontal nudity bothers you

86
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a Greek tragedy staged in a Latino society.

Don't see it if You have trouble with nudity and sex sciences live

88
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if A Chicano reimagining of Sophocles's 2500 YO play, set in LA.

Don't see it if you don't like violence, nudity, fratricide or matricide