Oedipus El Rey
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Oedipus El Rey

Oedipus El Rey NYC Reviews and Tickets

(90 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

About the Show

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (90)

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72 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you think that the criminal justice system needs to be corrected.

Don't see it if you do not like nudity.

53 Reviews | 13 Followers
Riveting, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to see Shakespeare under a new light. And if you love GREAT ACTING!!

Don't see it if if you don't like to engage as an audience.

80 Reviews | 17 Followers
Riveting, Epic, Brilliant

See it if You are a fan of intelligent, exciting, thought-provoking theater, and brilliantly modernized Greek tragedy. Stunning.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about nudity on stage - although not at all gratuitous - or violence, although not bloody.

68 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if If you like good, edgy theater. A wpnderful company.

Don't see it if If relevant nudity on stage disturbs you.

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Great cast

See it if you want to see a master playwright's culturally-specific take on Oedipus; if you want to encounter a brilliant all-Latinx cast of actors

Don't see it if you can't with contemporary retellings of classical plays; if extended nudity freaks you out

774 Reviews | 246 Followers
Intense, Clever, Edgy, Raunchy, Profound

See it if L.A. urban gang is beset by Greek tragedy. Humans dare to ignore/defy their gods/fate. Raw, sexual, brutal, powerful, alive.

Don't see it if You are not up for a violent expressionist modern rendition of a Greek classic. Full male & female nudity and a long sex scene.

140 Reviews | 24 Followers
Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Greek tragedy transported inventively to a modern Latino LA setting.

Don't see it if You want to see a light, escapist entertainment.

271 Reviews | 47 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an expert and refreshing adaptation of the Greek classic, set in a socially relevant context.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the Greeks or adaptations of them.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
October 25th, 2017

“Directed by Chay Yew with energy and flair...What Sophocles left offstage — the violence, the sex — Mr. Yew confidently stages. What preoccupied the Greeks — the shepherds, the oracles, the hunt for Laius’s murderer — falls away. This gives 'Oedipus El Rey' swagger, oomph and economy, but it also makes for a salacious watch...Mr. Alfaro’s version is both a reiteration of a classic tale and an invitation to flip the script.”
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Time Out New York
October 24th, 2017

“'Oedipus El Rey' doesn’t come into its strength right away, but stick with it...Alfaro’s retelling of ancient myth builds to kiln-hot intensity...There are exchanges of real richness between Oedipus and Jocasta—their mutual seduction is extraordinarily brave and tender...It takes a while for Alfaro to find Sophocles, for director Yew to find Alfaro and for all the actors to find one another. But when they do, it turns out those old Greek timbers are more than ready to catch fire again.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 25th, 2017

"Often this 'Oedipus', both play and character, seems flattened out. As Alfaro checks off the boxes of the Greek tragedy’s backstory, he tends to drain the source material of its cosmic horror, ending up with a plodding coming-of-age story to which we all know the inevitable end...Alfaro’s 'Oedipus' undoubtedly examines a world that’s ripe with narrative potential, but tonally, he ends up shrinking the play instead of widening its scope. "
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October 24th, 2017

“A production that fully engages our senses and emotions...An adaptation that feels both urgently relevant and timeless...The whole stage pulses with life under the sweaty, passionate direction of Yew...An intimate moment between Jocasta and Oedipus is among the sexiest things one can legally see on a New York stage...Alfaro illuminates the ancient themes of the Oedipus story in thrillingly modern ways, giving us a new appreciation for the myth."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 25th, 2017

“Under the notably clean, clear, and focused direction of Chay Yew, this timeless tale remains as gripping as ever...Every member of the cast has caught the distinct urban rhythm of Alfaro's dialogue...Alfaro has taken one of the world's oldest stories and made it as new as today. That's a pretty mighty achievement all by itself; he delivers on the promise, made by the chorus, that the story of Oedipus is really a story about us.”
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Talkin' Broadway
October 24th, 2017

“The playwright has filled the work with layers of meaning and with strong connections between the mystic and the naturalistic, while all the while keeping it convincingly planted with one foot in the realm of the ancient and the other in the modern...Under the astute guidance of director Chay Yew, is a well-conceived and original take on the Oedipus myth, nicely brought to fruition by a fine cast and production team.”
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October 25th, 2017

“This new version of Sophocles' ancient classic is marked with violence, rage, and passion...Playwright Luis Alfaro nimbly skates over the surface of the Oedipus story, only lingering when it comes to the love affair between Oedipus and Jocasta...As directed by Chay Yew, this all plays out as a soul-stretching experience, a great chance to experience Sophocles’ great classic in a steamy Latin key.”
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Front Row Center
October 26th, 2017

"I was profoundly moved by this play. The vision and artistry of the playwright, Luis Alfaro. The strength of the cast and the excellence of the production values. Not to mention the incredible courage of the actors playing Oedipus and Jocasta, and the sensitivity and deftness of the direction by Chay Yew, all combined to produce an experience I keep hearing and seeing in my head."
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