The Public Theater and the Sol Project present this new take on the classic Greek tragedy, set in South Central LA. More…
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?
See it if intense, inventive theater appeals to you. This retelling is powerful. Largely well-acted w/strong staging. Some lines fell flat.
Don't see it if you get thrown by Spanglish. Or you want elaborate sets/costumes. Some fun effects, though (use of jail doors, sound, lights). Full nudity.
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.
See it if Alfaro's fiery reworking of Sophocles' drama set in a LA south-central barrio High octane fusion of machismo & destiny w/fusillade staging
Don't see it if Takes a little time to build its characters & plotline but soon hits its stride & no returning Castano's Oedipus dynamic but often garbled
See it if promising idea: recast Oedipus as a barrio crime king who takes over from father he slays; scenes of Oed in prison are strong
Don't see it if Oed's "fate" tied to being victim of prison system rather than "the Gods" not that persuasive; in your face acting
See it if You’re a Latino or young person (18+) new to theatre who’d be interested in a modern adaptation of a classic over a traditional staging.
Don't see it if You fear a generic combination of Oedipus + modern Latino adaptation — you’d be right. There’s nothing innovative here.
See it if You enjoy a well told re-imagining of a classic. And you don't mind your theater intense and dramatic. Sometimes slow but still very good.
Don't see it if You don't like nudity/simulated sex. While I found this is one of the few plays where it didn't't feel gratuitous, it might be off-putting.
See it if you enjoy modern twists on classic stories. Creative adaptation which considers how the themes apply to contemporary social issues.
Don't see it if you get bored of the classics even when told in fresh new ways, you're offended by full nudity (long sex scene between man and woman)
See it if you like a creative contemporary take on the Oedipus story.
Don't see it if you are a traditionalist and are offended by language and nudity
See it if Adapting the Greek classic to the LA barrio makes sense to the drama, if not the sensibility, of the story but the fatalism of the original
Don't see it if Is underplayed so what is left is a gang war story without undercurrent of preordainment. Still, machismo and swagger totally convincing.
See it if You love the concept, and enjoy passionate acting.
Don't see it if You are chagrined if there is a failure of authenticity, or too much story, and not enough time to tell it well, or some weak links acting.
See it if You like fresh takes on classic plays that provide new insights on the original.
Don't see it if You are put off by violence and graphic sexuality.
Also Clever adaptation that grips you hard.
See it if you want to see this classic story modernized amidst an urban gang and prison setting. Well-acted, but intense and in your face.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with intense stories, graphic violence, graphic language, or nudity. All necessary to the story and tastefully done.
See it if You appreciate intelligent reimagined productions of classics. You are a fan of are my ensemble acting.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by language, violence, or nudity.
See it if Retelling of the Oedipus story set in Los Angeles prison and barrio - raw and sexy pulses with violence and energy
Don't see it if You can’t take violence or nudity ( the sex scene between Oedipus and Jocasta is long and hot) or need your classics pure and structured
See it if Based on the Greek myth, but set in So. California, a Mexican youth lives in and through the tragedy.
Don't see it if A harsh drama is not your cup of tea.
See it if Riveting cast and script envelop you in this modern retelling; Inspirational staging and stagecraft
Don't see it if Intensity drop in middle of act; notable nudity and sexual situations
See it if you are familiar with the Oedipus story and appreciate a clever adaptation that remains faithful for the original.
Don't see it if violence or full nudity (male and female) is bothersome.
See it if It's an adaptation that, though creative, doesn't really work. There are bits of terrific poetry here and some very fine acting, but...
Don't see it if it's too long; the violence and sex are unnecessarily literal and lengthy. The story doesn't really fit, emotionally or dramatically.
See it if You love to see the classics reconsidered, want a Latinx spinning the Greeks.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a wholesale reimagining. This takes the smallest steps possible and doesn’t feel like it achieved anything really new.
See it if Very Original innovative highly choreographed theater. A new twist brought to a classic story. Well acted . Exciting production
Don't see it if You are put off by brutal fights and sexually intense scenes - are offended by nudity and a classic play twisted into something original
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.
See it if you want to see a fresh version of the Oedipus story acted with passion.
Don't see it if you want to see a traditional Shakespeare play or are offended by nudity.
See it if you do not know the Oedipus story. Not that this is a very interesting telling of that story.
Don't see it if you want an absorbing telling of the Oedipus story. As others have said, do not see it if nudity/"fake" violence makes you uncomfortable.
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