Oresteia
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Oresteia NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(130 Reviews)
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95%
Mixed
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Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

Robert Icke condensed and modernized the Greek trilogy into a single performance.

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Member Reviews (130)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
86
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you've never seen the Orestia before, want a modern stage & approach to Greek tragedy, riveted by great acting and staging,

Don't see it if don't like long performances, don't understand why certain characters are circling stage throughout, expect a richer "Eumenidies" part

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
95
Extraordinary production; magisterial reimagining of the oresteia for modern times; riveting 3 1/2 hours

See it if humanizes characters/family dynamics; new script brilliantly explores new issues/feminism, what is real/true; A Hille superb Klytemnestra

Don't see it if misses elemental horror of the original story, purists may find changes inconsistent w "Greek tragedy" Read more

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
85
Edgy, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fresh look at a classic keeps you interested in watching the show.

Don't see it if It's long nearly 4 hours with intermission.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
90
Unforgettable, Great staging, Amazing acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Made me really appreciate my family; acting is brilliant & story is never boring; quickest 3 1/2 hours I've ever sat through; mesmerizing

Don't see it if You do not like harrowing Greek tragedies. This one rendered me speechless.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
95
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if A masterful production of this Greek tragedy comes alive for the New York community. 4 hours went by quickly. Bravo to the entire cast.

Don't see it if If you prefer a musical then skip this one.

474 Reviews | 68 Followers
88
Masterful, Great acting

See it if Greek tragedy of sacrifice, revenge, and war on one mother, father, and son. Intense exploration of what's Justice from society and the perp

Don't see it if Blood/murder, tragedy, 3.5 hours, modern productions of old works aren't your thing. 3.5 hours; 2 intermissions, 1 pause. Read more

398 Reviews | 160 Followers
92
Intelligent and timeless, Brilliantly-acted, Fascinating and ruminating, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy sophisticated, fresh spins on Greek tragedies that tap into timeless themes with relevancy and poignancy; love great performances.

Don't see it if a four-hour Greek tragedy, modernized and reimagined, with several “pauses” and minimal staging/costuming, is tedious; you prefer musicals. Read more

395 Reviews | 97 Followers
68
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy reimagined classics. You like spectacle and violence.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that move in circles, dislike needless underutilized anachronism. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
July 28th, 2022

"Robert Icke’s fraught and gripping 'Oresteia,' an emotionally harrowing retelling of Aeschylus’ trilogy at the Park Avenue Armory, doesn’t get bogged down in such background details of ancient mythology."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 27th, 2022

"If anyone came to the show hoping to learn about ancient Greece, they surely left unsatisfied. At the same time, the reimagining is too generic to have much to say about our current moment. The only politics I thought about were the politics of a British director changing gods to God and presenting it as a human universal."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 28th, 2022

"While people worship at any number of altars, they remain prey to the same dark impulses, for power, for dominance, for vengeance, for blood. This may be seen as either a source of grim solace—thus was it ever. Or merely sorrow—thus will it ever be."
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The Observer
July 29th, 2022

"I believe Icke is engaged in an honest struggle with theatrical heritage but as a director, his method is to throw everything against the wall—deconstructed text, overwhelming design, metatheatrical devices—to see what sticks. There’s a synthetic impersonality to the whole affair."
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New York Theatre Guide
July 28th, 2022

" 'Oresteia' has stripped out most of the references to the gods and their fickle ways. ... Most of the thematic strands that Icke added into this production are so underexplored that they end up muddying the play and undercutting its power and any catharsis."
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Theatermania
July 29th, 2022

"It's a satisfying cap to a remarkably intelligent new take on the 'Oresteia,' one that will have audiences marveling afresh at the social, political, and historical insights that Aeschylus still has to impart to a new generation."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 28th, 2022

It has been a very, very long time -- perhaps never -- since I have seen a production so intimately acquainted with the terrors of the earth as Robert Icke's Oresteia. When first announced, the pairing of Hamlet and Oresteia for Park Avenue Armory's summer season seemed oddly arbitrary. But Icke, who directed both and adapted Aeschylus' text, manages in each case to merge classic tragedy with contemporary political reality to shattering effects. Theatre doesn't come more monumental, or more savage, than this.
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New York Stage Review
July 27th, 2022

"Director-adapter Icke has done what it’s highly likely many Greek playwrights did during the fifth-century BCE: create their own versions of popular myths for plays long lost and forgotten."
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