Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

The Burial at Thebes

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

About the show

The Irish Repertory Theatre presents Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of 'Antigone,' written as a response to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. More…

A timely reminder of the conflict between the defense of state security and the protection of basic human rights, the story is adapted from Sophocles's 'Antigone.' After the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, King of Thebes, grants burial to one brother but not the other, Antigone's defiance can only end in ruin.

1h 30m | Already closed | DR2 Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (12)


Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, Epic, Spotty acting

See it if you love classic Greek plays, and are intrigued by hearing Heaney's version (although I found it lacking in poetry).

Don't see it if you want consistent strong acting. There were lots of acting styles (formal and informal) and different accents here. A jarring uneveness.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see an Irish poet's take on Antigone, stirring Greek drama with excellent cast and Irish accent, good sense of Greek stageing

Don't see it if you don't like Greek drama or are tired of Antigone, don't like a lot of declaration rather than direct action,

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great writing, Dated

See it if You want to hear Seamus Heaney's take on Antigone. The script was the best part of the show.

Don't see it if You care about set design. (Probably the worst set I've ever seen.)

Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Resonant

See it if An excellent translation of Sophocles, well acted, simple but satisfactory set, and well directed. Irish rep delivers again!

Don't see it if You don't savor ancient plays no matter ' how relevant they still are.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the story of Antigone.

Don't see it if You don't like Greek tragedies.

Ambitious, Overrated

See it if you love Seamus Heaney's poetry for that, moderately, is the only saving grace of this. The set and costumes are cheap, the cast is off.

Don't see it if you are true to the original play or want to see vernacular poetic adaptations with more verve.

Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if a decent staging of a classic, although the translation didn't quite do it for me. Solid acting, but the story dragged after a while.

Don't see it if Well, it's a Greek tragedy. It's not uplifting. Not a splashy production, given the slow-moving, thought-provoking text.

Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of greek theatre, Seamus Heaney, poetry & power-conflicts

Don't see it if You prefer 4th wall realism living room dramas

During previews
Melodramatic, Profound, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you're into Greek tragedies or parables.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of melodrama.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like classical drama, Greek tragedies, or ruminations on "the laws of the gods" (morality) vs. "the laws of man" (the state).

Don't see it if you're not ok with suicide as a resolute expression of one's principles.

During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Poetic, Classic

See it if You don't ordinarily like Greek drama. This is pithy and accessible. Seamus Heaney finds poetry in colloquial speech.

Don't see it if You really really couldn't sit through another Greek classic, no matter how well done

For a previous production
Great writing

See it if you appreciate the classics.

Don't see it if you don't.

January 25th, 2016
"A few things feel off in 'The Burial at Thebes.' But one big thing — the script — is on, and that saves this version of 'Antigone' from failure...The production occasionally works against the script. The set and the costumes look woefully cheap and distracting...No overriding guidance seems to s...
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January 29th, 2016
"The characters seem either ill-assured or locked into generic choices; Tony Walton's set design is the wrong size; and stage pictures too often involve a group standing in a half circle while someone else declaims. The Irish Rep's temporary relocation to the postage stamp–sized DR2 may explain s...
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January 25th, 2016
"In lieu of offering a deeper understanding, Heaney has taken Sophocles' drama and saps it of all nuance...Charlotte Moore directs the piece with a startling lethargy. Her blocking on the cozy DR2 stage suggests claustrophobia...Haemon casually moseys onstage, looking nothing like a man whose fia...
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January 25th, 2016
"If only the director had found actors capable of delivering the verse! Instead, she has assembled a company that is in over its collective head...'The Burial at Thebes' demands a set of skills that is entirely absent here."
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