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.
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.
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,
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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