Antigone (Classical Theatre of Harlem)
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Antigone (Classical Theatre of Harlem)

Antigone (Classical Theatre of Harlem) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

About the Show

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents this free, outdoor staging of the classical drama from Sophocles, reset in a dystopian future. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (12)

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207 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Greek tragedy applied to the modern idiom and updated. This production takes the play's essence and condenses it into the present.

Don't see it if If you do not like Greek tragedy or prefer to see it in its pure form. You will be missing something excellent.

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like modern twists on classic plays or are tired of paying Broadway prices for your entertainment

Don't see it if You're looking for a classic production of the play

372 Reviews | 98 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Wonderful dancing, Absorbing, Modernized take on a classic

See it if you like modernized classics made relevant to our times; want to see great young performers in a terrific set

Don't see it if you would be disappointed in that this abbreviated version of a complicated, classic play is only one hour long Read more

106 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you enjoy excellent performances, great production values and keeps your attention even though its a greek tragedy.

Don't see it if you don't like classic plays set in the future.

353 Reviews | 64 Followers
Entertaining, Great production values

See it if Bring your kids. Bring your pretentious theatergoing sister. Bring your boyfriend who is sure he will hate it. All will be entertained.

Don't see it if A bit of a stretch to try to wrap this story around current events but- visually stunning,spectacular dancing, fully accessible dialogue.

158 Reviews | 30 Followers
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you've never been to a CTH summer show. You'll wonder why you didn't know that such high-quality theater was happening for free in Harlem.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a show that is overtly connected to modern political issues. Also, Antigone's performance is a bit one-note. Read more

89 Reviews | 34 Followers
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Ambitious production, with impressive set, music, choreography and costumes. Some strong dramatic moments.

Don't see it if Attempts to accomplish too much in 60 minutes with awkward comic elements in a serious drama. Overreaching politically.

458 Reviews | 89 Followers
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Video recording of 2018's live performance; still vivid & potent esp since heightened BLM movement Cofield's staging still strongest asset

Don't see it if Acting remains overwrought but video's consistent long focus alleviates effects somewhat Camera work wisely accentuates dynamic choreography

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
July 9th, 2018

"A brisk and very handsome staging...Directed with admirable clarity by Carl Cofield...Devoted to atmospherics, this production prioritizes complexly layered design over dramatic cohesion. Some of the play’s meaning is lost with what this slender, hourlong show leaves out...Yet even with these shortcomings, the ritual of the whole — with the music of a crooning chorus and the movement of a flock of five dancers — does bring catharsis."
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Time Out New York
July 12th, 2018

"For all its seriousness of intent, this 'Antigone' is not some grim, eat-your-spinach night at the classics. It is free, an hour long and a summer-evening delight...Director Carl Cofield knows that Sophocles’ intensity will land strangely on our ears, so he sometimes redirects it into humor... Jones is extraordinary...He finds a way to make us spare a thought for Creon, a man trying to rebuild a city from blocks that turn to dust in his hands."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 17th, 2018

“A vividly contemporary twist on a Sophoclean tragedy...This production sometimes seems eerily in sync with our strange times...This is an 'Antigone' more rooted in melodrama than tragedy, focusing less on the price she pays with her life and more on the fireworks that occur when the status quo is challenged...This is a tense, involving drama presented with a highly theatrical flourish and with something to say about the debased state of our democracy.”
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Financial Times (UK)
July 12th, 2018

"While linking 'Antigone' to movements such as Black Lives Matter might seem slightly tenuous, those echoes of current controversies about police brutality turn the play into a passionate cry for justice...Less successful are a series of Afropunk-style dance interludes that replace the traditional tragic chorus. These numbers are themselves finely choreographed but feel incidental...But Cofield and his cast get the main thing right by making classical tragedy seem fresh and eternal."
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July 9th, 2018

“Familiar images of mourning and protest make clear the relevance and importance of this powerful play...Though the performances are uneven, there are some stellar moments...Inspired by Paul Roche’s adaptation, the added moments of colloquial dialogue connect us to the material (many times with humor) and make the relationships clearer...There is something special about sitting under the stars and sharing an evening of compelling theatre with an energetic, New York audience."
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