Antigone in Ferguson
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Antigone in Ferguson

Antigone in Ferguson NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Reviews)
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Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

About the Show

Theater of War presents a free, encore staging of their project, which fuses a dramatic reading from Sophocles’ tragedy with live choral music sung by a chorus of activists, police officers, and youth from Ferguson and NYC.

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185 Reviews | 23 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You love committed and heartfelt singing and acting in an ancient play which is more relevant now than ever. Just amazing performances.

Don't see it if You do not like intense shows with a strong message. Read more

131 Reviews | 33 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if enjoy social commentary on relevent events through theatre and music. Beautiful piece. Great acting. Amazing choral pieces.

Don't see it if don't like theatre or current events. Hey, the tickets are FREE and the show is great. How often does that happen? See it.

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Thought-provoking, Lousy sightlines, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you can get there early for a seat up front or you don't mind not seeing alot of the action, which really isn't that important in this prodn

Don't see it if you want a well structured story, this is a condensed version of Sophocles' play

102 Reviews | 43 Followers
Riveting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to share an emotionally charged evening with the performers who are very much with you about a super relevant show about injustice

Don't see it if you want more of an entertaining evening, more than a gospel choir, more than Greek drama in translation, if politics doesn't pull you in

257 Reviews | 102 Followers
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great singing, Resonant, Profound

See it if for a generous, moving, hopeful, truly communal experience. Actors, choirs & regular folk show up to mull timeless tale & its truths today.

Don't see it if Go. Unique NYC experience sure to inspire & humble you, both the performance & ensuing discussion. And it's free—even cookie & book at exit! Read more

248 Reviews | 59 Followers
Refreshing, Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Clever

See it if you appreciage great gospel singing, support youth groups, you are an activist, you like classics with a spin. Amazing venue, beautiful

Don't see it if you don't like gospel singing, need elaborate setting, don't want to be in a church, are not a supporter, don't want politics in a show Read more

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Political, Great singing

See it if you love gospel choirs. The singing is amazing. And it's free.

Don't see it if you dislike political discussion. The Sophocles' play has been altered to make a point which is then commented on by audience members.

688 Reviews | 115 Followers
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Epic Greek tragedy stripped to its core dramatically, emotionally & vocally Use of Gospel singers as Chorus inspired & moving Actors excel

Don't see it if Dramatic evening is combined with community action/town hall discussion over #blacklivesmatter issues Potent but maybe not for all tastes

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
September 14th, 2018
For a previous production

"In this production, every member of the audience is also a member of a chorus...'Antigone in Ferguson,' specifically, is meant to open the door on the thoughts and feelings aroused by the shooting of the 18-year-old Mr. Brown...With force and focus, they unspooled the events that lead to Antigone’s being sentenced to death...It is the gospel chorus, though, reacting to confrontations among these characters, that viscerally lifts the play into timelessness."
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Time Out New York
September 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"Doerries has given the cast a trim hour-long version...Behind them a tip-top band and a choir full of gospel powerhouses sings Phil Woodmore’s wonderful settings of Sophocles’ famous choruses...All is revealed in the crucial second half of the show, a panel and guided discussion...What almost never happens in postshow discussions starts to happen: The conversation retroactively infuses the reading we’ve just seen with more meaning, import, and complexity."
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September 21st, 2018
For a previous production

“The 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown inspired this exuberant concert-style presentation...Doerries’ proficient staging transforms it all into a novel, entertaining and emotionally charged experience...The cast changes weekly...The format is of the cast at music stands with scripts expressively reading...A structured discussion sequence which follows each show...This town hall section revealed some poignant and eloquent insights into topical issues.”
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Theatre is Easy
September 16th, 2018
For a previous production

"The piece becomes a direct reaction to Michael Brown’s murder in 2014, a tragedy that feels inappropriately distant today...From the get go, the production makes it clear that it’s not entertainment, but a lens through which to examine how our reality is oversaturated with violence...If you are looking solely for entertainment (which is not to say this production lacks humor), 'Antigone In Ferguson' is not for you. But if you're open to it, you may well walk away a little more open."
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