"Antigone"

©Alex Brenner

©Alex Brenner

Antigone is the adaptation of Sophocles’s tragedy (Greece, 497/6 - 406/5 BC) by a fabulous theater company called Actors of Dionysus (AOD). Antigone is a story of love, loss, death and family tragedy. Very recurrent themes in the Greek classics. In short, in Antigone, the brothers Eteocles and Polinices agreed to share the leadership of the city of Thebes. They have two sisters: Ismene Antigone and she agrees to marry Haemon. A brother condemned to walk forever in the shadow of death; A family teetering on the brink of catastrophe; A world where one girl dares to take a stand. The saying goes that "you can choose your friends but not your family", and in this play this becomes more obvious than ever.

This adaptation, directed by Tamsin Sasha and written by Christopher Adams, is not set in classical Greece, but in a distant future in which the history of the world is digitally in memory in something called "the Archive" –something like iPhone’s Siri–, drones observe the inhabitants (I see this as something very real); and the souls are physicalized into electronic chips. I have to say that this really works well. The dialogues are interesting and in many cases also beautiful.

The five actors play large variety of roles and although at first it is a bit confusing, especially for the Greek names, it's easy to know who is who.

Although the twist of modernity contributes to the story, we must remember that this is a Greek tragedy. Antigone is short but sweet, good and enjoyable. Antigone is a strong show. It is a nice play and well told with very talented actors (understand Nathalie Barclay). This play can be seen no matter you are a reader of Sophocles or if you had not heard of him until now.

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