Anouilh's Antigone (Barbara Bray)

ensemble theatre · giant janitor productions · Ages 12+ · United States of America

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June 23, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

The theater program would have you believe that Anti Gone was a punk adventure about counter culture what with the spray paint lettering design on the pamphlet when in fact “Antigone” is a Greek tragedy. I bit my lip for what was sure to be a slog through antiquity. I was pleasantly surprised. The story of heroine Antigone is bold and empowering and performed very well by Brittany McGregor. But it was Creon that I enjoyed the most. Played by Miguel Perez, Creon is a tragic villain whose conflicting morals make him very sympathetic.

All actors carry their roles well and utilize the small theater space to their advantage. From the front row, I had rested my feet on the stage until Creon’s booming voice made me want to reconsider.

Overall it is a fascinating story with a thought provoking, morally ambiguous ending. The acting was strong and put together with strong direction. The play was sharp and snappy and moved quickly as I was well entertained. The theater programs could use a redesign. Maybe some marble pillars or a statue of a woman without arms.

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