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Antigone

TBA Theatre Presents:

Anouilh’s

ANTIGONE

Runs July 20-22

 

by  Robert Pond

Jean Anouilh’s adaption of Sophocles’ Antigone is a challenge for any theatre company to take on. When a cast made up largely of teens performs this piece, it’s a risk. TBA meets the challenge of Anouilh’s Antigone very well, indeed.

In true classical fashion, the Greek Chorus makes it clear to us of who is who, gives us the back-story, and what is going to happen. Creon, the ruler of Thebes is informed that Antigone, youngest daughter of Oedipus has tried to bury her dead brother against Creon’s edict. There is a fierce debate and argument between Creon and Antigone. Creon wanting to cover up her crime asks Antigone to renounce her religious beliefs and marry Haemon and enjoy the quiet life. It’s enough to say that young Antigone refuses. Instead of exile, it is, for her and Haemon, the fate of so many star-crossed lovers.

The cast is, in teen lingo, awesome. Impressing the audience are Seth Eggleston, Jesse Peters, and Becca Padrick who entertain us as the guards with some interesting Vader-like headgear. Patrick Sauve-Brown plays the pivotal role of Creon’s Page so very well. The ensemble of Tasha Boyer, Marcel Drayton, Lindsay Lutes, Wenyin Metcalf, and Roberta Cecere provide the backbone of this play, the Greek Chorus. What is most notable is Rhiannon Johnson as Antigun and Zoey Grenier in the role of Creon. They consume the stage like two warring titans. Rhiannon Johnson’s gives Antigone an incredible strength of will and Zoey Grenier, who feminizes the role of Creon, gives the character an impressive display of power, uncommon for one so young. You can almost see the sparks on stage between these two talents.

The setting by Carrie Yanagawa is really well designed and impressive for this work; it never gets in the way of the play, as so often happens. Brandon Lawrence’s directorial design is very balanced. He uses the setting well and efficiently. His fluid choreography is just the thing for what might have been long speeches. He knows how to move the work along and keeps it interesting.

It’s unfortunate that the Anouilh’s Antigone run is so short. It will be one of TBA’s productions to remember.

 

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