The Burial at Thebes

By John Townsend November 1, 2011

Categories: Arts & Culture, Our Scene

The Burial at Thebes
Through Nov. 6
Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
(612) 377-2224
<www.guthrietheater.org>

The plight of Antigone is one of humanity’s most enduring stories. The ancient legend became one of Greek playwright Sophocles’s greatest tragedies and could perhaps be compared to Jesus’s story, as a female equivalent. The Greek heroine defies King Creon’s edict that her dead traitor brother is not to be buried, but tobe left to be eaten by dogs. For this she must dearly pay.

Sun Mee Chomet gives a poignant performance as Antigone in Seamus Heaney’s adaptation. Steve Yoakam’s Creon, a gripping study in partriarchal arrogance, is one of the most forceful performances you will see on any stage this year.

Marcela Lorca has directed this magnificent production with no fear of the big ideas and bottomless feelings it evokes. J. D. Steele of gospel fame, composed the music, yet it never falls into gospel mode. Instead, it’s its own uniquely original and profound sound

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