Oedipus, A Gospel Myth (review)

Oedipus, A Gospel Myth (review)
Oedipus, A Gospel Myth (review)
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THE PLAY: The mythical king of Thebes discovers he’s fulfilled the prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother.

 

THE PRODUCTION:  If there had been more gospel and less Greek, this might have been an inspiring interpretation. Instead, this is basically the traditional play with the classic chorus replaced by a 3-piece choir of women and a rousing preacher (Jeremy V. Morris delivering another outstanding performance). But even his fervor can’t boost the talky tedium of this leaden drama. In the title role, dl Hopkins does a commendable job, but is trapped in the declamatory style with seemingly endless, repetitive oration. Despite the script’s restrictions, nobody in the cast is bad and there are effective moments. Director Vinnie Gonzalez has created some dramatic stage pictures, which are hightened by Steven Koehler’s lighting. Unfortunately, Gonzalez didn’t generate much variety to the pace, resulting in a dark intensity that never varies. The set (also designed by Gonzalez) features clapboard remnants of a sanctuary with floorboards that curve into walls. Running time: 2:35

 

THE POINT: Even though this takes place in a church with a few gospel-tinged moments, this is still a grim, uninspired interpretation of the classic Greek tragedy.

 

(2 / 5)

 

At Firehouse Theatre thru 2/23

 

Shalandis Wheeler Smith, Shantell Dunnaville, Shalimar Hickman Fields, Keaton Hillman, dl Hopkins, Jeremy V Morris (Photos by Bill Sigafoos)

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