Irene-Interrupted Summerstage Continues in East River Park Tonight
Irene forced Summerstage to cancel a few performances at East River park. But tonight the free series in the amphitheater gets back on track. The Faux-Real Theater Company presents “Oedipus Rex.” Here’s the description:
The Greeks, like us, knew that Oedipus was going to gouge his eyes out, even before the play began. And yet they still came out in droves. Come see what all the fuss was about as The Faux-Real Theatre Company brings their Dionysian depiction of Oedipus, featuring an all-male cast of twelve utilizing the performance techniques of the ancient Greeks including: brightly colored wigs, fantastical costumes, and masks that act as megaphones. By incorporating the colorful aesthetic of these ancient performances and utilizing a broad physical style of acting powered by live music, songs and dancing, this work looks beyond the “fate versus free will” interpretations of this classic, to explore the alluring underbelly of this primal text. Their heightened approach reveals what is terrifying and vital in this most tragic of tragedies, enhancing the story’s power to roil our subconscious and to awaken the heroes within.
Tonight’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Tomorrow night (and Friday) the Faux-Real Theater presents another production, “Seven Against Thebes.” They’re also on stage Thursday with a second night of “Oedipus Rex.”
More details on Summerstage’s web site.