Review by Robert Avila for SF Bay Guardian
SF Bay Guardian
Oedipus Rex 8th Street Studio Theatre, 2525 Eighth St, Berk; (510) 704-8210.
$10-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through March 30.
Shotgun Players try sportingly for the summit of Sophocles' high tragedy, having of late had considerable success with the Greek classics. Director Patrick Dooley, with
help from Kimberly Wilday's choreography and Tim Barsky's persuasive sound
design, achieves some dynamic effects in making the work vital to a modern
audience, but the balance between more naturalistic performances and the
sort of pageantry that successfully informed previous renderings of classic
texts remains uncertain here. (Avila)
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