Jeremy Menekseoglu’s inventive and quite odd addendum to “Antigone,” currently revived by Dream Theatre, owes equal debts to Nietzsche’s “Birth of Tragedy” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Gathered together at a School for Wayward Girls, the great sufferers of Greek legend get picked off one by one. The solution: overthrow the irrational dictates of divine command in favor of the rule of reason! Though with temperatures inching toward 100 degrees all week, maybe we could bring back a smidgen of blind obeisance to natural order. Menekseoglu’s play is really as ambitious and idiosyncratic as it sounds. Dream’s production gains from the close confines of the side studio, plunging the frequently addressed audience into the midst of the locked-room suspense. But Claire Fitzpatrick’s Ismene makes for a relatively pallid revolutionary hero. Her most dramatic moments never rise above Sarah Michelle Gellar at her most peevish. The limitations are to some degree inherent in her part: she’s eclipsed by the grim sisterhood of Procne (Rachel Martindale) and Philomena (Anna Weiler). Weiler in particular invests the cruelly wronged Philomena with the compelling air of a women best kept at a distance. It’s not clear how fully Menekseoglu buys into his climax’s pushing of blame toward the gods. Procne chillingly declares toward the end, “Now I know I wasn’t to blame for murdering my son”—from rationalism to rationalization in one fell swoop. (John Beer)
This production is now closed.