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Studio 1′s ‘Antigone’ is emotional, gripping
Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer
A young woman rises in defiance of her imperious uncle in the classic Greek tragedy “Antigone,” showing at Studio 1 of Burlington this weekend and next.
The story, first penned by the Greek tragedian Sophocles, centers on Antigone (Madison Kimrey) and her desire to properly bury her dead brother Polynices, who was deemed a traitor by King Creon (Cage Overman). Creon rules that anyone who honors Polynices should be put to death. Antigone bravely stands her ground as the consequences of both her and Creon’s actions surface.
Before the actors even appear onstage, the mood is immediately set by the scenic artistry and set design by Dale Johnson and Jason Matthews, respectively. A Grecian temple is center stage, accompanied by painted depictions of statues, and a blue light floods the stage while string instruments play.
The show begins with a prologue that covers the events leading up to Antigone’s story. This prologue is narrated and accompanied by silhouettes of the actors, giving action to words; then commences the tale of Antigone.
Kimrey commands the stage as Antigone; her monologues of justice and strength demand full attention. Kayla Korzekwinski, who plays Antigone’s sister Ismene, portrays her character with a believable peace and docility that directly contradicts and balances Antigone’s strong presence. Other memorable characters are Creon, played by Overman, the Sentry (Sam Cryan) and the Messenger (Mikaela Mock). All three performers deliver their lines and monologues with excellent projection, dedication and emotion.
For an excellent rendering of a Greek classic put on by young local talent, look no further than Studio 1’s production of Sophocles’ “Antigone.”
This production of “Antigone” was adapted for the stage by director Ashley Phipps and is an hour long. There is no intermission and all tickets are $11. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13, 2 p.m. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. Tickets can be purchased at studio1online.org, by calling (336) 534-0321, or at the theater.