I saw the latest Handcart Ensemble production over the weekend. It’s a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Seamus Heaney (who I’m told wrote a crack-bang version of Beowulf some time back). I was excited to see it because while the last Handcart production was not something I was predisposed to like, this one was right up my alley. Greek Tragedy…check. Convenient theatre…check. No pesky intermission…check.
This adaptation was a little more modern than I generally care for, but it the choral parts particularly, still maintained some very nice prose. Erin pointed out, and I agree, that this adaptation seems to take some of the focus off of Antigone, Creon gets much more attention. Still, it was good overall, and I enjoyed the performances. A very nice way to spend an afternoon.