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Oedipus Rex

June 30th - September 18thTom Patterson TheatreTicket Info
Generally Mixed Reviews based on 6 Critics
6 Reviews

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Stratford’s powerful Oedipus Rex

“Daniel Brooks’s production at Stratford starring Gord Rand wrings the full emotional power from this ancient play…Rand’s Oedipus is surrounded by strong performances – a brilliant, touching Christopher Morris as brother-in-law Kreon and a gleefully greasy Kevin Bundy as a money-seeking messenger.”

Read Full Review07/24/2015

James Wegg Review - James Wegg

Blind and alone

“Daniel Brooks soon lost his way in the—perhaps—most famous destruction of a human soul ever…As heroic and courageous as Rand’s performance was, the inadvertent juxtaposition of modern-era child abuse on a timeless classic, left some in the crowd feeling more soiled than uplifted as we disappeared into the night.”

Read Full Review07/18/2015

Stratford Beacon Herald - Bruce Urquhart

Stratford's Festival's Oedipus Rex...

“A challenging production – and one that does not shy from the darkness of its tragedy – “Oedipus Rex” thrills with its immediacy and vitality, bolstered by a captivating central performance that ranks with the best of this season….Rand is heartbreaking…convincing in his anguish and his terrible compulsion. When the truth is finally revealed, Rand’s emotionally naked performance is shattering…”

Read Full Review07/17/2015

The Toronto Star - Carly Maga

Sharp moments but also laughs in...

“Throughout the highs and lows and the bloody finale, Morris, Nigel Bennett as the eccentric prophet Teiresias and young Amelia Phillips as Ismene steal the show.”

Read Full Review07/17/2015

The Examiner - Christina Strynatka

Stratford Festival's Oedipus Rex uneven

“With all the unevenness, Nigel Bennett as Teiresias was a show-stopper, appearing on stage in heels, painted nails and a shawl, and speaking a slithery tongue that was sharper than any of the louder tones used during the play. It’s just too bad he wasn’t given a larger role so the audience could see more of his depth and quiet power.”

Read Full Review07/17/2015

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