Reviews: Here’s what critics think of Robert Icke’s Oresteia Off-Broadway
Reviews: Here’s what critics think of Robert Icke Oresteia Off Broadway
The director’s film about the Greek tragedy makes its North American premiere at the Park Avenue Armory.
Critics are in for director Robert Icke on Aeschylus Oresteia at the Park Avenue Armory. The show opened on July 26 Off-Broadway, where it began previews on July 13. It rotates in the directory with Hamlet until August 13.
Anastasia Hille, nominated by Olivier, joined by Angus Wright as Agamemnon/Aegisthus with Luke Treadaway as Orestes, Kirsty Rider as Doctor, Peter Wright as Menelaus, Joshua Higgott as Talthybius, Tia Bannon as Electra and Michael Abubakar as Calchas. David Rintoul, Hara Yannas, Gilbert Kyem Jr., Ross Waiton and Marty Cruikshank complete the cast.
Read the reviews here.
New York Scene Review (David Finkle)
New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)
New York Theater Guide (Diep Tran)
The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)
Vulture (James Frankie Thomas)
Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)
The Envelope (Robert Hofler)
Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.
The Oresteia follows the curse of the Atreides, beginning with the murder of Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae who returned from the Trojan War, by his wife Klytemnestra in revenge for sacrificing their eldest daughter to Artemis in penance for having offended the goddess, among other desires. Years later, the son of Agamemnon and Klytemnestra returns to kill his mother in retaliation for his father’s murder. Oresteia follows the destruction of the family through the trial of Orestes and the end of the curse of Atreides.
The creative team includes set designer and costume designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Natasha Chivers and sound designer Tom Gibbons. The video is from Tal Yarden. Icke’s interpretations of Hamlet and Oresteia both made their world premieres at the Almeida Theater in London. Wright, Higgott and Yannas return to Oresteia after starring in the original Almeida Theater production.
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“Icke’s directorial approach recontextualizes and democratizes classic texts that are often considered inaccessible,” said Pierre Audi, French artistic director of Armory Marina Kellen, in a press release, “catapulting them into the modern world and preserving their relevance”. Using video elements and set design to examine the psychological impacts of grief and retribution, the two productions will alternate evenings.
For tickets and more information, visit ArmoryOnPark.org.