Fringe 2012: Antigone
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Fringe 2012: Antigone

Photo by Scarlet O'Neill.

Soup Can Theatre

Wednesday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 1:15 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 15, 7 p.m.

Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street)

Soup Can Theatre has never shied away from ambitious projects, and they continue to push the oft limiting boundaries of the Fringe with their new staging of Sophocles’ classic political drama. The production is designed to court comparisons to the G20 and Toronto’s recent run-in with civil disobedience, though the modernized twist is subtle enough not to distract from a series of powerful emotional performances and elegant choreography. Cydney Penner’s Antigone rails against her iron-fisted father Creon (Thomas Gough) from the confines of an ad-hoc detention centre, surrounded by militant police who are all too quick with a baton. Also worth noting is Chloe Payne, who gleefully imbues her role as a simple messenger with all the blame-dodging and finger-pointing that seems too familiar in the wake of Toronto’s walled-off summit. Familiarizing yourself with the story beforehand never hurts when classics are involved, but if you do you won’t regret catching this expertly staged tragedy.