Up & Coming Weekly

April 06, 2021

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12 UCW APRIL 7-13, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EVENT KEYURI PARAB, Editorial Assistant COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. Greek drama 'Oedipus Rex' opens at the Gilbert Theater by KEYURI PARAB "Oedipus Rex" opened with a dramatic flair at the Gilbert eater on March 26 and will con- tinue until April 11. Based on the infamous Greek myth written by Sophocles in 429 B.C. about the cursed king Oedipus and his tragic misfortune. e story entices the audience with compelling drama, songs and acting. Director and adapter Montgomery Sutton successfully simplifies the language for everyone to understand without taking away its charm. e drama takes viewers on a journey through the plague-stricken city of ebes, where the citi- zens beg their king Oedipus to find a solution. After promising to end their misfortunes, Oe- dipus receives a prophecy that changes his life. Told to solve the murder of the last king of ebes which went unsolved, Oedipus sets himself on a path to seek the truth for his people that leads to his own doom. Returning actress Deannah Robinson plays Oedipus and perfectly captures his character - slightly arrogant, paranoid, honest, righteous, a loving husband, father and king. Seen before at the Gilbert in productions like "Laramie Project" and "Barefoot in the Park," she brings to stage a new character. Playing Oedipus brought new enlightenment in the rehearsals, and there was more sympathy for him, Robinson said. e production showcases an almost trial in search of the truth, and Oedipus becoming more and more paranoid. Tiresias, the blind prophet, played by Ella Mock, tells Oedipus that he him- self is the murderer of the last king. Oedipus then blames Tiresias for treason, then his brother-in- law Creon. e drama unfolds to when an ambassador of Corinth comes forth and a shepherd to confirm that Oedipus was the abandoned prince of ebes, adopted by the royalty of Corinth and did in fact kill his birth father, Laius, and marry his own mother, Jocasta. Mock, who plays multiple characters in the show including Tiresias and Antigone, said they were excited about how the show flows. e show sees many of the actors playing various roles with much ease and talent. Mock's performance of the blind prophet Tirisius was outstanding and leaves the audience at the edge of their seat. Tim Zimmerman did well in his various roles, but stood out as Creon. e music is made better with the live instru- ments being played and the stunning voices of Zimmerman, Mock and Helen Steffan. ose familiar with the original Greek myth know that the story ends with heartbreak for Oe- dipus and his kin, as he gouges out his own eyes, symbolizing his blindness of the obvious truth and his gruesome fate. Audiences can expect a night of much drama, and perhaps some sympathy for Oedipus the King. For tickets and more information about the Gilbert visit, https://www.gilberttheater.com/ index.php C APE FEAR BOTANIC AL GARDEN For M ore I nformation | 910.485.0555 https://toastof thetown-107361.square.site/ | w w w.TheCareClinic.org The Care Clinic is a 501(c)(3) O rganization 536 N. Easter n Blvd. Fayetteville, NC 28301 $75 Per Person - I n Advance $ 100 Per Person - At The Door SAVE THE DATE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6pm-10pm

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