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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 19 2012

It's 1964, and Thebes has just suffered a brutal, televised civil war. Iron-fisted Creon takes the throne and decrees that Polynices, traitorous son of Thebes's previous king, won't be given the dignity of a funeral. His body is to be left to rot in the open air. Sensing the stirrings of civil unrest, Polynices's headstrong, self-aggrandizing sister Antigone buries her brother anyway and proclaims herself a martyr for democracy. Jack Bourgeois's provocative update on the ancient Greek tragedy poses thorny, timely questions about just governance and unchecked ego, and his competent staging for Cold Basement Dramatics leaves those questions compellingly unresolved. But Bourgeois provides little sense of the world beyond Creon's office; despotism here is largely confused with one man's male chauvinism. As a result, the big issues come across as academic. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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