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published 12.03.2018

New York Times review of Greek

LONDON — Oedipus is wearing a bright red tracksuit. His parents, brandishing beer bottles, are off to the pub to watch a football match. “So, I was born in Tufnell Park,” he says aggressively to the audience, adding: “It’s a cesspit!”

Yes, we are at the opera.

To be precise, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Greek” (1988), which makes its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Wednesday in a production from Opera Ventures and the Scottish Opera. In the 80-minute opera, Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex” is moved to the trash-strewn streets of a contemporary London troubled by the plagues of unemployment, poverty, police brutality and consumerism........

Read the full review here