Antigone’ makes the stage: Review
The Richard B. Harrison Players have done it again. Congratulations to Frankie Day Greenlee for directing the intense production of “Antigone.”Suz Latham did a splendid job on the costumes for this classic Greek drama. Lots of browns, purples and golds lit up the stage. All of the members wore sandals along with their costumes.The play starts off with Antigone (Billicia Hines) talking to her sister Imene (Melva Clivens). Antigone is telling her that she is going to bury both of her dead brothers, whether they were considered dishonorable in life or not. However, King Creon does not feel the same way. He thinks that only the honorable brother should be buried, and that whomever buried both of them should be punished for going against his will. The Sentry, played by Eric McBroom, is forced to bring the person responsible for their burials to Creon. If he does not obey this order he shall suffer the consequences as well. McBroom played a comical coward by snitching on Antigone to save his own life. Hines was a dominant force by this part in the play. She stood strong and admitted to defying Creon because she felt that it was up to the gods to make decisions about death and not him. Clivens was great at playing Imene. She had the audience feeling the love between the sisters, especially if she was willing to die with her. Creon’s son Haemon, played by David Watkins, seemed to have a mind of his own despite his father. He warned Creon not to kill them or else he would die along with them and never return. Not only did Creon’s son tell him not to kill the sisters, but a blind prophet warned him as well. Creon remained stubborn and therefore suffered the consequences. The messenger came and brought the news to Creon that his son and his wife were both deceased. I thought that this scene was produced really well. While the messenger told the story, a shadow at the top of the ceiling re-enacted the whole death scene that he was describing. That scene was my personal favorite. “The set was really well made. The direction and the chorus was well coordinated,” commented Vanisha Hasan, a senior from UNC.The play ended with Creon mourning Haemon and his wife and feeling sorry for what he had done. “Antigone” runs through April 23 in the Paul Robeson Theater.