“The answer is ‘a human being.’ What is the question?” Le chœur des filles-Sphinx, dans Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma
Martin Crimp’s ferociously funny, profoundly tragic play-within-a-play turns a new lens on the story of Oedipus and his lame lineage. Director Christian Lapointe invites us into a classroom where questions become the weapons of a revolt on the rise.
Eteocles and his brother Polynices are engaged in a fight to the death for the throne of Thebes. They are the incestuous offspring of the tainted Labdacid line, sons of Oedipus and Jocasta, and though their dialogue has a contemporary ring, they will suffer a classically tragic fate. As reimagined by playwright Martin Crimp, Euripides’ chorus of young girls become trailblazers who drive the unfolding of the myth through the actions of characters dissociated from their true selves. Translated and directed by Christian Lapointe, whose staging enlists the conventions of the classroom, this is one mythology lesson you won’t soon forget.