Adapted and directed by Frank Galati, this austere yet lyrical production melds Oedipus Rex with excerpts from the writings of Sigmund Freud, who saw in the ancient drama a “compulsion which everyone recognizes because he has felt traces of it in himself.” Galati opens with a lecture by Freud (Nick Sandys), which turns into a production of Sophocles’ tragedy. By interpolating Freud’s writings, Galati underscores not only the autobiographical roots of Freud’s groundbreaking theories but the psychological underpinnings of the original play. The power of Oedipus Complex lies in its storytelling: in recounting the events that expose Oedipus’ secret sin, often in extended passages of richly textured choral speaking, the actors deliver the rhythmically charged text with thrilling urgency. James Schuette’s sleek set–black risers on a checkerboard stage–creates a somber dreamscape for the haunting tale. a Through 6/3: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Sat 5/12, 8 PM only, Sun 5/13, 2 and 7:30 PM, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $20-$68.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Brian Warling.