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The Gospel at Colonus: top-notch musical theater

 

I don't know about you, but I find it fascinating that a Greek tragedy that won theater competitions more than 2,000 years ago can still captivate audiences in 2010.

I'm talking about The Gospel at Colonus, adapted from Oedipus at Colonus, written by the great Sophocles back in 401 B.C.

The Gospel at Colonus is an Obie-award-winning, Pulitzer-nominated work by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson, updating the Greek tragedy by placing it within the setting of  the 20th century (they did this back in the 1980's) Pentecostal church.  The ages-old  tale of the mythological King Oedipus is melded effectively with the biblical principals of sin and forgiveness, the heaviness of regret and the joy of redemption. And the music? It will touch on just about every emotion known to man, so bring lots of tissue...but you may also want to bring your dancing shoes!

Dallas' own African American Repertory Theater  will end its current season with this show, and based on the rave reviews from the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and KERA, you may want to catch one of the few remaining performances. It appears AART, whose Artistic Director and founder is the legendary Irma P. Hall (Big Mama from the 1997 film Soul Food) has outdone itself on this one, and if you miss it, you'll probably kick yourself.

Some of you may not  know this, but Dallas/Fort Worth is, after all,  home to some of the most incredible  theater talent this side of Broadway.  This production features the powerhouse vocals of  Sheran Goodspeed-Keyton, Eleanor Threatt, Kristal Jimerson and Simone Gundy; as well as the prowess of acclaimed actors Gil Pritchett, Terrance Charles Rodgers; veteran actress and AART Managing Director/Co-founder Regina Washington; Elliott Gilbert II, Trey Simien and Jalon Harris. 

The 8 remaining performances of The Gospel at Colonus will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. (June 11 and 12;  June 18 and 19); and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. (June 12 and 13; June 19 and 20).  For tickets and other information, call AART at 972.572.0998.

The African American Repertory Theater is located at :

The Corner Theater

211 E. Pleasant Run

DeSoto, Texas 75115

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