'A Particle of Dread': Shepard's Oedipus At Cucamonga

November 24, 2014 6:59 PM

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The perils of parenthood are myriad and have been the subject of countless tragedies and comedies in the theater for over 2,500 years. Sam Shepard has explored the theme often, but rarely with such grim and cryptic result as in A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), which opened last night at the Signature Theater.

It helps to brush up your Sophocles before entering. The parenthetical subtitle offers a key clue to understanding what is one of Shepard's most enigmatic plays. Each character has a counterpart from the Greek tragedies, and the gruesome events that take place in the southern California desert bear ...

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