Sunday, August 23, 2009

Oedipus Rex


(This review is not sequential. But it’ll not be problematic to understand the core of drama.) This is the story of a nation called Thebes of ancient Greece. The current King Oedipus (Saugat Malla) is much wanted, respected and famous among his countrymen. He considers the meaning of his being as to serve his countrymen. He takes pride in his being. So he is most of the times surrounded by his countrymen with complains of sorrows, epidemics, diseases and other difficulties.

The worse enters his life after he vows to unfold and punish the murderer of Laius, the previous king of the state. The future of Oedipus is already foretold as an ill-fated guy, for he’ll kill his father and marry his own mother. The Queen Jocasta (Aruna Karki), to prevent such misfortunes and worse to enter her life, handovers the baby Oedipus to a Gothalo / villager (Vishnuvbhakta Phuyal) for execution. The villager couldn’t dare to kill the baby, so he further handovers it to another villager. The latter gives the baby to a childless King and Queen. Oedipus grows up in that state as a prince, soon to discover the rumor that he is not the actual child of King and Queen. He also hears the rumor that he’ll marry his own mother.

Oedipus lefts the palace so that he wouldn’t have to kill his father and marry his own mother. While travelling all alone, helpless and full-tempered, he meets an old man out for the trip with his bodyguards. He kills them all following their misbehavior with him. The old man happens to be the King Laius from Thebes. Oedipus goes to the country of Thebes and frees all the countrymen from a female-demon. The countrymen find him suitable for the King of their country and crown him to rule the state. He marries widow Jocasta to prove his ill-fate very sadly. Jocasta hangs herself while Oedipus blinds himself.

“Oedipus Rex” is a great tragic Greek Drama written by Sophocles. The drama staged in Rimal Theater, Gurukul (from 2066 Ashad 20- Shrawan 15) in Nepali version is translated and directed by Sunil Pokhrel. All the actors have performed very well, still Saugat Malla (Oedipus) and Sarita Giri (maid) have proved themselves much stronger and experienced. Thumbs Up for Saugat Malla!!

Sunil Pokhrel has been very clever this time. He has concluded some of the scenes in narration that are really hard and time consuming to present in stage. There are lots of uses of symbols and colors in artistic manner that add extra to the drama. Greek story plus Nepali dances really suit the drama.

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