Staging 'Rex'

Flock Theatre is giving "Oedipus Rex" a towering twist. It's staging the Sophocles tragedy using 9-foot puppets, created to resemble Greek statues.

These signature Flock puppets will interact with humans in this production, which starts tonight and runs through July 28 at the Connecticut College Arboretum. "Oedipus Rex" marks the finale of Flock's 20th annual Summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum series.

Flock Associate Artist Michael Langlois directs the show, which also promises pageantry and ceremony. The drama focuses on Oedipus, who is told by an oracle that he is fated to kill his father and marry his mother. The young man tries to escape that outcome and runs away, eventually become master of the city of Thebes.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"Oedipus Rex," Connecticut College Arboretum, Williams Street, New London; opens tonight and runs through July 28; 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.; bring lawn chair or blanket; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors; (860) 443-3119.

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