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A production of “Oedipus Rex” by Japanese theater director Yukio Ninagawa opened here Thursday to rapturous applause from an audience of some 4,000 people.

Ninagawa’s production of the classical Greek tragedy showcases a unique blend of methods, ranging from contemporary drama to traditional noh, with monk-like costumes and stage installations that include a decayed lotus reflecting Japanese and Asian art styles.

The music is performed by Hideki Togi, 44, a specialist in ancient Japanese “gagaku” court music.

“I was so anxious before the performance, but now I feel relieved that the people were delighted with it,” Ninagawa said after his production, which will run for three days, received four curtain calls.

Performances at the ancient Greek theater Herodes Atticus are in Japanese, accompanied by Greek translations on adjacent screens.

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