12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.
"This vital production set in modern times is exactly what Shakespeare intended…This is Shakespeare at his most subversive and in a dynamite production like this, it is absolutely thrilling to behold…Thanks to specific and fleshy performances, we get to intimately understand each character's relationship to the conflict…By setting his production in this century, Sullivan draws a none-too-subtle parallel between the protracted conflict in 'The Illiad' and America's own seemingly endless wars."
"Director Daniel Sullivan prudently races through the boring stuff to get to the second act, in which he sends two armies of handsome, able-bodied actors into homoerotic battle to fight the suddenly sexy Trojan War…Under Sullivan’s direction, the seven-year war never lets up. Even as scenes are being played on stage, soldiers roam the theater aisles and do battle just outside the non-existent walls of the stark industrial set."
Time Out New York
"Daniel Sullivan’s marvelously intelligent and thoughtful modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s darkly comic problem play...Drenched in irony and whipping in tone from bawdy comedy to near-nihilistic tragedy, 'Troilus and Cressida' offers little by way of plot or sympathetic characters...But its language is richly rewarding, and its understanding of military and sexual politics, elucidated in Sullivan’s staging, feels trenchantly modern."
“Troilus and Cressida" at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park was also reviewed by Dan Dwyer of Off Script with Dan Dwyer, Steve Parks of Newsday, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side, Charles Wright of CurtainUp, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Times.
The show was also reviewed by 82 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant
See it if…You want to see the best production of 'Troilus and Cressida' you'll ever see. If you want to see Shakespeare modernization at its best.
Don't see it if…You hate Shakespeare? If the guns and violence will be triggering for you.
See it if…You want a classic tale about pawns and sacrificial lambs in 'the fog of war' brought to modern times. EPIC battle scene! Glover and Stoll shine!
Don't see it if…You have a low threshold for poorly written female characters: Cressida comes across as a schemer with karmic problems; Cassandra as hysterical.
See it if…You want to see a rarely performed Shakespeare play. Though I was confused about what was going on, the staging and acting were fantastic.
Don't see it if…You don't enjoy Shakespeare's plays or plays over 90 minutes long.
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