And She Would Stand Like This NYC Reviews and Tickets
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever
About the Show
The Movement Theatre Company presents a theatrical retelling of Euripides' 'The Trojan Women' fused with the underground LGBTQ+ ball scene.
Set in a hospital waiting room after the emergence of an unknown and deadly virus, 'And She Would Stand Like This' reimagines the characters of 'The Trojan Women' as Black and Latinx queer men and Transgender women fighting for survival. A minimum of 15 tickets per performance are pay-what-you-can.
"Rivers gives implicit respect to his characters—poor, queer New Yorkers of color–by placing them in a classic tragedy that for 2,500 years has been populated by gods and goddesses, kings and queens. Director Mendizábal has assembled a cast that does justice to Rivers’ conceit...The fusion of Ancient Greece with 1980s Harlem doesn’t always play well...And occasionally, the mix of the Ancient and modern, the Queens and queens, feels just right."
“An audacious new work…A powerful piece of theater. Their mission of ‘radical visibility and the power of collective healing’ is fully realized here…Brown is a commanding stage presence whose every gesture demands attention…Director David Mendizabal and Choreographer Kia LaBeija have masterfully provided heart and voice to marginalized souls in this limited engagement that will hopefully extend or move to a new space.”
"The performances in 'And She Would Stand Like This' are superb, with a dynamic and dedicated cast...Playwright Rivers and director Mendizabal don’t waste a single line of dialogue or a minute of running time. The play packs so much passion and emotions of all varieties into its 90 minutes that the symbolic and stunning explosion of an ending, while disturbing to watch, seems like the only fitting way for the story’s pressure cooker of intensity to conclude."