Iphigenia in Aulis
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Iphigenia in Aulis

Iphigenia in Aulis NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Original, Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing

About the Show

As part of their inaugural Greek Festival, Classic Stage Company presents this electric reimagining of Euripides’ rarely-seen final play in which a father is challenged to sacrifice his daughter to appease the gods.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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95 Reviews | 28 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing

See it if vivid staging, strong performances, and a breathtaking third act turn that crystallizes and dramatizes the problems of nationalism

Don't see it if you're not looking for political theatre

117 Reviews | 47 Followers
Original, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you love the Greeks! you want to see a new version. you like Anne Washburn who is brilliant. you crave a cross dressed chorus with muscle

Don't see it if you want it in the original Greek. you don't like actors doubling. you want your theatre empty of meaning unrelated to this martial world

111 Reviews | 208 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Inventive, Slow

See it if you want to see a cool reinvention of a classic Greek tragedy. Chorus was amazing and the songs were beautiful. Good elements of comedy.

Don't see it if you won't be able to understand English translated from Greek (it's not modern day English). You don't like melodramatic acting and crying.

178 Reviews | 281 Followers
Entertaining, Refreshing, Inventive, Updated, Appealing

See it if You'll appreciate a respectfully playful approach to a classic text. Appealing performances (except a one-note Clytemnestra), lively chorus

Don't see it if Greek tragedies - where the doom-y denouement is never in doubt - are not your thing, or if you don't like the classics tampered with

541 Reviews | 490 Followers
Moving, Uneven, Great acting, Beautiful, Powerful

See it if you want to be moved by the love of a mother for a daughter, and by the powerful HAUNTING songs performed by the incredible chorus.

Don't see it if you need to be fully engaged in every single moment. There are some slow moments where the mind might wander (never for too long).

49 Reviews | 11 Followers
Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful

See it if you have an open mind and love gorgeously told, sweeping stories. And the Greeks.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this.

38 Reviews | 9 Followers
Moving, Creative, Original

See it if You want to see a classic play in an original, entertaining production. While funny at times, it was also never far from tragedy.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist who can't stand any changes bring made to a classic.

10 Reviews | 13 Followers
Great acting, Resonant, Uneven

See it if you love Greek drama; you respect clear and truthful storytelling.

Don't see it if some strange design choices will ruin your night.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
September 17th, 2015

"This chorus is sure more fun to have around than the usual monotonously chanting sackcloth­and­ashes gang. A spectacularly made­over Greek chorus is the chief asset of this generally less confident version of Euripides’ 'Iphigenia in Aulis'...And when they join in with a sorrowful Iphigenia, intoning a lovely aria about the “eddies and whirls” of transitory life, they are everything a chorus — in the most classic and transcendent sense — should be."
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Time Out New York
September 17th, 2015

"Rachel Chavkin's busy production is full of good components, yet so jumbled together, they jostle one another into a kind of stillness...Aesthetically, it's a free-for-all...The original text was a hotchpotch, full of later interpolations by writer. Perhaps Chavkin wanted to reflect that sense of a text in ribbons, but, like Agamemnon, she winds up sacrificing the most important things first."
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New York Theatre Guide
September 18th, 2015

"'Iphigenia in Aulis' is one of the most infamous stories, retold with supreme dramatic skill in a darkened room on a corner of 13th Street in New York City some 2500 years later. And this is the highest of compliments: it is received by its listeners not as reverent homage to any past, but as shocking news, only as old as the last hour...The language never flags, keeps our attention through the longest speeches, and above all, moves us."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 17th, 2015

"The animating force of the conflict is the military itself, a mortal mob yet godlike in its insatiable hunger for war at any cost. This is a viable interpretation but not, unfortunately, one the text does much to dramatize. Instead, director Chavkin offers marvelous spectacle as cover...Happily, most of the froufrou burns off as we get closer to the glowing core...Once all these adjustments come together, the production recovers from its evasions and is able to speak for itself."
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New York Daily News
September 17th, 2015

"Acting is uneven and often overemphatic. Campbell nails a father’s grief, but an atypically awkward Gray channels Celine Dion as she pounds her fist against her chest. Costumes are head-scratchers. Lace-wrapped Sieh as Iphigenia, who goes from pawn to warrior, looks like 'Project Runway' gone wrong. Through it all, a distractingly busy chorus sings and dances in Crayola colors. The show’s just 90 minutes, but it’s still long-winded."
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New York Post
September 18th, 2015

"The biggest puzzlement behind this production’s disjointed, incoherent tone is that it was put together by two smart cookies. Adapter Anne Washburn gave us the sharp, offbeat 'Mr. Burns,' while director Rachel Chavkin was behind the inventively staged 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.' But in 'Iphigenia,' the audience is caught in a frantic whirlwind — have I mentioned the live folk-rock music? — that fails to create emotional traction."
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AM New York
September 20th, 2015

"A powerful Greek tragedy is reduced to rubble in a puzzling and off-putting Off-Broadway production of Euripides' 'Iphigenia in Aulis' at Classic Stage Company...Most confounding is the portrayal of the Greek chorus (which, by convention, comments upon the plot) by seven actors who sport ridiculous outfits and flower-decked headgear, move around feverishly and chant to an indie-rock beat."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 17th, 2015

"Typical of Greek drama, there are the searing speeches, soaring feelings, and a dazzling ending...Above all, however, is size: the sense that all of this matters from these earthly docks straight up to the apex of Mt. Olympus. With her transadaptation, Washburn does seem to understand this. Director Rachel Chavkin's work, on the other hand, does not. Chavkin has cooked away most of the nutrients and savor from Washburn's saga and left nothing but a muddled, watery broth."
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