Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Iphigenia in Aulis

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks, must decide whether or not to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis. Without the sacrifice, his troops will be barred from setting sail to battle Troy. Playwright Anne Washburn and director Rachel Chavkin team up with Indie Rock duo The Bengsons and choreographer Sonya Tayeh to create a dynamic rendering of an ancient story.

1h 30m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (10)


Entertaining, Original, Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing
Avg Score

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).

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Intelligent, Original, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a compelling classic Greek play that makes you think of current event, if you like good music and committed acting.

Don't see it if You are bothered by non-traditional casting and have rigid expectations for the form of Greek tragedy.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Exquisite, Dizzying

See it if great music, tragic feelings

Don't see it if you don't like greek tragedy at all

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, int...
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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 o...
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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,...
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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...
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