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Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

About the show

In this unsettling, bitingly comic drama, a young girl embarks on a strange journey to regain everything she’s lost by becoming someone she’s never been. More…

Teenage Charlotte’s beautiful mother is dead. In the midst of her own grief, and her father’s unwillingness to cope, she finds herself searching in fantasy for what she cannot find in reality. Charlotte turns for comfort to the story of Helen of Troy, convinced that beauty, desire, and fame can help bring her mother back and punish the world that took her away in the first place.

Member Reviews (34)


Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing
Avg Score

Lots of screaming, Repetitive, Shallow, Slow, Amateurish

See it if you know someone in the cast. The premise (a teenage girl obsessed w/beauty) has merit, but its repetitive, screaming treatment is torturous

Don't see it if you want a polished, NYC-quality prodn. EWBD's community theater via performances/script. Some funny lines buried in morass. Voices too loud

Also I left about half-way through the show.

In desperate need of editing!, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a smart look at a young girls view of self worth, image and death (to name a few). Well acted. Cleverly directed.

Don't see it if You can’t appreciate a diamond in the rough. This is WAY to long and in need of a good edit but there’s some good stuff in there.

Intense, Long, Well played, Uncomfortable, Sharp

See it if you're ready to take an unflinching look at a disturbed teenage girl who's willing to risk lots of collateral damage in her search for love.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light.

Also Hunger Theatre has revived Mark Schultz’s “Everything Will Be Differen... Read more Read less

Intense, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want good character development around the issues of parental loss and coming of age sexually.

Don't see it if you are bothered by minimal sets, loud screaming or the subject matter. A good edit is needed as this production runs two hours.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a searing, dark coming of age story. You want a commentary on beauty, love & sex as seen through a teen lens.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/frank discussions about sex. You like a strong through-line:rough transition btwn scenes & often didn't quite connect

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense

See it if You are ok with dealing with Lost and loneliness, growing up.

Don't see it if It can be dark at alot of time, if sex topics makes you uncomfortable.

Also At times you feel sorry for the lead female character. At other times ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Very disappointing theater venue

See it if You want to see many great performances on a very small and intimate stage

Don't see it if You need things to be straightforward. As the play goes on it gets a bit confusing and we don’t know what is real and what isn’t.

Also I really like this production a lot. I was pleasantly surprised over a... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intense, Funny, Slow, Confusing

See it if You don't mind excessive and prolonged screaming profanities.

Don't see it if You like straightforward pieces.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want to see excellent acting be all on stage.

Don't see it if you want the obviously missing backstory to help make sense of the seemingly overboard grief of daughter and father.

Poignant, Real, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate intensely emotional character and relationship development re loss from perspective of imaginative adolescent girl/her dad

Don't see it if you prefer comedy, light drama, or musicals, or cannot sit through 2 hours of uncomfortable subject matter without interval

Also Only the slighty excessive length prevented perfection. Ready for Broa... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Long script needs focus and editing, Disappointing

See it if You're up for a dark coming of age tale as a young girl tries to deal with death/loss/sex/insecurity/self-worth & despair with mixed results

Don't see it if Teenage angst and troubles, or melodrama, hold no interest. Despite some good moments, it's a long way to go for a flat, pat ending.

Also Mark Schultz has a terrific ear for teen dialogue, and Allison Wick is... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if You want to see some really great performances and something that will challenge you and push your comfort levels.

Don't see it if You dislike having your patience and comfort tested. The show is 2 hours no intermission and feels it.

Also First off, there are some amazing performances in this show. Allison W... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, This dark and shocking examination of the destructive and deforming power of beauty is served up by a brilliant cast--every one is great.

See it if You appreciate great acting in a dark and disturbing but intensely thought provoking play. You will never forget the girl playing the lead.

Don't see it if You find material dealing with sexual obsession and physical violence too disturbing. This one is very strong and in your face..

Dark, Emotional, Intense, Great acting, Powerful

See it if you want to see a dark, but intensely acted play that is a gut-punch, takes no prisoners and will have you thinking about it afterwards.

Don't see it if you want something happy, fluffy and will not inspire you to thoughts of suicide. This is one intense piece of work.

Also First off, the entire cast deserves a standing ovation for their perfo... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to sit for 2hours without a break watching a bad play about nothing. Too much screaming in parts.

Don't see it if You want a plot based play.

Edgy, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You're ok with an only semi-likable unreliable narrator protagonist who sows chaos & to whom awful things happen for 2 unrelenting hours.

Don't see it if It's a portrait of a girl in crisis all but begging for help that never arrives for 2 hours. Well acted but BRUTAL to watch. No happy ending

Excruciating, Indulgent, Cliched, Acting isn’t therapy!

See it if They have air-conditioning.

Don't see it if Utterly self-indulgent, shrieking mess of a show. Two hours of characters yelling ugly things at each other. Not even ear plugs will help.

Also Abandon hope all ye who enter here. ... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, A few good performances

See it if You think you'd enjoy watching an annoying teenager's slow, erratic, shrill, and painfully repetitive descent into madness.

Don't see it if You want a clear "voice," meaningful insight into characters, and believable character portrayal.

Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you can commit to a long, convoluted, often painful story which fails to provide resolution.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions/depictions of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse/manipulation.

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see well-written characters performed by good actors

Don't see it if You want a satisfying conclusion to the production

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you like excellent acting

Don't see it if you don't like sexual themes

Tense, harrowing look at bereavement and sexuality

See it if you like tense, explicit, uncomfortable dramas and are interested in how cultural values cause teen girls to be sexualized at an early age.

Don't see it if you can't handle a play that keeps you on edge for two hours with very few laughs to ease the tension.

Also When a fifteen-year-old girl loses her mother and has no one else to p... Read more Read less

Strong cast transcends repetitive & problematic play ...

See it if you like gritty and somewhat in-your- face dramedies with bare bones off-off Broadway production values. The tiny theatre seats about 30 !

Don't see it if you are put off by gritty in-your-face plays that you might find to be bordering on the distasteful.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Gratuitous, Slow

See it if you enjoy shows that have more shock value than artistic value

Don't see it if you don't enjoy raunch under the guise of telling a story about grief.

Also This show went too far. If the script didn't overtly depend on shock v... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if if you like the comparison of modern day social dilemma intertwined with references to Greek mythology

Don't see it if very modern minimalist background set; darkening of set to indicate different scenes; fast action at times;main character reads book refs

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