Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Life Brief and Glorious

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Edgy, Overrated

About the show

The New Collectives presents this contemporary take on the Polyxena/Achilles myth of the Trojan War. An exploration of the theme of how identity and public roles are filtered through public and private behavior. More…

Murder. Sex. Achilles’ heel. Men and ships and men and ships and men and ships. This modern retelling of the events leading up to the fall of Troy reimagines the story through the eyes of the women responsible for holding the city together.

1h 30m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

Member Reviews (8)


Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Edgy, Overrated
Avg Score

Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Indulgent, Clunky

See it if You enjoy modern takes on classic stories. You want to support a small theatre company trying out big ideas.

Don't see it if You have little/no familiarity w/the Trojan myth. You want classics performed in verse. You want a more relevant adaptation of the myth.

Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like to see plays that try to offer another side to the classical story and already know the characters from the “Illiad.”

Don't see it if You get annoyed at playwrights who throw in gratuitous foul language to attempt to “modernize” an ancient theme.

Also I congratulate the playwright for the clever idea of showing the women... Read more Read less

You better be familiar with the iliad and greek mythology or you will be lost, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You are into Greek mythology

Don't see it if Want a play with a plot or point

Ambitious, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if A hip version of The Trojan Women appeals with cell phones ,a reporter and modern dress

Don't see it if You like your Greek classics traditional

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like fresh takes on old stories, you enjoy seeing good work produced on a shoestring budget

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a recreation of the movie "Troy," you prefer when classical text stays classical

Also This play has a lot of potential, which was not quite realized by its ... Read more Read less

Intense, Sometimes too slow sometimes too fast

See it if You have interest in Greek mythology, want to see something unique

Don't see it if you want a script that doesn't need some cuts

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see the famous myth of the Trojan war come alive in the modern era, from the views of strong leading female characters.

Don't see it if You don't have some previous knowledge of the story and its character.

Also I have to applaud the play's attempt to put the age-old myth in the mo... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Confusing, Overrated

See it if You know the ins and outs of the Iliad.

Don't see it if You want a modern take on a Greek tragedy, or if you want a totally coherent narrative.

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