Renée Fleming ("Carousel") and Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall," The Crucible") star in a dramatic work by Anne Carson exploring the lives and myths of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—iconic beauties who lived millennia apart. More…
"Norma Jeane Baker of Troy" is a partly spoken, partly sung performance piece by poet, essayist, and scholar Anne Carson, staged by Katie Mitchell in The Shed’s 500-seat Theater.
See it if u want to see 2 riveting performers sing/speak/recite their way thru a mannered, artsy, sluggish avant-garde experiment in a new arts space.
Don't see it if ur a Whishaw or Fleming fan & expect an easily accessible piece of theatre. [This is strictly for fans of Carson or nonconformist theatre.]
See it if As it hypotically moves in & out of clarity, seems to be less about Greek saga as about women's empowerment Whishaw & esp Fleming quite good
Don't see it if Writing is dense, opaque & willfully esoteric yet strangely compelling as an exotic soundscape Monroe/Helen figure conjures doomed soul
See it if only if you are a devoted fan of either Renée Fleming or Ben Whishaw.
Don't see it if you have no patience for pretentious, confusing, underlit productions.
See it if you're a fan of Renee Fleming or Ben Whishaw. The soundscape is interesting and the set is beautiful.
Don't see it if you want a play that will hold your attention. It is a poetic play and experimental, but that should not mean boring and indulgent.
See it if What the ever loving fuck was that? Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming were fully committed, so that's something.
Don't see it if This is not theatre. It is something approximating performance art. I guess.
See it if Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw are enough to keep your attention for 90 minutes; both performers are excellent despite the "play".
Don't see it if you are hoping for a lot of great music, acting or even context for either Greek women heroines or Marilyn Monroe.
See it if both performers are terrific; Renee's voice is sublime. There are several excellent lines - but most of the text is deliberately obscure.
Don't see it if It's much too long; hard to hear the dialogue & hard to see. So edgy as to be alienating and there's little effort to communicate
See it if You like mystifying 'off the wall' plays which has a confusing dialogue and libretto where ancient Greece is conflated with a sixties icon
Don't see it if You like a play with a defined plot, any sort of clarity of spoken or sung words or a clear point.
See it if Two great performances....but to what end? The premise was interesting but far too buried in incomprehensible narrative.
Don't see it if I can't recommend this one to anyone but an opera fan who wants to see Renee Fleming in an unusual role in a small space.
See it if you want to see Ben, clearly a great actor. Unique mood experience. Not traditional at all. I almost liked it. Glad I went.
Don't see it if non-traditional theater is not appealing to you as you will hate this intensely. Don't go to see Renee Fleming-supporting, little singing.
See it if Liking this piece is more of a challenge than not. Two sensationally talented performers just don't pull it off.
Don't see it if You need to alphabetize your CD collection and have been putting it off.
See it if you enjoy avante garde surrealist drama, you like non-traditional experimental theatre, you are a Ben Whishaw fan
Don't see it if you are expecting opera from Mz Fleming, you don't like avante garde theatre, you need performances that "make sense".