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 You want an excuse to check out Hudson Yards or The Shed.
Don't see it if You don't want to be bored. The first 30mins of this show is literally a man dictating a script to a woman who is typing. Seriously? lol
See it if you are fans of both terrific performers and don't care what they are doing.This is dull, overwrought, over written and way too long.
Don't see it if you can avoid it.It really felt as if I had just wasted 90 minutes, plus travel time, plus time away from my dog, plus money for the ticket.
See it if you're eager to see New York's newest Broadway style theatrical venue or you really want to see Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw in person.
Don't see it if you expect a coherent, thought-provoking play or if you don't want to spend 90 min feeling like 90 hr in a mostly impersonal, dark theater
See it if You enjoy experimental theater, or want to see something that is strange and weird.
Don't see it if You need a clear plot, don’t enjoy plays that take a lot of chances.
See it if If you want to see the new theater at the Shed
Don't see it if One of the worst plays I have ever seen. Felt sorry for the two actors cannot believe they inaugurated the new theater with this disappoint
See it if you need a nap.
Don't see it if you care about plot, structure, etc. The play is someone dictating a play to a secretary. Punctuation and all. Sooo slow.
See it if You love postmodern, very experimental work, that the rest of us can't follow. Or just don't want to.
Don't see it if It was hard to follow. And what I did catch, wasn't worth it.
See it if Ben Whishaw and Renee Flemming. Go watch the show for them, and only them.
Don't see it if Like I said they were the only highlight of the show. It was quite confusing, and hard to follow. IMO a waste of their talent.
See it if You want to be bored even with stellar actors.
Don't see it if You like Anne Carson - the production does not do justice to her text at all.
See it if No matter how big of a fan of Ben or Renee you are, there is no reason to subject yourself to such torture. Ben's acting/voice were great
Don't see it if Impossible to follow the story, the dictation is very annoying, there are often competing sounds which are irritating. Huge failure
See it if You want to see two great performers try to salvage a horrid piece of pretentious writing. Honestly, it was quite painful to see.
Don't see it if You expect anything from the story or want to see a clever or slightly entertaining play. Don’t go if you have anything better to do.
See it if It’s the only alternative to root canal work ...we’ll actually come to think of it
Don't see it if You don’t want to get angry at pretentious nonsense .
See it if Adore Renee Fleming, are interested in checking out New York's newest cultural center,
Don't see it if Want a play that "sheds" light on either Marilyn Monroe or Helen of Troy, because this doesn't. It is both cliched and confusing.
See it if You don't like plot lines. You aren't looking for a traditional play. You want to see sharp acting.
Don't see it if You are looking for a constant story that flows. You don't want to be taken out of your comfort zone.
See it if you like experimental plays and would like to see a play that is a hard to follow poem, you want to se renée and ben
Don't see it if you like structured and more concrete narratives
See it if You like watching in horror as two performers at the top of their game are trapped in a pretentious play that criminally wastes them
Don't see it if you’re not into pseudo-intellectual crap
See it if You enjoy poem/plays that include lines about wind phones producing Truman Capote.
Don't see it if This idea had so much potential, but you’re left with a lot of pretentious imagery and no connection to the audience. Poor Renée and Ben.