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 Ben Whishaw dictates a screenplay about Helen of Troy to Renee Fleming who sings some of it. Ben's obsession with Marilyn gets in the way.
Don't see it if Unconventional theater that's not for everyone. But it's thrilling to watch Ben Whishaw become Marilyn right before your very eyes.
See it if You're willing to be taken on this journey led by two phenomenal performances by Whishaw and Fleming.
Don't see it if You're looking for something straightforward because this isn't at all.
See it if you enjoy out of the box theatre. It was confusing yet interesting. I didn’t quite get it, yet I found it entertaining.
Don't see it if you like traditional theatre or expect an obvious storyline.
See it if The two cast members Ben Whishaw and Renee Fleming are of interest to you in a very abstract play.
Don't see it if Strange subject matter about a young man obsessed with Helen of Troy and the recent death of Marilyn Monroe.
See it if If you want to see the actors perform beautifully and are at least reasonably familiar with Greek myth and Marilyn’s life. Very abstract.
Don't see it if If you insist on a clear plot being spelled out for you, or you will spend too much time trying to figure out who their characters are.
See it if It’s more a poem than play and harkens back to that moment in Greek civilization when spoken poetry morphed into theatre. Great performances
Don't see it if This is a tough piece and is not for every taste, It looks like a a new for but is quite old. Just have patience and listen.
See it if you want to see the two great performers in an unusual performance piece
Don't see it if you are not well versed in Greek mythology or if you require a plot with a clear through-line
See it if You are fans of Renee Fleming. You like a totally off the wall show. Very very very slow. But in the end I was moved.
Don't see it if You don’t want to experience a new theater and a new ( slow) piece. If you want big and flashy musical numbers. You are tired.
See it if you like the two actors, Renee Fleming and Ben Wishaw who are terrific even if the production is the epitome of strange.
Don't see it if you like a linear narrative with unambiguous themes and language.
See it if Ben Whishaw incredible Fleming's voice amazing. NOT for everyone, Greek myth of Helen meets Hllywd myth of Marilyn. War, sexism, suicide
Don't see it if You need narrative and linear. This ain't it. It's more like one of Anne Carson's poems with music and fantastic actors/singers
See it if you want to experience something different and unique. it is a polarizing piece and won’t be for everyone. it is truly ben whishaw’s show
Don't see it if you want a cohesive storyline and enjoy more traditional theater
See it if you love either of the actors, you like experimental theater of poetry
Don't see it if you want a linear plot or story. there is no story here really, it's just a poem adapted to the stage
See it if You need to have a taste for Greek theatre, meta-theatrics, chamber opera, poetic language, and/or experimentation to appreciate this play.
Don't see it if The stylish, noirish atmosphere created by the talented set & lighting designers sets the tone for this work, in which the Euripides version
See it if You like opera and Katie Mitchell's work and don't care too much about plot or elaborate stagging.
Don't see it if You care about plot driven peices and get bored easily.
See it if You are a fan of Norma Jeane as well as a fan of mythology itself. It was a very enchanting and eccentric piece of theatre.(in the best way)
Don't see it if You aren't going in with an open mind and you aren't a fan of an opera/play hybrid & you aren't a fan of a more 'modern' take on theatre.
See it if poetic, imaginative, open-minded; a fan of divine Ben Whishaw, provocative Anne Carson; and/or operatic star Renée Fleming; a word-lover.
Don't see it if expecting a straightforward, clear, and traditional drama; you are uncomfortable watching events unravel without unambiguous consequences.