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Our Trojan War

Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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31 reviews
 

Aquila Theatre Company and a Warrior Chorus of U.S. veterans/actors mount this visceral show in which classic battles are set against narratives of modern-day war.

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'Our Trojan War' uses epic moments from Homer’s 'Iliad' and scenes from other classical Greek drama and poetry to propel its chronicle of men and women at war. The clash of gods and heroes, the rage of Achilles, the suicide of Ajax, the fall of Troy, and the rise of Rome are among the many stories of war and homecoming presented in the piece, which poses urgent questions about modern democracy. What does democracy mean? What kind of democracy do we want to live in? How do we preserve and protect the democracy we have?

 

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Reviews (33)

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84
Avg Score

80
Theatre is Easy

"'Our Trojan War' is not out to entertain. It’s a heavy piece loaded with layers of narrative that raises a plethora of challenging questions for the audience to digest and reflect on...The ensemble delivers the piece with the utter sincerity that comes from some of their true experiences. There are certainly flaws that lie in the play's density...However, this does not negate the value of 'Our Trojan War' as an important commentary on modern warfare through the scope of the classics." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"Thanks to a perceptive script, a changing projected backdrop, and expert staging and lighting effects, the play alternates seamlessly between ancient Greek stories and the present day...I was surprised at how natural and engaging the dialogue felt–it never came off as antiquated...'Our Trojan War' is theater as the Greeks intended it, and as all truly great theater should be: a method of beholding, a tool for seeing more clearly, a mirror to hold up to our society, and to ourselves." Full Review

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65
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49
Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like shows that try to mix classic tragedy with today real war stories

Don't see it if You are not into overly intellectual and pretentious theater pieces. This show will leave you totally bored and confused

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You are well-versed in the Greek classics and are interested in relating them to modern war stories.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy extensive monologues or are not interested in classic Greek plays.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Great staging, Dramatic

See it if you want to revisit the Iliad & Odyssey in an updated relevant setting & context. The talk back also adds to appreciating the cast & story.

Don't see it if you are expecting a fancy production. Its bare set w/ just a screen actually works to focus on the dramatic well delivered intense speeches.

Also It could be 'confusing" if you forgot the characters & plot of the Ili... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like very overblown language and straightforward delivery with very little relation to your lines.

Don't see it if you do not like very talky plays.

45
Ambitious

See it if You like Greek dramas and have a working memory of most stories/myths.

Don't see it if You want action. Nothing really happened, felt more like an academic exercise.

65
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing

See it if war protest is your idea of good theater.

Don't see it if you love the Greek classics. Long monologues seemingly choosen at random are intermixed with scenes of current day American soldiers.

76
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you have a decent background in Greek History and mythology and want to see the relevance to our modern military choices.

Don't see it if you know nothing about Greek history and mythology. You will be lost and confused but hopefully inspired to learn more.

Also Kudos to the Aquila Theater and the Warrior Chorus. It was also my fir... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want an ethereal view of the state of our wars right now...where we might be heading.

Don't see it if You can't let your mind wander with narrative. This piece sort of meanders it's way to its rather stunning point.

40
Great cast, Great tech, Very confusing story

See it if you know Greek mythology. Long time since high school & the constant weaving between the present & the classics was too confusing for me.

Don't see it if you don't remember your Greek mythology. Pity because it's a great cast and gorgeous production.

70
Clever, Intense, Relevant, Confusing

See it if need clarification between the ancient Greeks and toady's world. Some good acting but not all Nice seating.

Don't see it if you are ready for some thinking. It may be distressing or it may remind. you of some family disasters. Some actors need more training.

55
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, It's premise doesn't work

See it if a play trying to compare the Trojan war to our war in the Middle East..

Don't see it if you are looking for a clear cut parable between the Trojan and Mid-East wars.

Also I found myself more confused by both wars after this exercise ended. L... Read more Read less

70
Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You would like to delve into the lives of veterans, and see how ancient texts resonate with their experiences.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with classical texts, you don't like shows of confusing lines with little actions.

Also The postshow discussion is much better than the show itself. Although ... Read more Read less

58
Boring

See it if you dont mind waiting 75 minutes to hear modern words spoken (mostly) with meaning and clear delivery.

Don't see it if you love beautiful words spoken well. you dont think theater should be work. sorry there was some really bad acting and staging.

Also I get why this was supposed to be good. I even sort of like the juxtap... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Pretentious

See it if You are familiar with the ancient texts and can figure out the purpose of the disjointed snips and snatches. Pompous and confusing

Don't see it if You like good acting and/or something new and thought provoking.

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in Greek classics like the Iliad and the Odyssey

Don't see it if You have no interest in Greek classics like the Iliad and/or the Odyssey or if you are offended by profanity

74
Ambitious, Disappointing, Amateurs acting, A tad pretentious, Over-reaching

See it if You want an unsuccessful/confusing mixture of Middle East warfare & The Trojan War-w/a wrap up out of a high school humanities excersize.

Don't see it if By casting ex military, not actors, audience can never become immeresed-too amateur. "A" for thought, but disappointing esp given it is BAM.

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if For Interweaving of ancient history and modern war, democracy and leadership

Don't see it if juxtapositions aren't your thing

65
Slow, boring , confusing

See it if you are very familiar with these Greek stories; Long monologues with very little context

Don't see it if you are expecting a play with coherent linear story

60
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You know your Greek tragedies and like to see interesting works using these great texts to tell a story or make a point.

Don't see it if You don't know your Greek tragedies. Also it is quite slow, a lot of actors standing around watching one person speak. And often confusing.

65
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like the idea of ancient stories juxtaposed with current events.

Don't see it if you're expecting any new insight on how people of different cultures (especially American and Middle Eastern) relate to each other.

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Arresting, Classically contemporary, Knowledge based

See it if combining classical text/stories with experience of combat veterans in the Middle East seems worthy endeavour + excellent acting co & text

Don't see it if examining combat/military/ hospitality issues distress u or u need something mindless to entertain you also questions leadership & knowledge

60
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you enjoy comparing ancient Greek epics to modern-day conflicts, if you don't think cohesive plots or linear story lines are important.

Don't see it if you tend to tune out when there is no driving action on stage, if you prefer concrete characters.

Also I think the premise of this project was interesting, but ultimately un... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great idea

See it if you'd like to see important scenes from several Greek tragedies. You support theater for or by war veterans.

Don't see it if you're expecting clear lessons we can apply to current times. You want a cohesive plot.

Also The vision behind this play was excellent, important, & highly relevan... Read more Read less

64
Boring, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you enjoy Greek dramas and how they relate to modern war.

Don't see it if you're looking for an interesting play. The connections between the greek stories and modern war didn't seem completely there.

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like mash-ups of classical texts in a new setting with contemporary context

Don't see it if you aren't interested in ancient Greek and Roman stories