Our Trojan War
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Our Trojan War
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Our Trojan War NYC Reviews and Tickets

65%
(31 Ratings)
Positive
48%
Mixed
39%
Negative
13%
Members say
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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175 Reviews | 24 Followers
85
Intense, Dramatic, Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging

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 Iliad & Odyssey so I suggest a review of them first or even just watching Brad Pitt's movie Troy. The play reminds me of DiCaprio's movie "Romeo & Juliet" when the classic lines are delivered by modern characters - they become more interesting, absorbing & relevant. And learning in the talk back that some of the "acting" soliders in the play were actual war veterans added even more appreciation to this work. It was a different play as it was like watching declamation pieces one after another which was a delight!

608 Reviews | 142 Followers
85
Profound, Thought-provoking, Classically contemporary, Knowledge based, Arresting

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

139 Reviews | 19 Followers
83
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

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

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

1214 Reviews | 486 Followers
79
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy

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.

201 Reviews | 21 Followers
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

155 Reviews | 46 Followers
76
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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 first visit to the BAM Fisher for a performance. Love the space.

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
74
Ambitious, Amateurs acting, A tad pretentious, Disappointing, 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.

105 Reviews | 58 Followers
71
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great idea, Confusing

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 relevant, but this production failed to deliver. This is mostly excerpts from various Greek classics. While the lead actors in those excerpts were high caliber, the play didn't connect the dots between those ancient tragedies and our modern-day ones. Perhaps they wanted to stay neutral (making a clear analogy between Oedipus's arrogance & Trump's would be bad politics, for instance, assuming that's what they meant), but the result was a play that felt like a bunch of disconnected snippets. The chance to see such past-to-present parallels drew me to see this. Since they weren't there, I left disappointed. I'd love to see the script rewritten to be tighter & more focused. As the saying goes, if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. There is huge potential here for a play that really brings home that message.

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
April 20th, 2017

"'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."
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Stage Buddy
May 1st, 2017

"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."
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