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. More…
'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?
"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
"'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
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.
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
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.
See it if you love the Greek epics. Want to see a skillful blending with current events and a new twist on the story of Circe
Don't see it if you cant see one more staging of the Iliad/Odyssey, or don't like adaptations that bring in extraneous material and political commentary
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.
See it if you want something a bit different & want to support veterans in theater - the show is disappointing in some parts but strong in others
Don't see it if you are in the mood for lighter fare or are not interested in (or familiar with) classic Greek stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You are familiar with the stories of Odysseus, the Trojan War, and Oedipus. You are game for something really slow; you enjoy adaptations.
Don't see it if You arent familiar with the details of those stories, there isnt any real context or explanation for them; you want a contemporary story.
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.
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