Already closed | 1h 15m | Brooklyn

Our Trojan War

From 31 member  reviews
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. 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?

1h 15m | Already closed | BAM - Fishman Space (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (31)


Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

Ambitious, Confusing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

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.

Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent

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 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

Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent, 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

Confusing, Pretentious, Indulgent, Ambitious

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.

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

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, 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.

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

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Solidly acted

See it if You want to see ancient Greek war tragedies juxtaposed with current military excursions in the middle east, performed by military veterans

Don't see it if You're not well up on the Greek classics, or expect new insights on U.S. military’s interactions with middle eastern culture.

Also A worthy effort by the theater company, but still needs some work in p... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Boring

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

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.

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 ...
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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 Wa...
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