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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
65
Avg Score

55
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

20
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if drawing a blank... you're related to someone in it? You appreciate the comfy chairs in the Fishman?

Don't see it if no "if" needed. Don't see it! It's bad!

Also Just to be clear - I'm not panning this because of the show's politics... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Indulgent

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.

78
Absorbing, both classic & original

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

64
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.

60
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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