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The Trojan Women

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

The Flea mounts Ellen McLaughlin’s Bosnian War-inspired adaptation of Euripides' classic starring its resident acting company, the Bats. More…

The women of Troy have been sold into slavery. Their husbands are dead, their city destroyed, and it seems as though the gods have forgotten them. As they wait to be taken away, the women grapple with grief, fear and the gravity of total loss. 'The Trojan Women' is the first anti-war play in the Western canon, written to make Greece consider the consequences of perpetual warfare. This production makes abundant use of music, movement, and ritual to explore how living in wartime impacts every member of a community.

Member Reviews (23)


Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting
Avg Score

Entertaining, Resonant, Intense

See it if you like heart wrenching classic greek

Don't see it if you want to see more seasoned actors who may carry this hefty material a bit better

Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Appreciate an ancient story brought into the 21 century. Surprisingly relevant and as heartbreaking today as the story was 3200 years ago.

Don't see it if You insist on elaborate staging or costumes. It's a stripped down performance with less props than even the Greeks would have used.

Banal, Edgy, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You want a woman's perspective of the Trojan war

Don't see it if You don't like violence, mediocre acting, dead babies

Dated, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into modernized productions of old plays

Don't see it if it can be a little slow at times

Slow, Intense, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you like supporting young artists, or like to see adaptations of greek tragedy/like greek tragedy.

Don't see it if you can't sit through overly poetic language, very cliched college theatre-esque performances and directorial choices.

Slow, Dated, Great staging

See it if you enjoy classical theater. It's pretty straight-forward.

Don't see it if you're frustrated by heightened language/prefer hyper-realism and modernism.

Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like classical theatre, and Greek mythology. You like to support young artists, like plays about women. Like poetry.

Don't see it if you prefer major productions, creative costume design, or colorful theatre display. If you don't care for greek mythology.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Captivating, Must see

See it if You love history and being truly immersed in a show. The actors have a way of making the audience members feel the raw emotions.

Don't see it if you have no soul.

Slow, Indulgent, Inaccessible, Pushy

See it if You like supporting young artists. New York needs more venues where amateur artists can gain some real experience. Its got to be tough....

Don't see it if You were expecting professional quality based on the advertisements. The playwright's a big deal, but I think its more for the kids involved

Absorbing, Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You seek catharsis from your theatre and enjoy experiencing ancient texts through a contemporary lens

Don't see it if You need plastic, polished performances. You don't like highly intimate spaces. You don't like to be deeply shaken.

Banal, Insipid, Indulgent, Overrated, Entitled

See it if you feel compelled to I suppose....

Don't see it if you dont want to see one more production by entitled, self promotional faux feminists with a ticket to ride. What's happening to this town?

Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid, Overconfidant

See it if You want to support The Flea for your own reasons.

Don't see it if If you're going to hype something as this high profile, you'd better deliver. This is high school level theater, maybe undergraduate level.

Hopeless, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be reminded of the terror without hope.

Don't see it if you've had enough of these narratives that destroy female bodies.

Empty, Entitled, Excruciating

See it if you want to watch a bunch of young, entitled performers take on topics they know nothing of.

Don't see it if you've had enough of experiencing appropriation of others' stories.

During previews

See it if You are related to one of The Bats in the cast. They need your support.

Don't see it if You were encouraged by McLaughlin's Septimus and Clarissa, or any versions of the play about town in the last 20 years. This is not them.

During previews
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like Greek drama or classical theater. Great staging and a couple of truly fantastic performances. Simple and straightforward.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged. This is heavy stuff and fairly academic. A very bare bones production.

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to become involved in the material, challenged to think about important issues

Don't see it if you would prefer to be amused than involved

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You've never seen The Trojan Women perhaps?

Don't see it if You want an aesthetically pleasing evening at the theater. Beat over the head with "the message" - performances & directing are overwrought.

During previews
Disappointing, Pretentious

See it if you can get a free ticket and have nothing else to do.

Don't see it if See above :)

During previews
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you want to cry like a baby in front of a room of strangers.

Don't see it if you're afraid that once the floodgates open they won't close again.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Intense

See it if you want to support young actors fully committing to a difficult text.

Don't see it if you don't have a spare hour to encourage the next generation of actors and theatre makers.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if ...just don't see it.

Don't see it if you enjoy masterful theatre. This amateurish production goes wrong in so many painful ways!

During previews
Absorbing, Difficult, Beautiful, Great acting, Heart-wrenching

See it if you like to be challenged at the theater. This is not an easy piece to watch, but it is magnificently well-done.

Don't see it if you are a cold human who doesn't practice empathy.

September 1st, 2016
“'Whatever you dream,' Poseidon (Thomas Muccioli) says, 'even the most horrifying dream cannot be worse than what you will awake to.' The production seems, in a way, to heed his counsel. There’s a hollow, anesthetized quality to the performance, and it’s a hindrance...The primary impression this ...
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September 2nd, 2016
"The pained clarity and blunt poetry of McLaughlin’s text retain some power even when delivered in a horse of wooden acting. With few exceptions—such as Wortmann as Andromache—the young actors of the Bats, under Haney’s earnest direction, lack the gravitas to pull off this material, and the intim...
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September 1st, 2016
"A solid and vibrantly acted production...One of the problems with more traditional presentations of 'The Trojan Women' is that Hecuba can often come off as a bottomless vessel of misery, pouring her self-pity all over the stage to the point where it barely registers. McLaughlin mitigates this by...
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September 12th, 2016
"Under Anne Cecelia Haney's measured, yet relentless, direction, the play's implacable march to a place where hope no longer exists remains steadily engrossing and often powerfully affecting. Working with The Bats, she has overseen several fine performances...Modern costumes point out what is pro...
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