The Trojan Women (The New Collectives)
The Trojan Women (The New Collectives)
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The Trojan Women (The New Collectives) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(17 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
12%
Negative
6%
Members say
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant

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The New Collectives present a new version of Eurpides' classic tragedy.

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101 Reviews | 16 Followers
98
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in seeing a beautifully acted 2500-yr-old play still speak to us today. This production is a treasure

Don't see it if You don't like to think

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
93
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Powerful

See it if You like well acted small productions. See it if you support women rights and their stories.

Don't see it if You prefer big budgeted productions.

Also Was suprised to see the amount of talent in this small production. They actually deserve better staging. There's a few points the director may want to cosider. 1. That background noise is annoying. 2. I would recast your Helen. All was great until she came - bad acting and hardly audible voice. Definitely not at par with the rest of the cast. 3. Chorus girls were great, except for Athena who sounded and looks like one of the production staff asked to replace someone last minute. She was so out of touch.

106 Reviews | 32 Followers
79
Absorbing, Interesting staging, Good acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are looking for an interesting production of Euripides' great anti-war play

Don't see it if you don't like modern dress productions of classics

50 Reviews | 33 Followers
78
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like a generally well-acted and mostly faithful representation of a classic Greek tragedy.

Don't see it if Have accessibility issues as the theater is upstairs and there's no elevator.

Also The New Collectives company did a well-executed version of The Trojan Women. Particularly strong was the performance of Marcie Henderson as Hecuba who, once a queen, was still the moral center of the women. She brought a great range of strength, grief and rage at the right spots. Giverny Petitmermet was also good as an Andromache facing a death sentence for her infant child. Good marks to Joie Bauer in his dual role as Poseidon and Menelaus. On the other hand, Ashley Burroughs as Helen, who is stranded with women who hate her and facing a vengeful husband, was flat emotionally and barely audible vocally. The performance space was quite small but well set-up to look like a contemporary refugee camp. The costuming well-reflected that. Two notes on the space--it is an actual balcony with no elevator access and there are no separate house lights, so the audience space is illuminated. I got my ticket for a nominal price pursuant to Show-Score's member nights program.

136 Reviews | 35 Followers
77
Ambitious, earnest, uneven

See it if you are interested in ancient Greek plays.

Don't see it if you're a purist about Euripides or the other Greek playwrights.

Also This production was basically faithful to its source, despite the set, which made it appear to be taking place either in a refugee camp or in a backyard in Kew Gardens. The acting was generally effective. The greater problem, I think, is the play itself, which consists of one lamentation after another; after a while, I found myself tuning them out--except for the one after Astyanax (Andromache's and Hector's son) has been thrown over the wall to his death.

464 Reviews | 155 Followers
76
Rewarding, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you wish more of the classics were performed. A mega-arc of humanity’s attempt to control fate reduced to illusion & misguided vanity.

Don't see it if you don’t like poetry as scripts, the extremity of Greek drama, or theater that happens in attics and lofts.

Also The translation: Gorgeous; a major reason to go. Kennelly is a poet (not a playwright). But if you’re not into listening for heightened language & pointed metaphors, this dialog will sound affected & maybe a little ponderous because... The play: the inherent issues w/ Euripides' TTW remain—a long play where the main “action” is waiting. And the women intermittently bewail their victimhood in ways that alienate most self-respecting audiences. But this is humanity at the nadir of hope, so if you’re on board with a fairly traditional Trojan Women then… This production: ultimately rewarding. All of the major scenes sparked of surprise, grief, rage, and finished strong. Helen should project more, but I thought the Helen-Menelaus-Hecuba scene was dynamite. The prod design accomplishes a lot w/n its limits & exploits the dramatic possibilities of the loft space. One issue annoying enough to deduct points: The ambient music was one chord held infinitely—infuriatingly distracting.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
75
Ambitious, Good but uneven acting, Interesting staging, Repetitious

See it if Good to see real classics again. Some terrific acting (some not so). But the staging was delightfully funky, in the loft of an old church.

Don't see it if Like theatre fast-paced, light and fluffy, then stay home and watch sitcoms. If the subjugation of women is not your theme ...ditto.

111 Reviews | 19 Followers
73
Amateur, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like amateur theater & don't mind varying levels of acting. Some scenes were moving. Hecuba & Poseidon/Menelaus largely carried the show

Don't see it if you expect production values higher than your average school/church/youth group can afford. The majority of the actors felt inexperienced.

Also I wasn't especially impressed by the translation they used; there were some jarring and unnecessary modernisms. Also, a number of the actors felt miscast. The show would have benefitted from an intermission; it was obvious that about two-thirds of the way through, the actors were beginning to tire. (This being quite an amateur production, the majority of the actors likely don't have sufficient professional experience or stamina.)