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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

69
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

50
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

63
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

56
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.

65
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.


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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