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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

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.

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, 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.

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.

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
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
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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