Ends Sep 21 | 2h 10m | Upper W Side

Troilus and Cressida (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing

About the show

Hamlet Isn’t Dead presents an all-female exploration of "Troilus and Cressida." Watch the Greeks and Trojans clash as Troilus and Cressida enter into a doomed love story from which few escape unscathed.

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From the show:

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s Troilus & Cressida is a pulse-pounding, heartbreaking masterpiece of art and war. This all-female exploration of one of Shakespeare’s most testosterone-fueled plays, set against the backdrop of the Trojan War, is an epic like no other. Watch the Greeks and Trojans clash as Troilus and Cressida enter into a doomed love story from which few escape unscathed.

 Dive into the action with Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s signature brand of immediate, intimate staging. Experience the live musical soundscape of harmony and warlike drums, highlighting the natural rhythms and theatrical urgency of the text. Thrill at the hand-to-hand combat that arises from a decade-long crusade with ancient legends like Achilles, Ajax, and Agamemnon. Enter the stage of war, and witness the unfolding of one of Shakespeare’s most gut-wrenching tragedies, which proves that “to be wise and love exceeds all might”.


Member Reviews (15)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing
80
Avg Score

75
Good singing, Absorbing, Uneven editing, Uneven acting, Ambitious

See it if you like creative versions of WS's plays. Huge cast, w widely-varying degrees of talent. Enjoyable music before ea act and in Act I.

Don't see it if you require all strg actors. Or dislike deep text cuts wh undermine story (Cr's betrayal scene incoherent). Spirited, hardworking ensemble.

80
Great music at the breaks, Action-packed, Fast, Truncated, Smart

See it if you’d like a fast, smart, fully female accounting of a touching but somewhat problematic Shakespeare play, a love story in time of war.

Don't see it if the idea of an all female world disturbs you or you are expecting the full original play.

Also As I have written here in earlier reviews of productions from the comp... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want an all-female, enthusiastic, & game cast in 1 of Shakespeare's rarely seen plays w/themes relevant to today.

Don't see it if You'd prefer 1 of Shakespeare's better known plays. You prefer more traditional staging and/or casting. You want Shakespeare unedited.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are up for an all women cast performing one of Shakespeare's lesser known, but riveting plays. These women are up to the task!

Don't see it if You prefer seeing men playing the roles of men, but why?

80
Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if It's a seldom-produced Shakespearean epic with no doubling. It's very well done. It's a good company with good actors. Go see it.

Don't see it if There are a LOT of characters and they can be a little tricky to keep track of, but unless you need impressive sets or male actors, see it.

69
Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a decent, charming at times production of a rarely seen play

Don't see it if you seek an interpretation that is either classic or edgy; this is mildly in-between.

Also a lovely troupe of female actors converts genders and pronouns, but as... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and don't mind unconventional staging (all female cast, minimal set & costumes)

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare or prefer a more conventional staging

Also I have seen & enjoyed many productions with women playing male roles, ... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Romantic, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare, are interested in plays that are staged less often, want to support women-focused theater companies.

Don't see it if you can't abide changes to Shakespeare or don't like to watch women on stage.

Also I hadn't seen this play staged, and I really enjoyed this production t... Read more Read less

78
Epic, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare and want to see a lesser-performed show done justice by a fine cast of actors.

Don't see it if you require luxury in your theatrical venues.

70
Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You are willing to see an enthusiastic cast tackle one of Shakespeare's difficult plays, and don't expect perfection.

Don't see it if You are not accustomed to Shakespeare, or expect a perfect version of this difficult play.

Also The cast and director handle the comedy better than the tragedy of T&C... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great singing, Clever

See it if You're a Shakespeare completist, you're interested in love in war, you want to see a different twist on the Trojan War than the Iliad.

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare, you have something against single gender casts, you don't like tumultuous love stories

Also It is so amazing and heartwarming and unique (still!) to see women all... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a big enough Shakespeare fan that you'd enjoy seeing his lesser-known work re-imagined by a kickass group of women.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, or are a misogynist, or hate awesome fight scenes.

98
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare, all Female cast that kick ass, exciting fights, truthful acting, fantastic direction - a new look on a rare classic

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare, live music, violence on stage, all female cast, or edited swift storytelling of classics.

Also The production is very ambitious on many different levels - artists wi... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy watching badass women conquering Shakespeare, captivating combat, and hearing wonderful music.

Don't see it if you want to see classic plays done more traditionally.

100
Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're a Shakespeare nerd, like, watching women kick ass, and/or enjoy a good love story

Don't see it if You tend to get your panties in a twist about gender-bending


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