Trojan Women

ensemble theatre · project nongenue · Ages 15+ · family friendly · United States of America

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FRANCISCO BRACHO certified reviewer · June 03, 2018
tagged as: heartfelt · tragedy · classic · ensemble
This production is spot on . A dramatic center for this years Fringe. The acting full throttle when it needs to be and delicate when called for. The large modern dance moves accentuate the turmoil, but its the small facial expressions in the background that give it depth. You will be floored.... full review

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LEAH VERRILL · June 10, 2018
A beautiful take on classical theatre. This show was brilliantly cast, thoughtfully staged and it’s movelmet was elegant in its ability to move the plot forward and relieve raw emotions. I highly recommend this powerful piece of theater. ... full review

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MARK HEIN · June 17, 2018
tagged as: Beautiful · artistic · unrelenting · stark
"Trojan Women" is a formidable challenge –the characters are from a world 3,000 years gone, they speak in elevated poetry, and their story is relentlessly painful. Project Nongenue's dedication and artistry give us an hour of terrible empathy that will not allow us to forget these women — nor the ones who suffer in refugee camps and prisons all over our world.... full review

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DANIEL FAIGIN certified reviewer · June 17, 2018
This is an ambitious play for a Fringe company to mount; I know the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Company is doing it for one weekend in July at the site formerly known as REP East. Luckily, Project Nongenue succeeded: the production was excellent. Even if you can’t follow the specifics of the story well, you can get the gist of the performances. And those performances? Just “wow”. Moving and beautiful, clearly demonstrating the anguish that these women were going through. Director Olivia Buntaine (FB), assisted by Elizabeth Jane Birmingham (FB), with movement direction by Christine Breihan (FB), have worked with the performance ensemble to create nothing less than a work of art. See the full writeup at https://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=14403... full review

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MORGAN LARIAH certified reviewer · June 10, 2018
tagged as: ensemble · drama · thrilling · women · War
Go! Go see this production. Under the keen direction of Olivia Buntaine, this beautiful ensemble is wrenchingly heartbreaking. They did such a good job making me forget that this is classical text and got right to the emotional core of the play. The production design embraced everything I love about theater- symbolism and functionality. Nothing is wasted, everything is used. The movement that was utilized throughout the piece added to it, and did not take me out of the world of the play. Extra big shout out to Taylor Jackson Ross as Hecuba. She takes a very difficult role and makes her so human, so understandable and relatable. We take this journey with her. Ross is formidable and a force on stage. Hats off to Rog Angell for producin... full review

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MICHAEL MASSEY · June 10, 2018
This production is doing such important work for the visibility of marginalized performers. It takes a century-upon-century old tale and uses the bodies of 2018 to tell it, all the while pulling the audience along a heart pounding story. If you are looking to support the work of women, the work of people of color, and the work of people using theatre to reinvent our preconceived notions of how classics are told, seeing this work by Project Nongenue is a must.... full review

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ELLIE MCELVAIN certified reviewer · June 15, 2018
tagged as: emotional · Beautiful · spooky · Haunting
In a word: Haunting. This show is incredibly well done. The use of the space, lighting, and sound was remarkable and moving. The performances were fraught with emotion - particularly moved by Cassandra and Helen. An important work for an important time. Also, spookier than Hereditary!... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 08, 2018
I like that the face that launched a thousand ships was a woman of color. Classics for people who like the Classics... And women.... full review

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HANNAH PELL certified reviewer · June 15, 2018
tagged as: Feminist · creative · thoughtful · visceral · powerful
Greek theater isn't normally my thing - for the most part, the productions of it that I've seen have just been a lot of people yelling. But this powerful, intimate production invites you in rather than shouting at you. There were so many visceral moments that showed us how much this play has to say about the position of women in our own world - and the many ways in which people with any kind of power are driven to use that power to harm someone with less of it. I don't want to spoil anything by trying to describe those moments here (and I wouldn't be able to do them justice anyway), but whether or not you're a fan of Greek theater, go see this production. ... full review

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LISA K. WYATT certified reviewer · June 21, 2018
tagged as: timeless · Tragic · Beautiful · classic · Feminist
This is a thoughtfully and effectively staged and deeply moving production. Olivia Buntaine is a director to watch. The cast delivers solid performances, especially Kay Capasso as Eris. The modern yet classic production and costume design have a timeless feel with a dustbowl palette. I look forward to seeing more from Project Nongenue in the future.... full review

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