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posted Friday, March 9, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 10
The Trojan Women: It's all Greek
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The Trojan Women: It's all Greek

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

The Trojan Women
Broadway Performance Hall
March 7-9, 15-17


Euripides wrote the Greek tragedy The Trojan Women more than 2,000 years ago, but the lessons and interpretations of the play are still relevant today. The subjects of religious justifications for conquests, slavery, and murder are nothing new, and are still the subjects of theater and discussions more than 20 centuries later. Quiet Productions takes on the challenge of presenting this classic story with their modern interpretation of the play.

The plotline is a commentary on the Peloponnesian War telling the story of the sack of Troy and the aftermath for its female citizens. The city is conquered and the men have all been killed in the war, leaving the fate of their women to be decided by the vanquishing Greeks. A Greek envoy announces that the women are to be shipped off and enslaved. Trojan Queen Hecuba is sent to Odysseus, and her daughter is to be concubine to King Agamemnon himself. To prevent any form of revenge, Hecuba's infant grandson is to be thrown off the cliffs as sacrifice. After the queen is allowed to prepare for her grandson's funeral, the women are taken away to their enslaved destinies.

The sets of the show were updated for a 'modern take.' In a clever way to remind us of how Troy fell, the remnants of a wooden horse's head and body were strewn about the stage. It worked well with a subtle commentary unto itself. Contemporary dress was used for costumes, and a television monitor was hung over the stage for emphases of current technology. Even the issues of same-sex relationships were brought out to make the point that no matter how much has changed, very little has in the long run.

The actors did a good job with what they had to work with. Hecuba (Gina Marie Russell) expressed many of her emotions through strong facial expressions. This helped us understand what was going on even when the dialogue couldn't be understood. The chorus was unified - as Greek choruses should be - and they worked together to emphasize certain points within the play. While double casting is nothing new to smaller theaters, there was some confusion with the transitions. Something more than just the changing of a jacket or the addition of a limp is needed to clarify the difference of which character is which when moving from the chorus to a distinct person.

The challenges with updating a 2,000-year-old play are many, but this group seemed to focus on the less important ones. The dialogue has been interpreted hundreds of times, but it doesn't make it any easier to understand. The audience really needs to have a previous understanding of the Peloponnesian Wars, the battle of Troy, or at least the time period being represented in order to comprehend any play written from this era. While the language is poetic, it's not the easiest to understand, and there were times when (at least) this audience member was struggling to follow along. At the beginning, the television monitor flashed into life, showing two reporters in discussion to set the scene of the play. Since this started five minutes before the curtain time, the auditorium lights were still on and audience members were still being situated in their seats without realizing the play had started. The importance of the televised dialogue (which was between the gods Poseidon and Athena) was completely lost, starting the entire show with confusion. Scenarios and commentary were presented on the screen throughout the show, but instead of clarifying what was on stage it just seemed to further distract from being able to follow the dialogue. While the theater itself is set up well, the well-heated auditorium seemed to further lure the audience into drowsiness, which didn't help to keep focus on the play.

Through the years, this play has been interpreted over and over again. In 1965 the Nobel Prize winning Jean-Paul Sartre presented a version faithful to the original, but with an emphasis on imperialism and existentialistic subjects. The acclaimed Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin wrote a macabre version with an even more disturbing emphasis on scatological situations. Several movies have been made, the most famous one by Greek director Mihalis Kakogiannis, which starred Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Blessed. Other updated versions have included scenarios about Hiroshima's bombing and Holocaust visuals, while some have incorporated blues and rock 'n' roll music.

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