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LA Theater Review

The Many Women of Troy

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Michael John Boynton wrote the book and lyrics and Brian Allan Hobbs composed the music for this ambitious musical focusing on women's experience of war and violence. It begins with a moving refrain sung by five women searching for their dead or disappeared menfolk, then leapfrogs through myth and history to dramatize tragedies wrought by religion, totalitarianism (Argentina under Pinochet) and madness (the Columbine massacre), among others. Recurring friction between four nurturing characters and one narcissist hones the drama and keeps didacticism at bay. The videography and sound are notable, and while finessing is in order, this piece has strong potential.

Pallas Theatre Collective at the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., June 25, 10:30 p.m.

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