“Norma Jeane” At The Shed: Exasperating

Marilyn Monroe is on offer at the Shed, the new, $475 million arts center of Hudson Yards, where Anne Carson’s “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy” opened on Tuesday night. “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy” — which is less a play than a staged poem — is the premiere production at the 500-seat Griffin Theater. Carson is the esteemed Canadian poet, classicist, professor and translator, known, as Ben Brantley puts it, “for playfully finding serious links between the ancient past and the evanescent present.” Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw (pictured) are the performers, and they are marvelous. But the evening is exasperating.

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