17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.
The New York Times
"So cut down it has bled out...You can get a glimmer of what Doyle is after: a plain, vernacular presentation of the text by actors who look and sound like today...Admirable as this approach may seem in the abstract, there is something stingy about it in practice. All pageantry is lost...The deeper problem here is what happens when there is no style, or rather when the lack of style becomes a style in itself...It feels wrong to blame the cast for what is evidently Doyle’s doing."
"Doyle seems to have eschewed comedy in favor of a host of recycled ideas, leaving his actors to fend for themselves...The major problem with this production is that, for a comedy, it's just not that funny. Doyle embellishes the play with his usual kabuki-like flourishes...Sadly, Doyle neglects to refine the comic beats...Original songs fail to inject much levity...The result is a middling production of a second-rate comedy. But at a zippy 1 hour, 45 minutes, it goes by quickly enough."
Time Out New York
"The principal characters and speeches remain, but without the tension and texture that cohere them. The result is a lot of coming and going that rarely makes best use of its ensemble cast...What’s missing is the weight that can give romance its footing. There are moments to like here, but not enough to love."
The show was also reviewed by 73 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Funny
See it if…"You already know the plot, otherwise, this pared-down version is difficult to follow. If you want to see a different interpretation."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a great new interpretation of the beloved play (it isn't), or you are going to see Ellen Burstyn (she barely has a role)."
See it if…"You enjoy this A+ and engaging cast. The use of lighting to change scenes was perfect."
Don't see it if…"You don't like your Shakespeare with a side of music."
See it if…"You like your Shakespeare short and sweet."
Don't see it if…"You're not interested in stripped-down reimagined Shakespeare."
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