REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Coriolanus” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Oct 31, 2016
“Coriolanus,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Michael Sexton, opened on October 30, 2016 in New York City. “Coriolanus,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Michael Sexton, opened on October 30, 2016 in New York City.


3 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"You don’t have to squint too hard to discern unsettling contemporary relevance in the Red Bull Theater’s gripping new production of Shakespeare’s 'Coriolanus'...Setting this play in a simulated America of today carries greater weight...Fortunately, Mr. Sexton’s streamlined production won’t just have you sitting in your seat bemoaning the troubling future of our country. It will also hold your attention in its own right, through simple but forceful staging and superb acting."
Howard Miller
Talkin' Broadway
ShowScore: 85
"For fans of Red Bull's work, this production of the bard's late tragedy does not disappoint...Director Michael Sexton conducts the play at a fever pitch...While Shakespeare's language remains blessedly intact, expect to see contemporary costumes and references to our own looming and contentious presidential election. Red Bull has gathered together a winning team with a great ability to bring Shakespeare's words and the play's themes to pulsing life."
Edward Karam
Off Off Online
ShowScore: 75
"Both the adaptation and Sexton’s approach seem cavalier about details...The text has been wisely trimmed, though haphazardly...Luckily, such distractions are outnumbered by excellent performances...The opportunities to see 'Coriolanus' are so infrequent that it’s easy to recommend Red Bull’s clearly spoken, energetic production, even with its inconsequential frippery."


The show was also reviewed by 49 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

Linda 22, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"You are a Shakespeare fan. Patrick Page, Lisa Harrow, Stephen Spinella, a rare cast, in a modern version of a story about power, hubris, and family."
Don't see it if…"You expect elaborate sets, traditional costumes, comfortable seating for hours, or cannot keep up with the Bard's language." 
Sarah Mac NYC, ShowScore: 84 
See it if…"You want to see a pared-down version of Shakespeare's least often performed tragedy. Cast wears street clothes. A+ to Patrick Page's Menenius." 
Don't see it if…"The reduction is without particular reason or focus, and the lead doesn't have the strength for this noble general. Too much dependence on yelling."
Mariah, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You enjoy Shakespeare and feel the need to see everyone of his works performed. Or if great acting is enough for you."  
Don't see it if…"You are bored by Shakespeare's more well-known shows, need a good plot, or are sick of shows with a political undercurrent."

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