REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Jan 19, 2017
“The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, opened on January 18, 2017 in New York City. “The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, opened on January 18, 2017 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"An exhilarating production…I’m talking about the giddy liberation that comes from being caught up in a collective fantasy that makes you forget how small your existence can feel…It is the most purely pleasurable of the trilogy and the most entertaining ‘Tempest’ I’ve ever seen…I rarely stopped to consider that I was watching women playing men. I was too much under the spell of make-believe that is theater, in which a talented person can will herself into any form."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"The divine Harriet Walter plays Shakespeare's most godlike creation, Prospero, with uncommon depth of feeling…The prison motif works better here than in any of Lloyd's previous efforts, leading to the kind of seamless storytelling that one hopes for (but rarely gets) when Shakespeare is adapted to an unlikely time or place…In this week of presidential pardons, 'The Tempest' and its themes of clemency resonate, particularly in this astute adaptation."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 65
"Lloyd’s staging of 'The Tempest' imagines that the play is being performed by an all-female cast of inmates. And as with the previous productions...the approach has its pluses and minuses...The ensemble is headed by the formidable Harriet Walter, giving a superb performance as the magician Prospero...Despite the actors’ fine efforts, the meta-theatricality of it all—winked at when one of the characters complains about 'postmodern shit'— proves more gimmicky than enlightening."

“The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)” was also reviewed by Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 7 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Ambitious

Brett G, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You want a superbly acted, all-female production of a classic. It's set in an all-female prison. Worth the trip to Brooklyn."
Don't see it if…"You want a traditional production."
FranciscoJ. Velez, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You like creative and different interpretations of Shakespeare plays that are true to the text but give you a very modern view." 
Don't see it if…"You like classic versions of Shakespeare plays with traditional casts and settings."
Randy, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You like to see well-thought-out, well-acted and finely staged Shakespeare plays."  
Don't see it if…"You only like your Shakespeare traditionally staged."

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