Theresa Rebeck’s new play rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Sarah Bernhardt’s career. Starring Tony winner Janet McTeer. More…
Mark Twain wrote: “There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses. And then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” In 1899, the international stage celebrity sets out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet.
See it if You want to see one of the greats...Janet McTeer...just own the stage in this smart, funny well written show.
Don't see it if You’re looking for fluff. There are a lot of laughs here but come on...it’s Hamlet...there’s a butt load of dialogue too.
See it if Rebeck's serio-comic backstage drama gets a big lift via excellent ensemble led by the devine Janet McTeer as the Devine Sarah Bernhardt
Don't see it if Better than usual Rebeck due to subject matter (esp Hamlet deconstruction) Comic instincts go south as Act II slides into gender politics
See it if Partners 90% & my 80%. So relevant today.Great acting by Janet McTear and the 3 leading men. One should read the program notes if ...
Don't see it if at the perf. we attended, Act 1 one had a hearing aid malfunction Staff reacted quickly to solve it. Some events needed more info 2 1/2 hrs
See it if you're fan of McTeer, curious about Bernhardt & Rostand, learn about creation of Cyrano, as well as Sarah being first woman to play Hamlet
Don't see it if Don't like backstage plays or scenes from classics performed in the midst of the play, not a fan of McTeer, expect to see a strict biography
See it if Eschewing ingenue roles, Bernhardt must play Hamlet despite obstacles. McAteer commandingly matches Bernhardt's and The Bard's passions.
Don't see it if For dramaturgs. For feminists. For feminist dramaturgs.
See it if you like seeing strong female characters, or enjoy incredible acting (the entire cast is wonderful) and vibrant sets and costumes.
Don't see it if you’re intimidated by a powerful, fiercely confident woman.
See it if To see Janet McTeer. Set and costumes were excellent. McTeer looked great at Hamlet. Other than that....
Don't see it if ...I found it hard to focus and hard to stay awake. Janet McTeer is of course a great actress but play seemed more like a theater exercise.
See it if you are a fan of Janet McTeer and like the sound of her voice. You will hear plenty of it.
Don't see it if you wish to know why Bernhardt played Hamlet and how she played it. There are many distractions to the main plot.
See it if you want to see an award winning performance by McTeer and notable performances by all - Dylan Baker is especially terrific; lots of laughs.
Don't see it if you are not interested in either Sarah Bernhardt or Hamlet; you don't like plays about strong females; the second act meanders off course.
See it if You want to see McTeer’s stellar performance which is sure to get her a Tony nom ! You love contemporary plays based on historical figures.
Don't see it if You have no interest in the career and life of Sarah Bernhardt and are not a fan of Shakespearean drama.
See it if You are a big fan of Janet McTeer - who is always brilliant & are caught in the resurgence of the feminist movement. Great supporting cast.
Don't see it if You like fast moving plays. Tired of political speechifying.
See it if you are a fan of Janet McTeer or if you want to see a lavish production of a new play for Broadway.
Don't see it if are not interested in theater history or Shakespeare or if you like a tightly focused plot.
See it if You want to see GREAT actors in a mediocre play. Great staging and fun moments.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that doesn't center around one woman whining they entire time. The greatest moments didn't have her in it.
See it if you're intrigued by a before her time feminist who marched to her own beat.
Don't see it if you're looking for historical accuracy or you're easily bored. It's long and doesn't always keep one's attention.
See it if you love brilliant acting.Play is well written, well designed, & well directed, but it's the acting that makes it a must see.Mcteer rocks.
Don't see it if you want light and frothy.I loved the gender bending, the feminist perspective,the brilliant acting, the great set, the superb direction.
See it if McTeer is excellent. The play is decent but difficult at times to become absorbed. Best seen when familiar with Hamlet.
Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Hamlet or are uninterested in a semi history lesson.
See it if a play about actress Sarah Bernhardt playing Hamlet in 1899, amid personal ambition, affairs, & human fears that impede her focus, appeals.
Don't see it if expecting a bio-play about Sarah Bernhardt or a full production of Hamlet. This is an intelligent work about creativity and creating.
See it if Society can't handle women taking on powerful roles, even if it's just a play. Janet McTeer's wonderful.
Don't see it if Intellectual theater/actor talk goes over your head. Raises sexist sentiments that women should be seen, not heard, but offers no resolution
See it if Great acting in a not-just-a-biography play that brings up issues of women in society and the role of the arts
Don't see it if only like fluff, then this is not for you.
See it if You want see a clever play about feminism, acting, Shakespeare, and Sarah Bernhardt all in one. Janet McTeer is excellent.
Don't see it if You don’t have an attention span as you would miss the beauty of Theresa Rebeck’s language.
See it if Unique play focusing on Sarah Bernhardt, her relationships,and desire to play Hamlet. Janet McTeer is terrific. Baker and Harner excel.
Don't see it if Subject matter is not of interest to you.
See it if You are interested in 19th Century actors. You like thinking about Hamlet from the actor's perspective.
Don't see it if You don't like historical dramas that probably aren't what really happened.
See it if You like Roundabout's style of over staged historic theater. You are interested in the subject, don't want to think to hard.
Don't see it if Unfortunately, play was way overacted, continuously, it was exhausting. McTeer's performance was so over the top, and so surface.
See it if You love classic theater, portrayals of strong dramatic women, and exploring questions of celebrity and gender.
Don't see it if You might get confused by discursive writing.