Therese Raquin
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Therese Raquin

Therese Raquin NYC Reviews and Tickets

(216 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Slow

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Keira Knightley's Broadway debut in a new adaption of the Emile Zola novel, a tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (216)

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230 Reviews | 46 Followers
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you are a big fan of the performers, they are truly spectacular in the show

Don't see it if you like lighter, and faster moving productions

72 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if Amazing acting

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

67 Reviews | 21 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Creepy, Suspenseful

See it if you love plays in general this play has everything you want in a great play! its heartfelt, scary, funny, suspenseful! 100% GREAT EVERYTHING

Don't see it if you hate kiera knightly

95 Reviews | 18 Followers
Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are craving an intense show with incredible acting. I was on the edge of my seat. Set designs are great as well.

Don't see it if You prefer something musical or light hearted.

54 Reviews | 4 Followers
Profound, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Keira Knightley, dramas, good sets

Don't see it if Heavy themes

203 Reviews | 49 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if This is one of the most intense psychological thrillers I have ever seen. Very dark and brooding

Don't see it if You are only looking for a light comic romp!

269 Reviews | 181 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like mysterious period plays.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary take on life.

94 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you love great acting and an intense story.

Don't see it if you don't like thought provoking theatre.

Critic Reviews (51)

The New York Times
October 29th, 2015

"For a play that is partly about the fear of being found out, 'Thérèse Raquin' is curiously lacking in tension of any kind. It is steeped, instead, in a single shade of morbid resignation…All of the cast members seem to belong to different theatrical universes...Like these characters’ lives, their erotic encounters are nasty, brutish and short. That’s a fair description of the play in which they appear, except for the short part."
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Time Out New York
October 29th, 2015

"Evan Cabnet’s production, with its handsome set by Beowulf Boritt, does atmospheric justice to Thérèse’s desperation…Helen Edmundson’s cold-eyed thriller doesn’t shy from the lurid misanthropy of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel or its gothic denouement. But it does give a sharp sense of the limited options available to women. Thérèse may be a shark—but you pity her the way you might a shark in an aquarium."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 29th, 2015

"'Thérèse Raquin' suffers from a typical case of adaptation sickness, a digestive malady that almost always results when a playwright eats a Penguin classic. Even a relatively short novel like this one offers too large a meal. The set-ups are lovely, and then comes the hasty glut…The production gets just about everything right...But no skill anyone might apply can reverse the trajectory of a story that dries up just when it gets juicy."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 29th, 2015

"'Thérèse Raquin' is a dreary hambone that once was shocking but is now quaint, and Helen Edmundson, whose sole previous Broadway credit was the inept 2007 stage version of “Coram Boy,” has done no better by Zola. The pacing is arthritic…As for Ms. Knightley, she gives the kind of flat, underprojected performance you’d expect from an untrained Broadway debutante with limited stage experience. Her deficiencies are underlined by the excellent acting of Gabriel Ebert and Matt Ryan.”
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October 29th, 2015

"There might have been some fun if there were a smidgen of electricity between Knightley and Ryan. That would have offset the pervading gloom of Beowulf Boritt’s uncharacteristically dispiriting sets and the fussiness of Edmundson’s script....There’s a detachment between the stars I can only describe as fatal, no pun intended…Without heat at its center 'Thérèse Raquin' is a sexless bore."
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New York Daily News
October 29th, 2015

"Without high heat and funky musk, this wannabe erotic thriller starring Keira Knightley is bloodless and all wet…It makes for a dispiriting Broadway debut for Knightley…She’s recognized for injecting roles with emotional intensity, but she never finds traction in this choppy adaptation...Just in time for Halloween, 'Thérèse Raquin' and the A-list actress playing her have found themselves stranded in a corny spookhouse. Scary."
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October 29th, 2015

"Although Evan Cabnet’s hammy direction of the first act does elicit uncomfortable laughter, the physical production is exquisite, and by the end of the act the performers have found the raw passion to leave the audience gasping…Knightley and Ryan are ravishing — and articulate — as these fierce bourgeois Macbeths, undone by their own greed and passion...The play ends as it must, in tragedy. But how we do love their misery."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 29th, 2015

"Although the actors are magnetic and the Grand Guignol-accented story deliciously juicy, the play veers into overblown histrionics as Therese's hallucinations assume the full-on haunted-house effect of fingernails screeching on a blackboard. A touch more restraint in the accelerating spiral of recrimination, disgust and fear might have kept the action anchored in reality rather than melodrama."
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