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A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)

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Members say: Edgy, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

Director Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ landmark 1962 novel comes from London to New World Stages with its original star Jonno Davies as Alex. More…

'A Clockwork Orange' lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his rebellious gang of Droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic ultra-violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Burgess’ book was first published, 'A Clockwork Orange' is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition.

Member Reviews (241)


Edgy, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing
Avg Score

Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if if you liked the movie, I do not think you will like this adaptation, it missed the mark, very slow, not what the movie was like.

Don't see it if very slow not like the movie, not even close to the movie. I should have had an adaption that resembled the edginess of the movie.

Ambitious, Riveting, Intense, Entertaining, Unconventional

See it if you want to see an intense, fast-paced, imaginative, highly stylized, well-choreographed staging of Burgess' groundbreaking dystopian novel.

Don't see it if you'll be disturbed by the violence & harsh language of the British gangs and the disturbing treatment of the protagonist by the authorities

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great choreography, Dizzying

See it if you like the novel and curious about its staging, enjoy athletic dancing with homoerotic overtones, like bright lighting & loud music

Don't see it if don't like shows like Tap Dogs even with more plot, loud noisy music & dancing, difficult to follow if unfamiliar with source, bright lights

Also If you like very athletic dancing by young men in tight black pants, Y... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy, Disappointing, Athletic

See it if you're curious about how the book or film translates to the stage. Impressive dance/movement, precise, athletic, homoerotic.

Don't see it if you expect the power & incisiveness of either the novel or the film. The emphasis on dance/movement vitiates that.

Intense, Edgy, Different

See it if you know & like the story or if you like shows which use dramatic and unusual ways to communicate the story line.

Don't see it if you do not like the story, if loud music bothers you or if you do not particularly like innovative approaches which may not be successful

Difficult, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you’d enjoy excellent performances, and the play’s relevance to today’s loss of societal humanity and the search to regain it.

Don't see it if you would be upset by the pointless cruelty of the characters, or you need a lovable protagonist. Every character here is deeply troubled.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are very familiar with the story and don't need any help knowing what's going on by the play

Don't see it if You have other theater choices. Maybe I'm dense but I had like idea of what was going on.

Masterful, Resonant, Intelligent, Energetic, Powerful

See it if you are familiar with the book, or at least the movie, and would like to see a highly stylized, high octane, intense version.

Don't see it if you have not done your reading assignment. Without understanding of the original work, it is hard to follow the story and social relevance.

Also This show has an all male cast who likely spend all their free time at... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Homoerotic ++++++++++++++++

See it if you are looking to have a theatrical experience like NONE other.

Don't see it if you are NOT FAMILIAR with the movie nor book because you will be totally LOST!!!

Also Jonno Davies is a show in and of himself. He oozes sexiness from every... Read more Read less

Extremely stylized, Very intense / quirky, Great choreography & creative staging, Edgy / dark, Homoerotic-fest

See it if everything I wrote above is cool w/you. If you know the movie or book you'll appreciate how the violence is toned-down, freeing the message.

Don't see it if you don't study & prepare. Only a fool will miss these guys go at it intensely, physically, verbally, musically AND erotically for 90min.

Also Hands-down, Jonno Davies ("Alex") ROCKS and steals the show.... Read more Read less

Great choreography, Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Jonno davies = awesome!

See it if You want to see this story told in a new, inventive way. The music choices and choreography were effective.

Don't see it if You are expecting the intensity of the movie. I found this version less disturbing which may not satisfy fans of the movie.

Also The physicality of all the actors, but especially that of Jonno Davies... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like edgy, provocative shows, with adult subject matter. The choreography was astonishing. I’ve never seen a show quite like it.

Don't see it if You’re put off by even implied violence, are easily confused (every actor except the lead plays multiple characters), or want a lighter show

Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if you are familiar with the book or movie. If not familiar with it, you maybe lost and shocked on the content of the show. Cast is great!

Don't see it if you don't like violent situations played out on stage. If you don't have an open mind stay home.

Also The cast was amazing. Choreography was worth seeing the show. The all ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see 10 gorgeous, fit men dancing and putting their all into the show.

Don't see it if you expect a faithful interpretation of the film. This is not. It is dance-y and somewhat jumbled. Hard to understand if you don't know film

Wildly stylistic, Quirky, Edgy, Interesting, Athletic

See it if you have an open mind and can take loud, wildly stylized scenes of sex and violence.

Don't see it if you want realistic and happy "safe place" theatre.

Also I believe in "Audience Responsibility". That is to say, that the choic... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy violence.

Don't see it if You are unhappy when you don't unerstand low-class British slang.

Ambitious, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like highly stylized shows where visuals are extremely graphic.

Don't see it if You want something light with an easy narrative.

Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You were a fan of the book or the Kubrick film. Knowing the story will help with the language of the play. A very handsome cast.

Don't see it if You want something exciting & creative. The bar was set high and was let down in a big way. I wanted more but cast did not deliver.

Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are gay or a woman that wants to see good looking half naked men, and also you like the story.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Kubriesque adaptation with a sci fi retro look or great music.

Also "A Clockwork Orange" isn't the best play ever, but just because it is ... Read more Read less

Intense, Stylish, Great visuals, Disturbing, Sexy

See it if you enjoy stylish visuals. The movements and colors are a pleaser. The show means to challenge and shock, but it is thought-provoking too.

Don't see it if you have a strong aversion towards violent and disturbing content. It is also intensily palyed, and might be unpleasant to some.

Clever, Indulgent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Sexy Shakesperean and intense just the way clockwork should be. Jonno Davies is a new star. Go see it

Don't see it if Mature themes and edgy material bothers you

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You like very fit actors and don't need to understand what they are saying.

Don't see it if You want to be able to follow the story. The acting was fine. Perhaps it was bad directing? It was just so confusing!

Edgy, Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow

See it if the cast--esp jonno davies--were committed and capable

Don't see it if still not sure how it's possible, but this magic-mike-meets-clockwork-orange was boring

Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be fully indulged in a great story that makes you think. Beautiful staging, choreography and movement. Jonno Davis is incredible

Don't see it if Homophobia turns you off. Cannot handle one act plays with a lot of story all at once.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you want to see "experimental theater" and something out of the box

Don't see it if you are looking for linear story telling and don't like thick English accents

Also This is a very ambitious show. If you know the original movie and book... Read more Read less

September 29th, 2017
"Vigorously acted and bluntly entertaining...I’d like to think that the steroidal bodies and all-purpose sexiness are intended as a deliberate distraction, a gotcha embellishment meant to implicate the audience for failing to reckon with the full horror of Alex’s actions. But Ms. Spencer-Jones do...
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September 25th, 2017
"For those who do not hanker for Chippendales studs doing dance-rapes—quick, can we have a moratorium on dance-rapes?—this 'Orange' is rancid and confused, another sad example of an adaptation missing the point of its source material...Spencer-Jones' attempt at a super-dark, sexy-wexy production...
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September 25th, 2017
"Spencer-Jones has envisioned an athletic, highly choreographed world...The result is to render all this violence shockingly un-shocking...There’s something overly sleek, almost glib about the choreography...The gloss and presentational tone turn the story’s danger intellectual rather than viscer...
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September 25th, 2017
"For those not familiar with the book or film, this production will often prove incomprehensible...It relates the story in broad, abstract strokes, relying so much on stylized choreographed movement that it often resembles modern dance. The result is that the brutal violence...doesn't have much v...
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