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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Edgy, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing

60
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.

60
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.

68
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

50
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.

51
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

55
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.

69
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.

60
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

55
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a muscle show and enjoy dance/movement. The lead is marvelous.

Don't see it if you don't know the novel or movie. The story gets lost completely, in favor of style and atteactive men.

50
Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the movie and would be interested in seeing a very different take.

Don't see it if You're looking for something similar to the original, or stronger writing and directing (as this lacks both).

66
Entertaining, Confusing, Epic, Intense, Great staging

See it if You enjoy men with great bodies dancing out all the violence

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents

69
Ambitious, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Slow

See it if You are looking for something different.

Don't see it if You are looking for something traditional.

69
Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overwrought

See it if you like men with good/great bodies in acrobatic dancing and don't care whether you understand what's being said half the time.

Don't see it if you value the way in which Anthony Burgess used language in the novel or the portrayal of Alex in Kubrick's film version.

65
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you like dark stories, the source material, and actors with fit bodies. This production captures the visceral spirit of the source material.

Don't see it if the extreme violence and depravity depicted will offend you. This source material is well known, and the play does it justice. Be forewarned

69
They took the story in the wrong direction, Disappointing, Creative staging

See it if You like inventive staging, and shows that take a story you Know and turn it on Its ear.

Don't see it if You're homophobic, or don't like changing the ending of a story that was as it should be.

59
Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you absolutely love the book & couldn't have the experience ruined at any cost. Or if you like all-male productions (particularly buff men!)

Don't see it if you're expecting edgy, sexy, powerful theatre on par with the film or book. You will be disappointed.

55
Sexy, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You like hot bodies on stage

Don't see it if You didn’t like the movie or you want a show with more substance.

Also Overall the show and its characters felt very two-dimensional. The pro... Read more Read less

64
Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you want to see some hot guys!

Don't see it if you are a fan of the film...you'lll be disappointed.

66
Great staging, Intense, Quirky

See it if You're a huge fan of Clockwork movie or book

Don't see it if You're not into experimental staging techniques

51
Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like the story, like shows without women. Very intricate staging with athletic men.

Don't see it if you can't take the violence or hated the movie.

Also heavy accents made it nearly impossible to follow the story. Fell asle... Read more Read less

64
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You are a big fan of the book or movie. You are a dance fan and would like a dance heavy off broadway show

Don't see it if You don't like the book/movie or aren't familiar with the plot at all; it's very confusing. You don't like ultra-violence.

50
Overrated, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy shirtless homo-eroticism.

Don't see it if you're expecting a good adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel.

65
Great acting, Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if The movie-great, the book,- thought provoking and intense. This version-has incredible performance and stunning male bodies.

Don't see it if If you loved the movie or book. The violence and messages are lost as Alex's world has gone gay. The balletic dance dilutes the edge/tension

66
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You haven't seen or are expecting something completely different from the movie

Don't see it if You are expecting great staging or comprehensive story.

66
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you are familiar with the plot, especially the "unintelligible" language used by the gang members.

Don't see it if you are bothered by choreographed violence and "unintelligible" made up language of gang members.


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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