Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)

From 241 member  reviews
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

40
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.

24
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Bad dancing, Worse acting

See it if You Have very low expectations. This production is definitely much worse than the movie/book.

Don't see it if You liked both the book and the movie. This adaptation is amateurish at best and the acting/dancing is totally forgettable. Just don’t go!

10
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like hot musclebound guys showing off. (but that's the only thing that will keep your attention...)

Don't see it if you are interested in a plot. Go to a Chippendale show instead.

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Chaotic

See it if you are obsessed with the film?

Don't see it if you don't already know the story going in.

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Dizzying

See it if Creative choreography, violent behavior, great men's abs.

Don't see it if If you compare it to 70's film, which was incredible. Dislike men taking on woman's roles. Could not understand this new language.

7
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like good looking men showing off their bodies

Don't see it if For any reason other than the lead male. He gives an amazing performance but everything else pales in comparison

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy Beethoven, seriously.

Don't see it if You value your time, enjoy understanding the dialogue, like milk, or the color orange, because they will forever be soiled by this turd.

10
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dizzying, Banal

See it if You love deep British accents, hunky men without shirts, and a very confusing plot.

Don't see it if You have absolutely anything better to do for 90 minutes.

25
Cheap, Poor direction, Tacky, Bad acting, Pathetic

See it if you don’t have access to the internet and this is the only way you could see shirtless men.

Don't see it if you have any sense of dignity.

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you want to see 8 beautiful men with very choreographed action

Don't see it if you want to understand what is going on. also way too loud.

20
Confusing, Excruciating, Great staging, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you get a free ticket and like shirtless men.

Don't see it if you have to pay money.

10
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if You’re into pain that never ends

Don't see it if You want to save yourself and money

4
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like looking at semi hot young men in tight shirts

Don't see it if the acting is second rate... just watch the movie.

During previews
45
Ambitious, Intense

See it if you are a Clockwork Orange completist, I guess? Or if you want to see gorgeous guys with their shirts off and you don't care about the rest.

Don't see it if You value substance over style.

Also I guess my main question is...why? This didn't improve on the book or ... Read more Read less

During previews
26
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if the 90 minutes of semi-naked boys "acting" was only upstaged by folks leaving during the performance....a long 90 minutes

Don't see it if British poor man's accents are hard to take and understand. The pop songs are odd but entertaining unlike the rest of the show.

During previews
5
Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you don't have access to the film. It was confusing with boring dialogue The choreographed fight sequences were silly.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy hunky guys in spandex shouting with British accents and jumping about on stage .

During previews
41
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You dont mind shows that are hard to follow and are dissapointing after loving the movie. Hot actors but so dull

Don't see it if You love the movie.

During previews
21
Homoerotic, Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a homo-erotic ballet where the content could be explained in a paragraph of English but was 90 minutes of jibberish

Don't see it if if you are offended by or disinterested in being in the Gay Men's Locker Room for an hour and a half

Also The Producers of this play need to make it clear what kind of audience... Read more Read less

During previews
44
Exploitative

See it if you like very well-choreographed S&M

Don't see it if you are offended by violence, male rape and other offenses to the senses committed in the name of art

During previews
9
Disappointing, Redundant, Boring

See it if interested in seeing the book/film transferred to stage.

Don't see it if wish new insights into the book/film.

Also I seemed to be in the minority at the performance I saw but I thought ... Read more Read less

During previews
22
Save your money rent the movie...

See it if I really can only recommend the shirtless bodies in the show. I couldn't understand the dialect...I cared nothing for any character in it.

Don't see it if You like to understand the words in the script. You don't like attractive shirtless men. You are forced to sit in chairs on the stage.

During previews
27
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if If you are interested in modern dance-excellent fight scenes and body movement

Don't see it if Can not tolerate ununderstandable dialogue and absence of a plot.

During previews
40
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you want a homo-erotic Magic Mike version of A Clockwork Orange.

Don't see it if you love the book or movie. Chippendale ballet aside, the play is confusing, random, and does nothing special with the source material.

During previews
20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you get free tickets and drinks beforehand.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an classic edgy story turned into a confusing "play". There is no intermission, or we would have left early.

During previews
44
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Cliched, Banal

See it if Like a show with screaming and men running around the stage

Don't see it if If you like a show where the dialogue is easy to understand.


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...
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more

Related content