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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)


Edgy, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing
Avg Score

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy a Clockwork Orange You like great choreography You like minimalistic productions

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with violence You feel uncomfortable seeing men in underwear

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you have no choice to do anything else in New York.

Don't see it if you liked the movie.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of the book and want to see muscled shirtless guys.

Don't see it if You are offended by extreme violence or are expecting a cohesive narrative.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if You were fans of the book and/or the movie.

Don't see it if You abhor violent half naked men dance-fighting.

During previews
Clever, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you love the book, you like trying to understand as you go

Don't see it if you love the film, you're not OK with the cast taking liberties with changing character genders & orientation w/o addressing the impact

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like muscly men dancing around in their underpants.

Don't see it if You don't enjoying paying top dollar for high school caliber productions of your favourite films.

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Insipid, Slow

See it if You want to waste your time and money.

Don't see it if You have a modicum of taste and a love of theater.

During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Great writing, Edgy

See it if You want an avant-garde experience that is gritty, innovative, Shakespearesque, good acting and great fight choreography that is dance-like.

Don't see it if You don't like homoerotic theatre, portrails of graphic violence, a show that is very untraditional, quirkily poetic.

During previews
Ambitious, Enchanting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like inspired performances, you loved the movie

Don't see it if want something light and easy to follow

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Epic

See it if You enjoy great acting, clever staging, and challenging material

Don't see it if You want an easy, dumb 90 minutes

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like great male bodies and you don't care about following a storyline.

Don't see it if Can't or don't want to concentrate on a dialogue that is very hard to understand.

During previews
An insult to the wonderful movie.

See it if Don't mind Dull homoerotica that will bore the tears out of you. The plot is unfollowable. Hot men in hot costumes--how come so dull??

Don't see it if You love the movie; like to able to follow a plot; don't mind balletic fights; like good homerotica (and who doesn't?)

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if Dark humor loving adults Lgbtq community

Don't see it if Minors Closed minded individuals

During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You are ready for an excellent, intriguing, disturbing and very gay version of The Clockwork Orange classic.

Don't see it if If you only expect to see a replica of Kubrick's film on stage.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if you are open minded to staging that is NOT like Kubrick's film. You can think for yourself & don't expect to be given a NADSAT dictionary.

Don't see it if you don't like stylized productions & aren't prepared to think about the 'strange' phrases (you're not meant to understand it immediately)

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For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if You're a fan of the brand, you love physical theatre, you enjoy getting out in 90 minutes

Don't see it if you're risk averse when you book a theatre ticket!

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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