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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
69
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You liked the movie. You like dystopian tales that are also very edgy. Music is hard hitting and enjoyable

Don't see it if You don't like violence.

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!

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.

70
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You like experimental theatre and the world Burgess creates.

Don't see it if You are triggered by violence or aren't willing to open your mind to new and unique theatre.

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).

70
The lead was great, he was the show

See it if you want to see great acting by JONNO DAVIES who played Alex DeLarge He is what makes it worth seeing

Don't see it if you want more than just one bright light in a mismash otherwise

86
Great acting, Resonant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dynamic plays with absorbing dancing that is an integral part of the drama

Don't see it if you would be put off by the stylized violence and sex that are at the core of this drama.

96
Relevant, Riveting, Frightening, Insipid, Masterful

See it if If you are a fan of the book, like strong performances & physicality

Don't see it if You don't like violence on stage.

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.

73
Seductive, Intense, Great acting, Provocative, Confusing

See it if Quite provocative with plenty of skin exposure. Acting from the main lead, Jonno, is just pure power - very very intense and dynamic

Don't see it if You will be lost if you are not familiar with the source. Transition is instead replaced by homoerotic acrobatics. Hard to understand accent

Also Sat in special side seating of the stage. Felt super close distance wi... Read more Read less

70
Loud, chaotic, disturbing

See it if You are prepared for a full -on assault of your senses.

Don't see it if You are expecting the story to be told with any restraint. This is raw, relentless, and almost campy

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Homoerotic

See it if you were able to stomach 1984... this was a slightly less intense feeling...

Don't see it if you don't like gritty, in your face kind of theatre...

85
Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy dark and dystopic stories, great direction, movement is precise and dynamic. Jonno Davies is great as Alex.

Don't see it if The all male cast suggests themes that are not inherent in the text. Don't see if violence and the 'eggy wegg' language are not your thing.

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Edgy, Violent

See it if If you are a fan of the original novel and the movie version and are willing to explore the violent world of the Drools in future England .

Don't see it if You don't like a very sparce abstract interpretation of the story, much of which is done through creative movement and graphic violence.

Also Alex and his Droogs have always been a difficult subject, what with th... Read more Read less

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.

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.

80
Edgy, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy excellent staging. The movement and dance are fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't like to see violence on the stage.

Also As has been reported everywhere, the acting is athletic and the men ar... Read more Read less

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.

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see great body movement and staging

Don't see it if If you are homophobic

80
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are in the mood for athletic variations on A Clockwork Orange’s themes performed by a stunning all male cast.

Don't see it if Do you want a replication of the movie.

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.

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.

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.


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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