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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

Tough, brawny, physical reimagining.

See it if you want to see an inventive physical reimagining of the story.

Don't see it if you like to identify with the character. Alex is inaccessible. He's a punk, arrested, therapized and a mess. You never see HIM.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if High concept, very theatrical work appeal to you. Oh yeah, nice looking guys too.

Don't see it if You have can't understand accents or need everything put before you literally. You have no idea of the story or what you are getting into.

Confusing, Quirky

See it if You saw the movie

Don't see it if If you can didn't see the movie as u thought it was hard to follow

Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of the novel and the story, enjoying new takes on classic stories. Very innovative in its staging and writing and choreography

Don't see it if you don't like hinted violence or gay undertones. If you don't know the original story, the ensemble casting might also be a bit confusing.

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

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

Clever, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like semi-naked muscular men.

Don't see it if You don't like violence or want to follow the plot.

Also This was very stylish with some great fight/dance sequences set to mus... Read more Read less

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.

Edgy, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to see something different or like to see good looking guys on stage. Fine acting.

Don't see it if You have a problem understanding British accents. IF you want to see hot girls in a show.

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'lll be disappointed.

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

Clever, Enchanting, Confusing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if If you're a fan it's a different take. It's adult themed the music & choreography were very entertaining. The lead was incredible!

Don't see it if If you're gonna compare it to the film. If you don't like violence! If you don't follow you'll get lost the actors play multiple characters.

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

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you're familiar with the Anthony Burgess book/the movie with Malcolm McDowell. (I was very impressed with the choreography on a small stage.

Don't see it if you like traditional performances.

Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of the film and can piece together what they're doing on stage. Newbies will probably find it confusing, as I did.

Don't see it if You prefer something more straight-froward in its storytelling.

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.

Clever, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like a twist on a movie you remember from youth and want to see some young men in various states of undress

Don't see it if you don't like loud aggressive music and scenes, was concerned for some of the blue hairs in the group

Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Clockwork Orange and want to see a fresh look at the show. It was intense and at times very engaging.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of lots of attractive men onstage

Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you're looking for something a little dangerous that will make you think about good and evil in different, gray area, ways.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to violence or adult content. Nothing is graphic, but very suggestive in movement.

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.

Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Fast-pace

See it if You understand story before seeing this show

Don't see it if New saw or read Clockwork Orange before...would be hard to follow

Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of theatre that pushes the envelope, you don't mind looking at sexy mean

Don't see it if You're have a weak stomach, you have gender hang ups

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of loud, violent, in-your-face shows. The performances (especially Jonno Davies) are great, and the music is very fitting.

Don't see it if You don't like depictions of rape and torture. Or mostly naked men. The droog's fictional language can also be very difficult to understand.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You love something a little different!

Don't see it if You don’t like edgy and shows that push the envelope!

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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