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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

76
Dizzying, Raunchy, Ambitious, Confusing, Aerobic

See it if You want a classic tale translated for the stage, a unique and highly conceptual production with top notch physicality from the cast

Don't see it if You want the movie acted out in front of you. There are changes, the play aligns more with the book. You can't understand heavy accents

Also The violence is more stylized in this production, which makes it feel ... Read more Read less

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.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if .

Don't see it if .

83
Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of the book or movie adaptation; you like dystopian stories; you enjoy rock and classical music.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or unable to engage with controversial and disturbing subject matter.

80
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like testosterone, gorgeous bodies, complex speech, a fairly complicated plot, dynamic sequences with some ultra-violence, and milk.

Don't see it if violence upsets, you have issues with language comprehension, you don't like men, you have an unrelenting needs to compare plays to movies.

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

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Sexy, Brash

See it if you like fit young men performing in near-constant motion. It has several strong actor performances, but it didn't fully connect for me.

Don't see it if you want to see a redux of the movie or want a production with realistic elements. Sets, costumes and props are mostly representational.

75
Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are a fan of the movie and like something thought provoking

Don't see it if you do not like violence. It can be a little rough at times.

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.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if if you love psychological plays

Don't see it if not into sexuality and the human psyche

81
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a dance-fueled production of the major plot points of the book.

Don't see it if Hot muscular men turn you off or if you dont understand droog.

70
Disappointing, Ambitious, Raunchy, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of new innovative pieces, Shakespeare-ish like texts, & gorgeous muscley guys. The choreography is creative; overall pretty ok.

Don't see it if you're expecting violence, brutality, and vulgarity as the book & film sources would have you believe. There's a concept but no committment.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if disturbing, stylish, and sexy which was on the poster is an accurate description of the show as a whole. was capturing in every moment.

Don't see it if not for children or for the easily offended.

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to be utterly entranced but have no idea why you are. You don't mind very nuanced dialogue.

Don't see it if You want to see full sets, if you don't like actors playing multiple characters, if you don't want to be put on edge

Also I came into A Clockwork Orange completely blind, I've never read the b... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious

See it if if you love the book or movie.

Don't see it if you’ve never read the book or seen the movie. You’ll have no idea what’s happening.

90
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You’re interested in new-age theater. If you enjoy the book, or the movie, you’ll also enjoy this brand new take on it.

Don't see it if You don’t like very loud theater, new-age style, foul language, or brutal violence

76
Clever, Confusing, Edgy, Great staging, Intense

See it if You are looking for a dark story. This production was different because they incorporated music and movements which made me like it more.

Don't see it if You don't like to see tough topics played out on stage or are looking for a certain ending

92
Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You are open to a different take on the story with an all male cast. However the story is still intact.

Don't see it if If you don't have an open mind and are expecting to see the movie onstage.

62
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Awkward

See it if you really want to see it (for your own reasons); you've read the book, seen other productions/the movie and want to see how this compares

Don't see it if you have no prior connection to the material; you want to be shocked into having a profound revelation about the subject matter

Also To be fair, this is a tough piece to portray on stage in only 90 minut... Read more Read less

50
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You’re a really big fan of the book and movie and want to see a stage interpretation

Don't see it if You aren’t very familiar with the world of the book. The play alone explains little and doesn’t resonate

68
Quirky, Intense, Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite

See it if You like mascular guys.

Don't see it if You really love this original movie.

50
Disappointing, Sexy, Overrated, Homoerotic, Banal

See it if you're really just there to see buff bodies working up a sweat. The bodies are lovely; the ideas are lacking.

Don't see it if you have on-stage seats (they're uncomfortable and have lousy sight lines). Also don't expect substantive engagement with the text.

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky

See it if different theatre experience, want to see good looking muscular men dance on stage.

Don't see it if you are expecting the novel to come to life. Not shockingly good with the themes they could play with and language is confusing

79
Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy the book and the movie.

Don't see it if don't enjoy violence, have a tough time with accents, or don't like loud music and flashing lights.


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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