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A Man For All Seasons (Fellowship for Performing Arts)

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Robert Bolt's Tony-winning drama centering around Sir Thomas More asks a simple question: what price are you willing to pay to keep your convictions? More…

As Sir Thomas More refuses to recognize Henry VIII’s divorce and ascendancy as Supreme Head of the new Church of England, "A Man for All Seasons" reveals the risk of speaking truth to power and the clash that follows when fierce political will collides with deep moral conviction.


Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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Avg Score

72
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love this play and/or British royalty dramas no matter the quality of production.

Don't see it if You’ve never seen this play before and don’t want to start with an uneven, plodding production.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if This is a historical drama about Thomas Moore.

Don't see it if No action, flashing lights

Also If you like history, of the time period. King Henry VIII want a new wi... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if Faithful drama of man preserving his moral compass while attempting to ride the wave of conformity. No jiggering needed here. Dedicated cast

Don't see it if Densely written historical dramas can be dry and lengthy when dealing with internal struggles. Countryman lacks resolve in characterisation.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a well acted and staged drama about a person willing to die for his views. Wonderful dialogue and just a great play.

Don't see it if you like comedy or you only like new plays.

Also I saw the movie and the Broadway play. This drama is worth a revival a... Read more Read less

85
Bolt's drama gets a small but compelling staging

See it if Well-done historical drama with fine performances by Countryman, McCormick, Wong and Dugan. Always engaging with nice set and costumes.

Don't see it if discussions of religion and ethics do not grab you. It can get abstruse and didactic -- but I eat this stuff up.

Also A smaller version of the Frank Langella production on Broadway. Remini... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Flat, Needlessly heavy-handed

See it if don’t mind 2D treatment of 3D material. Crisis of conscience of national consequence reduced to a simple, accessible parable of saintliness.

Don't see it if This isn’t painful, but little reason to go out of your way. Not particularly inspired, convincing, or powerful. Kills a lot of time.

Also Some lines pack a punch no matter what. And people do tend to like his... Read more Read less

68
Sterile, subdued, slow, long but not painful

See it if You want to hear a rather pedestrian telling of this compelling history. There is beautiful prose at times but it is lost.

Don't see it if costumes are horribly anachronistic. Set a bit of fun. Staging and direction doesn't add anything--walk on, walk off. No dramatic tension

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good acting. A well written play with ideas -not flashy, no cursing, no nudity, no projections-just an old well written play !Yipee

Don't see it if you find historical dramas boring...this about Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII of England (Anne Boleyn fiasco).

Also Play is not complicated and can be summarized in a few sentences. Neve... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a classic play performed to near perfection.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that make you think.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a really compelling drama about a man who clung to his beliefs, whatever the consequences, but did so in the smartest way.

Don't see it if You don't want a long and talky drama.

79
Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Poignant, Intelligent

See it if a moving, sobering, well-acted dramatization of 16th century tale of a man who held fast to his convictions, amidst self-serving traitors.

Don't see it if a lengthy, at times dry & somewhat dull, narrative will bore you (tho Act II much more compelling); you want contemporary tale & trappings.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you love the craft of theater and the power of words. Beautifully acted by all and this is the most human Sir Thomas More. A drama for all

Don't see it if you have no interest in history, human nature, current events or theater. This is not light entertainment but 21/2 hours of engrossing drama

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a good revival and are interested in English history.

Don't see it if You are not into serious drama or are not interested in English history.

98
The dangers of thought police

See it if you'd like a stage version of the 1966 film. Very fine, w/ a knockout punch on lethal dangers of thought policemen.

Don't see it if you dislike long think pieces; support statist invasions of private thoughts, reeducation camps and death penalties for those who disagree.

71
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like historical plays and are interested in exploring major ethical questions related to personal integrity vs politics.

Don't see it if You find religious debate tedious or dislike costume drama.

Also Michael Country,an is well worth seeing in the role of Thomas More. Th... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if While this show is produced from a Christian theater perspective, it didn't take away from the riveting production. Well acted and absorbing

Don't see it if If you don't like Tudor history, religious and moral debates.

100
Great staging, Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant Acting & Staging

Don't see it if you don't like good drama and want a musical

79
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love hearing spectacular dialogue and a theme dear to many - integrity

Don't see it if you can't sit thru a normal-length show of yesteryear (2-1/2 hrs with intermission)

Also don't see it if you don't appreciate twisted but logical writing and h... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a thought provoking night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like the stripped away, more condesnsed pieces of art.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You can appreciate good ensemble acting from an experienced cast and a witty, absorbing script.

Don't see it if You're more into lavish Broadway productions, though this was one of the better off-Broadway shows I've seen.

Also I very much appreciated the acting skills in this play. A good, solid ... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Profound, Absorbing

See it if thought-provoking good acting

Don't see it if you don't like serious films

68
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you have read C.S. Lewis or enjoy thought-provoking stories!

Don't see it if You cannot stay focused on slow moving stories, do not enjoy Christian-based theatre, or are looking for a musical. Very little effects.

91
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in good acting, quick moving play and thought-provoking depiction of historical topics

Don't see it if You don't like history or fast paced dialogues

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You enjoy historical theater with solid performances and celebrate the craft of theater.

Don't see it if You can’t imagine sitting through an historical piece and want something that will entertain in a traditional sense

34
Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if You know someone in the cast.

Don't see it if You have a desire for well directed theater, interesting sets, good acting or an engaging evening of theater.


February 4th, 2019
"Ms. Scott-Reed’s uneven staging gets in the way of cohesiveness, though...The laugh lines often stumble, too. That’s despite some nice performances. Mr. Countryman is a warmly sympathetic More, and Ms. McCormick is magnetic...while John Ahlin is vivid and comical in two roles, as the ingratiatin...
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January 23rd, 2019
"There are reasons Bolt’s drama is rarely performed nowadays. Long on talk and short on action, the play is a museum piece, and in this production the museum in question appears to be Madame Tussauds. Director Christa Scott-Reed's approach is painfully traditional. The uneven cast sports faux Bri...
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January 25th, 2019
"A stirring piece of theatre...Michael Countryman is superb, heading an excellent cast. His Thomas is quiet, kind, witty, fiercely intelligent, and morally, perhaps foolishly, incorruptible. Matters of faith and conscience are a specialty of this company, and Bolt’s eloquent, dramatically paced p...
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January 24th, 2019
"A middling off-Broadway revival...His story has real resonance in today's political climate, which the audience will easily grasp, provided it is able to stay awake...Bolt's musty, feinting-at-Tudor style belongs to an imagined past, rather than the fleshy reality of history...Matters aren't hel...
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