Arms and the Man
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Arms and the Man
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Arms and the Man NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(111 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
Members say
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Funny

About the Show

George Bernard Shaw's classic beloved farcical comedy of love and enlightenment.

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444 Reviews | 79 Followers
100
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want good theater. Outstanding production. Every minute is engrossing. Karen Ziemba fantastic. I loved every minute.

Don't see it if you want fluff, if you want glitzy superficial broadway shows.

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
96
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you love an old but not dated play about war, role of women, love etc. which is still meaningful today. Terrific writing, acting & set!

Don't see it if you can't watch old plays however meaningful they still are for our lives today, don't like Shaw or only enjoy musicals.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Masterful, Funny, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see George Bernard Shaw done right. Wonderful sets, staging, performances! An absolute delight to see!

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical, don't like plays by George Bernard Shaw, don't like dramas that make you laugh.

79 Reviews | 17 Followers
95
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like classic theater, romantic comedy, quirky staging

Don't see it if you prefer drama, musicals, modern settings Read more

135 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Shaw. Enjoy period romances. Enjoy wit and style.

Don't see it if You only enjoy contemporary shows or musicals.

605 Reviews | 145 Followers
92
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see why a show is still fresh after 130 years. A great melodramatic comedy that fully confronts social issues.

Don't see it if you don't believe that a 130 yr old play can be contemporary (Of course, much older plays are) Read more

524 Reviews | 133 Followers
92
Hilarious anti-war comedy by a team of real pros

See it if Sparkling production of early Shaw anti-war comedy. Some young and some veteran comic actors romp the stage with gusto. Totally hilarious.

Don't see it if Very accessible comedy -- even to viewers new to Shaw and Victorian theater. Keshav Moodliar is priceless as the "Chocolate Cream Soldier."

262 Reviews | 88 Followers
90
Who's the man?

See it if Shaw fan.

Don't see it if Hate old fashioned plays. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

Theatermania
October 26th, 2023

“Its antiwar theme is always timely, but the campy potential of its characters makes it far funnier and more accessible to modern audiences that some of his headier comedies.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 27th, 2023

"Arms and the Man is a prime example of Shaw's knack for sneaking subversive ideas -- in this case, a dismantling of war worship -- into a romantic romp… At the same time, Staller's production never loses sight of the pointless slaughter taking place just offstage, executed in the name of national honor or some such thing...There's a bitter truth at the play's heart, but in this case, it goes down like candy. If that was Shaw's gift, it is Staller's, too."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 26th, 2023

“Gingold Theatrical Group's production of George Bernard Shaw's 1894 comedy ‘Arms and the Man’... is light as a feather and delectable as a piece of chocolate cream candy. And you needn't be concerned about getting home in time to tuck in the kids for the night because, as one of the cast members tells us by way of introduction, ‘don't worry; it's Shaw but it's short,’ with a runtime of two hours, including brief breaks”
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Theatre is Easy
November 4th, 2023

“As Raina and Bluntschli, the play’s ostensible leads, Bailey and Moodliar are attractive and engaging, but it’s the veteran members of the cast—Davis, Ryan and Ziemba—who really take the ball and run with it. Their characters feel both laughable and recognizable, plot contrivances and archaic social mores notwithstanding.”
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Theater Pizzazz
October 26th, 2023

“All the actors had that mischievous wink...Their performances captured the slightly over-the-top bravado that was a staple of the play’s music hall origins...Although the stage was small, the seven actors managed to move gracefully up and down risers and around sparse furniture confidently. As the cast returned finally to say their goodbyes, I said to myself: well, that was lovely.”
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Front Row Center
October 31st, 2023

“The script presents difficult material for actors to play convincingly, and the cast struggles at first to mine the comic farcical aspects without over-emoting...This ensemble holds onto this show with enthusiasm and rides it until the satisfying payoff of the final act, which is an enjoyable conclusion to the evening.”
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November 4th, 2023

Given the play’s emphasis on the rom-com and family episodes, in which, not only antiwar notions but issues of class and feminism are expressed with Shavian wit—minus the playwright’s later tendency to bloviate—Staller takes a playful attitude toward the text, accepting its innate theatricality and inflating it like a Thanksgiving parade balloon. The result casts a teeth-gritting pall of preciosity over everything.
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Off Off Online
October 30th, 2023

Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG) is back at Theatre Row with a zippy production of Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man. Under the steady hand of David Staller (our country’s foremost Shavian outside academia), an ensemble of true pros dances lightly through the three compact acts of this 1894 anti-heroic comedy. A crackerjack design team fills the tiny auditorium with color, whimsical style, and melodies that evoke romanticized accounts of the so-called Gay ‘90s. With banter rather than battlefields or blood, this beloved theatrical chestnut speaks to 2023 playgoers who face new and expanding wars on multiple continents.
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