The Bay Street Theater cast reprise their roles in John Doyle's music-infused production of Shakespeare's pastoral romance at Classic Stage Company. Featuring Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. More…
An exiled Duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Classic Stage Company artistic director John Doyle and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy–with its lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters–to life in this pared-down production.
See it if You already know and love this play. I admit I have a hard time sometimes with Shakespeare but I think I would get more w/better direction.
Don't see it if You don’t already know this play. The minimalist approach (again!) makes it very hard to decipher what’s going on.
See it if You love Shakespeare comedies and would like to see a somewhat entertaining rendition. It was light-hearted and amusing.
Don't see it if While the language was pretty, overall I found the play boring. A bunch of corny love affairs and sweet songs in the forest.
See it if you must catch every Shakespeare play every time 1 comes around, for a great performance by Hannah Cabell, enjoy suggestive staging by lamps
Don't see it if you want Shakespeare uncut, prefer a realistic Arden, want to see some ardor between Orlando/Rosalind, confused by diverse casting
See it if you'll be satisfied with well-meaning but joyless recitations of Shakespeare
Don't see it if you expect a show to do more than trade on famous names (Shakespeare/Doyle/Burstyn) to earn its applause
See it if you enjoy traditional Shakespeare with a dash of original music added.
Don't see it if you saw the Central Park production and want to compare them, this production pales in comparison
See it if you like different productions of Shakespeare, want music in it, & want to see Ms. Burstyn
Don't see it if don't want the script cut or bare -bones scenery; want period costumes; want to feel romantic connections with the couples
See it if you're interested in seeing an abbreviated version of the play with some incidental music by Stephen Schwartz. Some lovely vignettes.
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare big with a large cast and elaborate scenery and costumes.
See it if You like new versions of Shakespeare that are focused on the words and actors. Love this intimate version with fantastic actors.
Don't see it if You want to see classically staged Shakespeare. This one is lotsa fun.
See it if Only have 90 minutes to see As You Like It "light". Still retain some of the poetry.
Don't see it if Don't know the play as too much may have been excised.
See it if Top notch acting, loaded with energy and believable characters. Cabell is a standout as Rosalind.
Don't see it if Do not have patience to carefully listen. I found it a little difficult getting through the first 20 minutes, but it then picked up.
See it if You like simplified Shakespeare done well, with little pretense, and a light touch.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a star turn. We were excited to see Ellen Burstyn, and she was perfectly fine, but had very little to do.
See it if you like the idea of a compressed AYLI. It is short. If you want to see Andre DeShields and Ellen Burstyn. You want to hear Schwartz's music
Don't see it if you are looking for traditional Shakespeare, you don't like it when actors talk fast, or if you don't like Shakespeare, in general.
See it if You love Shakespeare. It's worth it just to hear Ellen Burstyn recite the famed "7 ages of man" monologue. plus the Stephen Schwartz music
Don't see it if You have a weak bladder - it's an hour and 45 minutes - no intermission.
See it if you love the play, Ellen Burstyn, André De Shields or you want to see an outstanding performance from Hannah Cabell.
Don't see it if you are looking for some interesting insight into the text or any particularly interesting staging
See it if you enjoy seeing all the different things that directors can do to Shakespeare to improve it and "make it relevant", such as excessive cuts.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy seeing good actors who have apparently been instructed to downplay the text, many of them wearing dreadful costumes.
See it if you enjoy John Doyle productions; its a truncated version of the show with some (not enough) music. Acting is really good.
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare funny--there are few laughs here, despite the stellar cast
See it if you want to get your Shakespeare over fast. Ellen Burstyn embodies grace and finesse; some of the other cast members are good.
Don't see it if you want an interesting take on the play. Music is weak; the cast performs as though in a race against the clock. The sense & joy are lost.
See it if you have no experience with Shakespeare or great drama. This is a play that can be magical but here is dull and devoid of romance and fun
Don't see it if you want your romance delivered with panache and passion. There is nothing here to raise it above the mundane and pedestrian
See it if you are a Shakespeare fan or want to see a new take on an old creation
Don't see it if you can't sit through a play with no intermission or can't follow Shakespeare's intricate plotlines
See it if you want to see the great Ellen Burstyn deliver one of the Bard's great speeches ("All the world's a stage...")
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist.
See it if You already know the plot - otherwise, this pared down version is difficult to follow. If you want to see a different interpretation.
Don't see it if You are expecting a great new interpretation of the beloved play [it isn't] or you are going to see Ellen Burstyn [she barely has a role]
See it if you know the play and want to see a delightful & concise version with a very talented cast.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or you love complete Shakespeare or you hate concepts.