As You Like It (Classic Stage Company)
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As You Like It (Classic Stage Company)
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As You Like It (Classic Stage Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(139 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
16%
Negative
6%
Members say
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Disappointing

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (139)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
67
Slow, Confusing, Indulgent, Great cast, Disappointing

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. Read more

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
65
Enchanting, Cliched, Silly, Fluffy, Disappointing

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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
69
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Frustrating

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 Read more

455 Reviews | 51 Followers
77
Enchanting, Confusing, Great acting

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.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
74
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

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 Read more

391 Reviews | 133 Followers
49
Boring, Mediocre, Conspicuous lack of comedy, intensity, or entertainment

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 Read more

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
70
Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Disappointing, Overrated

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

312 Reviews | 126 Followers
72
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

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.

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
September 28th, 2017

"So cut down it has bled out...You can get a glimmer of what Doyle is after: a plain, vernacular presentation of the text by actors who look and sound like today...Admirable as this approach may seem in the abstract, there is something stingy about it in practice. All pageantry is lost...The deeper problem here is what happens when there is no style, or rather when the lack of style becomes a style in itself...It feels wrong to blame the cast for what is evidently Doyle’s doing."
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Time Out New York
September 28th, 2017

"The principal characters and speeches remain, but without the tension and texture that cohere them. The result is a lot of coming and going that rarely makes best use of its ensemble cast...What’s missing is the weight that can give romance its footing. There are moments to like here, but not enough to love."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 28th, 2017

"If a production falls flat in a forest, does anyone hear it?...The question springs to mind while watching John Doyle's 'As You Like It'...Whenever things threaten to become tedious, which is often, Doyle has the actors engage in such bits of business as sweeping the playing area or kicking around a soccer ball...The performances are all over the map, with the standouts being Hannah Cabell's feisty Rosalind and Quincy Tyler Bernstine's appealing Celia."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 5th, 2017

"Perhaps in part because the first song doesn’t come along until a half-hour into the proceedings, Doyle’s 'As You Like It' gets off to a slowish, oddly unspecific start...Truth to tell, I never really thought that Doyle’s underlying concept for the production registered with full clarity, nor did it seem that he was entirely at ease with Shakespeare’s comic side. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is full of fine performers, and the second half of the show took wing and gave much pleasure."
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Deadline
September 28th, 2017

"Rarely have I seen such widespread joy cross so many faces like the wave at a football game as I observed during John Doyle’s fleet, exuberant, giddy-making production. And for good reason...The comedy is robust, the gravitas is deep yet not portentous...The heavy linguistic lifting is handled with ethereal bliss by a trio of experts...There’s magic in the air, and then, in just 90 too-brief minutes, it’s gone."
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New York Daily News
September 28th, 2017

"Between life-or-death exiles and jumbled romances, 'As You Like It' is built to spark a gamut of emotions. Alas, CSC’s revival of Shakespeare’s rom-com fires so few of them...Burstyn's take on the famous 'all the world’s a stage speech' comes and goes without making a mark. That’s pretty much par for the course for director Doyle’s staging...The show has a couple bright spots. Music by Schwartz for the song-stuffed play enhance the mood. And Doyle cleverly conjures the Arden woods."
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AM New York
September 28th, 2017

"Doyle’s textual cuts are so numerous that the play becomes too choppy. The transition from the royal court to the woods is also muted due to the bare, all-purpose scenic design. Nevertheless, the intimate production is mostly enjoyable, possessing a speed and seamlessness that suits the play’s whimsical nature. The audience receives a good deal of attention, and one lucky guy is even selected for a cameo. The cast is excellent."
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Theatermania
September 28th, 2017

"Doyle seems to have eschewed comedy in favor of a host of recycled ideas, leaving his actors to fend for themselves...The major problem with this production is that, for a comedy, it's just not that funny. Doyle embellishes the play with his usual kabuki-like flourishes...Sadly, Doyle neglects to refine the comic beats...Original songs fail to inject much levity...The result is a middling production of a second-rate comedy. But at a zippy 1 hour, 45 minutes, it goes by quickly enough."
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