Coriolanus
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Coriolanus NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(131 Reviews)
Positive
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Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Intense

About the Show

Red Bull Theater's visceral mounting of Shakespeare's political tragedy features Broadway star Patrick Page ('Cymbeline,' 'Casa Valentina'), RSC veteran Lisa Harrow, and two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella.

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Member Reviews (131)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Timely

See it if you like to see Shakespeare set in present day political climate but keeping old style language. Great acting makes it easy to understand.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. Even though this is set in modern day America it still sounds like old school Shakespeare.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see a lean, accessible, powerful, adroitly acted production of a rarely seen tragedy; to witness WS's universality & relevance.

Don't see it if you haven't enjoyed Red Bull Theater's take on classics in the past. Perhaps this isn't for Shakespeare purists & traditionalists.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
78
Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Ferocious, steamrolling, streamlined adaptation of Shakespearean power play. Acute direction and hypnotic lead performance engrossing

Don't see it if A little battle fatigue as well as overwrought Trumpian metaphors can slow proceedings

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
84
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Intense, Confusing

See it if You've never seen this Shakespeare before -- it's an exciting, fast-paced version that's relevant to our time.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for Shakespeare, war, politics, or blood.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You want a Shakespearean drama that is relevant to our elections. You want great acting & staging. You want a thought provoking drama.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a political drama. You don't like verse plays. You want contemporary dialogue.

450 Reviews | 126 Followers
90
Must see b4 elections any year, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want clearly spoken & understood Shakespeare delivered by superior company with grim takeaway of the state of the human beast & politics

Don't see it if you can't rise 2 challenge of listening 2 well spoken heightened language with depressing takeaway 'you can't please anyone any of the time'

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
85
Fantastic staging and masterful acting., The director used a spare hand to achieve much., Thought-provoking, relevant, intelligent production., Absorbing and powerful., Stunning and surprising all the way through.

See it if You like contemporary staging of WS, want a challenging and intense theater experience, can appreciate stagecraft with minimal sets/props.

Don't see it if You hate WS, don't enjoy plays with topical relevance, don't want to think, want elaborate production, don't like politics or strong POV.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
89
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan -Patrick Page, Lisa Harrow, Steve Spinnella a rare cast -in a modern version of a story about power, hubris,family

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets, traditional costumes, comfortable seating for hours. Cannot keep up with the bard's language. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
October 30th, 2016

"You don’t have to squint too hard to discern unsettling contemporary relevance in the Red Bull Theater’s gripping new production of Shakespeare’s 'Coriolanus'...Setting this play in a simulated America of today carries greater weight...Fortunately, Mr. Sexton’s streamlined production won’t just have you sitting in your seat bemoaning the troubling future of our country. It will also hold your attention in its own right, through simple but forceful staging and superb acting."
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Time Out New York
October 30th, 2016

"Though distinct parallels emerge between Shakespeare’s late-period tragedy about electoral politics in 493 B.C.E. Rome and our current situation, you’re not required to draw any. Given that this complex text has been condensed, you’ll be busy just tracking the action. There’s plenty of it in this visceral production...Johnstone, rippling with vigor, plays the conflicted title character."
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New York Daily News
November 3rd, 2016

"Shakespeare’s seldom-done late tragedy about elections...takes a topical and timely leap to the present day in this provocative new production. Canadian actor Dion Johnstone makes his Off-Broadway debut and commands as the trash-talking warrior who’s unstoppable on the battlefield but an epic fail on the campaign trail. Coriolanus is a hard guy to like, but this invigorating Red Bull revival goes down easy."
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AM New York
November 3rd, 2016

"Invokes the spirit of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, with commoners getting up in arms over what they perceive to be a corrupt and rigged society. A scene where a ballot box is smashed apart with a baseball bat is especially disturbing. Although it is rarely staged, 'Coriolanus' is a solid and straightforward drama, and Red Bull deserves a lot of credit for having the foresight to bring it back into the public eye at this very moment and for presenting it with such vitality."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 10th, 2016

"Few playwrights have understood the dynamics of political power so thoroughly, and Sexton's mordant staging has an undeniable, unsettling timeliness...The shattering of the fourth wall is rarely as effective as it is here; this 'Coriolanus' is staged as a town hall meeting in a democracy that is quickly becoming unhinged...Sexton has assembled a cast especially skilled at conveying these cutthroat maneuvers and set to deliver the dialogue at a fast and furious pace."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 30th, 2016

"For fans of Red Bull's work, this production of the bard's late tragedy does not disappoint...Director Michael Sexton conducts the play at a fever pitch...While Shakespeare's language remains blessedly intact, expect to see contemporary costumes and references to our own looming and contentious presidential election. Red Bull has gathered together a winning team with a great ability to bring Shakespeare's words and the play's themes to pulsing life."
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TheaterScene.net
November 9th, 2016

“So many characters switch loyalties at such breakneck speed that it often becomes a blur of blood, guts and shouting. No such problems with the Red Bull Theater’s production. Director Michael Sexton plows through the text with his modern dress production, taking no enemies, relating the exciting story of Caius Martius—later Coriolanus—making each and all of its bloody turns crystal clear. He mines the political aspects of the plot, deftly dovetailing them with today’s headlines.”
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Theatre is Easy
November 1st, 2016

"In its first half, Sexton’s production is an exciting mix of bloody combat, political drama, and wry comedy. In its second half, the uniformly excellent cast delivers a series of heartbreaking scenes...The modern trappings of 'Coriolanus' provide the audience some extra food for thought, but even in togas, its cast would be well worth seeing. Their exceptional work, driven by director Sexton’s brisk pacing and intelligent staging, is like red meat for hungry Shakespeare lovers."
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