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. More…
The streets are full of protest. Economic inequality strains the social fabric. Debates rage throughout a nation riddled with dissension and distrust. It’s election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E., and as unscrupulous politicians manipulate public opinion, the hypocrisy and humiliation of campaigns drive away the country’s finest. But beneath this political drama looms the personal tragedy of one principled man’s emotional blindness.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You like Shakespeare well told and well acted! With great staging to keep you engaged and interested with a relevant story.
Don't see it if You don't like long Shakespeare. It is a long winded play kept fresh by the actors, but it is still long winded.
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'
See it if you like raw, real Shakespeare adaptations with great acting and relevant themes. One of the most engaging renderings of the Bard I've seen.
Don't see it if blood, war, yelling and having the actors all around you bothers you, or you like your Shakespeare more formally performed.
See it if To hear Patrick Page's voice, hear Lisa Harrow's fluid Shakespeare. Committed performance by lead. Surprising humor in unexpected places.
Don't see it if You dont like violence. You dont like updated Shakespeare. You need scenery and want even a few frills.
See it if you are open to a political play in Shakespearean language but with a contemporary take; modern day relevance shows what a genius WS was
Don't see it if you want traditional sets and costumes; don't want a high energy performance where the actors come from all sides or bloody & loud fight
See it if You like Shakespeare. Superb acting. Patrick Page terrific. Bare stage but great effects. Very political. Moves quickly. Never boring.
Don't see it if You don't like modern dress for Shakespeare. If you don't like minimal staging. If you don't like Shskespeare.
See it if seeking a modernized version of William Shakespeare's seldom-produced tragedy or a play reminding you of the current political climate.
Don't see it if unfamiliar with the Coriolanus story, and/or have difficulty with Shakespearean verse: this play may be confusing. Bard purists may cringe.
See it if You've always been curious about this play but have never seen it--it will never be served up better.
Don't see it if Modern dress for Shakespeare annoys you, if you don't care about seeing minor Shakespeare at all, or, if you are sick of anything political.
See it if you'll like a fairly well acted modern adaptation of rarely performed Shakespeare; don't mind that the adaptation is a bit "campy."
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare 'pure"/fully costumed, dislike over the top efforts to modernize it, some truncation of the script.
See it if you think you don't like Shakespeare — exciting, current, ripped-from-the-headlines, superbly acted and extremely relevant for our time now.
Don't see it if you dislike political theatre of any era; violence; classics in modern dress or hearing extraordinary language clearly spoken and expressed.
See it if See it for the first great scene after the intermission or for the chance to see any Coriolanus.
Don't see it if But despite pruning, it is long and loud, and somehow without an authentic sense of life. I could not suspend disbelief.
See it if you want to see a brilliant correlation of corrupt politicians, agitated crowds, etc. - as told by Shakespeare yet eerily contemporary.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a traditional Shakespeare play and costumes without a modern spin.
See it if want an intimate, visceral and energetic production of a seldom seen Shakespeare play; cast is excellent; show moves very quickly.
Don't see it if don't like modern dress productions of Shakespeare
See it if for a modern staging of a lesser Shakespeare. strong, visceral acting and creative staging in this small, intimate space.
Don't see it if you're averse to violence onstage - there's plenty of it - or lack the patience for lengthy monologues. [Or cant stand modern-dress.]
See it if You love Shakespeare or even if you don't - just a great play. Every actor strong. Engaging direction. Coriolanus and Volumnia riveting.
Don't see it if You dislike longer shows (2+ hours). But there's not a note wrong in this production. Great "starter Shakespeare" for newbies.
See it if You have never seen Coriolanus, want to see Lisa Harrow and Patrick Page in great performances, can tolerate the excesses of the production.
Don't see it if If you like your Shakespeare straight forward without gimmicks, and would prefer a great ensemble to inconsistent acting. Overly "muscular"