Already closed | 2h 30m | West Village


From 131 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Barrow Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (131)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Intense
Avg Score

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also This production at the Barrow Theater feels like a full scale producti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

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.

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'

Absorbing, Visceral, Immediate, Accessible, Moving

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

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.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, High energy

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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

Ambitious, Edgy, Dizzying, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

Exciting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

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.

Also This was an intelligent, relevant, and passionate presentation of a pl... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

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.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Riveting, Intense

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.

Also Set in a 493BC Rome that remarkably evokes a here & now America, Micha... Read more Read less

Sound and fury

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.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Engaging

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.

Also A great play with great acting. Using contemporary clothing worked wel... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You like Willian Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If your not a Shakespeare fan or can't follow the dialogue.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Intelligent

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

Intelligent, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

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.]

Great acting, Great staging, High energy, Masterful, Riveting

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.

Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Overrated

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"

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy seeing Shakespeare staged with contermporary flair

Don't see it if you prefer traditional historical staging

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 ...
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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 thi...
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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 fa...
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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 soli...
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