Already closed | 2h 15m | East Village

Cymbeline (Art for Progress)

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing

About the show

Art for Progress presents a new take on Shakespeare's romance, set in a world floating between the blurred morality and frenetic energy of a Vegas-like kingdom and the stark, colorful beauty of the American Southwest. More…

'Cymbeline' features a company of performers with eclectic backgrounds, including musicians, stand-up comedians, classically trained Shakespearean actors, and improvisers. The goal of the production is to create a great live theater experience while raising awareness and funds for arts education. All profits from the show go to Art for Progress’ programs for children and young adults–helping to empower NYC’s young artists.

2h 15m | Already closed | Theatre 80 (East Village)

Member Reviews (29)


Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Enthusiastic, Uneven acting

See it if You enjoy modern takes on Shakespeare. You want to support a young theatre company. You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You want to see a classically trained company. You want uniformity in verse technique: some were very good, others struggled.

Also Everyone in the company has a love of Shakespeare that shines through.... Read more Read less


See it if You enjoy Shakespeare so much that you can overlook terrible acting and very cheap barebones sets

Don't see it if You believe (like me) that high school-caliber plays belong on a high school stage, not on an off-Broadway stage.

Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You like a modern version of a little shown Shakespeare play. There is a large cast and fun in a Las Vegas setting.

Don't see it if You like your classic plays to be in original form.

Stand up delivery not=2 classical text delivery, Cheesy las vegas setting, Some good performances, Hit & miss, 2nd act cooks

See it if Art for Progress = worthy cause, some worthy performers, some worthy delivery, little done Shakespeare, make you want to go 2 the theater

Don't see it if expect well unified & delivered classical text, cheesy-ness, or community theater vibe offends you

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You love Shakespeare as I do even a low-budget, modern-dress performance of the Bard is enjoyable.

Don't see it if You can't forgive setting the play in Las Vegas and a young acting troupe casting as best they can

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see condensed version of a Shakespeare classic with an attempt at a contemporary setting.

Don't see it if If you severely disappointed when a "modern" setting seems irrelevant to the show. Uneven acting is like fingernails on a blackboard to you

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like Shakespeare with a twist. You want to see an interesting take on a great play. You want to see some great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare in any form. You don't want to see a great performance. You don't want to laugh.

Also I love Shakespeare in any form. I truly enjoyed this performance. The ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you love Shakespeare and enjoy a modern take of his favorite themes. There are 17 cast members, all talented.

Don't see it if you are tired of different Shakerspearian plays.

Also I love the plot lines of Shakespeare, the political machinations, wise... Read more Read less

Uneven, Entertaining, Inaudible, Funny, Well intended

See it if You're up for a well intended but uneven and loosely directed Las Vegas update of this lesser-known Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want a polished production, classically trained actors, or expect that a large cast of actors might be trained to project their voices.

Also The essence of Shakespeare can cut through and survive a lot of things... Read more Read less

A valiant effort that didn't really work out

See it if You want to see everything Shakespeare, or you are interested in seeing some of the promising actors.

Don't see it if You only want to see great Shakespeare - kudos for them taking on Cymbeline, but this didn't really engage me.

Also This show was supposedly set in modern Las Vegas, but you couldn't rea... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Amateurish, " cheap ", Insipid

See it if You might like the idea to see an updated production of Cymbeline even if it has a very amateurish feeling and the acting is uneven at best.

Don't see it if if you like your Shakespeare the old good fashioned way. Cymbeline is not exactly easy to follow and this production doesn't help at all.

Also I am very open to move the " action " of any Shakespeare's play from t... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Bad staging

See it if You like Shakespeare in any size, shape or form.

Don't see it if you want to see a professional production with good staging and excitement.

Also The play tries to make a ridiculous connection to Vegas. The slogan "W... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you love Shakespeare's words brought to life in contemporary staging.

Don't see it if your Bard needs to be wearing tights.

Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like Shakespeare and can appreciate a two hour (half length) version of Cymbeline that hits all of the highlights in a cohesive story.

Don't see it if you only like big productions.

Clever, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan and like modernized versions

Don't see it if You want a fancy production

Also The Vegas - Southwest theme didn't come through in staging or costumes... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Inconsistent, Amateurish

See it if You support the production and the actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a Shakepeare piece butchered.

Also The worst you can do to a Shakespeare piece is unintelligent casting. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I would recommend this show for anyone who likes Shakespeare. The show was very entertaining. The acting was excellent. Funny, clever.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan if Shakespeare.

Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if You're into Shakespeare classics no matter how poorly they're interpreted or set into confusing frameworks.

Don't see it if You have no patience for modern day belittling of what is already great. The actors' hard efforts can't help this confusing production.

Also At times you feel like you're sitting in a high school auditorium root... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You're looking for a very last minute off Broadway and maybe feeling charitable. All the processings are donated to a nonforprofit.

Don't see it if You can't handle amateur rendition of Shakespeare.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a classic play with a modern twist.

Don't see it if If you're a Shakespeare purest.

Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if If you like Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If you have trouble keeping up with quick dialogue.

Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a group tackle a show that is typically super challenging and confusing, AND actually do it well. They even set it in Vegas

Don't see it if you expect them to follow the text 100%. Whole play would be 5 hours if they didn't cut ton, so thank them! A cool 2hrs here

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Shakespeare, but appreciate brevity. Director, Alexis Confer, did an amazing job trimming the script, leaving in all the essentials

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Want to see accessible Shakespeare and not a Midsummers Night Dream once again

Don't see it if Looking for something other than chill, off Broadway show

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy creative productions, new approaches and a cast that seems to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional take on Shakespeare's works.

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