Dead Poets Society
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Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society NYC Reviews and Tickets

(103 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the Show

Classic Stage Company presents a stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated movie, with Jason Sudeikis in Robin Williams' inspirational teacher role. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle.

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

See it if you're a fan of the film or Jason Sudekis, like stories about boys' schools & coming of age tales or father-son relations

Don't see it if you expect deeper character development & more feel for a private school, don't like unresolved issues or rushed conclusions

506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you can forget the movie version. A great job with some young talent to boot.

Don't see it if you are not open to thinking "outside the box' and can handle a thrust stage.

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, It's not the movie

See it if you have never seen the film with Robin Williams. This production will give you a sketchy version of the movie. Rent the film.

Don't see it if you think Jason Sudeikis is a great actor. He really disappoints here. Hard to see him as an influence over the boys. Read more

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you are a fan of good writing and good acting.This is a real gem.Do NOT miss it. It's as good as the movie. Touching,thought provoking. GO!!

Don't see it if you are looking for a rom com. This show is as powerful as the movie. Because of the small space at CSC, it is really more powerful.

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
Cliched, Dated, Pointless, Bland, Well-acted

See it if are curious to see the result of a screenwriter adapting his own screenplay for the stage with John Doyle as the director.

Don't see it if expect some original insights from this Cliff Notes stage version. Read more

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if to see a great cast unfold a story that invokes your emotions in many different ways. Jason Sudeikis is is terrific as the inspiring teacher

Don't see it if You expect a full scale Broadway production. An exact replica of the movie version. Read more

398 Reviews | 160 Followers
Inspiring, Great acting, Dated, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if seeking inspiration. I'm an English teacher/writer and loved the literary references and the play's entire milieu. Artists will be at home.

Don't see it if pursuing something incredibly moving or different. This is a well-staged play that feels dated but the young men/students are exceptional.

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
Delightful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if enjoy a humorous look at a popular film on stage. Jason Sudakis is wonderful. Cast is young and terrific.

Don't see it if whimsy doesn't suit you

Critic Reviews (33)

The New York Times
November 17th, 2016

"Mr. Sudeikis has a natural stage presence, a baritone voice, and he’s charming...But when he’s exhorting everyone to find their singular selves, he often looks as if he’s aching to send up his lines...If the students switched roles midway through, I doubt you’d notice...Doyle's habitually ingenious, less-is-more staging yields fewer dividends than usual.'Dead Poets Society' needs the cinematic distractions of sets and camera work. Stripped naked, it comes across as blunt and bland."
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2016

"Let’s just say Classic Stage Company’s earnest but flat-footed adaptation inspires thoughts of Netflix streaming more than leaping up on one’s desk to cry, 'O Captain! My Captain!'...Tom Schulman has competently translated his screenplay to the stage, with scenes smoothly flowing in and out. And Doyle has assembled a solid ensemble of keen young actors as the boys...Sudeikis has a smooth, easygoing air...but he’s far too flip and contemporary to believe as a poetry-loving pedant circa 1959."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 17th, 2016

"The play, by Tom Schulman is mostly holes, except when it’s goo...No extreme is extreme enough, especially no extreme of obviousness or cliché...At least for the first two-thirds of the 90-minute play, Doyle is almost completely successful in keeping the actors from falling into the pit of sentimentality. The boys are great...But once the story goes into overdrive, Doyle loses control; it’s as if the play were insisting on being bad despite his attempts to tame it."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 17th, 2016

"Doyle brings his customary stripped-down elegance to the production, and elicits sensitive performances from the young actors playing Keating's students. But Schulman's thin adaptation of his screenplay exposes its contrivances and sentimentality, failing to make a strong case for its stage translation...Despite the classy production's strengths, its insurmountable shortcoming is that this drama remains an imitation, stuck in the shadow of its source."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 17th, 2016

"Sudeikis doesn’t deliver the same whimsy that Robin Williams brought to the role but does manage to bring a confident charm all his own. Sudeikis plays the humor of the character as deftly as he does the more thoughtful, emotional moments...'Dead Poets Society' follows the same path as its cinematic predecessor perhaps too faithfully, and unfortunately doesn’t find the same level of poignancy...It all pales in comparison to its source material."
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November 17th, 2016

"Doyle’s clever, simple-truths staging beguiles audiences much in the same way English teacher John Keating, portrayed here by Sudeikis in a remarkable performance, leaves a mark on his impressionistic students...Despite the colorful personalities this ensemble of young performers bring to their roles, the characters are fundamentally written as adjectives...Schulman doesn’t take the opportunity to expand his screenplay, deepen the characters, or explore the complexities of his story."
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November 18th, 2016

"Jason Sudeikis has enough mischief in his eyes to make John Keating a credible non-conformist hero in 'Dead Poets Society'...While there are some pleasures to be had in Sudeikis’ tweedy performance, they’re offset by the blandness of the others and some genuine weirdnesses in the script...The stage version has Sudeikis displaying his own charms, small-scale though they are. But no matter how many dead poets’ names are dragged in to class up the act, hokum is still hokum."
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New York Daily News
November 17th, 2016

"Unfortunately, promising potential doesn't materialize into much on stage, where the earnest play fails to get traction. Issues are drawn in such black and white terms — adults, bad; youth, good — there’s no room for tension or drama, just pushing your buttons. But it doesn't."
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