Dead Poets Society
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Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society NYC Reviews and Tickets

(103 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (103)

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577 Reviews | 88 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.

63 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You loved the movie and want to see some excellent staging.

Don't see it if You think the movie can't be improved upon/ Read more

506 Reviews | 1009 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.

299 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like wonderful acting with something to think about.

Don't see it if You like musicals.

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like the story of Dead Poets Society already, you enjoy minimalist movable sets, and delightful, poking comedy.

Don't see it if you do not like the story to begin with, you want a show with a lot of truly, physically-told action, you want moving sets.

306 Reviews | 37 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if literate, poetic writing with an enchanting story. Sudeikas is charismatic and a natural on stage.

Don't see it if expect as much depth as the film

77 Reviews | 12 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You're familiar with the story - it doesn't surpass the film in excellence, but it's a great production.

Don't see it if You're expecting the film. Sudeikis is great, but he's obviously no Robin Williams.

470 Reviews | 190 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.

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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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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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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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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