Already closed | 1h 40m | East Village

Dead Poets Society

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Members say: 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. More…

At a rigorous all-boys preparatory school renowned for its ancient traditions, the unconventional Professor Keating inspires his students to defy conformity and to live passionately. Academy Award-winner Tom Schulman adapts his own screenplay for this world premiere production.

1h 40m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (103)


Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

Also Nicely staged by John Doyle. The boys are all terrific. This was an in... Read more Read less

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.

Also This is Jason Sudeikis first play that I have seen and he nails it. Th... Read more Read less

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.

Also The actors are fine, but the play is flat.

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.

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

Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you saw the movie (I NEVER saw it–I know, right?) or if you like Jason Sudeikis. I felt he was just doing a serious Mitt Romney impression.

Don't see it if you want a fully staged production. Much like Mr. Doyle's Color Purple, this production is very bare bones.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to see excellent comedy and tragedy. The first half was incredibly funny, the second more serious. The humorous moments were golden

Don't see it if you want a new story or to be invested enough in the characters for the tragic moments to have deep meaning

Also I haven't seen the movie for many years and didn't remember the story ... Read more Read less

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.

Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a new take on an old story , an American Mr. Chips , full of heart

Don't see it if You expect Robin Williams . Sue kiss makes the character his own .

Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Classic

See it if You are a fan of the movie. It is a faithful adaptation. Jason Sudeikis gives an admirable performance in an iconic role.

Don't see it if You are looking for something new from the story. It is merely a stage adaptation of the film. But as one of my favorites, I didn't mind!

Great acting, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate excellent writing, acting and direction. You want a new interpretation of what was in the movie. you want to see a great cast

Don't see it if Zero reasons not to see this. It is 100 engrossing, entertaining, thought-provoking, moving minutes of wonderful theater.

Great staging, Funny, Clever, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of Jason Sudeikis or John Doyle. Sudeikis shines in his stage debut. Doyle strips the play down to its essence.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show with depth because this is fairly light. The play just kind of ends without much resolution so watch out there.

Also While Sudeikis is amazing, the rest of the cast isn't quite up to his ... Read more Read less

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.

Dated, Cliched, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you like coming-of-age stories or want to see how hard it must have been to be a white man in the '50s.

Don't see it if you hate cliches and stage productions that do nothing to elevate the material.

Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have never seen the movie.

Don't see it if You want to be engaged in the story.

Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you don't mind a rushed-feeling story or you want to see a bunch of great, new actors kill it as the students

Don't see it if you expect it to closely resemble the movie or for Jason Sudeikis to emulate Robin Williams

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Resonant

See it if Jason Sudeikis does a fine job as John Keating. It is a great transfer of the film to the stage. The cast of young men are superb. Poignant.

Don't see it if Excessive amounts of books, repetitive humming of the same tune and breaking of the wall between actor & audience makes you nervous.

Intelligent, Well acted, Absorbing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you recall the film with fondness and want to see how it was adapted for the stage.

Don't see it if you'd be happier seeing Robin Williams in the movie.

Funny, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want to see something different. Interesting story, but not for everyone.

Don't see it if you are seeing it because of Jason Sudeikis.

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

Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if enjoy a tight ensemble. The company of the students is particularly strong.

Don't see it if need a strong script. Like the film, the play coasts on the strength of its cast.

Clever, Funny, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if You don't go by the reviews. Well acted and staged, very funny in places. I would see it again.

Don't see it if You dislike a piece with one or two roles that are more charicature than not

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you miss Robin Williams a lot, enjoy Jason Sudeikis, love literature with all your heart

Don't see it if you think literary appreciation is pretentious

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 ingeni...
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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...
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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 senti...
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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 tran...
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