Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

Dracula (CSC)

From 148 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

CSC presents Kate Hamill’s new, feminist adaptation of the classic horror tale. "Dracula" will be performed in repertory with CSC's new adaptation of "Frankenstein." More…

From the show:

Both terrifying and riotous, Kate Hamill’s Dracula confronts the sexism in Bram Stoker’s original work and subjugates it as a smart and disquieting feminist revenge fantasy. Kate’s signature style and postmodern wit upends this familiar tale of Victorian vampires and drives a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity.

2h 20m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (148)


Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
Avg Score

Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky, Clever

See it if Hamill doe tinkering treatment of the pop Gothic classic giving Mina/Lucy "teeth," as reminder that men don't own all the necks in the room.

Don't see it if Loony bin motif doesn't allow the brevity of what's at "stake" to settle, coming a-"cross" as farce undercutting what's otherwise intended.

Disappointing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a different view of the tale Dracula. It's clever and sometimes funny and very campy.

Don't see it if you like the traditional story. This production has no real depth of the characters. I felt no fear as I usually do when watching this story

Also This production is a light hearted comical version of the story Dracul... Read more Read less

Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you like old classic theater with a modern shake up

Don't see it if You are like me and have trouble comprehending old piece of theater

Also Sometimes I see plays that I don’t like and I know they are bad and I ... Read more Read less

Feminist re-imagining, Stylish production, Long, Fun

See it if Distinctly Hamill enterprise w mix: broad humor, clever staging, contemp touches, creativity, artistic license, classic material. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if Dracula purist-here characters are reimagined w obvious feminist spin. 2 much repetition overall, & curtain-pulling, first thrilling, wears.

Also Saw this at CSC toward end of run.

Fun take on dracula

See it if You appreciate Kate Hamill and her theatre company

Don't see it if You want a serious show about vampires.

Revelation, Vastly entertaining, Campy, Unexpected, Quirky

See it if appreciate camp & turning classic on its ear, acting/direction/writing walking fine line, thrust staging with inner above, like funny walks

Don't see it if can't tolerate thrust staging, need classic tales unadorned, need 2 hear every word, dislike Kate Hamill, dislike injection of feminism

Hamill's scary, funny take on the horror classic

See it if A gently feminist version with Mina and Lucy at the fore. Renfield and Van Helsing are women. The Count is a male chauvinist show-off.

Don't see it if Cleverly stylized staging and exaggerated acting make a satisfyingly creepy atmosphere. Amendt, Dukes, and Hamill herself are standouts.

Feminist, Campy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a wonderfully produced and written campy feminist version of Dracula

Don't see it if you need your Dracula to be a powerful misogynist who cannot be conquered by women. Or if you hate camp, no matter how well done.

Also Timing of actors was near perfect as was the fight choreography, both ... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an excellent production of a classic play. Great acting, direction and outstanding lighting.

Don't see it if If you don’t like plays about vampires, this won’t be your kind of play.

Also Bravo to the entire production! I loved every moment!

Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if well written modern feminist take on a classic. funny yet gothic. well presented in a small space

Don't see it if want the traditional dracula story with the over the top horror, this is not that.

Intense, Romantic, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate Kate Hamill's writing and performing, you'll like this one. Interesting approach to well known material .

Don't see it if You expect real horror and bloodletting. This is stylized and moving.

Feminist, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'll enjoy a funny version of Dracula w/a feminist twist.It's a fun romp. It's campy, but not overacted. Matthew Amendt was DELICIOUS.

Don't see it if you're expecting something really scary & gorey. You're a purist & prefer a faithful rendering of the novel. You hate all things feminist.

Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You're up for a modern feminist take: the horror here not the vampiric undead, but eternal paternalism. Go with it, it's funny and on point.

Don't see it if You're married to Stoker's original or Lugosi's hammy if effective dark creature of the night. This Count is all daylight and humor.

Also Hamill's Renfield is terrific, as is her updated take on all things Dr... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Gender bending and empowering. Well conceived, incl. fantastic costuming

Don't see it if Look for sheer gore.

Cluttered, belabored, Entertaining, Occasionally very funny

See it if you must see every staging of the well-known vampire yarn, from the faithful to the campy to the romanticized- this one is none of the above

Don't see it if you want a classic, literary presentation of the old, old story; prefer more of the vampire & less of the support characters

Also This "Dracula" is toothless, bloodless, horrorless & not the least bit... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a really fresh, humorous take on a classic

Don't see it if You're looking to be frightened

Inspired, Fun, Funny

See it if Really fun. Great use of set. Great acting. I wasn't sure how Hamill was going to pull off the feminist aspect but she managed it very well.

Don't see it if Even if you've seen many versions, this one is highly entertaining and unique. Could have been cut a bit. Maybe a little less Renfield.

Genre twisting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You're a Kate Hamill fan. You like bold new takes on familiar vampire stories. You like to be served a dash of #metoo whimsy with your stake

Don't see it if You abhor feminist re-writes. You don't like playwrights medding with your favorite horror novel. Bare bones theater in the round.

Also Go Kate Hamill! Drive that stake through the heart of Victorian and fo... Read more Read less

Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Original take on an old classic.

Don't see it if This is barebones staging.

A fun time

See it if you already know the story of Dracula and want to see a funny version of the story with a nod to men's treatment and expectations of women.

Don't see it if campy humor and changes in classics bother you.

Also The actors were all wonderfully believable. The audience laughed throu... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if U enjoy a feminist twist to a classic with great performances and thought provoking and relevant dialogue.

Don't see it if U are a purist, don’t appreciate feminism or prefer musicals.

Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if I really had a hard time watching this play. Very long almost two and a half hours. Very confusing as well.

Don't see it if I found myself constantly checking my watch. The actors weren't bad though just the script was really out of left field at least for me

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like Kate Hamill. This reworking of the classic is fun and the feminist message is clear. Writing, acting, staging are way above average

Don't see it if You only want the original version

Good acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a production of Dracula that has comedic elements

Don't see it if You want to see a classic dramatic version of Dracula, dislike comedies, or wanted to see a musical or one person show.

Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy theater with both fun and message. One theme is man’s desire for control over woman. But with a current response!

Don't see it if You expect the regular Dracula story.

February 17th, 2020
"'Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of: Classic Stage Company is running adaptations of two 19th-century horror classics in repertory. Don’t let that frighten you."
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February 18th, 2020
4/5 Stars "An unabashed crowd-pleaser...Lapine expertly navigates the script's wild tonal shifts as the production bounces between humor and horror...All of the actors gamely sink their teeth into their parts, but this is the Van Helsing and Mina show, with Seward as their comic foil."
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February 24th, 2020
"Horror Stories of Womanhood: 'Dracula,' 'Frankenstein,' and 'Anatomy of a Suicide'"
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February 27th, 2020
"Marvelous Monster Mash: A timely spin on Stoker for the #MeToo era; a smartly condensed Shelley preserves its source material."
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