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"It seems inevitable that soon all performing will be done either plastered or stoned. Among the early adopters of this trend, probably no one is applying more verve to the conceit than the members of the Drunk Shakespeare Society. Here’s hoping others learn from their sloshy example...It offers considerably more fun than many Shakespeare productions, worth experiencing not to watch an actor get drunk, but to watch a cast juggle so many balls so adroitly." Full Review
"It’s a pleasant mix of immersive theater, iambic pentameter, audience participation, slapstick comedy and bar hopping. The comic bits, while nowhere near as clever as what you’d find in “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged),” are at least cute. Some lines from the movie “Independence Day” may have also been inserted into the text." Full Review
"This self-described “drinking club with a Shakespeare problem” has, well, a Shakespeare problem. The good news is that it doesn’t have a comedy problem: this quintet had no trouble keeping the laughs frequent, buoyant, and loud for 90 solid minutes, and on some level, that’s all that matters. Still, they’re shallow laughs about things unrelated to what Shakespeare wrote." Full Review
"'Drunk Shakespeare' is an all inclusive night of fun and games. Be prepared to be pulled right into the action. And be prepared to shell out even more cash for overpriced drinks because one shot won’t do it. But hey, the drunker you are the more fun you're bound to have! Just ask my evening's drunk actor." Full Review
"It's a hit-and-miss production...Although there are stretches when more suds than Shakespearean substance flows, all in all, Drunk Shakespeare deserves a toast. It takes the Bard out of his Ivory Tower of elitism and makes him accessible to those who like their Bard with a beer." Full Review
"Drunk Shakespeare weaves improv comedy into Shakespeare's text. One actor in the play is given five shots of alcohol, often whiskey. Then, the thespian can interrupt the show by yelling "Drunk Point of Order!" and make up a rule that the other actors have to abide by. During a recent "Macbeth," Macduff demanded that fellow actors instead call him "MacDaddy." " Full Review
"This performance was entertaining, but less cohesive than past intoxicated Shakespeare performances we attended...In the balance between Shakespeare and booze, the latter triumphs here." Full Review
See it if you want to live a really immersive theater experience, live Shakespeare in a modern way. You can drink in a library, interact with the cast
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare and drink.
See it if you want to see a group of charismatic young actors ham up a kooky script and are open to meeting new people. (It's a pretty social show)
Don't see it if you don't know "Macbeth" since this is the main play it's based on.
See it if you like "improve style" comedy using the Bard as a jumping off point. Many of his soliloquies, and characters, with comic asides, & booze.
Don't see it if you are a bard traditionalist. I've seen better parodies. - And I don't think the drinking added much. Fun concept & the actors worked hard
See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare and want to see a twist on one of his plays. Currently it is MacBeth. I recommend drinking a few drinks before.
Don't see it if you don't want to see Improv based on MacBeth.
See it if You want some serious fun! Would have scored it higher if the pun wasn't calling my name.
Don't see it if Not a family show nor is it Shakespeare in the typical sense. Modern reinvention for sure! Also not fun if you don't like libations.
See it if you want an evening of total silliness & fun w/a group of friends. A little bit of Shakespeare knowledge helps. Can be messy, can be crude.
Don't see it if LOUD risque interactive shows bug you. They DO work their improv/prepared asses off, albeit messy, over-the-top, confusing as hell, but fun!
See it if you're in a mood to have a silly fun time w/ friends? or maybe by yourself wanting to kill boredom? - Laughter is still the best medicine !
Don't see it if you are clueless of any Shakesperean work (particularly Macbeth-the one I saw -not sure if they use same play all the time but i think so).
See it if You want a fun night out with friends or a date in an unusual space. Acting is high energy and gags/jokes are clever.
Don't see it if You only take your Shakespeare straight or you dislike a bit of "bro" atmosphere.
See it if You enjoy having fun with your Shakespeare and don't have to take it seriously. You like to laugh/drink/and, at some points, interact.
Don't see it if You don't like mildly interactive shows or a loosy-goosy feel to your theater, you don't like to watch super talented actors have silly fun.
See it if you know some Shakespeare and want to have a great time. Still a lot of fun, even if you don't know a lot about Shakespeare.
Don't see it if you are a prude with no sense of humor.
See it if you desire an interactive, improv fueled, skillful use of classical text, heady cocktail of laughter & mayhem, it is MacB after all...
Don't see it if not interested in drinking, Shakespeare, having fun, participating, topical references, seeing talented actor/improv technicians work magic