An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard. More…
Every night in a hidden library on 47th and 8th with over 15,000 books a Drunk Shakespeare society member will have at least five shots of whiskey and then attempt to perform in a Shakespearean play. Each performance by The Drunk Shakespeare Society requires a Patron, an audience member to be the King or Queen who helps run the show. Anything can, and does, happen. Craft cocktails available during the show.
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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 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
See it if You like humorous, very tounge-in-cheek interpretations of classics, with a healthy dose of current political and pop culture references.
Don't see it if You are easily offended, rigid, or lacking a healthy sense of humor.
See it if Take the bard and put a modern twist on it. Enjoy all sorts of antics framed by a Shakespeare play. Audience particpation throughout.
Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist or don't like actor's addresssing you directly.
See it if you already have a basic appreciation of Shakespeare's classics but aren't too attached to the original text. Also if you enjoy alcohol.
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare snob or don't like audience participation.
See it if If you like Shakespeare and can get up in front of people and recite some lines or watch others do so.
Don't see it if If you do not like any of the reasons I listed as going to see it.
See it if You enjoy drinking in a pub style area and watching a fast paced lively production with skilled actors tackle Shakespeare WHILE drinking
Don't see it if You're not a fan on a very moder approach to Shakespeare deeply tied in with improv. Also, if you're against seeing an actor get drunk.
See it if You like Shakespeare and like to laugh. I love Shakespeare and it was hilarious to see the performers performing under the influence. LOL
Don't see it if You don't like to laugh and cannot follow Shakespeare.
See it if you like Shakespeare, you like drinking, you like parodies of stuffy/great old works of artistic literature.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. Actually, just go see it. Make fun of your high school English teacher during it. Everyone can relate!
See it if You enjoy fast paced improv and one liners within Shakespearean theater.
Don't see it if You have a problem with small enclosed settings, loud hilarious groups or audience participation.
$29 (reg. $55) Balcony seats
$35 (reg. $69) Mezzanine seats
$45 (reg. $89) Stage-Side seats
Extra fees are $4 per ticket, but that's the standard charge on all tickets. Book by Dec. 7. Valid for performances thru March 17. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for $55 Balcony, $69 Mezzanine & $89 Stage-Side seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online/phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule & cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds; all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking.
$35 Balcony tickets (reg. $55)
$49 Mezzanune tickets (reg. $69)
$69 Stage-Side tickets (reg. $89)
Valid for performances thru 9/29/18. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for Stage-Side, Mezzanine & Balcony seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online / phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule & cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds, all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking.
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