Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

About the show

The Duke on 42nd Street presents an encore run of this modern riff on Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro,' which recasts the opera as a madcap comedy about citizenship in today's America.

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Undocumented workers Figaro and Susana can't wait to get married. But on their way to the altar they'll have to navigate a world of lecherous bosses, Botoxed starlets, pothead gardeners—and a whole lot of sexting—in this freshly comic English (and Spanglish) translation of the classic opera that celebrates the great American values of diversity and equality.

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NY Theatre Guide

“It’s so relevant it feels like it could have been written for this morning’s 'Times' editorial. It’s 2017, it’s right now, and it’s riveting…We are laughing all the way through, but there is a sharp bite underneath…All of the leads give captivating performances and they seem to be having a lot of fun on stage...Everyone is in great voice and it’s an extreme pleasure to experience their potent instruments…Director Melissa Crespo has done a sensational job of keeping the pace fast and funny.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “The multi-ethnic cast of fourteen are standout singers…Guerrerio has done a masterful job not only of making an 18th-century opera relevant for modern audiences, but also of hitting a lot of marks during this election season…Some of the plot threads are underdeveloped and a few of the characters get a rushed treatment…Those issues aside, Crespo is adept at keeping the frenzied antics going at a lively clip…Delivers trenchant commentary with an abundance of showmanship." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production “The updated libretto is a treasure chest of comedic gems...The musical direction by Raphael Fusco is exceptional…Most special of all in ‘Figaro! (90210)’ is how the show delivers a message of unity that’s political, and also essentially all about common sense…It’s safe to assume that dear old Wolfgang would come back to life to applaud the production, be flattered by how the company has paid tribute to his legacy, and also roar from laughter along with the rest of the audience.” Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production “An audacious and entertaining adaptation…The performance won laughs galore and a big ovation…I’ll bet Mozart would have loved this show…Crespo, the stage director, keeps the action flowing and the antics in check so that the inner lives of these winning characters emerge. Raphael Fusco, the music director, led an effective arrangement of the score for piano, which he played with a light touch and sensitivity, and five strings.” Full Review

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Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a night of comedy/if you like opera.

Don't see it if you're looking for depth/if you don't like opera.

Clever, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like operas, satirical points of view, silly shows.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with depth. One performer had a screechy voice. They wrote own bios and were very self indulgent, singing praises.

Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy opera music/singing, romantic comedies, and can appreciate it when a classic is updated.

Don't see it if You hate opera, don't like silliness and comedy, or dislike political elements in your shows.

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if want to experience a wonderful updated version of a classic opera featuring a talented cast set in a muti-cultural America. Divine music!

Don't see it if you are not into opera with its musical flourishes and dramatic, and sometimes madcap comedy.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like to see REALLY talented performers in an innovative, amusing and entertaining show

Don't see it if You don't like opera, have no sense of humor and can't stand the satirical depiction of one of today's main issues.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if Originality, fantastic voices in creative adaptation of a classic opera interest you.

Don't see it if You are a classicist and only enjoy the original Figaro.

Also Don't let the fact that this is an opera deter you. This show will cha... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you love opera, Mozart, satire, pop culture, and don't mind Groucho glasses on the Mona Lisa. Great fun! Great voices! Great music!

Don't see it if you don't like opera, want your classics straight no chaser, and want that wall built fast.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like a contemporary twist to the classic opera. Great singing, very funny & entertaining, evolving around issues with immigration etc.

Don't see it if you don't like opera. Titles were difficult to read at times.

Also It was long but it passed the time passed very quickly.

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy light entertainment by talented singers and actors.

Don't see it if you dislike opera.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you love opera and musical theatre set in a modern context. These actor singers and chamber musicians are extremely talented, & funny!!!

Don't see it if If you don't like opera

Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Overrated, Silly

See it if you enjoy classical music. You will recognize enough of the score to keep you entertained throughout the silly lyrics/rhymes and ok singing.

Don't see it if you're a classical-music purist. The show is confusing & silly (only occasionally funny). The "translation" is NOT an actual translation.

Funny, Delightful, Raunchy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if an entertaining, modern take on Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro set in the melting pot of LA - strong cast accompanied by talented musicians

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals, are uncomfortable w sexual humor, or do not want politics in your entertainment

Also For those worried about the sung-through, operatic aspect of the show ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy laughing; you'd enjoy seeing a comic opera performed as if it were a musical comedy; you'll enjoy very creative use of a classic.

Don't see it if you're an opera purist; don't like modern adaptations of a classic and/or plays that raise political questions.

Funny, Clever, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Mozart's music with a clever libretto updated to reflect the political issues of our time. Immigration, racism, class, money and power.

Don't see it if You don't like operatic singing and a plot with characters that seem a little foolish.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Like make fun type librettos and great singing.

Don't see it if Hate any type of opera.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are not really a fan of std. opera but want to experience it in a non-conventional- aka modernized, relatable and more entertaining way.

Don't see it if you don't want to give opera a chance even in its most modernized, simplified yet very entertaining form. It will be your loss though.

Also This is one show that deserves a longer run because it is one that I w... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if the idea of a contemporary version of Mozart's Figaro does not offend you; you have a good sense of humor, silliness is not a turn off.

Don't see it if messing with Figaro, the opera, angers your sensibilities; you prefer opera with fussy costumes and sets; you have so sense of humor.

Also I'm not an opera fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this production. I do l... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Intelligent, Relevant, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy opera and appreciate the humor transformed from the genius of Mozart to current issues. Absolutely delightful. Magical production.

Don't see it if You are not an opera fan and have difficulty following super titles

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an intelligently satirical version of Mozart's famous opera. Wonderful performed and staged with lyrics flashed above.

Don't see it if you don't like Mozart or want to build a wall around America. It's an opera, sung in English with sprinkles of Spanish.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you adore Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" but can appreciate a competently staged and performed modern parody with current relevance.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy long opera or musical theatre or other than authentic original opera productions, or if graphic language/themes offend you.

Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you would like an incredible rethinking of Mozart's classic, The Marriage of Figaro. This is a current day opera and cleverly HILARIOUS.

Don't see it if you don't like operas, or don't think that an updating of a classic piece is inappropriate.

Also Figaro 90210 is, in a word, hilarious. Taking the music of Mozart and ... Read more Read less

Clever, Dizzying, Frenetic, Good music (actually mozart), Broad comedy

See it if you like to see classics updated. Small orchestra does a great job. If you are interested in contemporary issues told through opera.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish or if it bothers you not to understand everything. Some stereotyping. A bit too frenetic and over the top for me.

Also There are supertitles throughout the show, which were helpful (althoug... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Great singing & staging

See it if To experience opera as intended — contemporary, topical, very funny and very much in this moment, a living thing. A wonderful show, go.

Don't see it if No reasons not to: beautifully played & sung Mozart; it's funny; it humanizes immigrants & illegals, celebrates the mess of diversity we are

Also For most of us, opera can consist of a wash of vowel sounds and gorgeo... Read more Read less

Relevant, Ama-delightful, Moz-artful, 9021ohsofunny

See it if you enjoy contemporary adaptations of comic operas, performed with charm and a light touch in a pocket production.

Don't see it if you don't like opera or opera played by a tiny orchestra or updated operas.

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you like opera, Mozart, cleverly updated libretto relevant to today's political climate. Lyrics use current vernacular in inventive ways.

Don't see it if you are an opera purist or think you don't like opera. This may change your mind.

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