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Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
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Frankenstein (CSC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(146 Reviews)
Positive
54%
Mixed
34%
Negative
12%
Members say
Slow, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

About the Show

CSC presents this new, two-person adaptation of Mary Shelley's tale of men and monsters. "Frankenstein" will be performed in repertory with CSC's new adaptation of "Dracula."

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Member Reviews (146)

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69
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in the horror genre, but also like your plays slowly paced.

Don't see it if you're hoping to see something as exciting as the novel. The first 1/4 of the play is extremely slow, and the whole show is only 80 minutes. Read more

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Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to explore the story from the creature POV and enjoy two handers with most a one woman show

Don't see it if You expect dynamic pacing and a script with passion, this has neither sadly

Critic Reviews (13)

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

3/5 Stars "Berry is excellent and empathetic as the Creature...Once the lonely Creature leaves the laboratory to meet its maker, however, 'Frankenstein' falls into confusion...The play’s final third is so episodic that momentous events barely register."
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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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February 18th, 2020

"A Feminist 'Dracula' and a 'Folksy' Frankenstein: Classic Stage Company offers two horror essentials, neither of which is very scary."
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February 18th, 2020

"Stephanie Berry Plays Both Creature and Creator in 'FRANKENSTEIN'"
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February 18th, 2020

"Stephanie Berry Plays Both Creature and Creator in 'FRANKENSTEIN'"
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February 18th, 2020

"What follows is so resolutely undramatic as to defy description. Suffice to say that the audiobook is probably more compelling; at least you'd get the full original text."
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February 17th, 2020

"A tedious and uninvolving slog. Directed with lackluster inspiration by Timothy Douglas and running 80 minutes without an intermission, Shelley's story about man's inhumanity to man is now a story about a theatre company's inhumanity to its audience."
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February 18th, 2020

"If it sounds challenging to do a two-performer version of 'Frankenstein,' it proves just that in the current production...The first half-hour of the 80-minute show is more like performance art than a play, as very few words are spoken."
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February 21st, 2020

"Those seeking 'Frankensteinien' frissons will have to return to Shelley's novel or switch on James Whale's 1939 much more unnerving film version. The latter, for all its datedness, offers Boris Karloff as a far less articulate but hugely more engaging monster than the one mashed here."
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February 18th, 2020

Score: 85%. "Though this production will not give you the complete full story from the book, this version will give you an in-depth journey into life itself and the needs that we possess that drive and torture us all."
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February 19th, 2020

"Tristan Bernays's adaptation of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' is a strange hybrid of the ploddingly literal and the vaguely conceptual. Its pleasures lie in listening to Stephanie Berry recite long passages of beautiful prose. But as a piece of theater, it is a flat, almost somnolent experience."
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