Already closed | 1h 20m | East Village

Frankenstein (CSC)

From 146 member  reviews
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." More…

From the show:

Tristan Bernays’ Frankenstein is an electrifying metaphysical adaptation strongly rooted in the tradition of theatrical storytelling. Athletically performed by only two actors, this exhilarating retelling of Mary Shelley’s beloved novel boldly explores the creation myth while dissecting some of the most frightening aspects of the human psyche.

1h 20m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (146)


Slow, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing
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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.

Also I'd expect an 80-minute show to be somewhat quickly paced, but conside... Read more Read less

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

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Beautiful use of language at a pace likely challenging to modern ears dulled by the daily use & assault/bombardment of electronics & media.

Don't see it if You can't slow down or find the patience to hear the language, go with the pace. This is about storytelling and language.

Also Barry’s use of her face voice and body are wonders of economy and emot... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Challenging and creative. Committed cast to.

Don't see it if Can be confusing; not for this looking fir classic (Universal) monsters

Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an classic being reimagined. This is the Frankenstein story from the creature's perspective

Don't see it if you don't like classics being retold from a really different perspective

Slow start, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like the tale of Frankenstein and experimental approaches to familiar stories. Gender free casting. Intimate theater in the round.

Don't see it if You like your theater straight-up and easy to follow. You son't want to sit in a theater and watch a monster learn to walk.

Also She's black, she's bad, she's Franenstein's monster and fortunatley fo... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if It would be so much better with better actors and some more compelling action. The words are full of pathos but there is nothing more

Don't see it if you are looking for a compelling drama. There is potential not realized here. The underlying story is tragic but the actors do not connect

Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I liked it for the clever presentation of the story, the great works by the cast, I found it charming. Bring sunglasses.

Don't see it if Read all the reviews and decide.

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You like a new approach to a classic.

Don't see it if You don’t like classics turned upside down.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Stripped down version of Frankenstein tale with two actors - really 1 1/2 actors. An interesting production

Don't see it if A full production

Also If you are not familiar with the book, this is a bewildering edited ve... Read more Read less

Slow, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love intimate settings and are very familiar with the original story. I enjoyed the gender-less casting but found it very very slow.

Don't see it if you are expecting lots of action or a fast pace. Also, you need to be able to use your imagination and project what you already know.

Different, confusing at times, has promise, needs work

See it if u want 2 c a woman's solo performance as the monster,accompanied by a talented musician who speaks occasionally

Don't see it if u don't like experimental theater which needs further work on yet another csc bare bones set

Also i think it is racist to cast a black woman no matter how talented (and... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fresh take on a classic story, with two talented actors playing all roles. Theater in the 3/4. Short (90 minutes) shows.

Don't see it if You are unable to distinguish when one character changes to the next. If you want to see the Boris Karloff version. If you need an intetmis.

Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This is an intense adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel. Performances & writing are spectacular. Minimal staging leaves no distractions.

Don't see it if It's A VERY minimal staging (in typical CSC style) that leaves you with only the text & performances. This is not some Disneyfied fluff.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a Frankenstein adaptation that focuses for a long time on creation myth parallels and is a bit avant-garde in its writing.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the original Mary Shelley Novel, do not like experimental theatre, or want complex staging with a large cast.

Also I think there was a lot of potential for a good show here, which is pr... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Frankenstein come to life and watch how he adjusts to his new reality on a physical level and then on an emotional level.

Don't see it if you're not interested in observing how Frankenstein comes to life and handles his new reality both on a physical and an emotional level.

Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY like reworked classics and what might've once been called experimental theater

Don't see it if U don't want to be bored for the first 1/3 of an 80-minute show & don't want to wonder: was this worth the risk of getting the coronavirus?

Also The actors do a good job with very thin material. The guitar riffs off... Read more Read less

Good actress though, Insipid, Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You messed up when you were trying to buy student rush tickets to CSC's Dracula

Don't see it if You were a fan of the original novel, weren't a fan of the original novel, or like your theatre to have something resembling a pulse

Also I will say that Stephanie Berry is a wonderful actress, and was the on... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an actress give her ALL to play Frankenstein. She is the most resonant part of this two-hander.

Don't see it if You don't care indulgent creative choices, elongated periods without dialogue and nothing interesting, unnecessary music and staging


See it if The nuance of seeing the Monster played by a female excites you. She's worth the watch. It's kind of a Reader's Digest Condensed Version.

Don't see it if You're looking for big action. There's very little of that in this piece. And the music may annoy you a bit - it seems extranous.

Thought-provoking, Clever, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy shows that try something new/ daring (and don't fully succeed). a brave attempt, with strong script and acting, that fails to soar

Don't see it if You expect conventional storytelling, straightforward narrative, and traditional staging

Slow, Concise, Good music, Good acting, Enjoyable

See it if You enjoy Frankenstein and want to hear the book read to you - well.

Don't see it if You want something exciting, or a new take on an old story.

Not bad but could be better

See it if If you like to see different adaptations of Frankenstein

Don't see it if See Dracula instead at the same theater

Well acted, Tedious, Incongruous, Pretentious, Indulgent

See it if You like monsters ascending from grunting to, for some reason, Elizabethan English in a matter of moments.

Don't see it if You like music that's more than a few guitar riffs and an occasional lyric like, "Frankenstein, try harder/Frankenstein, try harder."

Also I'm truly sorry. I've only experienced one of their plays. The environ... Read more Read less

Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Beautifully acted!

Don't see it if If expect a larger production

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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