Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to the Public to reveal a forgotten chapter of the Public Theater’s own history. More…
It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new 'palace of art.' And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. 'Illyria' is a family drama about a different kind of family–one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.
See it if you liked the Apple & Gabriel plays (tho this is Nelson's weakest work by far) & want a cursory (at best) glimpse at the Public's origin.
Don't see it if you want to learn anything valuable about Papp or the the Public Theatre. This boring play, spoken by insufferable low-talkers, is a waste.
See it if You love everything about the Public and Joe Papp. You want a cursory look at how the Public began.
Don't see it if You are hard of hearing, they don't project AT ALL.You don't mind a play that goes NO WHERE, with characters that are unmotivated and boring
See it if You want to eavesdrop on early Joe Papp meetings with the nascent Public Theater staff.
Don't see it if You like to see plays that are a slice of life and you don't care whether you understand what the context is or what is going on.
See it if Like slow paced stories, monotoned speech patterns, interesting base story, patient, you like The Public theater in general
Don't see it if You don’t like slow stories, dull sounds, unnecessarily long plays, want to run out before the end of the play
See it if You want to see a show about Stuart Vaughan (sp?)
Don't see it if You're a Joe Papp fan. Here he's so ordinary that he's boring! I'm certain the real Joe Papp would hate this production & script. Blaah!