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 enjoy history plays without emphasis on history, but more slice of life approach.
Don't see it if You get easily bored as it runs 2 hrs without intermission,
See it if interested in the history of Joe Papp/NY Shakespeare Festival, filled with real life folks, history, & solid naturalistic acting. Big cast!
Don't see it if interested in the craft of playwriting or visionary writing & directing. Little energy, projection, or forward development. Fraud theater.
See it if You can deal with a way too long too slow slice of Joe Papp's theatrical journey focused on his New York Shakespeare Festival.
Don't see it if You want to get greater insight into Joseph Papp and all his accomplishments.
See it if you're interested in early history of an important theater; it's a "conversation" between insiders, often interesting
Don't see it if you're annoyed by excessive mumbling; also, missed opportunity to say more about Robert Moses
See it if You’re interested in theatre history, NYC history, or theatre that talks about theatre. Or if you’re a Fran Kranz fan.
Don't see it if You want something fast paced or loud or if you’re particularly hard of hearing. Know that it’s somewhat dated since it’s historical.
See it if You like plays, specifically with a historical relevance to NYC theatre.
Don't see it if You are looking for a lot of action or excitement. The show is slow and tends to be confusing at times.
See it if you are interested in the history of theatre in NYC especially through Joe Papp. The parallels from NYC's changing cityscape relates to now.
Don't see it if You are looking for a profound extremely memorable performance. The show itself is so-so.
See it if You are interested in conversational theatre, love the history of the Public Theatre and want to see a play that requires deep thought.
Don't see it if You get bored easy, You don’t want to know about Joseph Papp’s early struggles. You can’t listen attentively.
See it if You'll watch unlikeable people who made a great thing happen. You're up for hypernaturalism - low-key, low-drama conversational scenes.
Don't see it if You want a straight biopic, or a conventional structure with an arc and a conclusion.
See it if You like Richard Nelson's plays. You feel that you are eavesdropping on a conversation. You also will learn a little about Joe Papp.
Don't see it if You like a lot of action. This is quiet, interesting conversation play.
See it if You like: a strong director/writer, ensemble shows, slice of life scenes, casual plays, realistic acting, meta theatre, The Public, Joe Papp
Don't see it if You demand high intensity energetic entertainment from beginning to end. You are impatient. You don't like listening.
See it if You are interested in how theater is made. Also, if you know something about the Public already, or are interested in learning about it.
Don't see it if You like any spectacle. Natural realism at its finest. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
See it if You love the public theater and you want to learn more about its history and founding. You love Nelson and how he writes and stages
Don't see it if Want fast paced. Don't care about the public. Don't like shaekespeare. Want Nelson's best work. Are hard of hearing.
See it if Great acting performance. The acting is amazing and the story line is interesting
Don't see it if You get bored easily and want to see a musical
See it if It gives a true understanding of Shakespeare in the Park’s evolution.’
Don't see it if You have no interest in this subject and find it boring, do no buy tickets.
See it if ...you are interested in the history of theater in NYC and have enjoyed Nelson's other plays like the Apple Family Chronicles.
Don't see it if ...you don't like dialogue-heavy shows
See it if You are able to get free tickets to the show, as the acting is pretty good and it's worth checking out due to nonexistent price tag.
Don't see it if You need a lot of action and a fast-moving story line.
See it if You appreciate the Public Theater and want to know its origins.
Don't see it if You don't know about Public Theater and don't want to see a version of Friends where people sit and talk but aren't as entertaining.
See it if You go see everything
Don't see it if You have any kind of hearing issue. Or if you have a short attention span. I have really loved Shakespeare in the park but this gave me very
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