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From 36 critic and 129 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the show

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.

During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have scored a really good seat, have excellent hearing, know a lot about the subject matter, are interested in the history depicted.

Don't see it if you lack any of the above; are expecting a play equal to Nelson's prior productions.

Also I loved the Gabriels and the Apples, but this show lacked luster and l... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are wide awake and caffeinated. I tried to stay awake but the monotonous conversations on stage kept lulling me to sleep.

Don't see it if you are in any way sleepy or tired as I was that week night evening

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Confusing

See it if you are curious about the Public Theatre's history no matter how brief. You want to think about the purpose of free theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer fast-paced, engaging and dramatic historical plays. You don't want a play that seems to glorify an unlikable character.

Also Illyria is essentially an ambitious play that attempts to examine a pi... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Boring

See it if If you have a relative who is acting in it and you want to be supportive, the acting isn't bad just a very boring, uninteresting play.

Don't see it if just don't see it, why waste your time.

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