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Kunstler

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

The Creative Place International in association with AND Theatre Company present a biographical drama about radical attorney and civil rights activist William Kunstler, played by Jeff McCarthy. More…

Famous for defending the Chicago 7 and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee, Kunstler had an outsize personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this two-character play, tensions flare when he arrives on a college campus to give a seminar. The brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance. Has Kunstler finally met his match?


Member Reviews (36)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
83
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are old enough to remember who Kunstler was and the huge part he played in American legal history i.e. Vietnam Nam era, civil rights era

Don't see it if You don't like small cast shows. There are only 2 actors. You need costumes and scenery to enjoy a show. You have no interest in legal event

Also I loved this show ! I was right in the midst of all the legal history ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see Jeff McCarthy give the performance of his career!

Don't see it if you want to hear about some of Kunstler's well-known cases given a cursory treatment.

88
Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are of the 60's, and remember the headline lawyer. McCarthy completely embodies Kunstler. Younger, you may enjoy learning some history.

Don't see it if You want action, a story, progress. What you get is a re-enaction of an invented event. No drama, but tension and compelling performance.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like dramas that remind of us recent history, particularly of icons who influenced a dark era in a positive/negative way.

Don't see it if You don't care to know anything more about William Kunstler and the history of liberal movements of the 60's & 70's.

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy what is largely passionate storytelling, exploration of the highs/lows of due process/our legal system and mechanisms of change

Don't see it if You want rich interactions among the characters or a large production; it is not memorable and didn't spur discussion afterwards

57
Intelligent, Resonant, Fine

See it if You are older and enjoy reliving the history and learning some interesting details. Humor was attempted and sometimes successful.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing a high energy lecture on many of the cases Kunstler was involved with. Format of play was lazy and spare.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to be entranced by a brilliant portrayal of a brilliant man. You like small, spare, and essentially one-man shows

Don't see it if You don't care about interesting New York characters from another era.

Also Despite the gum-chewing armrest-hogger to my left, I was still riveted... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if A very interesting look back at the life and times of noted and controversial activist lawyer, William Kunstler, mostly in the form of ...

Don't see it if a lecture to law students, from civil rights movement, to Chicago 7, to Central Park 5; gives a real sense of the man and what he did.

81
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Excellent character exploration of a remarkable and principled civil rights lawyer. Terrific performance by McCarthy.

Don't see it if You want a more ground-breaking play or dislike memories of a fading but hopeful liberal era.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Contemporary, Thought provoking

See it if Serious theater goers who like to see realistic drama.It is engrossing.You can relate to the characters.It will be playing in Pittsfield Ma

Don't see it if You only like musicals or happy endings.

88
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if It was educational and, absorbing.

Don't see it if You don't like think pieces.

84
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you are interested in history and enjoy a two-person play.

Don't see it if you want to see more interaction between the actors, more dramatic or challenging play

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays based on actual people and events. You are given a history lesson as well as an explanation of morality for different people.

Don't see it if You don't like watching essentially one person monolaguing explaining his career and past.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You like theatre based on real-life people and real problems.

Don't see it if You prefer theatre where helicopters land on stage or cats dance for your amusement.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Great

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment

100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Solid professional theatre - the real deal, especially at these prices!

Don't see it if If you are politically conservative

100
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if DOn't just go to see it - run!

Don't see it if You're an elderly person who can't hear well. There is a lot of information coming at you and you need to be able to follow

91
Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in history, biography, social issues.

Don't see it if You are bored by intelligent things

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Riveting

See it if History lovers

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to the words

During previews
75
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Well acted

See it if you want to hear Wm K tell his best war stories. Painful reminders of major missteps in Amer History....extra important to remember now.

Don't see it if you're bothered by a lecture format. This is barely theater, altho the content makes up for the form. Starts out slow, but picks up speed.

During previews
81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy political dramas/ 1 man shows; will enjoy a walk down memory lane/ are a young liberal and will enjoy a progressive history lesson

Don't see it if you're politically conservative; dislike "talky" plays with little action and a lecture masquerading as a play.

Also This play reminded me a lot of Orwell in America, which I saw at the s... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intense drama, mostly a monologue, based on historical/criminal incidents, reenactment of a lawyer's courtroom actions

Don't see it if you don't enjoy mostly monologue in a small theater setting, topics involving race, liberal points of view. you want a happy uplifting show

Also "Kunstler's part was well played. Supporting actress- minor character-... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the career of William Kunstler.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the career of William Kunstler.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy strong one man shows with interesting content.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shoes or civil liberty content.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You want to watch political plays that specifically deal with the vicissitudes of 20th Century. The acting was powerful and great!

Don't see it if You don't know much about civil rights movements during the last century. You are a conservative and don't like Kunstler himself.

Also There was an imbalance between the two actors. Kerry, for most of the ... Read more Read less


February 28th, 2017
“A compelling portrayal of the high-profile trial lawyer…This fascinating production provides a unique insight into Kunstler's life and times. With superb staging, this two-hander features the impeccable acting talents of Jeff McCarthy and Nambi E. Kelley...McCarthy's stunning performance brings ...
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February 27th, 2017
"The best thing about Sweet's new play is McCarthy...He is thoroughly convincing...For much of the running time, Sweet is content to follow the Dead Celebrity Playhouse method, allowing Kunstler to review his judicial greatest hits...All of this is engaging, but because 'Kunstler' tries to cover ...
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February 23rd, 2017
"'Kunstler' stars Jeff McCarthy, masterfully exuding charm and a kind of shaggy elitism...For much of the 90-minute production, you are in the hands of a master storyteller...Under Meagen Fay's direction, the production is a lively exploration of the celebrated lawyer...It's these more subtle ele...
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February 24th, 2017
"A strangely miscast lead actor is the chief flaw of this unsatisfying bio-drama...Director Fay emphasizes the vaudeville elements of the play and has McCarthy in full throttle, but does slow the pace down for the serious portions. Sometimes it’s too slow as tedium periodically sets in...Kunstler...
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