Love and Intrigue
Closed 2h 15m
Love and Intrigue
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Love and Intrigue NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
40%
Mixed
60%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Intense, Great staging

About the Show

Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre brings German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue to BAM. Performed in Russian with English titles.


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Member Reviews (10)

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399 Reviews | 45 Followers
62
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Never seen this Schiller play and really need to see it. If one has not seen the Maly Theatre from St Petersburg, guess that's a reason too

Don't see it if Terrible direction, so dragged out, not much happens. Probably a good play there but not this production.

324 Reviews | 103 Followers
60
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You are a fan of the Maly Drama Theatre. Otherwise, I found it very slow and dated. The actors seemed to be trying their best though.

Don't see it if You want a play that has an engaging script. Something seemed to be missing. However, I did appreciate the set and the lighting.

148 Reviews | 20 Followers
73
Great acting, No intermission!, Intense

See it if you enjoy extremely well-acted, "classic" theatre. It is a liberal/new version of Schiller's "Kabale und Liebe" that was visually lovely.

Don't see it if you hate supertitles, any changes to classic plays, minimal sets, or cannot sit for long periods of time. 2.25 hours. It was rough.

142 Reviews | 22 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting, Romantic

See it if you enjoy world classic plays.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays performed in a foreign language Read more

116 Reviews | 26 Followers
65
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Great acting

See it if You’d like to brush up on the modern Russian theater and see some of the current Russian theater and film stars.

Don't see it if Long, dated plays with a true but obvious message bore you

100 Reviews | 9 Followers
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if For the actors and acting, to experience the director’s vision, Because you’ll want to/need to talk about it after

Don't see it if You can’t read super titles, need lots of scenery or want a happy ending.

85 Reviews | 42 Followers
52
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if you'll see anything from Russia.

Don't see it if you have memories of the Maly Theatre Company's Brothers and Sisters. I have no idea why they did this. Wonderful actors with no play.

26 Reviews | 7 Followers
50
Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Long, Indulgent

See it if You really love Schiller or want to see a play in Russian.

Don't see it if You don't like supertitles and arent extremely patient. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
June 8th, 2018

“Dodin’s spare and subdued adaptation of ‘Love and Intrigue’...The intermissionless production takes its time, building to a chilling climax over 135 sometimes soporific minutes...A production that demands patience and doesn’t reward it richly enough...Dodin has tossed out Lady Milford’s growing moral horror at the source of the duke’s wealth...It’s a vital dimension, without which the play feels diminished...Design is ultimately the most striking thing about this production.”
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Theatermania
June 7th, 2018

“It's such a letdown that Dodin's droopy Russian-language adaptation...is neither lovely nor intriguing...Unfortunately, the tightness Dodin achieves early in the play quickly goes limp. We should feel the tension of belts on gears, the oppressive grind of a machine that tolerates no slack. But the only thing oppressive...is the lethargy of a production that doesn't really get exciting until the last 10 minutes...This is despite some revelatory performances.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 14th, 2018

“An 18th century German masterpiece that couldn’t be more timely to revive...Dark tale of love and power...It all ends badly. But it’s spectacular to watch, thanks to Dodin’s distinctive directorial hand...Dodin understands the farcical elements embedded in tragedy. By infusing Schiller’s tragic tale with moments of ironic humor and stylized movement, Dodin underscores the dark theme of the abuse of power and how it reduces people to puppets and pawns."
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CurtainUp
June 12th, 2018

“It's hard to imagine a more cunningly erotic start...Eye-pleasing spectacle...Dodin's direction dispenses with subtlety...The intricate political machinations of Schiller's plot are intact, but this production's sensuality throbs louder than the creaking of the play's dramatic gears...This is a production in which passion of one kind or another is always in evidence...The members of the Maly troupe operate at an emotional pitch that may vary to some extent but is always fevered.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
June 8th, 2018

“Visually arresting...The simple, elegant, and structured staging by Dodin can’t be ignored...Most excellent group of actors. The words fly hard and strong at each other...Even without the subtitles, the raw power of love, status, and sex would be hard to miss...The German drama never quite rises to the rapturous lyrical beauty of a Shakespearian romantic tragedy, but it does rest quite robustly in the solid Russian landscape and expanse of the stage."
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