'Marlowe's Fate' is a comedy that begins with Christopher Marlowe’s last terrible night in London and ends a lifetime later with Will Shaxper’s last explosive night on Earth. More…
Christopher Marlowe, the most talented and accomplished playwright and poet of his generation, meets his terrible fate in a shocking and surprising confrontation in a riverside tavern in Deptford. One week later, Will Shaxper is recruited to act as stand-in for the disgraced Marlowe. These two innocent men struggle to survive while trapped in the Elizabethan Age of Machiavellian spies, slapstick puppets, and an outrageous avalanche of unintended consequences.
Part of the Fledgling Theatre Company and the Caravan Theatre Company's first annual 'Battle of the Bards' festival, honoring the work of Christopher Marlowe.
See it if you are a Shakespeare or Marlowe completist.
Don't see it if you are expecting a cogent argument that Marlowe authored Shakespeare’s work, or an entertaining play that proposes as much.
See it if if you like a very unusual theory about Shakespeare and Marlowe. Very witty story and wonderful acting. Don't miss the 1st scene of Act 2!
Don't see it if if you are a purist about Shakespeare and don't like any controversy about him. You won't like this play if you have no humor.
See it if You are interested in the Marlowe/Shakespeare controversy, and are open to "what if"; a clever presentation, fun and well researched
Don't see it if you do not like historically oriented plays which poke fun at Shakespeare, and challenge your beliefs, even with puppets to add humor.
See it if You are interested in "who wrote Shakespeare" riffs. Its a very small room and requires proportional energy.
Don't see it if You dont like broad acting. You have little interest in conjecture that can be neither proved nor disproved.
See it if If are a Shakespeare fan and are interested in the history or legend of how he did not write his plays.
Don't see it if if you do not like cozy settings for a play, you do not like period pieces or you are not particularity interested in Shakespearean history.
See it if you like Shakespeare &/or Marlowe. Gets to the premise much better than "The Shakespeare Conspiracy", although beats it like a dead horse.
Don't see it if you don't know (or care) about the never-ending Marlowe vs Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or any of their work. Very good acting by most.
See it if every once in a while your brain needs a shake up and you've already seen Stoppard. This was great fun, everyone giving it their all--Bravo!
Don't see it if You don't want to consider that perhaps Shakespeare didn't write those plays: this makes a case in Marlowe's favor, presented effectively.
See it if You're interested in a clever exposition of the Marlowe/Shakespeare theory, with an odd diversion into puppetry. Overall fun and interesting
Don't see it if You don't like talky, somewhat repetitive explanations of unproven theories, or small theatres with uncomfortable seats.
See it if you are intrigued by the “Shakespeare stand-in for Marlowe” theory and enjoy talented acting/writing albeit no climax or arc after Act I.
Don't see it if you reject that Shakespeare didn’t author works attributed to him, dislike silly pointless puppetry, want resolution/climax or shorter show
See it if A well-written script, capable actors, fine costumes and the barest but serviceable lights and set in another Marlowe/WS dust-up is enough.
Don't see it if You've no knowledge of nor interest in, Marlowe, Shakespeare or who might have written what.
See it if If you are interested in Shakespeare and have some knowledge of those times. I think this show is underrated. start of 2nd act was awesome.
Don't see it if If you are not interested in shakespeare at all, you will be bored at this show
See it if You already believe the theory that Marlowe wrote the plays that were attributed to a not-too-bright Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance level for bad acting and weak arguments.
See it if The show is a comedy but no one was laughing because two actors were playing for laughs while the rest of the cast wasn't that adventurous.
Don't see it if Overall the cast isn't bad in a rather simplistic setting but the director fails to guide the cast down the comedic road.
See it if Act I was a really well written, well acted mini playlet about "what if Marlowe lived and wrote Shakespeare's plays?"
Don't see it if Act 2 fell apart for me; there was a verbal sparring match with dolls and in order to lionize Marlowe, it demonized Shakespeare.
See it if you love The Bard, are curious about the controversy surrounding his existence, or just like creative theater.
Don't see it if you're extremely parochial about your Shakespeare or don't enjoy a little mischief in a show. Not an LOL comedy, but witty and fun.
See it if You are patient listening to a different take on the bard in Shakespearean prose. The woman and the man who played the printer+ were fabulou
Don't see it if You’re looking for a big book musical. The premise was interesting but very slow moving especially the smaller man who was awful.
See it if You are genuinely curious about who Shakespeare really was. Its funny, there are puppets, and they play Jethro Tull in between acts.
Don't see it if If you want a big Broadway musical
See it if You enjoy conspiracy theories concerning the bard or just a fan of the era. The play is well acted and well written. Well worth a visit.
Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare or prefer contemporary plays.
See it if You like historical references and puns. The show is different in its writing and presentation, see it if you like non traditional plays.
Don't see it if You do not like old English speech, or are seeking a full on comedy.
See it if you are accepting of a Marlowe/Shakespeare connection. You enjoy a show despite one poor act. You can follow multiple rolls per actor
Don't see it if you need your shows to be 100% perfect. Good acting is not enough for you. You aren't willing to think outside the box.
See it if have to. I wanted to like this! I really did! But the whole experiment was a miss for me... disjointed, confusing, slow and dull. Sorry
Don't see it if you're expecting any tension, pacing or 'witty repartee"
See it if You love works of Shakespeare and you are familiar with the theory that Marlowe may be the real author of the plays.
Don't see it if You do not like English drama and/or puppetry within a play.
See it if You like reviewing theories about who actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
Don't see it if Like dynamic plays with a point. This had potential but . . .
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