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Marlowe's Fate

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Members say: Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

'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.

Member Reviews (48)


Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

Earnest, Pedestrian, Arch, Preposterous, Ponderous

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.

Also Tonight in the Studio at Theatre Row, I had a feeling of not quite déj... Read more Read less

Disappointing, 2 wonderful actors/2 horrid/1 both, Slow

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Well researched and written script, Fine ensemble and voices, Entertaining

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.

Also A convincing and erudite script (without the weight that implies) by P... Read more Read less

Ham acting sinks this as a play while too many unsupported "what ifs" sink it as a convincing case. less matter, more art badly needed here.

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.

Clever, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky

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.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky, Excruciating

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 . . .

Disappointing, Slow, Decent acting, Interesting concept, Poor writing

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"

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Fluffy

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.

Also The playwright is a scholar on Marlowe and Shakespeare and has a forth... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like absurd humor

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare conspiracies

Also The show was funny enough at times, but tonally all over the place. Th... Read more Read less

Clever, Slow

See it if you like character acting with a bit of humor

Don't see it if you're looking for a thought provoking plot

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if You like stories about Marlow

Don't see it if If want to see a play that really holds your interest

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Slow very slow

See it if If you have an interest in non-factual basis for Shakespeare’s writing’s

Don't see it if You want a factual history of Shakespeare

During previews
Banal, Disappointing

See it if The female actor was quite good.

Don't see it if Ridiculous puppetry, actors who seem to be yelling their lines in a small theater.

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Fun

See it if You absolutely love Elizabethan Literature, especially anything with Shakespeare. It's interesting & quirky, but very uneven throughout.

Don't see it if You're looking for a polished story & performances. It's intimate & enjoyable. Keep in mind it's low budget & experimental, but still fun!

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to find out who actually wrote all of Shakespeare's plays.

Don't see it if you can't stand Shakespeare.

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy listening to characters yell at each other almost non-stop.

Don't see it if scenes of long drawn out puppet shows (with stuffed animals and Barbie used as puppets) staged as a boxing match are just not your thing.

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Earnest writing, Vaguely misogynistic

See it if you like Shakespeare fan fiction

Don't see it if you want ground-breaking new theatre, you like to see women and people of color represented on stage

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Poorly written

See it if You're a hard core anti-Stratfordian.

Don't see it if You know any facts about Shakespeare. This play is not fact-based, and spins unfunny jokes on uneducated ideas about 16th century events.

May 17th, 2018
“More of an argument than a play, and the characters are not much more than mouthpieces for theories that have been more persuasively argued elsewhere. Therefore, the evening makes for, as Shakespeare might state, a very long ‘two hours traffic of our stage.’ This is a pity since there is some fi...
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May 21st, 2018
"Hodges is a more accomplished playwright and literary researcher than director, allowing a great many different English accents to be used. Not only is the acting quite broad, it is also superficial and surface. All of the actors double with second appearances as other characters often following...
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May 17th, 2018
“A nifty, literate mystery...The best scene is the battle of wits between Shakespeare and Marlowe, staged as a mock puppet wrestling match...Although the play ends on a dreary note, its illumination of the lives of the characters—each actor portraying multiple figures—keeps the audience on its to...
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May 17th, 2018
“Whether you find this story plausible or not, it works very well within the world of the play...Somewhat reminiscent of ‘Shakespeare in Love’...This isn’t a casual comedy. You’ve got to pay attention. It’s theatre that forces you to listen and think...A mid-show puppet boxing match...Ridiculous ...
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