Mayakovsky and Stalin
Closed 2h 25m
Mayakovsky and Stalin
68

Mayakovsky and Stalin NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
53%
Mixed
36%
Negative
11%
Members say
Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the Show

This dramatic character study explores two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover Lilya Brik.

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Member Reviews (28)

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MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
79
Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if to see a study of the lives of several key figures in Stalinist Russia via a literate cautionary tale about the collision of art & politics.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Soviet Russian history; you require a linear storyline; you prefer visual spectacle to a loquacious play of ideas.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
89
Beautifully played, Beautifully staged, Engaging, Analytic, Smart

See it if the early decades of the Soviet Union, its art & its human tragedy interest you.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a Dr. Zhivago knock-off. Read more

356 Reviews | 199 Followers
65
Great singing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Russian history and cultural norms of that period, you will think favorably of this play.

Don't see it if Russian history is not your thing.

307 Reviews | 68 Followers
45
Great wall projections, Disappointing, Bombastic, Repetitive

See it if I love this period of history and this could have been an opportunity to parallel current politics but bad acting, & long monologues

Don't see it if dragged down this blurry confused production. With the exception of the fabulous artwork and amazing wall projections,this was excruciating Read more

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
40
Long, Boring, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You've always wanted to go to a show that was so boring you left during the intermission. Boring, confusing, lots of screaming. Uggh.

Don't see it if You don't leave during intermissions. I seriously considered listening to a podcast.

263 Reviews | 52 Followers
78
Ambitious, Intelligent, Wordy, Complex, Great acting

See it if You're interested in well-acted historical plays and open to creative presentation.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of action or multiple set and costume changes. It's complex in its ideas, not in its staging (which is well done).

214 Reviews | 42 Followers
76
Quirky, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you like narrated plays about historical people and how they interlock. Are interested in the effect totalitarians have on others.

Don't see it if you like a linear narrative or mind a lot a narration in general. Mind interlocking but not overlapping narratives. Read more

209 Reviews | 39 Followers
60
Leaden reminder that authoritarian control ruins both art and artists., Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a student of Soviet era art and politics and just can't get enough about them.

Don't see it if You have limited knowledge about and interest in Soviet era art and politics.

Critic Reviews (1)

BroadwayWorld
August 1st, 2018
For a previous production

"Murray Mednick Probes History in 'MAYAKOVSKY AND STALIN.'"
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