Opens Oct 20 | 2h 25m | West Village

Mayakovsky and Stalin

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Quirky

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. More…

From the show:

The newest work from legendary poet/playwright and off-off Broadway pioneer Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilya Brik. 


Member Reviews (9)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Quirky
57
Avg Score

During previews
54
Confusing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like torturously long stories that are historically inaccurate.

Don't see it if If you don’t like confusing gibberish coming from actors who tend to emote.

During previews
46
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Lack of cohesion, too much aggrandizing rhetoric and ideological fury. Difficult to follow.

Don't see it if You do not like historical plays

During previews
53
Boooooring, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Only if you must to support someone from the cast and she/he will not forgive you if you skip

Don't see it if Just love yourself and save 2 hours of your life by simply not going. You will not learn anything or see something worth seen

Also First preview and...tradition, tradition: 20 minutes delay because of ... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Murderous villainy papered over, What were they thinking, Excruciating, Boring, Circular

See it if you want to Stalin's wife repeatedly commit suicide in act I; Stalin ponder the need for a strong future; & Maykovsky fool himself. A mess.

Don't see it if you want to learn something about Stalin or Mayakovsky. Wikipedia has more on them & their cohorts than this play.

Also As a longtime student of Russian history & poets I thought this would ... Read more Read less

During previews
56
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if IF YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT JOSEF STALIN AND HIS WIFE.IT WAS INFORMATIVE ABOUT THEIR LIFESTYLE AND THEIR THOUGHTS.IF YOU LIKE HISTOR

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT ELABORATE STAGING AND GREAT DIALOGUE.

Also ICAL FACTS AND A INSIDER'S LOOK AT THE MAN NAMED STALIN.

During previews
55
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Very disappointing play. I found it long, tedious and boring agreeing with most of the reviewers so far. The acting however was okay.

Don't see it if You're looking for a somewhat fast paced, cohesive, and understandable play.

During previews
65
Flat, Meandering, Great acting

See it if interested in the Stalin era

Don't see it if impatient

Also This one offers a limited glimpse into Russia in the early 1900s and s... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Repetitive, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play with an interesting premise, written about an interesting historical period that is in need of serious editing

Don't see it if you want to be enlightened or entertained.

During previews
55
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if sorry cannot think of any reason. walked out at intermission.

Don't see it if if you expect an interesting, well-performed, lively story.


August 1st, 2018
for a previous production "Murray Mednick Probes History in 'MAYAKOVSKY AND STALIN.'"
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