From the show:
Shakespeare’s strikingly current play speaks powerfully about impossible moral choices in the story of the devout novice Isabella, whose faith is tested when her brother is sentenced to death for impregnating Juliet out of wedlock. When the outwardly virtuous leader Angelo propositions Isabella in exchange for his release, she must consider whether upholding her holy vows is worth her innocent brother’s life.
See it if you must see every NYC Shakes prodn. But MFM is not up to the Acting Co's high standards. Many of the actors fail, wh is director's fault.
Don't see it if you have other options. Script is efficiently trimmed, but 90 feels long. Male-dominated. Amateurish. Lacks emotion or humor. Flat.
See it if Bill's morality play: A nun decides if she must trade her chastity to pardon her brother. "Alright, girl, more of that."
Don't see it if Between the gold chains and the vape pipe; the disco beats and the coke hits, iambic pentameter is retained. Oh, the calumny!
See it if you want to see a clever and effective condensing of this Shakespeare play. Well acted and staged.
Don't see it if you prefer Shakespeare play to be uncut and set in traditional time and dress.
See it if you love that it’s a short 90-min Shakespeare!
Don't see it if you don’t like that it’s still in iambic pentameter even though the show was cut to 90-mins and everything else is modern.
See it if Only 90 minutes. One or two laughs. Integrity saves lives and honor. Shades of Harvey Weinstein. Change is slow.
Don't see it if Not Shakespeare’s best work, I last saw this at the Delacorte Theatre with Liev Schreiber. His dour, low-energy performance sent me packing
See it if you've quietly harbored the belief that Duke Vincentio is a royal a-hole and wouldn't mind it so much if Lucio were one of the leads.
Don't see it if you prefer a more muscular version of Shakespeare's text. This rendering is trimmed down to the almost-skeletal.
Also Memorable line: "Let's write good angel on the devil's horn."
See it if You get a kick from Shakespeares beautiful words and tricky situations. We had a lovely time following plot twists + turns . Good acting
Don't see it if You’re close minded to the text- it’s easy after you settle in and go with the flow. You want a full period costume play- this is sparse
See it if Intelligent, if a bit over edited for length. The women win in this version, both the actors and the characters.
Don't see it if Not quite Reduced Shakespeare, but trimmed way down. And then there's that Bartlett-Sher-My-Fair-Lady ending.
See it if you want to see a Shakespeare play with relevance today, thanks to the MeToo movement and questioning the concept of consent.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare plays performed on simple sets.
See it if you want to see a successful production of Shakespeare's tragicomedy, sparsely & effectively staged, well-acted (by most) & smartly edited.
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist; you're not interested in the debate/struggle between Christian morality & mercy vs. civil law & justice.
See it if you’d like to see how, when Shakespeare’s notorious “problem play” is stripped to its essence, it’s not a problem anymore.
Don't see it if you are looking for the play’s comic subplots: In this production they’ve been scrubbed away.
See it if Will’s brilliant play fits together like a Swiss watch; speaks 2 today’s MeToo, hypocrisy of those in power
Don't see it if acting by certain recent acting school graduates is awkward and unsubtle; truncated version loses grandeur of full play
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a twist. Original dialogue in contemporary setting with modern costumes. Not one of the better known plays.
Don't see it if You expect a traditional Shakespeare play with elaborate set and old time setting. Some actors play their roles a little too “over the top.”
See it if impressed when incomprehensible Shakespearean characters are rendered reasonable through the hard analytical work of the actors & director
Don't see it if you want to see MfM done as a riotous comedy; dislike the classical tendency to have all the action take place as soliloquy
See it if you like all things Shakespeare; won't mind a truncated script which is well-edited; want to encourage a company of young actors.
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare "pure" & dislike random modern elements that are wholly out of place. You're expecting uniformly good acting.
See it if you want to see how Shakespeare can be distilled down to his essential elements and still retain poetry. Well conceived and fast moving
Don't see it if you want a fully developed sense of character and motivation. 90 minutes does not allow for either but it does describe the plot and issues
See it if you love The Bard ,not strict about authenticity of period and retention of every word, you can see the resonance with current power abuse
Don't see it if you must have period dress, you will miss the omission of a few scenes, you are not interested in power dynamics and the quality of mercy
See it if Like anything from Shakespeare , appreciate good editing of his play(90 min), want to support recent Juilliard graduates.
Don't see it if Modern costumes, empty stage, strobe light, level of "acting" of several "actors " is close to "0"
See it if you want to see a well cast version of M4M that moves close to being too on the nose but doesn't fall apart. Moving dialogue well spoken
Don't see it if if you have seen multiple version of M4M recently as this version is a good take but not a revolutionary take of a play in revival.
See it if you like to see performers who give their best and make the Shakespeare play relevant to today's issues. Not a bad seat in the house.
Don't see it if you have trouble following language in verse, rather than straight prose. You do not like an intimate theater.