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 Will’s brilliant play fits together like a Swiss watch; speaks 2 today’s MeToo, abuse of power concerns
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 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 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 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 If you enjoy Shakespeare in modern dress, this is a good play for you.
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or dramas in modern language.
Also I haven't read the play, but at 90 minutes it seems short.
See it if Shakespeare is just amazing and in the hands of the right people, his work resonates with us today. This is the right Grouo of actors.
Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t like Shakespeare. But give it a try in my opinion.
See it if You want to see the next great theater actors as they are starting out. You appreciate a version of the play with echoes of Kavanaugh/MeToo
Don't see it if You don't appreciate the classics and how they can relate to today
See it if You love Shakespeare but can't sit thru 3 hrs. This is lean, mean, and poignant with great performances esp. Rebekhah Brockman as Isabella
Don't see it if You aren't prepared to reconsider the way male lust and power are intertwined.
See it if You like Shakespeare, especially condensed into 90 minutes! A great production of a challenging play with solid acting.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare - but challenge yourself and see this production.
See it if you admire great acting and think all shows should be 90min with no intermission! Not a Shakespeare snoozefest at all!
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist — this production is trimmed down and gives the lead, Isabelle, more autonomy
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