In Previews: Opens Jul 28 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Measure for Measure (The Acting Company)

From 17 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Relevant

About the show

The Acting Company presents Shakespeare's dark work about a devout novice who faces impossible moral choices. Performed in rotating repertory with "Native Son." More…

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.

1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Jul 28 | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (17)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Relevant
82
Avg Score

During previews
74
Truncated version of one of will’s great problem plays; less than top flight acting

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

During previews
78
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

Also The worst part of this for me personally was the silly additions of ce... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

During previews
81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

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

During previews
84
Funny, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Also M4M because of its themes "made for 2019" of sexual violence, abuse of... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if An outstanding production with a powerful cast! Loved it!💕💕💕

Don't see it if Only if don’t like Shakespeare. Otherwise go go go!!!

During previews
71
Good acting by two actors, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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"

Also Anthony Bowen, Keshav Moodliar-very good potential, the rest-sorry, no... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Brilliantly acted. Love all Shakespeares works. Actors were Phenomenal.

Don't see it if If you dont like the english dialect, or Shakespeares work.

During previews
82
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like shakespere plays

Don't see it if you dont like moral choices

During previews
82
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate Shakespeare, updated and abridged.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare.

During previews
75
Good acting, Spare staging, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
85
Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

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.

During previews
77
Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy modifications to Shakespeare

Don't see it if You feel Elizabethan English is just too much

During previews
90
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

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

During previews
95
Great acting, Riveting, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

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.

During previews
85
Clever, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Resonant

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.

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

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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