Elevator Repair Service, the Obie-winning company behind 'Gatz,' returns to The Public to celebrate their 25th season with a new production of Shakespeare’s dark comedy about vice and hypocrisy. More…
With athletic theatricality and Marx-Brothers-inspired slapstick, the ERS ensemble brings new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play’s combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief, and deliver a new show that marries the company’s unique performance style with the Bard’s exquisitely lyrical language. ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins directs.
See it if ... see it if... if... well... umm... I got nothin'.
Don't see it if you have any respect for Shakespeare, The Public, the Elevator Repair Service or your time. [This ill-conceived MforM is a total misfire.]
See it if You LOVE ERS and all they do. Occassionally funny mixed with a lot of WTF?
Don't see it if you like hearing Shakespeare's words. Brutally fast in some places, excruciatingly slow in others. This was all over the place.
See it if you love Shakespeare in any form and are willing to tolerate an admittedly ambitious but enervating and slow production.
Don't see it if you want something fresh, entertaining, or stimulating. It tries, but ultimately is high energy going nowhere.
See it if You have to see every production of Measure on stage right now, regardless...wait, no you don’t! See Desperate Measures instead!
Don't see it if You love the language of Shakespeare.
See it if you enjoy seeing unusual directorial "concepts" of Shakespeare plays, even if they are not always successful.
Don't see it if you love Shakespeare and think that his plays can be done in many ways but should always respect the integrity of the text.
See it if You want to watch actors read their speeches from a teleprompter
Don't see it if You like to see Shakespeare's language approached thoughtfully
See it if You must see everything the Public Theater puts on the stage, no matter what. Or, if you like getting headaches, this one is for you.
Don't see it if You like theater to be intelligible. This experimental treatment misses the mark by a mile.
See it if Interested in a 2 hour and 20 minutes (no intermission) mangled production of a Shakespeare comedy with little humor.
Don't see it if if you are looking for an entertaing production of a Shakespearean comedy.
See it if Nope. Okay. See it if you're interested in concepts and their execution, and watching how it can work and how it can fail.
Don't see it if You're not a theatermaker who'd benefit from watching a misfire.
See it if you like experimentation for its own sake. The play's NOT the thing, only the playing w/it is. You can't follow MFM, but for some that works
Don't see it if you want engagement; you can't hear WS's glorious words which are spoken at high speed/over constant recorded noise. Unsuccessful concept.
See it if You want to see everything Elevator Repair Service produces, regardless of quality
Don't see it if You don't think sexual blackmail is farcical, you want actors to actually know their lines, you like it when jokes make sense.
See it if If you like experimental productions of classic plays.
Don't see it if If you like traditional productions of Shakespeare and being able to understand what is being said really matters to you.
See it if you're open to any and all kinds of interpretations of Shakespeare. I found it incoherent (literally!) with no overall vision.
Don't see it if you prize Shakepeare's language and prefer your Bard straight up.
See it if You are an ERS megafan who thinks Shakespeare is overrated and should be sacrificed for the sake of ill-conceived experimentalism.
Don't see it if You have any respect for Shakespeare, theater, artistic integrity, or your own bladder (2hr10min with no intermission)