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 You are a fan of ERS. You want to see the absolute most unusual rendering of this classic Shakesperian play ever ! You are open minded.
Don't see it if You can’t leave Pre-conceived ideas out of your mind. You are uncomfortable if you can’t understand everything you hear !
See it if you're ok w/ a single, brilliant, 5-10 min. scene that could forever change your reading of MfM even if the other 120 min. are a slog
Don't see it if you’re new to the play and want to understand Measure for Measure; you want a show that’s entertaining the whole time
See it if you like traditional Shakespearean language, mixed era costumes,typical Elevator Repair Service sets. Not as good as TFANA production
Don't see it if are a traditionalist. They work too hard to break it down
See it if you'd like Measure for Measure performed with zany hijinx, rapid-fire delivery, and alternately too-fast and too-slow pacing.
Don't see it if the no-holds barred comic performances of the cast aren't enough to sway you to try out this slapstick version of the play.
See it if Elevator Repair Service - they of Gatz fame - meets Shakepare tackling judgement morality and justice in a manic but uneven production
Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare pure and don’t like modern updates in style speed costume and staging even with very inventive staging
See it if ERS's ability to find and/or create clever and slapstick humor is unparalleled; company shows its great versatility in multiple roles
Don't see it if Attempt to distill a moderate Shakespeare piece cannot overcome its mediocrity despite the humor and stage creativity
See it if you have the patience not to be thrown by a very eccentric production. There's terrific acting & some profound & funny moments buried here.
Don't see it if untraditional treatment of Shakespeare bothers you. Much of the slapstick is pointless & the production is disjointed & often irrational.
See it if you want to see Mr. Shepherd do a bang up job as the Duke. See it if you want a condensed version of the play.
Don't see it if you have trouble hearing when actors are speaking at a rapid pace. Don't see it if you are expecting true Shakespeare.
See it if experimental version of shakespeare play. slow at times. Two hours no intermission, great theater group with great talent. funny at times
Don't see it if if you are are tired of measure for measure or do not like video screen words and experimental theater
See it if you are fan of ERS and the talented troupe working at mach speed here fully committed to this interpretation of the Shakespeare text
Don't see it if you are not a fan of this "problem" play of Shakespeare's
See it if ..you are curios about experiments with Shakespeare and timing in theatre. Re-read the summary prior to the show.
Don't see it if ..can't seat trough 2 h with no intermission, there is no re-entry. You expect something conventional.
See it if Shakespeare at it's best- funny, inventive, clever and wonderfully staged and acted. Made very accesssible. Timely, too!
Don't see it if you don't like broad, witty comedy
See it if You appreciate experimental theatre and the fascinating approaches of the Elevator Repair Service
Don't see it if You can’t sit for 2 hours and 15 minutes with no intermission, you need the delivery straightforward, or if you’re a purist.
See it if you like modern adaptations of Shakespeare with the original text. Great touch to have the show on one set with actorsplaying multiple parts
Don't see it if you don't like shows with lengthy monologues or where the actors speak very quickly.
See it if You are open minded about new interpretations of Shakespeare. You can see the humor in many situations that can be viewed as dark.
Don't see it if You want to see a traditional Shakespearean play where the language is an essential part of your enjoyment.
See it if you know the plot in advance-try sparknotes or wikipedia first can wait an hour for the the intense energy to develop looking for an unconve
Don't see it if impatient can't handle a bit of slapstick are bothered by video screen running
See it if New concepts and innovative staging interest you, and you've an open mind to these different ideas.
Don't see it if you expect the traditional Shakespearean direction and that is your decided preference
See it if ..you think M/for/M is not one of your favorite Shakespeare plays. This refreshing approach tightens up the plot without changing text.
Don't see it if ..you think Shakespeare must always be performed in the traditional classical style.
See it if You seek out unconventional productions of Shakespeare. This is a challenging interpretation of a "problem" play.
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare traditionalist or if the very words "avant-garde" turn your stomach. Also it's over 2 hours, no intermission.
See it if The acting is amazing, the women in the show are able to make Shakespeare relatable and fun.
Don't see it if You have not read the play or at least a summary of the play, lots of characters, could be confusing.