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 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 an unconventional approach to Shakespeare
Don't see it if it is unpleasant to listen to unintelligible speed-talking and view busy choreographed distractions simultaneously
See it if You will see anything by the Elevator Repair Service...even their lesser presentations.
Don't see it if You dislike dialogue delivered so quickly as to be incomprehensible, followed by scenes that drag out the interaction.
See it if you're interested in new and innovative ways of approaching shakespeare
Don't see it if you want a classical adaptation of shakespeare, or one full of excitement
See it if you like off-beat Shakespeare, you enjoy physical comedy, you want to see famous moments of this play in a new & interesting way
Don't see it if you are expecting something groundbreaking, you like traditional Shakespeare, you can't sit for more than 2 hours
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 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 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 enjoy contemporary staging of Shakepeare's classics; and know enough about the play to independently connect the dots.
Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare well enunciated and audible; or staged with Elizabethan sensibilities.
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 The one redeeming quality of the play was the acting. You can take a lot of bad scenes for one or two scenes that get you hooked.
Don't see it if You want to see a semi-normal Shakespeare production that is coherent with pacing and direction that you can follow and understand
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 like the Marx Brothers style of sketch comedy which this production is largely based on.
Don't see it if you don't like people taking liberties with the rhythm of the text.
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.