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 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.
See it if You love Shakespeare and want to have a different experience
Don't see it if You can’t sit for two hours and 15 minutes and you don’t like people speaking at the speed of light.
See it if You enjoy being challenged as well as entertained (the latter is a certainty). Just read the synopsis beforehand. Coffee helps too.
Don't see it if modernized Shakespeare enrages you. If, for you, every interpretation must be Sacred & Solemn, religiously so.
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 ERS spins the Bard's dark tragi-comedy into screwball farce. Weaning the text & spinning it at dizzying paces its their best work since Gatz
Don't see it if Basic knowledge of MFM a must Rapid fire delivery of text & comedic hijinks can cause frustration Subplot around Lucio can be confusing
See it if reimagining "Measure" as frenetic screwball comedy that highlights the pratfalls and buffoonery of the characters, genuinely funny
Don't see it if having characters speak dialogue @ breakneck speed negates ability 2 dote on Will's brilliant language; absurdist experiment fails
See it if ERS puts its spin on one of Shakespeare's most difficult to stage plays;Front Page meets The Marx Bros.;Unusual visuals& characters
Don't see it if You are a purist;are not familiar with ERS productions;do not like zany;have no imagination;a little slow moving in previews
See it if you're interested in a fast-paced absurdist adaptation of Shakespeare. Great cast with comedic timing. Strange and delightful.
Don't see it if you have no knowledge of the plot/characters in Measure for Measure (could be confusing since the script is edited). Weird, not for everyone
See it if for the high energy Elevator Repair Service, with their excellent actors frequently speaking Shakespeare's lines very rapid-fire; absurdist
Don't see it if you want traditional Shakespeare; would be confused by props & zany costumes that aren't consistent with one particular time period
See it if Not your parents measure for measure. A unique twist on this tale by the elevator repair service. Best if you are familiar with the play.
Don't see it if If you only like musicals or light dramas, or if you do not like Shakespeare.
See it if you know the story and want to see a different take on or presentation of Shakespeare.
Don't see it if you don’t know the story as you will most likely not understand what the actors are saying especially at 100mph at times.
See it if you don't mind good actors reading their lines really fast from a projection at the back of the theater and an unimaginative boring set
Don't see it if you want to discern the genius of the dialogue which is rattled off often over a lot of background noise. Fine actors but sloppy production
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 A different take on Shakespeare. Video projection of the text combined with a madcap, machine gun delivery.
Don't see it if Dialog is often delivered so fast you can't understand or follow it.