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 enjoy Shakespeare's comedies and don't mind if it's read more than acted. More clever than enjoyable or engrossing. First hour drags.
Don't see it if you don't want to or can't sit for 2hrs and 15minutes without an intermission. Want to see more acting than reading of Shakespeare.
See it if You like Elevator Repair Service -- but read it first! Much is taken at a rapid, incomprehensible pace. Whole idea is varied "measures."
Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare at a measured, understandable pace that does justice to the great scenes in this play.
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 a big ERS fan and enjoy absurdist/slapstick/slightly Dada/meta theater. Visually exciting, ultra committed, funny performances.
Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare or to savor the prose, you don't like breakneck-auctioneer quick pace. You don't like ERS-type absurdity.
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)
See it if You--ESPECIALLY supposed NY'ers--do research on the show's company and its aesthetic aims. It's the 21st century. Experimentation is crucial
Don't see it if You think Shkspr can only be done in tights, no text cuts, w/ overly poised diction and cowardly adherence to 300 yr old production vibes.
See it if You understand that newer artistic languages (jazz, modern dance, etc) can only come from taking apart old forms. Shkspr's not immune..
Don't see it if Don't have Shakespeare elevated to God status (Shkspr himself wouldn't have preferred that).
See it if You like new takes on things. I knew this company would likely do crazy things w/ the text, so I relaxed and enjoyed! Fun performances!
Don't see it if You don't want to hear Shakespeare text spoken at occasionally high speeds or w/ occasional high volume sound design.
See it if ...you tend to fall on the non-classicist side of show criticism; willing to try something new.
Don't see it if if you're not entirely ready engage abstract/deconstructionist art where Shakespeare is concerned.