Medea (BAM)
Closed 1h 20m
Medea (BAM)
83

Medea (BAM) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(161 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

About the Show

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s ("Yerma") contemporary rewrite. Starring Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Bobby Cannavale ("The Lifespan of a Fact," "The Hairy Ape").

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (161)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
928 Reviews | 379 Followers
91
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like modern interpretations of classic dramas. Superb acting. Genius staging. Sharp writing keeps all the intensity and emotion.

Don't see it if You’re a purist. This is a 75 minute Medea for the 21st century. Read more

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
91
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy being immersed in the lives of 5 people interacting among themselves and with 3 support characters in a hauntingly beautiful story

Don't see it if you do not like to see traditional brought to current life experiences that are not happy-go-lucky Read more

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
66
Great acting, Intense, Overrated

See it if Solid performances, especially Rose Byrne. But zero redeeming qualities in any character. No lessons taken away.

Don't see it if You want to find meaning in a show.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
80
Intense, Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if excellence attracts you. Rose Byrne is amazing! The use of space is unlike anything I've seen before. And projections create immediacy

Don't see it if you're expecting Medea. Some elements are maintained some not. A title allowing me to see the play without preconception would have helped

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
73
Modern, Good acting, Tepid, Disappointing

See it if u want to see a mannered, minimalist staging of a modern (& mildly feminist) take on the Greek classic starring a real-life power couple.

Don't see it if ur a Medea purist, unwilling to allow so many liberties to be taken with Euripides' story; you think Medea is a Tyler Perry character. Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
82
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Byrne is arresting & outstanding in the iconic role w/ good Cannavale Stone's chic, stylish staging is chilly & a little dispassionate

Don't see it if Yet Stone's premise of a mentally deranged Medea (at the onset) robs her (& audience) of the necessary arc towards her hellish final act

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
95
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see great drama and acting at its finest. Intense, riveting performances especially by Rose Byrne. Powerful and must see.

Don't see it if you like comedy. This drama will have you involved with the characters, whose actions both repel and attract. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
99
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Fast-paced 1hr20min reworking of Medea in modern day (husband leaves his wife & kids for another woman). Sleek bright-white set.

Don't see it if You don't like retellings in modern-day language with lots of cursing & relationship drama. You don't like psychosis & violent endings.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
January 30th, 2020

"Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, Torched by Love: Simon Stone’s contemporary spin on the classic tale of marital vengeance feels more clinical than tragic."
Read more

Time Out New York
January 31st, 2020

3/5 stars: "Byrne is riveting, but the effort at psychological dimension in a modern setting detracts from the play's mythic dimension. Stone's 'Medea' is ultimately the story of a woman who murders people because she is severely mentally ill."
Read more

New York Magazine / Vulture
January 30th, 2020

"How Do You Solve a Problem Like 'Medea?'"
Read more

The Hollywood Reporter
January 30th, 2020

"Real-life partners Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale star as a divided couple in Simon Stone's modern-day riff on Euripides' classic Greek tragedy."
Read more

The Observer
January 30th, 2020

"By framing his American bourgeois Medea with the trappings of avant-garde scenography, perhaps Stone hopes to elevate his text, but banality isn't that easy to shake."
Read more

The Washington Post
January 30th, 2020

"Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you."
Read more

AM New York
February 2nd, 2020

"'Medea' is modern reinvention of a tragic classical thriller"
Read more

Theatermania
January 30th, 2020

"Rose Byrne Plays Medea On Meds: The Bridesmaids actor portrays a 21st-century analogue to the monstrous mom, opposite real-life partner Bobby Cannavale."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

86
Excellent
50 Reviews
Ends Jul 23
NYC: West Village

An anecdotal solo show from comedian Alex Edelman. 

84
Great
309 Reviews
Open run
NYC: Midtown W

Michael R. Jackson’s Tony Award-winning new musical about a young artist grappling with identity.

83
Great
74 Reviews
Ends Aug 13
NYC: Upper E Side

Alex Lawther stars in director Robert Icke's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragedy.