Classic Stage Company presents a play about a wise Jewish merchant (F. Murray Abraham) who tries to bridge the gaps between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in 12th century Jerusalem. More…
Muslims, Christians, and Jews live side-by-side in Jerusalem, 1192, but their fragile truce could collapse at any moment. As the tension mounts, the ruling Sultan poses a loaded question: 'Which religion is the one most beloved by God?' Nathan, a pious Jewish merchant, is charged with answering this query in order to secure the continued safety of his people. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham plays Nathan the Wise, perhaps the greatest Jewish character in all of Western dramatic literature next to Shylock.
See it if Caught it last night but alas ,today is the last performance, Great acting by entire cast esp.. F. Murray Abraham , An oldie for our times.
Don't see it if continued from the positive... great set by the "almost in the round: CSC. Actors are super with speaking to the 3 sides of the audience.
See it if You'd like an 18th century work facing the religious conflict in the Middle East with humor, warmth & suspense led by For. Murray Abraham
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with Middle East issues-still relevant today-being treated with a touch of humor and old fashioned coincidence
See it if you want to see a rarely-performed 18th century play that pleads for religious tolerance.
Don't see it if you do not like didactic plays or historical dramas
See it if You enjoy a good cast taking on some classic writing, translated for contemporary audiences.
Don't see it if you have trouble sitting through a SLOOOOOOOOOOW first act,
See it if for Abraham's great performance and how a play this old is relevant today
Don't see it if you don't care about what makes a well written matter
See it if You'd enjoy a well-acted, no frills piece about differing religions under sultan's rule. The unraveling of ancestral trees ends happily.
Don't see it if You do not like shows with religious themes.
See it if You appreciate masterful F. Murray Abraham inhabiting a role and telling a story. All the actors are credible and the last part very moving.
Don't see it if You can't tolerate a very slow first act that sets the dynamics in motion. Lots of talking vs action.
See it if you like F Murray Abraham, who is fantastic. The writing itself is okay, though surprisingly relevant given it was written centuries ago
Don't see it if you're looking for a big budget production or something light and fluffy
See it if The time period-a break during the Crusades-interests you. You'll learn some history & examine time worn questions of prejudice & family.
Don't see it if You want your historical plays aptly treated-no crossed legs by female characters, or brash & insipid portrayals by young male & female lead
See it if you're a Murray Abraham fan. And if you like plays that make you think. It's a fairly subtle essay on religious tolerance - not for today.
Don't see it if you don't like to think. You're going to need to bring something to the table to enjoy the play.
See it if like to be entertained, by a group of talented actors. Although the plot it may seem silly afterwords, it did not during the performance.
Don't see it if like serious, profound, intelligent, riveting theater. This play is a charming escape.
See it if You like F. Murray Abraham and don't care about the vehicle in which he is being featured.
Don't see it if If you can't handle an excruciatingly slow and boring and awkwardly acted and directed 1st act.
See it if you're in the mood for a story about religious tolerance. It's a lovely play and I enjoyed it a lot.
Don't see it if you're put off by religious themes. The show isn't "preachy", but religion is a central point of the story.
See it if You enjoy classic theater with striking parallels to the present, fantastic acting, and a great story on religion/people.
Don't see it if You are easily bothered by women's roles in classic theater, don't enjoy plays about religion, or don't like slower moving pieces.
See it if You want to see Abraham give a wonderful performance. If you want a fascinating dialogue about religion and humanity.
Don't see it if You're impatient to get to the good stuff; act 1 feels a bit slow as it sets up for act 2, which is wonderful & engaging, & worth the wait!
See it if fables are your thing, or the possibility of coexistence among the three major religions hold infinite possibilities
Don't see it if well, you already missed it.
See it if You like unusual stories in an intimate setting with an incredible cast. Guaranteed enjoyable night out.
Don't see it if You don't like a story that has something to do with religion
See it if you like history or are interested in inter-religious relations. Of course then there is F Murray Abraham...
Don't see it if you want a modern perspective.... this is a very old play. The plot becomes obvious fairly early on.