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 you want to see a 1779 revival of a play tackling the subject of religious conflict by a fine company, led brilliantly by F. Murray Abraham.
Don't see it if you don't have the imagination to appreciate a timeless subject. We are all of the family of man, and a feared stranger may be your sibling.
See it if take the chance to see F Murray live give a great performance with a strong talented supporting cast - how many more chances will you have!!
Don't see it if you can't be patient enough for a moderately paced first half to reap rewards as the evening progresses
See it if You would like to see a rarely staged historical piece made relevant and accessible for today. An excellent, enjoyable performance.
Don't see it if A dialogue-driven play, even one led by master craftsman, F Murray Abraham, is not your taste.
See it if you're an Abraham fan. His voice is terrific and he makes the most out of a messy play. His telling of the parable is the show's highlight.
Don't see it if you want intelligent plotting or ensemble acting (huge ability range). CSC should've left this one in the 1700s; it doesn't translate well
See it if you enjoy great acting and a good stories. This is a parable for our times as much as for the time in which it was written.
Don't see it if you like violence and gritty realism. This play is all charm and beauty.
See it if /for play with charm of Arabian Nights, delightful F. Murray Abraham in lead, evocative set
Don't see it if you are off put by play with too many plot coincidences and overt attempt to contrast play's tolerance with current Middle East violence
See it if you enjoy masterful acting, Shakespearean-type narratives, or shows with religion as a central theme.
Don't see it if you don't want to use your brain. This is a bit of a thinker (but not nearly as difficult to grasp as Shakespeare).
See it if You like the classics and appreciate F Murray Abraham in a part that is a natural fit for him. Also Stark Sands!! Be prepared to think!!
Don't see it if You expect an action packed show that you can sit back and not pay attention to every scene- you will be lost.
See it if Amazingly absorbing historical drama. Exciting and intelligent. Jews, Christians and Muslims find common ground. Trump would be ashamed.
Don't see it if you don't go for modern language adaptations of classic plays. F. Murray Abraham is exquisite. Stark Sands gives another outstanding perf
See it if You want to see something that relates to current situation and will make you reflect. Great cast, F Murray Abraham is wonderful. Good show.
Don't see it if You expect the Broadway "trappings" or expect a musical. If thought provoking is not for you, don't go see it.
See it if You are a fan of F. Murray. He's really great. The cast does a nice job with the script. Nice direction. Intimate space.
Don't see it if It's a little slow to start. Act two is much better than the first. Even one of the actors fell asleep in Act one.
See it if you are a real theatregoer who wants to see something relevant for our time and all time. Full of love, religion & great acting.
Don't see it if you don't want to think and feel. Or want to see HAMILTON.
See it if a charming, ageless parable examining religious tolerance (and intolerance) among the three Abrahamic religions could lift your spirits.
Don't see it if the accoutrements that go with a large-budget production are important to you; this is no-frills story telling.
See it if you want to see F. Murray Abraham deliver a fine performance; no frills show; beautiful story telling; old play, but still relevant
Don't see it if discussion about religion bothers you; Act 2 is much better than Act 1 - but that's because of the script, not the acting.
See it if you'd enjoy a lesson on religious tolerance in the form of an extended parable. You appreciate translations using today's parlance.
Don't see it if you hope to learn anything about historical context (just after the Third Crusade) or religion(s). Emphasis is on message's timelessness.
See it if you want to see a piece very relevant and reflective of our times and current political situation. F Murray Abraham is stand out, of course.
Don't see it if you aren't up for an updated 1700s German play which has a very cliche happy/resolved ending which became quite obvious as the play went on.