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 have an interest in great storytelling. A truly interesting story told in a beautiful way. 1700s with so much resonance in today's world.
Don't see it if you need something fluffy to eat. This play starts off slow, but sucks you in thereafter. It requires and demands your attention.
See it if You are more interested in the one true religion in 12th century Jerusalem than in good dialog, believable characters and plotting.
Don't see it if You're not that interested in the philosophical issues and don't want to sit through one of the longest, most convoluted recognition scenes.
See it if you are willing to think about religions in a new light; enjoy great acting, wonderful and clever minimal staging and a good story.
Don't see it if Don't want to think, don't like parables, can't abandon yourself to the fantastic story being told.
See it if only for F. Murray Abraham's performance. 1700's play that is profoundly relevant today. Clever directing..delightful thought provoking show
Don't see it if You only like big splashy musicals. Otherwise...see it! (went to an early preview; very diverse audience, standing ovation).
See it if You want to see a great production of a classic German play you should know but have never heard of, which has huge contemporary relevance.
Don't see it if You'll be okay missing a fantastic performance by F. Murray Abraham and Brian Kulick's last show as artistic director of the CSC.
See it if you are interested in an entertaining exploration of which of the 3 great religions is the true one. It is wholly accessible, satisfying.
Don't see it if you are not interested in those who do not believe what you do, or you do not like the way Shakespeare resolves his late romances.
See it if F. Murray Abraham's performance alone is worth the ticket price. Great chance to see a rarely-staged classic in an intimate venue.
Don't see it if It's a classic play about religious characters discussing religion, so take that for what it is. Modern translation sometimes distracted.