Orlando (Signature Theatre Company)
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Orlando (Signature Theatre Company)
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Orlando (Signature Theatre Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(139 Ratings)
Positive
72%
Mixed
18%
Negative
10%
Members say
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Clever

About the Show

Orlando's timeless, gender-bending odyssey from Elizabethan courtier to modern woman.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (56)

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50 Reviews | 2 Followers
90
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like shows that play around with gender and sexuality while still taking them seriously, and you like beautiful minimalist staging.

Don't see it if you like hyper-realistic plays and don't enjoy seeing plays about gender and sexuality. Or if you don't like Taylor Mac as a performer.

611 Reviews | 142 Followers
90
Agitatingly experimental, Fascinating, Silly & profound, Visual delight, Extraordinary

See it if U R a TaylorMac/CharlesLudlam/CharlesBusch fan, color in casting & costume fan, fan of Virginia Woolf/gay storytelling, joy in theater fan

Don't see it if need everything spelled out 4U, dislike whimsy & theatre with absurdist tendencies, hate cross-gender casting

69 Reviews | 14 Followers
89
Quirky, Campy, Slow, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Great performances from ensemble cast esp Taylor Mac, Nathan Lee Graham, Lisa Kron. Very campy & often hilarious, a love letter to queerness

Don't see it if Took me awhile to get into it to realize the style of the play. Highly theatrical & narrative in direction/adaptation (it's very Brechtian)

Nic
618 Reviews | 107 Followers
87
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you’d like that this production evoked the alternately dry and silly styles of humor of Eddie Izzard’s recent Hamlet.

Don't see it if you don’t like creative takes on classic tales.

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97 Reviews | 11 Followers
85
Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy unconventional queer theater, beautiful costumes, talented queer artists.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy queer culture.

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
83
Ambitious, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show with a primarily queer/trans cast and creative team take on a queer classic, or you love funny performances!

Don't see it if You want a drama.

111 Reviews | 19 Followers
82
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like campy, unabashedly queer adaptations of an already-experimental book. The actors bring passion and care to challenging roles.

Don't see it if you don’t like physical or absurdist humor. The writing makes bold choices—some of which feel overwrought or prioritize style over substance

279 Reviews | 47 Followers
81
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the work of Ruhl and Taylor Mac - both doing wildly bold work in this piece.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the experimental or - perhaps - some uneven writing. The piece takes big swings and sometimes it misses.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
April 24th, 2024

"Writing and poetry could mean salvation for Orlando...might not be enough for this show."
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Time Out New York
April 22nd, 2024

3/5 stars...Mac's tour-de-fierce performance is reason enough to plan a visit to Orlando.
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New York Theatre Guide
April 21st, 2024

"literary classic whimsically explores gender identity"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 21st, 2024

"...this Orlando is arch and good-natured"
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Theatermania
April 21st, 2024

"filled with color, music, laughter, and mystery...described as pure joy."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 21st, 2024

Just as Orlando traverses epochs, Mac persuasively shows that judy is a star for the ages.
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TheaterScene.net
April 30th, 2024

"we do feel Taylor Mac’s absence when he goes offstage to change costumes"
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New York Theater
April 21st, 2024

"the right time by the exact right cast but the production doesn’t feel exactly right."
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