Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)
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Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)

Othello (New York Theatre Workshop) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(113 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

About the Show

Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo ('Selma') stars in the title role opposite Daniel Craig's Iago in Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

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139 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Shakespeare's dramas move you like an earthquake when they're done well -- and this one is very well-done!

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare no matter how beautiful the production.

183 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If you like shakespeare and like a reimagined show

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist

50 Reviews | 20 Followers
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You prefer to be fully absorbed by great acting, direction in a unique, intimate setting of a classical tragedy.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional staging of a classical play

140 Reviews | 33 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Epic

See it if You want to see a masterful, passionate and easy to understand Shakespeare, which feels naturally contemporary.

Don't see it if It's difficult to sit through a three hour performance, you don't care for Shakespeare and you don't want to see a masterful production

65 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You appreciate full-length Shakespeare acted beautifully with depth of character. You like Shakespeare in contemporary dress and settings.

Don't see it if You like shorter versions of Shakespeare and don't like modern settings. Would rather see a new play.

446 Reviews | 81 Followers
Intimate, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Refreshing



99 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you are interested in a fresh look at Shakspeare

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare or you can't stand Shakespeare in modern dress

399 Reviews | 205 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if A spectacular production. Craig and Oyelowo are mesmerizing. The modern day setting lends resonance. The intimate setting is perfect.

Don't see it if The seating is not the most comfortable. The set is perfection, but with audience on 3 sides, you will not see everything all the time. Read more

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
December 12th, 2016

"Oyelowo and Craig enter the ranks of first-rate classical stage actors. I’ve never seen an 'Othello' as convincingly inexorable as this one...What’s so thrilling about this 'Othello' is that everything that occurs is so irrevocably inevitable...It’s a no-exit theater of war, invisibly stage-managed by a military underling with an instinct for human frailties...This incandescent production makes it possible for us to speak with rare understanding of this Othello—and this Iago—as they are."
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Time Out New York
December 12th, 2016

"Gold knows when to increase the volume on his contemporary touches and when simply to trust the words. This isn’t a radical re-interpretation of 'Othello' so much as a fresh coat of paint and a strong, clear reading, never forgetting our present moment...The acting throughout is vivid, muscular and great on the ear. Craig and Oyelowo are superb together, and they give the language heft and fire...Oyelowo is the most physically imposing, emotionally stricken Othello in memory."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 12th, 2016

"Ripping good modern-dress production starring Oyelowo and Craig under Sam Gold’s masterly direction...Oyelowo easily wraps his mouth around Othello’s triple-crème verse yet makes a fully believable spectacle of the irrationality that nibbles away at all that beauty...And Craig, in his best NY stage outing to date, makes something disturbingly familiar out of his casually amoral Iago...This production brings us closer to the cold heart of sociopathy than anything outside of the nightly news."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 15th, 2016

"This production is more a good first try than a fully realized theatrical creation...Mr. Gold has given us yet another version of the same kind of the-time-is-now 'Othello' that I’ve seen in theaters all over the U.S...Mr. Craig's Iago is a pencil sketch rather than an oil painting, strong and forceful but devoid of poetic depth, much the same things that could be said about the production as a whole...Outside of Mr. Oyelowo, the best thing about this 'Othello' is its intimacy."
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December 12th, 2016

"David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig bring exceptional technical skill and at times riveting commitment...What’s missing in Craig's performance is the caustic burn of evil that drives Iago...What seems like a determined lack of connection with evil is not the only off-note of Gold’s production. It seems designed to disengage the audience at every turn...Oyelowo, however, builds in near-terrifying power to the play’s complicated climax."
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New York Daily News
December 12th, 2016

"The good news is that the starry pairing is just as potent onstage as it is on the page of Shakespeare's tragedy of jealousy run amok. The two movie stars ably talk the talk...At times, however, the three-plus-hour production directed by Sam Gold doesn't do the actors favors...At times actors speak for extended stretches in complete darkness and at other times lit only by headlamps or a dim bulb...The concept comes off as gimmicky, not illuminating."
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December 12th, 2016

"Oyelowo makes a fierce Othello, using his imposing physical presence and resonant voice to reduce this noble character to a more primal state...Craig takes advantage of his military surroundings to add another dimension to Iago’s character. He’s still the sly villain who takes abstract delight in the destruction of his victims...The female characters are the only ones not well-served in the production’s military environment."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 12th, 2016

"Sam Gold's tremendously exciting, sensationally well-acted modern-dress production...Both actors are fighting fit in roles they seem born to play, the subtlety as well as the terrifying intensity of their work magnified by the startling intimacy of watching them up close...The brilliant match of this production's Othello and Iago is fortified by the entire ensemble's muscular performance style and vigorous grasp of the language...This visceral production is not to be missed."
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