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Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)

From 114 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

An intense and intimate mounting of Shakespeare's famous play about a Moorish general who elopes with the daughter of a Venetian Senator, then falls prey to a vicious plot hatched by the man he trusts most. Performed in modern-day dress and set in a military barracks. Note: Tickets for this production are pretty much sold out. 


Member Reviews (114)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious
87
Avg Score

70
Overrated, Energetic, Long, Intense, Ugly set/costumes

See it if you can't get enough of WS. NYTW production is fine, but nothing special. See the superior Natl Theater Live version (modern/military).

Don't see it if you want the verse spoken well (only Craig and Oyelowo are strong). The first 20 minutes are tedious; awful pauses. Act II is stronger.

Also I went in with high expectations, but this is NOT Royal Shakespeare Co... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Great staging, Uneven

See it if you want to see some fine acting, particularly from the two leads as well as Matthew Maher and David Wilson Barnes.

Don't see it if you're not super into Shakespeare.

94
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You like modern versions of Shakespearean tragedies played with an edge by great actors Craig & Oyelowo;superb cast in intimate setting

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist;dislike the Bard's play tweaked to show the versatility of his work brought into modern times

Also Some people mock big movie actors as overpaid and pampered. As a membe... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intense, Vigorous, Relevant

See it if you can get a ticket - this energetic production is stunning. I hope the talk of a Broadway transfer comes to fruition.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare in a modern setting or you can't handle a 3.5 hour show. Every performances resonates and crackles w/ intensity.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to see an exquisite adaptation of Othello with captivating performances and clever production design

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare and are only interested in going because it's a hot ticket, long scenes of darkness bother you or 3+ hours is too long

Also This production succeeded at remaining faithful enough to the source m... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy well done Shakespeare. While long (3hrs), it was beautifully told story. Great acting, an interesting setting, fun to watch.

Don't see it if You ADORE Shakespeare: They go off script a little, and Craig's Iago could have been more evil. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an excellent version of Othello. Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo are brilliant. Staging is very intimate. 3 hours flew by.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare to be in period dress. I care more about the acting. When Shakespeare is well done, every line is clear & relevant

96
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.

Also I was blown away by this production. Craig's Iago is at once cunning, ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Riveting, Intense

See it if WOW

Don't see it if scenes staged in dark places don't interest you

85
Absorbing, Must see, Slightly-uneven acting among the minor characters, Reimagined, Intense

See it if you're a fan of William Shakespeare's works and open to a retelling that blends the traditional language with contemporary costumes and set.

Don't see it if you're Shakespeare purist or don't mind missing some stunning work from Daniel Craig (a fairly intense Iago) and David Oyelowo (stunning!).

Also There isn't a bad seat in the house and Othello maximizes floor space ... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to see great film actors becoming great classical actors in a production that is never boring

Don't see it if You want your theater to be short and easy...this isn't

88
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a unique version of this classic.The company is terrific and the actors really get in your face at times.

Don't see it if Sitting for 3 1/2 hours on wooden bleachers is not for you. There are thin cushions on each seat,but not much back support. It's worth it!

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo and company. Sam Gold production. Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Sitting on benches is too uncomfortable...or maybe that's the point,

90
Great acting, Great staging, Powerful, Engaging, Riveting

See it if You like your Shakespeare masculine and muscular. Oyelowo and Craig OWN the resonant language. Other roles also compelling. Great staging.

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare or think Othello should be more dithery and nuanced. Oyelowo's interpretation is emotionally full-on.

92
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see two great actors in an intense contemporary staging in an intimate off-Broadway house.

Don't see it if you dislike contemporary stagings of Shakespeare, performed at full length.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy classic Shakespearean language with an updated staging. Prepare to spend three hours in rapt attention...

Don't see it if Don't like the classic Shakespearean language full of thees and thous. The production is in the Round so some dialogue is lost.

Also The rumors are that this production might get a Broadway run. That is ... Read more Read less

99
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if SHAKESPEARE.

Don't see it if YOU DON'T LIKE SHAKESPEARE (OR A NONTRADITIONAL STAGING OF SHAKESPEARE).

Also this production is just about perfect. Thrilling from start to finish,... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Riveting, Great staging, Intense, Powerful

See it if you can get a ticket.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or Shakespeare in modern dress.

78
Great acting, Intense, Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you want to see two superb actors work off each other. and if you can ignore the absolute mess of an ending to a great piece of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are a purist about Shakespeare or if you want a more balanced and successful ensemble piece of work. The women are dreadful

Also The director has misjudged his development. The acceleration to madnes... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you seek modern interpretations of WS, if you like intimate theater, if you want to see these strong actors.

Don't see it if you're easily distracted by modern brand names on cast's clothing. Or if you can't sit still. Or if scolding, relentless ushers bug you.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if Daniel Craig's Iago was masterful; never ever seen better. It was HIS play-others just came through his wickedly crafted world. Memorable~

Don't see it if U prefer traditional Shakespeare. This production took place in army barracks-starting w/a good 5 minutes in the dark! Once in a lifetime~

79
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Classic, Riveting

See it if you're a Shakespeare buff. This is a interesting production with unique staging & masterful acting. David Oyelowo is magnificent as Othello.

Don't see it if you're not into Shakespeare. Seems obvious, but despite the contemporary setting they keep the Shakespearian dialogue. So you need to focus.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Well staged, Great acting

See it if You love emotional, intense, well acted dramas. You enjoy top acting in an intimate setting. Modern touches help make the time effortless.

Don't see it if you do not like Shakespeare or mixing contemporary staging/costumes with classic dialogue. sometimes difficult to understand speech patterns

93
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a clever staging of the show, with some masterful performances.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy an "Othello" with a slow burn during the first half of the show.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a few movie stars doing amazing stage work. Makes it seem as if doing Shakespeare is easy.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or tragedies


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-mana...
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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 ...
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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 st...
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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...
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