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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

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

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Great acting marred by instrusive direction. Slowly paced and key scenes set in darkness. At times Crag seemed bored but Oyelowo brilliant.

Don't see it if You like traditiional Shakespeare prodctions. The National Theater production with Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester was far superior.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Intense, Riveting

See it if you appreciate excellent acting by Craig & Oyelowo, a unique modern staging of the Shakespeare classic, muscular/physical production.

Don't see it if Shakespearean language confuses you, you don't like modern-dress & staging of classics, you cannot sit through 3 hrs and 10 minutes.

94
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if best Othello I have seen

Don't see it if hoy líen superficial and comercial plays!!

66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You want to see two movie stars on stage

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare's plays to be staged " traditionally ". This production definitely is not.....

100
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

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting, Modernized

See it if you're fans of Oyelowo/Craig. They are more than star names, they really make this work. Oyelowo is a nuanced Othello. Fine acting by cast.

Don't see it if you really hate modernized versions of Shakespeare, even though this does work.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy powerful intimate unique theatre w/ superb cast that holds your attention for 3hr show. don't have to be shakespeare fan to enjoy!

Don't see it if you like traditional theatre or absolutely hate shakespeare and don't have the attention span for an intense 3 hr production

82
Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if Powerful performances by the leads. Intimate venue, with compelling staging and lighting. Thought-provoking interpretations.Great ensemble.

Don't see it if Some familiarity with the play will be useful for context purposes. Worth seeing in a small, in-the-round theater like this one.

100
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

100
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.

94
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if Modern intense, claustrophobic staging of Othello. Great acting by Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo. This production was outstanding!

Don't see it if If you're claustrophobic you may have a hard time b/c first 10 minutes or so are completely done in the dark. It was a bit nerve racking.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you love well-acted Shakespeare, thoughtfully directed, and creatively designed.

Don't see it if you have a hard time sitting in comfortable seats for a long time or Shakespeare just isn't your thing.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see two superb actors at the top of their game and are thrilled by powerful staging. If you can snag a ticket, don't miss it!

Don't see it if you can't abide by nontraditional staging of Shakespeare.

90
Thrilling, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Physical

See it if You can. The Iraq-era military setting somehow underscores the violence and raw emotion of the play. Terrific acting enlivens the dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like modern staging of classics. The set and seating are bare-bones. Seats can be brutal after 3 hrs and 10 mins.

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a brilliant Othello (Oyelowo), innovative staging, and an immersive experience.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable sitting for three plus hours. The show is intense and well-acted but drags at times.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are a fan of the play and want to see it with dynamic actors in a somewhat contemporary setting.

Don't see it if you are impatient with seeing a Shakespearean play that you might not be able to pick up the meaning of everything being said.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Wanting to be mesmerized by Shakespeare! This company presents Othello in a way I never thought possible. All star cast; knockout performanc

Don't see it if You have no patience for Shakespeare, Even those who are unfamiliar with the language will understand because of the direction and clarity.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Masterful, Intense

See it if you can get a ticket... brilliant on so many levels.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional Shakespeare staging.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see

See it if you don't need massive sets or spectacle and can get carried away by masterful material performed by talent artists

Don't see it if you're expecting fancy production values to accompany the high-wattage star talent.

100
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.

96
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

90
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see a masterful performance of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare set in modern times

90
Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo are brilliant. Staging is very intimate. Directing is what I have come to expect from Sam Gold, just see it!!

Don't see it if You don't like modern setting of Shakespeare. Want a comfortable seat, the seats work with the staging but they need more cushioning.

75
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like Daniel Craig, who is particularly good here.

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare productions in general. This is a fairly typical example.


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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