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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)


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

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

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if If you want am amazing theater experience involving the use of new technilogy

Don't see it if If your not open To New ideas

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You love modern interpretations of Shakespeare... masterful acting.... and intimate staging.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare .... or can't appreciate the art of true theater.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if You're a lover of Shakespeare and modernized adaptations. Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo star in it and they put on an awfully glorious show

Don't see it if You don't get Shakespeare or are a Bard purist. The play is about 3 hours long but it amazingly kept my attention throughout.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Hip-Hop

Don't see it if You don't like being blinded a regular intervals by various combinations of strobe nights or don't like rapping.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Intense

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare at its most intense and thought-provoking, appreciate phenomenal actors who put their heart and soul into their work

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare's work, do not like his plays put in a modern setting or squeamish about the subject matter

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Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy seeing creatively staged productions.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like seeing updated Shakespeare productions

Don't see it if you don't like seeing the audience while you're watching a play

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Edgy, Resonant

See it if you want to see one of the best shows of the year.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy quality shows.

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Daniel Craig or David Oyelowo--both had stand out, impassioned performances. Or if you've never seen Othello before.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of long plays or don't like following the exact Shakespearean dialogue.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like very intense (but great) acting, a somewhat modern adaptation of Othello

Don't see it if you don't like drawn out, very long, shows

Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see Othello reimagined and still absorbing

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Shakespeare

Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if you like Shakespeare or well acted plays (and if you can get a ticket!). See it if you DON'T like Shakespeare, as this play could help that.

Don't see it if Gun shots and violence on stage scare you.

Clever, Slow, Great staging, Strong design

See it if you are interested in well-designed, directed, and envisioned Shakespeare with strong acting choices.

Don't see it if you want nuance in your Shakespeare, character work tends to skim the surface. You also will want to have an interest in classical texts.

Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a modern take on a classic Shakespeare w/ out of this world performances.

Don't see it if want a confortable seat.

Absorbing, Great acting, Beautiful

See it if you're interested in incredible acting bring Shakespearean characters to life, with Oyelowo's breakdown as the Moor and Craig's superb Iago.

Don't see it if incorporating modern song into Shakespeare or a semi-modern setting for Shakespeare is off-putting.

Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like Shakesperean language in a modern setting and can sit for 3 1/2 hours in seats with straight backs.

Don't see it if You need back support - bring a lower back pillow!

Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you can get a ticket! to see two excellent actors at the top of their game in an emotionally-charged, intensely physical production.

Don't see it if you prefer your shakespeare to be more stately and cerebral - although this production is as intelligent as it is violent.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Emotional

See it if An absorbing, heart-breaking evening. Innovative staging that WORKS. David Oyelowo in one of the best performances I've seen in ages.

Don't see it if 3:10 minutes long with one intermission. That's too much for a lot of folks, even if it's great theater. Bench seating doesn't help.

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if a new take on an old classic with great acting.

Don't see it if You tend to run late, no late seating at all.

Entertaining, Edgy, Epic, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if -refreshing,edgy and new take on Othello -enjoy pop culture

Don't see it if -Dim lighting/dark -Prefer a classic approach

Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if you want to see modern Shakespeare done right, or Daniel Craig dancing to "Hotline Bling".

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you are invested in the history of the world and how we came to be

Don't see it if you don't like educational shows

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see Shakespeare with visceral force, vocal dexterity, and performances that draw audience into the plot. This cast is stellar.

Don't see it if you don't like sudden surprises/loud noises or sitting on a plywood bench for three hours.

Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You can get a ticket! Exceptional performances and a riveting, modern but not overtly artsy or flashy staging in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare strictly in tights and ruffled shirts. I must say that the ending is also too drawn out, creating a slight imbalance.

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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