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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, Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you like drama

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You love, creative theatre with great acting and terrific actors. An incredibly powerful production.

Don't see it if you like traditional or boring productions.

Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Small theatre great presence

Don't see it if Don't like small theatres

Ambitious, Tour de force lead performances

See it if You can possibly get a ticket

Don't see it if You prefer classic, period stagings of Shakespeare

Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you love shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't mind long stories.

Riveting, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if Brought Othello to life. Daniel Craig shined. Wonderful theater experience

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

Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see

See it if Whip-smart direction from Sam Gold & brilliant Shakespearean line-readings from the virtuoso celebrity cast in this in riveting production

Don't see it if No court costumes, but a penetrating theatrical examination of class conflict with Daniel Craig & Oyelowo vividly nailing their characters

Also We are intimately embedded (are we ever!) with a dynamo cast of hyper-... Read more Read less

Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Love the intimacy of the stage setting. Acting was excellent! A must see play!

Don't see it if Light of heart!

Great acting, Must see, Intense, Epic, Masterful

See it if You wish had a ringside seat to an Ali/Frazier fight!

Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Its a great show if you like Shakespeare.

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

During previews
Othello is often only as good as actors playing the moor and iago; here fine moor, ok iago

See it if /4 passionate heartbreaking David Oyelowo/Othello, workmanlike Daniel Craig/Iago; still soaring, moving Shakespeare

Don't see it if Sam Gold directorial intrusions (modern dress, action in darkness, emphasis on battle setting) tho ambitious don't always enhance production

Also I have seen some great Othellos, including one with basso profondo Jam... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Epic

See it if You want an intense, gut-punch drama that stays with you long after the play ends. You enjoy modern interpretations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want a wholly unified & evenly matched cast. Most of the cast is excellent, 1 is not. You don't like modern takes on Shakespeare.

During previews
Intense, Sound and fury

See it if You want to see the pretty boys. You are big on strident declaiming. You are open to interesting contemporary staging.

Don't see it if You valorize acting which causes you to suspend disbelief. This makes the story clear, but seems all bluster and testosterone.

During previews
Exciting, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an exciting and thematically precise rendition of Shakespeare's classic tragedy rendered by great lead actors.

Don't see it if You cannot abide Shakespeare.

During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Othello is one of your favorite Shakespeare plays. You want an especially bold production with distinctive Sam Gold directorial touches.

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic (the set/seating is v. contained). You want a traditional presentation or will be annoyed by anachronistic flairs.

During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Excruciating, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like Shakespeare. You like Daniel Craig;

Don't see it if You hate uncomfortable wooden seating; do not enjoy Shakespeare; expect something more in an updated long winded 3 hour production.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare. David Oyelowo fan this is a must. love the way it was staged.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of Shakespheare or the actors

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

See it if Just see it. Everyone needs to see it.

Don't see it if ...if you hate life itself.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you "know" Othello. This is a very good "modern dress" version. Daniel Craig is sly, quiet and terrific DO could have been more subtle

Don't see it if you like powerful emotions overplayed. I thought the seating would be worse than it was. Front row has enough leg room; other rows,?

Also I think NYTW should have been out front with both the seating issue an... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Intense, Slow, Confusing

See it if you're a fan of Daniel Craig, are interested in directorial reinterpretation, want to see a unique but unsuccessful take on the play.

Don't see it if it's your first Othello (this production muddles the story), you're frustrated by bad pacing, or want a faithful interpretation of text.

Also While some excellent acting is on display here (particularly Daniel Cr... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Fabulous performances by David Oyelowo & Daniel Craig.Young Rachel Brosnahan--wonderful as Desdemona. Interesting modern Othello production

Don't see it if You want a classic Shakespearean production. If you'll be uncomfortable on plywood benches with pillow, in overheated theatre, sweat sweat😰

During previews
Riveting, Original, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare done right. Excellent acting, interesting staging, not over the top. Iago's performance is nuanced and phenomenal

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare done right...

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can get a ticket! The proximity to these actors makes you a responsible audience member. Attention is required and easily given.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare snob. I heard lots of complaints about casting and staging at intermission, but I liked it all. Rodrigo rules!!!

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you like Shakespeare, innovative staging, good acting (mixed with some poor)

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare pure; if comfortable seating is important.

Also Daniel Craig is an excellent Iago, David Oyelowo is a good Othello, bu... Read more Read less

During previews
Immediate, Timely, Bold, Intense, Scary

See it if you want to see one of the best pieces of theater that's come around in years.

Don't see it if you want something light and frilly.

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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