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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

During previews
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if Like tough, in your face adaptation of Shakespeare in an intimate space. Muscular setting of Army barracks focuses on folly of the men.

Don't see it if Like dainty precious Shakespeare

During previews
95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Epic

See it if you want to feel like you are part of the production and have the rare opportunity to be with some great actors in a very intimate setting.

Don't see it if you're a real traditionalist and wouldn't appreciate a very macho take on the play.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Shakespeare or Daniel Craig.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours of Shakespeare.

Also The lost uniques and absorbing adaptation I have ever seen.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're open to seeing new adaptions of Shakespeare's work; you like Daniel Craig.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays; you've never seen a Shakespeare play before; you're expecting comfortable seats.

Also It was interesting to see a different staging of this play and it felt... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Intense, Great acting, David oyewolo is masterful, Intimate atmosphere, 3.5 hours

See it if You enjoy seeing A-list actors in their prime in a small theater intimate atmosphere, performing one of the most famous plays of all time

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare, would have difficulty sitting on bench seating for 3.5 hours, prefer huge flashy venues to small intimate theater

During previews
85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like to see complete reimagining of Shakespeare set in modern times. Interesting use of military barracks as setting.

Don't see it if you are a purist.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want an updated set with classical Shakespeare! Also love movie actors on stage and Daniel Craig!

Don't see it if Aren't open to new experiences and can't sit still for 3 hours.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see terrific, intelligent direction and ensemble acting. This is straightforwardly acted that satisfyingly sticks to the play

Don't see it if ...you want to see a Star Turn.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Epic

See it if love seeing Shakespeare re-imagined.

Don't see it if you can't handle Shakespeare dressed down in Under Armour...literally.

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if you are open to modern interpretations of Shakespeare. Daniel Craig as Iago and David Oyelowo as Othello are fantastic!

Don't see it if You have issues with violence. Desdemona's death is disturbing.

During previews
95
Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Star casting

See it if You're interested in a fascinating, raw, inventively reimagined version of Othello where Iago (Daniel Craig) is clearly the lead character.

Don't see it if If you're put off by modern Shakespeare stagings. Or if you can't handle ultra-hard bench seats. No kidding: bring your own 2 pillows.

During previews
98
Delightful, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you like Othello

Don't see it if you don't like Othello

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you love powerful drama

Don't see it if you require trditional staging or have a problem with a long run time.

During previews
70
Unfocused, Disappointing, Some great acting

See it if You want to see excellent acting from at least 3 wonderful actors: Oyellowo, Craig, Witrock.

Don't see it if You mind being on extremely uncomfortable wooden seats in a gym-like setting; if you expect to see a focused production, not uneven acting.

Also Forcing the actors to perform in a gym setting, among two rows of a do... Read more Read less


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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