Already closed | 1h 55m | East Village

Peer Gynt

From 88 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

About the show

Classic Stage Company presents a streamlined version of Henrik Ibsen's epic play about the misadventures of a farm boy. Adapted and directed by John Doyle and starring Tony winner Gabriel Ebert. More…

Watch as young Peer evolves from childhood renegade to outcast, adventurer, industrialist, and provocateur, as he searches for a life that will live up to his impossible and irrepressible expectations.

1h 55m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (88)


Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Well-acted

See it if you're familiar w/Ibsen's towering epic & want to see his rarely-revived play, albeit heavily abridged; you want to see a nice perf by Ebert

Don't see it if you're frustrated w/John Doyle stripping down every revival to within an inch of the show's life. A few sets/props/costumes would help here.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to see a Tour de Force by Gabriel Ebert, A clever reduction in time from the 5 hour original by new man Doyle.Great 4 sided seating

Don't see it if you cannot handle almost two hours without an intermission

Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Banal

See it if You want to see Gabriel Ebert handle a lengthy, lengthy role; are a super-fan of Ibsen & unfamiliar with Gynt

Don't see it if You can't stand shows with fairy tale characters or with lengthy monologues, hard to tell who the characters are, pointless shows

Boring, Opaque, Great acting, Indulgent, Exasperating

See it if you're a fan of John Doyle's directorial style.

Don't see it if you value clear storytelling.

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

See it if You want to see Gabriel Ebert give it all up for this part. His physicality is intricately woven into his role as Peer. To see a GREAT cast

Don't see it if U expect the action to unfold like Ibsen wrote it. U want cute little costumed trolls and dreamy music. Are not familiar with John Doyle.

Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy abridged interpretations of Ibsen. Lead actor is terrific.

Don't see it if Want to save 2 hrs of your life.

Slow, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a show with innovative staging. Gabriel Ebert is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 2 hours without an intermission or if you aren't familiar with the plot.

Banal, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You absolutely need to see Peer Gynt and don't think you'll live long enough to see another production.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a great Ibsen play and a talented cast utterly ruined by a talentless hack of a director. Felt like an endless 2 hrs.

Disappointing, Misinterpreted, annoying

See it if You don't care what a director does to misinterpret Ibsen and you can tolerate staging you have seen before.

Don't see it if You expect the original intentions and poetr of the author to be evident SOMEWHERE. Felt sorry for the actors - who are very good.

Meandering, Confusing, Great acting, Minimalist

See it if You're an Ibsen completist because I don't see why this play is ever performed. Or a fan of Ebert since he's on stage nearly the whole time.

Don't see it if You value any semblance of storytelling or sense of coherence.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Dizzying, Original

See it if you want to see a surprisingly absorbing piece with innovation in character and staging, even if at the cost of plot coherence.

Don't see it if you need to be able to follow everything from A to Z and have no patience for some artistic indulgences.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Minimalist

See it if you want to attend a rarely staged existential fantasy by Ibsen, one of the fathers realistic theatre. An epic tale minimally in the round.

Don't see it if a two hour glorified monologue that feels more like Brecht will have you spending more time looking at your watch than the stage.

Confusing, Great acting, Intense, At times torturous, Difficult

See it if like experimental theater, bare bones productions, psychological drama

Don't see it if don't want to be challenged, want a lavish production, like linear story telling

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind your Ibsen truncated (severely) and thus lacking in context. Gabriel Ebert is excellent. A couple of scenes were riveting.

Don't see it if It's almost 2 hours without an intermission- would have been better to keep more text and have a break. Very hard to follow what's happening

Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Greek tragedy staging convention makes you happy

Don't see it if you get confused easily in the theater

Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you are familiar with the ibsen story so you can follow the plot. (at least read the wiki)

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with the story or dont want to read about it before. You may be confused.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if a dynamic rock score and sprawling travelogue carries you away

Don't see it if overlong and repetitious themes. some excellent songs and sharp scenes, others just tedious

Intelligent, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you love John Doyle's minimalist style with all actors also being the audience; you like random philosophical musings

Don't see it if you like Ibsen as "The Father of realism"; this is a larger-than-life story that moves between realistic and surreal scenes.

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a powerful performance from Gabriel Ebert and don't mind a 2 hour show without an intermission.

Don't see it if You are looking for a truly great night. It was just an "all right" play, but it was a but confusing.

Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like a fresh approach to a classic

Don't see it if if you haven't read the play

Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating, Pretentious mess

See it if you're misogynistic. Some of the staging reminded me of the commercial for American Psycho. Ibsen is turning over in his grave.

Don't see it if you don't like ego-centered, amoral men. Aase is his mother. I know this because I read the play; It is not noted in this production.

Mostly successful, Funny, Allegorical, Engaging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in classics made accessible. Solid performances, especially from Gabriel Ebert. Surprisingly funny and easy to follow.

Don't see it if you hate nonlinear storytelling and sparse staging. You don't like allegories about the self and morality/religion. Refreshed, not new.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a fresh, abbreviated take on the Ibsen classic.

Don't see it if you need literal staging and scenery to grasp a story.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Epic

See it if Ibsen's bildungsroman of every man Peer and his desire for greatness will show you the folly of expectations. G. Ebert fills the empty space

Don't see it if Radio play theater lacks the pageantry you desire from a show. The first rate cast is too often sitting on the side watching Peer narrate.


See it if You have nothing else to see

Don't see it if Just don't see it.

May 25th, 2016
"This telling 'Peer Gynt' is both more digestible and less flavorful than usual…If this production lacks the teeming, motley exuberance that pulses in Ibsen’s text, it definitely distills the intriguing philosophical essence of a play that still seems unsettlingly relevant…By the time he comes to...
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May 25th, 2016
"The spirit of austerity courses through John Doyle’s production of 'Peer Gynt.'...This slimming down has been effected though a strict renunciation of many pleasures. Gone is most of 'Peer Gynt’s' humor, gone is the pageantry, gone is the verse...The strong cast helps create memorable scenes...B...
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June 2nd, 2016
"His version is directed and acted with considerable imagination, but there’s no denying that it amounts to a 'Peer Gynt' suite, a production that whets the appetite rather than sating it...What we have here, then, is something not unlike a pencil sketch of 'Peer Gynt,' one that demands an enormo...
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May 28th, 2016
"Doyle gets an E for effort, but the production gets a D for dull. Peer’s adventure leads him to women, trolls and, in the play’s dramatic high point, an onion — as he tries to peel back the layers to his true self. As Peer, Gabriel Ebert gives his all. So does the onion. Doyle is the incoming ar...
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