Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt NYC Reviews and Tickets

(88 Ratings)
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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.

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127 Reviews | 13 Followers
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

80 Reviews | 30 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if If Ibsen fan. Fresh, original production of Peer Gynt. Phenomenal acting by Gabriel Ebert, Becky Ann & Dylan Baker. Bravo John Doyle & cast!

Don't see it if You don't want to see an original, fresh take on Peer Gynt. Can't think of another reason not to see.

58 Reviews | 31 Followers
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy being challenged by theatre and ideas. The performances are great, especially Gabriel Ebert - he is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are linear and fully based in reality. If you can't sit for 2 hrs without an intermission - a big flaw for this prod.

416 Reviews | 190 Followers
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.

304 Reviews | 37 Followers
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

97 Reviews | 15 Followers
Intelligent, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are an Ibsen academic and are familiar with his plays.

Don't see it if You wish to fully understand the piece without having to further research Ibsen.

172 Reviews | 24 Followers
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.

112 Reviews | 51 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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 his tête-à-tête with the onion, we may not feel like weeping, as Peer does. But in this production, we can definitely understand why and how he’s reached this pathetic moment of communion."
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Time Out New York
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...But even the production’s most playful bits have little sense of fun. It is elegant and thoughtful, but hampered by priggishness."
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The Wall Street Journal
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 enormous amount of imaginative participation on the part of the audience. But the play, with its protean symbolism, amply rewards such participation, and you’ll have no trouble following this compressed version, even though the cuts are so deep that it will sometimes feel as though you’re watching a synopsis of the play being acted out onstage."
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New York Daily News
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 artistic director at Classic Stage Company. This leaves lots of room for improvement in coming productions."
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May 25th, 2016

"A man peels an onion live onstage in John Doyle's adaptation…Would you believe that this is the most dramatically compelling moment of the whole play? Unlike most of the other scenes, the stakes feel real and palpable — and may even bring tears to our eyes. Unfortunately, the remainder of this cleverly conceived but confusingly executed production is as sleepy as it is opaque…Doyle has reduced a messy and fantastical tale into one that is merely dull. "
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Lighting & Sound America
May 31st, 2016

"Handsome to look at, well-cast, and a total bore…The production is so stripped back that it is often hard to follow...It is often virtually impossible to tell where Peer is and to whom he is speaking. Given this stark approach, the play's many mystical and/or fantastical aspects are denuded of their power. God help you if you are unfamiliar with the play; chances are, you may find yourself totally lost…Doyle's staging is a bold experiment -- but experiments sometimes fail."
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May 31st, 2016

"John Doyle has turned Ibsen’s epic 'Peer Gynt' into a kind of Everyman morality play which demands total concentration from the audience to follow this stripped down version. While Ibsen’s first four acts are drastically cut, the fifth act which seems to show Peer’s redemption is given extended play. Some will find this a fascinating reinterpretation of an unwieldy classic. Others will find that the approach is tediously too much of the same."
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May 27th, 2016

"Doyle has directed Ebert in an outsized performance that meets the challenges of this difficult text and lends the role a certain consistency of style. The result is a Peer who's compelling throughout...Parts of Doyle's abbreviated account of Peer's odyssey are bound to perplex playgoers unfamiliar with the original...There's plenty to debate about John Doyle's streamlined 'Peer Gynt'. What's incontestable is that Doyle and Ebert are an explosive combination."
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