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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in experimentally adapted Ibsen, love terrific acting, love John Doyle, are open to an opaque meditation on life.

Don't see it if it's your first experience with Peer Gynt, opaque/expressionist narratives annoy you, you don't want to see a 2-hour intermissionless show.

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.

Clever, Epic, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like a strong, clean telling of a classic work.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 2 straight hours of impressionistic storytelling.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy classic theatre. Done very well, without too much compensating. Great actors being very truthful.

Don't see it if A bit slow at times, however it's beneficial to the piece, gives you time to think... Might though want to let them do that after the show.

Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You're an Ibsen fanatic and don't want to miss a well acted NYC production of a less common play.

Don't see it if It's long with no intermission. Abstract and confusing, an intermission would've been nice if only to discuss & coalesce what we just saw.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting

See it if If you are a big Ibsen fan

Don't see it if 2 hours no intermission. If fantasy is not your thing

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.

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.

Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see some great acting and watching a cast utilize a simplistic set creatively.

Don't see it if you do not like shows that will leave you with more questions than answers.

Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like stripped-down productions and great acting; you want to see an innovative production of a classic play

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the plot - some basics got lost in the editing; if you have a small bladder - 2 hours is too long without a break!

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy great acting, life analysis, self criticism, plays about life decisions, mistakes & answers (hint: there are none), It's engaging.

Don't see it if If you like light subjects, complex staging, don't want to listen or think, don't like wordy plays with monologues.

Confusing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a very interesting and beautiful staging of this show.

Don't see it if You want to see a good translation of this play.

Great acting, Relevant, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love Gabriel Ebert - much of the show plays like a tour de force monologue for him.

Don't see it if you're hoping for light entertainment or confused by minimalist stagings.

Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Profound

See it if I am so sad about all bad reviews but again this is not for everybody to understand. The actors are amazing, the story so is deep..loved It!

Don't see it if you like something more simple and easy to understand

Great acting, Dizzying, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you are familiar with the actual play. If you go in with no back story you will be confused. Amazing performances for something so difficult

Don't see it if you are not open to darker, existential, themes. And if you have no patience or can appreciate a piece as heavy as this.

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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