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From 176 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Daniel Radcliffe stars in the Public Theater's high-tech London import about what our technological choices reveal about who we are and who's keeping track of it all. More…

Inspired by the revelations of Edward Snowden (who appears via video!), and drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews with top journalists, politicians and academics, 'Privacy' explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the travails of one lonely guy who's trying to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. Written by Olivier-nominated playwright James Graham and directed by Josie Rourke. Be warned: The theater asks you to charge your phone and leave it ON for the show! 

Member Reviews (176)


Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing
Avg Score

Fun, Original, Creative, Interactive, Thought-provoking

See it if Very creative/well acted/well staged. Refreshing & fun. You like breaking of 4th wall. Very informative & thought-provoking.

Don't see it if It's more fun documentary than real theatrical story. Still very enjoyable. Act 2 could be shorter.Needs counterpoints to its ideas–preachy?

Fun, Engaging, Entertaining, Clever, Interesting

See it if You want a fun night out. It's super interesting and informative. Plays out more like a documentary with fun audience participation.

Don't see it if You dislike audience participation. The story isn't very strong but it's a fun and interesting show.

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have a smart phone, or use the Internet, or basically ever leave your apartment. Very scary about how we are used in the digital age!

Don't see it if You're a conspiracy theory kind of person as this show will push you right over the edge!!!

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Original

See it if I loved this show so much. Fascinating, terrifying, funny, clever. Wonderful acting and staging. Lots of secrets.

Don't see it if Don't miss it....

Marvelous "ted talk"/demonstration of ubiquitous assault on privacy thru cell phones/computers; not traditional theater

See it if /to be astonished how modern technology tracks every move/action of audience; unique audience participation thru cell phone; charming Daniel

Don't see it if you'd prefer more of a traditional play w/ plot and interactions onstage; this entertaining vehicle engages the head more than the heart

Distracted, Relevant, Resonant, Presentational, Disappointing

See it if you're fascinated with the concept of privacy and identity in the age of technology and social media, and where YOU fit in to that question.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where the narrative thrust takes a backseat to gimmicky conventions.

Clever, Entertaining, Creepy, Original, Relevant

See it if you are interested in knowing the sacrifices we have made in order to stay current in the technology arena; like good, affable acting.

Don't see it if you have never owned a smartphone and don't plan to; you don't know what WiFi is; realism is not your thing.

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

See it if You are ready to join the 21st century and realize how communication has changed since electricity was discovered. Daniel Radcliffe

Don't see it if You are a Luddite; Still use a pager; Have a clam cell phone; Expect Harry Potter and his magic wand to appear; Absolutely feel secure

Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Original, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a touch of paranoia with your theater. Awesome cast playing multiple roles, that don't take themselves to seriously. Serious fun.

Don't see it if You don't like interactive pieces where the actors break the fourth wall regularly. You don't enjoy a touch of paranoia with your theater.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn about our willingness to give up our privacy for the convenience of our gadgets.

Don't see it if you are looking for much of an underlying story. You really don't need it, but it would be nice to have more emotional meat in the show.

Yhought-ptovoking informative clever absorbing daniel radcliffe

See it if We were asked not to say much about it -- but it was pretty sensational. My 4th Daniel Radcliffe play and he matures with each perf.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2.5 hours. The rest of the cast is awesome, as well.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy educational theatre with a humorous twist, are interested in exploring life in the digital age and surveillance culture

Don't see it if you don't use a smartphone or social media, don't like audience participation, only like traditional theatre

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Original, Profound

See it if You enjoy good acting and a well written piece on privacy and technology. Can be scary.

Don't see it if You are a technophobe or you don't care about the future and how our privacy is fleeting

Clever, Entertaining, Original, Relevant

See it if You are a citizen of Earth and have a smartphone.

Don't see it if You expect a linear plot and prefer traditional theater.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in how & what info is collected about you & by whom; privacy issues presented academically but in an entertaining way

Don't see it if you like strong plots, don't like shows with audience participation or that sometime seem like lectures even if by a great cast & humorous

Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining, Informative

See it if you want to learn more about technology or enjoy live interactive performances. I don't like audience participation, but I enjoyed this.

Don't see it if you want to actually see a play, not a lesson on technology. Skip it if you don't have a smartphone or a connection to the digital world.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Daniel Radcliffe on stage - Which I am! He makes the material seem relevant with a sense of urgency.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional book. This is more a docu-drama about a writer researching "Privacy" in today's world.

Very high concept, Quite clever, The narrative takes a back seat to ideas, Well acted

See it if You enjoy seeing something different that makes you think and also engages you interactively.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that are heavy on narrative and don't like audience participation (although you can choose not to).

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Chilling

See it if You are wed to your mobile and electronic devices, feel safe with your data in the cloud, have worried since all our data went electronic.

Don't see it if You want to keep your head in the sand and believe all our facebook data and voting are safe and un-bug-able.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to be intrigued, challenged, entertained, amused, and amazed - with an experience of clever theater on timely topics.

Don't see it if You are not willing to be challenged to think about contemporary issues.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Original, Profound

See it if You want to see an intellectual discourse about privacy int he digital age, told creatively with humor and superb acting

Don't see it if You prefer to remain in the dark about privacy in the digital age

Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original

See it if an exploration of the shifting tradeoffs between mystery/secrecy/privacy and security vs intrusion holds your interest. You like Jill Lepore

Don't see it if an exploration of the shifting tradeoffs between mystery/secrecy/privacy and security vs intrusion wouldn't hold your interest.

Original, Thought-provoking, Certainly not drama

See it if You are unaware of how much of your personal information is available to those who might want to know, or profit from that information.

Don't see it if Your desire in theater-going is to see lives lived, character development, anguish, joy, yadda-yadda.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see topical issues raised by technology and social media entertainingly explored by a fine cast.

Don't see it if You cannot get a ticket to this sold out run.

Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're interested in learning about electronic privacy in a funny, intelligent, & informative manner. Also if you're a Daniel Radcliffe fan.

Don't see it if I can't think of a single reason not to see this amazing performance - other than the fact that it's probably completely sold out.

July 18th, 2016
“Viewed as a play, it is neither as profound as it aspires to be nor even entirely cohesive. But it ingeniously recreates that most venerable of entertainments, the magic show, in a form ideally suited to the second decade of the 21st century...I’m making ‘Privacy’ sound creepier and more compell...
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July 18th, 2016
“A sardonic but disturbing survey of data mining and surveillance...The piece is a fresh and engaging mélange of verbatim interview text, geektastic research and romantic comedy...Radcliffe is more assured and funnier than ever, a bemused Everyman learning how to open up without losing his sense ...
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July 18th, 2016
“So specifically and solely a discussion of privacy in the age of smart phones that it barely functions as anything else...The saving grace of this production (directed wittily by Rourke) is that it remains entertaining even when merely massaging information most of us absorbed years ago...Tech t...
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July 18th, 2016
“The play is ultimately more informational than successfully dramatic, often having the feel of an intricate, celebrity-studded TED Talk. But it nonetheless emerges as a dazzlingly inventive and entertaining theatrical exercise...Director Rourke keeps the production's complex technological balls ...
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