A new verse play examining the final two years in the life of Russia's most enduring poet, Alexander Pushkin. More…
Always quick to take offense, delusionally jealous, forever in debt, and censored by Tsar Nicholas I, Pushkin was also Russia’s first literary superstar. 'Pushkin' chronicles the sufferings of an artist of modest rank and mixed race, the confrontation between his exceptional talent and a flawed society, and the painful choice between duty and personal happiness. In his struggles to end serfdom and reform his homeland, Pushkin raised his voice above exile and censorship to turn his art into a substitute for politics poetically declaring, “Autocratic miscreant, Thee, thy throne I detest.”
See it if You know Russian history (or don't & want to), Pushkin's history (or want to), love great acting, rhymed lines (or both).
Don't see it if You can't stand good drama, hate history or literature, love slavery (& serfdom), love monarchy or censorship, or hate imperfections.
See it if You know who Pushkin is, can be riveted by a take told in iambic pentameter, applaud highly creative work and can tolerate imperfection.
Don't see it if A slow pace and sleepy delivery makes you snooze, you're VERY annoyed by sometimes hard to understand lines, or you can't bring a sweater.
See it if you want to see a bare-bones version of what Pushkin dealt with in his last years, writing amid political repression, racism and slander.
Don't see it if you care more for bright lights and fast pacing than for a sympathetic portrayal of an artist in the midst of troubles.
See it if I loved Pushkin's short stories but knew little about the author. The characters come to life in this play.And the dialog...amazing!
Don't see it if You're looking for a musical comedy
See it if You enjoy historical drama or Russian literature? But I thoroughly enjoyed this play and think it works regardless.
Don't see it if You don't like theater?
See it if you're interested in romance, tragedy, writers, politics, and different types of characters working through difficulties apart and together
Don't see it if I can't think of a reason--it's a verse play, but the verse is enormously accessible
See it if See the play if you like a great story and absorbing theater. (This is a wonderful drama telling the fascinating story of Pushkin)
Don't see it if don't see the play if you only like musicals. the language is lyric, but this is not Sponge Bob Square Pants, (which I also liked).
See it if you enjoy a thrilling edge of your seat play; i did not know anything about Pushkin prior to the show; i can't wait to learn more about him!
Don't see it if you aren't able to follow the story as there are some interesting twists and turns
See it if you have an intense interest in Russian history and/or literary figures, you don't require high stakes to remain engaged in a story
Don't see it if you expect a script to be rigorously thought-out, you dislike overtly "talky" plays, you want high drama with major stakes.