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From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

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.” 

Member Reviews (11)


Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if You’re a Russian or Pushkin fan.

Don't see it if You want feeling behind the language or a script that MOVES.

Also Read that this play was in verse, but I couldn’t hear it at all, just ... Read more Read less

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Banal, Slow, Dated

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.

Also Pushkin is dull. Exorbitantly so. It is long winded. It has an act bre... Read more Read less

August 12th, 2018
"Leaf takes liberties here and there, but he sticks close to historical fact in tracing the last few years of Alexander Pushkin...The tantalizing potential of his story remains out of reach, though, in the unwieldy 'Pushkin.' There is no vigor to the language, no fever of emotion to match the int...
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August 9th, 2018
"Tautly told and staged with hurtling momentum by Christopher McElroen, 'Pushkin' is one of the best new plays to open in New York in recent memory, and this fabulously well-acted production, performed in an 80-seat black-box theater, puts you a heartbeat away from the action...If you didn’t know...
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August 9th, 2018
"It's rich source material, which is why it is almost impressive how boring playwright Jonathan Leaf manages to make his story...Within the first five minutes of this soporific verse play, we know why it has hitherto remained unproduced...It's mostly downhill from that arresting first image in di...
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August 14th, 2018
"Gambling, palace intrigue, and poetry abounds in Leaf’s imaginative and engrossing historical drama. In the course of two acts and numerous scenes, the eventful life of the great Russian author is skillfully dramatized...McElroen’s exquisite staging is a glorious series of tableaus, stage pictur...
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