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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

Rhymed, Absorbing, Ambitious, Historical, Brilliant writing

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.

Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Slow

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.

Well-acted, Psychologically astute, Wide-ranging, Good ensemble staging, Narrative-driven

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.

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a piece of history performed

Don't see it if You want a faster paced, action driven show.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging, Thought-provoking

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

Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

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?

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

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

Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Entertaining, Masterful

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).

Entertaining, Intense, Riveting, Absorbing, Masterful

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

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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