Romulus the Great
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Romulus the Great
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Romulus the Great NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(26 Reviews)
Positive
46%
Mixed
31%
Negative
23%
Members say
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

About the Show

A historical comedy without historic basis, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's absurdist re-imagining of Romulus the Great sees the Roman emperor choose not to be 'great' at all.

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Member Reviews (26)

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668 Reviews | 155 Followers
88
Well designed, Smart, Absurd, Political, Philosophical

See it if you have an interest in Theater of the Absurd, Brecht’s descendants, philosophical theater, parables of power or the postwar European psyche

Don't see it if you have no taste for theater that is not a naturalistic story. Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
75
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if It's funny at times. I mean if you're interested in the time. But you don't really have to even like the time to see this.

Don't see it if Well it's kind of long and if you really hate this time Read more

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
72
Ambitious, Dated, Great staging, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want a non-historical, satire of old politics that's relevant to new politics. You want to see a rarely-seen classical play.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary political satire. You want a revised classical play. You want an equally trained classical cast-some good, some not. Read more

430 Reviews | 114 Followers
75
History satire based on classic play

See it if Large cast in wonderful costumes romps through the late Roman Empire. Adaptation of a German play that reads like a Shaw history play.

Don't see it if over-acting bothers you, but it's part of the satire. Some of the script is repetitive. The Emperor's fondness for chickens is priceless.

375 Reviews | 228 Followers
59
Amateurish, Uneven acting, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if you're interested in historical shows treated in a farcical manner. This show admittedly plays fast & loose with the truth.

Don't see it if you have little patience with amateurish attempts at humor. Read more

401 Reviews | 61 Followers
40
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Amateur

See it if you want to see how a great satire can fall apart in the wrong hands. The director and cast do not understand this art form.

Don't see it if you expecting to see one of Durrenmatt's great plays well done.

302 Reviews | 82 Followers
95
Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like Monte Python genre political satire and understand parallel to current political events, English spoken rapidly, and Roman history.

Don't see it if you cannot sit for 2 hrs. with 1 interval, do not understand English spoken rapidly or political satire, or prefer musicals to comedy/drama. Read more

275 Reviews | 62 Followers
65
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to take the opportunity to see a performance of one of Durrenmatt's most famous plays.

Don't see it if you can't put up with actors who rush through their lines, failing to enunciate clearly; don't like "camped up" versions of classics. Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

The Theatre Times
June 22nd, 2018

“The spirit on stage, where Chika Shimizu’s geometrically spare set incorporates palace and chicken coop with a feel for pop-art imperium, is farcical and more than a little absurdist. Especially with that opening dance routine...The play, perhaps, invites immediate analogy to whatever conditions it is produced under...English translation by Nellhaus, which can feel a bit talky rather than succinct at times, making some actors spit out lines too quickly for good diction.”
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