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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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

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

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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