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From 90 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

The Public offers a new play drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. "Socrates" is a tribute to the man who continues to inspire us to question authority and defend freedom of belief. More…

"Socrates" is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes ("Doubt," "Junk") directs.

Member Reviews (90)


Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by Michael Stuhlbarg.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that is only intermittently interesting. The opening scenes are a bit muddled. If you do not like overly talky plays.

Also One problem with Martinson Hall, the theatre where "Socrates" is playi... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like to watch men yelling at each other and the audience.

Don't see it if You don't like to watch men yelling at each other and the audience.

Also I walked out at intermission and would have done so sooner if I didn't... Read more Read less

During previews
Terrible waste of time, Overrated

See it if Bone dry play. Someone at the Public should have rejected this script so as to spare thousands of people hours of disappointment and boredom

Don't see it if This was the first play I’ve seen where the ensemble actors onstage looked befuddled as to how to get into the text they were performing

Also I hope the show will be trimmed since almost all the scenes were unint... Read more Read less

April 16th, 2019
"Argument and inquiry are the engines of 'Socrates,' starring a sublime Michael Stuhlbarg in the title role. In a meticulously handsome production by Doug Hughes, this is a play that hums with intelligence...Reverence is a heavy thing, and it weighs down this nearly three-hour play, whose overlon...
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April 16th, 2019
"'Socrates' is dragged down by loquacious speechifying, excessive double casting and the general stasis of Doug Hughes's plant-your-feet-and-spew staging...Just when you're ready to give up, however, the spotlight shifts in earnest to Stuhlbarg's arresting performance as a fascinating, fallible, ...
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April 16th, 2019
“Overlong, dramatically flat...There are so many actors...But only one of these actors really commands our attention...If you can get through the first couple of scenes, it’s intermittently exciting to watch...The fact that the play does eventually manage to pull up and away from it is a great cr...
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April 16th, 2019
"Nelson attempts to bring this historical figure to theatrical life but mainly succeeds in boring the audience...The play can certainly be commended for its intellectual rigor and astute illustration of the Socratic method...But it ultimately comes across as more rhetoric than drama...That the ev...
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