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.
See it if You want to see Stuhlbarg on stage.
Don't see it if Excessive jocular homoeroticism will make you uncomfortable. Long, talky shows with not much forward movement make you snooze.
See it if Michael Stuhlbarg gives a performance for the ages. The central narrative speaks to our present political crisis.
Don't see it if It’s very heady philosophical stuff. It’s 3 hours. The seats aren’t comfortable. If you don’t have the endurance...
See it if you like intelligent theater that uses history to make its statement
Don't see it if you are not ready to listen carefully or don't enjoy historical themes
See it if Interesting portrait of a great thinker, his admirers and detractors with clear implications for today. Long, but holds your interest.
Don't see it if Looking for light, snappy affair. This one wants you to think and moves slowly through first act. Second act more rewarding.
See it if you love Stuhlbarg cause this is his show! If you want to learn about Socrates' life, philosophy and Greek history.
Don't see it if you will be upset that a show was written for 13 men and 1 woman (who only had 2/3 scenes in a 3-hour play), need a shorter night of theatre
See it if you are interested in Socrates the man, philosophy, and history of Ancient Athens. To experience excellent acting in a well written play.
Don't see it if if you can't stay focused for a long, slow & talky play. If you are offended by frank sexual talk and imagery. You want light easy fare.
See it if You like bawdy plays- the first act reminded me of Blazing Saddles.
Don't see it if You don’t remember your college Greek history. Besides Socrates and Plato, there are numerous characters with long Greek names.
See it if You want to understand socratic philosophy and debate and why the decision to kill him was made by those who loved and respected him
Don't see it if Youre looking for a light and entertaining play that has action and speed.
See it if you enjoy philosophy, ask a lot of questions, and enjoy listening to dialogue.
Don't see it if you need big sets and lots of action or you don't have the endurance to watch a fairly intense play for 3 hours.
See it if you love historical plays that invites you think as well as incite you to feel.
Don't see it if you don’t like wordy plays. you need to fully prepare yourself to absorb the play’s dialogues for you to be able to appreciate its beauty.
See it if You are interested in a challenging theater piece and/or how insecure if unseen tyrants fear anyone who provokes thinking
Don't see it if You are not interested in a play which lacks action or explores philosophers and how thought provokes fear
See it if you like theater that challenges you to think about your role in society
Don't see it if you are certain about what you believe and feel it would be a waste of time to reflect on who you are.
Also Outstanding show in all aspects
See it if If you like thought provoking drama that gets you talking after you leave the theater. Great acting and terrific set.
Don't see it if If a three hour historic drama is not your thing.
See it if you like history and philosophy with relevance to our current world and political situation.
Don't see it if you do not like provocative theatre that makes you think or prefer light-hearted comedy.