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Socrates

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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing
76
Avg Score

70
Disappointing, Cliched

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.

Also There’s just not a lot to this. It’s very thin—story and production va... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are dying to know ALL about Socrates and Ancient Greece.

Don't see it if You don't like long didactic plays/lectures

Also It's more of a lecture than a play. I felt like I was watching someone... Read more Read less

88
Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

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...

80
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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

79
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Like “Greek” type plays. Plays with interesting ideas

Don't see it if A bit too long and end could be cut

70
Could stand cutting and possibly rearranging., Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about Socrates and his methods, as I did.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a long play that has a depressing ending (spoiler alert--he dies).

Also I'm finding it hard to write about this play. One critic called it "in... Read more Read less

74
Intelligent, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

78
Thought provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

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

84
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

50
Sophmoric, Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

85
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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.

83
A multi (dis)course meal

See it if you are interested in Ancient Greece and want to reacquaint yourself with the intricacies of early democracy.

Don't see it if ancient history bores you.

Also No doubt about it: this is a long play. However, it is eloquent and ho... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

69
Cerebral slow thought provoking

See it if You’re in the mood to think

Don't see it if You want something light and easy to digest

85
Masterful, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also Michael Stuhlbarg’s performance is riveting, powerful, nuanced, comman... Read more Read less

91
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

95
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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

85
Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You love philosophy, politics and a show that makes you think in multi dimensions.

Don't see it if You want light theater and don’t enjoy philosophical questions

Also Fabulous ensemble cast and great staging. I found the first act to be ... Read more Read less

99
Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like a play to make you think. You are interested in philosophy. One of the most well written plays I have seen!

Don't see it if You want action.

91
Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want a very thoughtful, engrossing play, long but worth every minute.

Don't see it if you only like fluffy, inconsequential theater

Also I'd recommend this play for those who know about Socrates and Plato an... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

97
Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy Ancient Greek history, philosophy and/or politics.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to vulgar actions.

51
Raunchy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to learn more about his life

Don't see it if you don't

79
Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're up for intelligent presentation of Socrates and his followers

Don't see it if looking for light entertainment


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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