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 desire an evening of verbose, Socratic dialogue about the man himself, Athens, and democracy. Like logic, philosophy, and politics.
Don't see it if Need action beyond that which is rhetorical.
See it if Although the cast is terrific and the subject matter resonant, theater demands more than a static presentation of the socratic method
Don't see it if It is hard to sit through three hours of socratic questioning even though elements of it are thought-provoking and resonant to our democracy
See it if Thinly disguised commentary of democracy with Great acting and writing in shakespeare style. Lead actors are amazing. Almost 3 hours
Don't see it if if you are tired of commentary on US democracy set in Athens. 3 hours of dense dialogue in shakespeare style.
See it if told via long philosophical debates/monologues that is really about the weakness and weakening of our democracy today as it was back when
Don't see it if 3 hours of concentrating on intense important debate about our country does not interest you.
See it if you're fascinated by ancient philosophy and enjoy masterful performances.
Don't see it if you think you're seeing Public's modern take on Socrates through the guise of a hip new musical, as the couple behind me expected to see.
See it if clear parallels between the ancient & modern world, persecution of Greek philosophers, origin of democracy, drama interest you.
Don't see it if formal, presentational, men-in-togas bores you. Only (1) woman in cast. 2.45hrs w 15min intermission drives you away
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
See it if It was a very absorbing exploration on Socrates, made vivid and intense by the lead actor, who was simply fantastic in the role.
Don't see it if It's a longer show that digs into questions of the human condition and society for which we are still seeking answers.
See it if You like a play that is more like a college end of term project than a well written piece of good theater. Only for Stuhlbarg fans.
Don't see it if You do not like amateurishly written, poorly performed exercises in tedium.