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Teenage Dick

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Members say: Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

Ma-Yi, in association with The Public Theater, presents a new comic take on 'Richard III,' which reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent.  More…

Richard is in his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), he is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?  Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel ('Present Laughter,' 'Hand to God') directs.


Member Reviews (74)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing
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Avg Score

80
Clever, Strong acting, Well staged, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you'd like an updated Richard III. Clever plot/char parallels. Gr elevated language, spoken quickly. Wonderful performances/staging. Gr set.

Don't see it if you dislike direct address to audience. Or you want villain to repent. You needn't know RIII, but it enhances TD. Fascinating fun w/bite.

82
Great acting, Great writing, Creative

See it if you like re-imaginings of Shakespeare. Great performances and clever staging. Fun and entertaining.

Don't see it if you need your Bard uncooked.

Also This one really works in the set it's placed​ with just enough taken l... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Fun adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Fast paced story with great characters and performances.

Don't see it if You dislike plays set in high school with teenage characters.

90
Clever, Funny, Profound, Masterful, Creative

See it if Brilliant! I am not a Shakespeare lover but I loved this. The essence of Richard III. Accessible, funny, poetic, tragic & cruel.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Shakespearean characters in any form. You can’t stand the high school setting. You don’t like dark comedy.

80
Satisfying, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if you'd like a surprising show that modernizes one of Shakespeare's histories & explodes it to examine its parts through a contemporary lens.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on a cool experience.

87
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like comedic riffs on Shakespeare (Richard III set in high school), support diversity in theater (esp. disabled), like acerbic humor

Don't see it if you don't care for any Shakespearean satires, don't like plays about high school, uncomfortable with disabled characters

Also Greg Mozgala and Shannon DeVido are marvelous!

78
Richard iii/my kingdom for a horse transplanted to modern highschool - both hilariously insightful and sophomoric

See it if hilariously nails R's power-mad machinations thru HS election, insightfully shows roots R behavior in bullying/selfhatred/exploitn disablty

Don't see it if can only carry parallels btwn R's HS election & bloody rise to be king so far: cleverness turns to jokiness & production runs out steam

82
Well-staged, Fine acting, Some very touching scenes, Thought-provoking, Darkly funny

See it if Want to see a clever and sly reimagining of Richard III w actors who bring a literal authenticity to their roles. Not perfect, but worthy.

Don't see it if Not ok w being made uncomfortable. This one looks at bullying and disabilities from various POV & is fearless in presentation. Also, raunchy

Also Gregg Mozdala and Shannon DeVido are actors to watch. With fantastic c... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Uneven, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a reimagining and modernized version of Richard 111 with appropriate title; good acting and writing; inclusivity in casting.

Don't see it if you desire a purely Shakespearean script or you have Shakespearean expectations. This is a good modernization with some uneven turns.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you like creative adaptations of Shakespeare with inclusive and clever casting choices. There were profound moments and also funny parts.

Don't see it if you don’t like theater that takes risks particularly with well-known source material or for some reason don’t appreciate diverse casting.

70
Almost very good but not quite.

See it if You like contemporary takes on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary takes on Shakespeare.

69
Great ending

See it if You want to see an old theme that takes place in modern day

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluffy happy ending

Also I felt like the play was missing something the entire ride but I was v... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Cliched, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Richard III transformed into a high school drama. Kudos to the Public for casting actors with disabilities. Terrific performances.

Don't see it if Aside from the inclusive casting, not the most original concept.

92
Exquisite, Funny, Clever, Riveting, Must have sequel

See it if you like playmakers of varied backgrounds engaging w/ the canon & the culture in savvy ways that illuminate the past & present.

Don't see it if your interest in classics is purely antiquarian; you’re turned off by the blurb—which attracts the right audience. Loose adaptation.

Also Going in, I worried it might be too gimmicky. Loved it. Strong cast of... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original

See it if you like good, meaningful new theater that takes on the issues of disability without resorting to cliche.

Don't see it if you don't like satire and prefer more conventional, safe views of those who are disabled.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if a modern take on Shakespeare's Richard III; issues of bullying and the anger that it may result in; people w/disabilities not stereotyped

Don't see it if you don't want plays that go over the top at the end; want Shakespeare in period costume and setting

Also Shannon Devido was so funny as Buck. Despite also having a physical di... Read more Read less

85
Edgy, Funny, Interesting, Great casting

See it if You want to see a funny, modern take on Richard III. Interesting mix of modern day and Shakespeare speak.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist or you don’t like overt joking of people with disabilities.

82
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if You have seen Richard III ten times, but are ready for a fresh take. I prefer my Bard with radical twists, and this is smart and fun.

Don't see it if You need your theater to be faultless, this gets bumpy. You like your Mass in Latin, no messing with the saints.

85
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Clever idea transforming Richard III into a high school student. Play has many comedic moments. Small cast gives great performances.

Don't see it if You prefer a more classic version of Richard III.

87
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You like Shakespeare or dark comedies. Care about representation in the arts & how we treat people/minorities/villains.

Don't see it if You want a straight adaptation or parody. This self-aware play blurs the lines and jumps around a lot from straight to 4th wall busting.

Also This play attempts to cover a lot of ground and, I think, largely succ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like contemporary takes on Shakespeare. You welcome the inclusion of disability and difference in topics and casting -- it's terrific!

Don't see it if Are sensitive to coarse Ianguage or sexual themes.

Also What a bold, fun, entertaining production!

86
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if I didn't expect this to work but it does. It's great! And, like its title, it works on so many different levels. Great ensemble of actors!

Don't see it if Ya gotta love the source material so not for the "I hate Shakespeare" contingent

91
Great writing, Funny, Intense

See it if Updated jokes sharp as quills and cyber warfare/fake news to win elections. Supporting Asian American playwright & talented disabled actors.

Don't see it if Abortion / bullying is triggering. Shakespeare not verbatim annoys you.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $27.50.

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Funny intelligent imagining of Richard III set in high school with terrific ensemble (2 w disability) expanding and rethinking the text

Don't see it if Can’t imagine why - it is fresh and new and imaginative giving new nuances to the text including bullying and exploring path to vengeance

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you have seem Richard III & know you are in for a tough ride with no happy ending. Acting is excellent, but story tough.

Don't see it if you want a show with a good resolution & are easily distressed by cruelty.


June 20th, 2018
“Though the play lands somewhat uncomfortably in the gap between simulacrum and satire, it includes scenes that are moving, exciting and profoundly eye-opening for audiences just beginning to see disabled actors onstage...Whenever Lew’s update questions or complicates Shakespeare’s assumptions, i...
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June 21st, 2018
"Mozgala is a winner of a malcontent as the title character in 'Teenage Dick,' Lew’s sharp modern-day reinvention of Shakespeare’s 'Richard III'...Lew’s script is suffused with Shakespearean references, but you don’t need to brush up on 'Richard III' to get most of the jokes, which tend toward th...
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June 20th, 2018
“Lew leans in to the Machiavellian subtext of Shakespeare's ‘Richard III’ for his high school-centric reinterpretation...Unsubtle character parallels...And yet, every implausibility is forgiven when the air of Shakespearean tragedy is exchanged for high camp...The play's strongest asset is its hu...
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June 21st, 2018
"The action sometimes lurches inelegantly between wisecracking comedy and full-throated melodrama, and it is debatable whether the dramatic structure can handle the tragic weight...But the playwright is already a master of caustic, crackling dialogue...Moritz Von Stuelpnagel's direction goes a lo...
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