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Teenage Dick
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Teenage Dick NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(75 Reviews)
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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. 

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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.

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Great acting, Great writing, Creative

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

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Critic Reviews (20)

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, it is riveting...When the play tries to shift gears into a high drama of violence and self-violence, it quickly overheats...Still, I found the play exhilarating.”
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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 the raunchy. Director von Stuelpnagel is adept at toggling between humor and heartbreak, as is the impressively diverse six-member cast. Ultimately, however, Mozgala is the one who rules the stage."
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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 humor, and the company capitalizes on every possible second of it...Anne (and Villarin's self-possessed performance of her) becomes the most pleasant surprise of 'Teenage Dick'. ”
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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 long way toward papering over the stylistic cracks, and he has put together a cast skilled at takedowns and unexpected moments of tenderness."
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June 20th, 2018

"A first-rate production under the masterful direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel...Richard's scenes with Anne are often quite touching, and despite the dark hue of the humor, 'Teenage Dick' is often quite funny. Overall, the play takes us on a wild roller coaster ride with a mix of well-earned laughs and jolting surprises...Put your trust in the uniformly splendid cast members and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who understands well the funny-scary world of troubled teens."
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June 20th, 2018

“A comical twist...Cleverly realized by its makers...For a goodly part of its 100 minutes, the play and snappy production are entertaining. Then abruptly and incongruously, everything slides down the drain into seriousness...No doubt the playwright intends to rock the audience with such a bitter ending, but coming out of nowhere as this conclusion does, the effect is more disconcerting than honestly dramatic...A cheerful little gloss on Shakespeare’s story that simply gets nasty."
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June 20th, 2018

“The serious and seriously terrific new ‘Richard III’ spoof...Well and tightly constructed — a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining play that zips through humor and pathos, building inexorably to its climax...Mozgala is more than a bit too old to be playing a high schooler, but his performance is a deeply affecting one...A well-paced, smoothly moving production that retains just enough scruffy edge...The ending is perhaps even darker than Shakespeare’s.”
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July 8th, 2018

"Add to this list Mike Lew's new witty and clever 'Teenage Dick' (being given its world premiere by Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with the Public Theater), both an update and a parody of Richard III now set in Roseland High School. However, while most of these other adaptations just want to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare's stories, 'Teenage Dick' has an additional agenda: does society's bullying lead to defining the personalities of those with disabilities?"
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June 25th, 2018

“A slick, loose update of ‘Richard III’...'Teenage Dick' succeeds in navigating the often difficult line between making a play that speaks to today while also nodding toward the past...Von Stuelpnagel steers us through a comedic play, forcing us to confront jokes about CP, wheelchairs, and teenage bullying. As much as we may laugh, we are also indicted in this, where a sharp turn from what has come before delivers harsh impact.”
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June 27th, 2018

"One of the better Off-Broadway productions to open in recent weeks...Brilliantly dramatized and robustly acted...Much of the theatrical inventiveness that Lew employs is refreshing and cleverly points up the Bard's original tale. But the play's second half becomes rather too heavy-handed...That said, the play is never boring, pretentious, preachy, or afflicted with any other of the deadly sins of bad playwriting. Instead 'Teenage Dick,' is genuinely entertaining and edifying."
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June 22nd, 2018

“Lew’s tragi-comedy is far more ambitious than its punny title suggests, which is not to say that it doesn’t have its share of penis jokes...It is a tribute to Mozgala’s sympathetic performance and Lew’s ability to capture and reshape Shakespeare’s 'deformed, unfinish’d’ monarch that we are constantly back and forth over Dick’s morality...Devido is an ace with the wisecracks."
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June 21st, 2018

"A wise and hilariously thoughtful send up of 'Richard III.' Fantastically written by Mike Lew with a full dose of sass and smarts...These amazing actors fly high and strong on their own personal level of skill, talent, and great comic timing. Directed with a smart and sharp witty style by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel...The lines and dialogue are pure genius, creating an anti-hero that we can fully get behind."
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June 22nd, 2018

"Uproariously funny and slyly subversive...Transports Shakespeare’s deviously warring royals to a contemporary American high school, with all the concomitant drama and fevered emotions such a setting provides...Lew resists the urge to turn his teenage antihero into a purely evil stereotype...One of the strongest ensembles I’ve seen at the Public in recent memory...Something unlike nearly anything I’ve seen on a New York stage, and I’m already hungry for more."
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July 14th, 2018

“Lew’s engaging script is a brilliant retelling of Shakespeare’s 'Richard III' that captures the pathos and ethos...Lew has assembled characters whose conflicts are engaging and believable and the plot these 'problems' drive is complex, layered, and relevant to the conversations about the dynamics of bullying. Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s direction is dynamic and he successfully keeps things moving at an appropriate pace. He gives his cast the space to explore their characters in depth.”
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July 2nd, 2018

"While there are many correspondences to 'Richard III'…Lew's play takes enough liberties to be appreciated on its own. It starts off in a satirical vein…but the humor grows ever darker, leading-somewhat disconcertingly, considering the play's earlier tone-to moments of vivid violence…It's hard to praise highly enough this…production under von Steulpnagel's…witty, energetic direction. Mozgala-who'd be perfect as Shakespeare's crookback-leads a diverse, superbly well-cast ensemble."
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June 21st, 2018

“Terrifically titled play...A bumpy ride that bites off more than it can chew, trying to be too much instead of maintaining its focus while making important points about the disabled...Von Stuelpnagel can’t quite get rid of all the choppiness in Lew’s script, which caroms too quickly between realism and abstraction while deciding how close it will or won’t stick to Shakespeare’s general plot. It works best when it stays on point...Doesn’t quite live up to its awesome title.”
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June 20th, 2018

“Brilliantly imaginative...Starring an impressive Mozgala...the play tinkers with lines from the source material along with other Shakespeare works, even 'Hamilton'...But it would be a mistake to let such frivolity take away from the intensity of this play...The bloodbath at the end is every bit as tragic and gruesome as in the original. Truthfully, it's far more frightening, as recent news events have made all too clear.”
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June 20th, 2018

“Von Stuelpnagel’s production is clunky at times, and it still feels like the actors are finding their comedic rhythms. But Lew’s sly commentary is sharp, balancing serious issues with nimble wit...The performances are strong. Mozgala makes the defensive Richard sweet and vulnerable...Villarin as Anne defiantly delivers a scorching monologue about the marginalisation of women...While DeVido is hilariously caustic as Richard’s confidante and frenemy.”
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June 30th, 2018

“Clever new satire by Mike Lew...What starts off as a sitcom-bright show becomes something darker at the end...Lew struggles to make the leap between tones, which leaves the play feeling emotionally muddled...This is a serious structural issue with the play, as is the long, dragged-out ending that doesn't quite feel earned. Yet the concept as a whole is fresh and lively and this kind of creativity is always worth seeing."
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June 20th, 2018

"Greg Mozzola’s Richard is everything Shakespeare would have wanted in actor for this role...Lew’s script is genius and can allude to so many themes that pertain to today; like our use of the needy to feel morally ascendant, while failing to actually see them as humans with emotional wants and needs...Perhaps 'Teenage Dick’s' greatest impact is that, even the audience, who Richard confided his evils to, is, ultimately, surprised when he, actually, commits them."
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