Already closed | 2h 15m | West Village

The Changeling

From 88 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

Red Bull Theater presents Middleton and Rowley's classic tragedy of lust, repression and revenge. More…

Beatrice is in love with Alsemero — who is unfortunately not her fiancé. But when she employs her loathsome servant De Flores to bump off her betrothed, the price is her own virgin flesh. Together with a madcap subplot set in an insane asylum, this rarely performed Jacobean tragicomedy explores the follies of love and the nature of madness.

2h 15m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (88)


Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Unusual, Great acting, Intense, Historical

See it if you are fascinated by 1600s theater.This is a dark and bloody piece, with a strong female at the center. Wonderful actors, well directed.

Don't see it if odd subplots bother you. This has a jarring one in Bedlam. It should've been greatly cut (or fully excised). Still interesting historically.

Great writing, Slow, Ambitious, Ok

See it if enjoy and more importantly can follow Jacobean (Shakespearean) language. Plot has great twists showing light and dark side of human desire.

Don't see it if you can't follow the language. Plot has so many details that you will get lost. Acting is uneven. Feliciano is fantastic! A nice production.

Excruciating, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Shakespearean style plays that use Jacobean language

Don't see it if You have a hard time understanding Jacobean language. The story is hard to follow and was not my cup of tea.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy discovering classic plays that are seldom revived, appreciate Jacobean era plays filled with melodrama and blood-letting

Don't see it if plays several hundred years old don't interest you, you don't like seeing blood on stage, you're not a fan of Shakespearean era drama

Game of thrones, the play, Great acting, Epic, Masterful, Great verse

See it if You enjoy verse plays. You want to discover a rarely performed classic play. You don't mind stage violence. You want great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like verse plays. You want to see a more well-known classic play. You don't like stage violence.

Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You love classic theatre and want to see a seldom-staged work.

Don't see it if You can't stand classic theatre by any means.

Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Intense

See it if You like bawdy bloody bards circa Shakespeare. Well acted and staged.

Don't see it if you hate bloody bawdy bards circa Shakespeare. It was a bit long and slow

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Original

See it if You like Jacobean language; Shakespeare, Marlowe, etc... If you like tragedy mixed with old old style humor.

Don't see it if You can't understand old flowery language. If you're looking for something modern.

Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare

Don't see it if Dislike the anove

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Missing x factor

See it if you like long winding plot heavy Jacobean dramas, where the potential for comedy isn't fully realized. You like fake blood and melodrama.

Don't see it if you can't sit still, you like naturalistic acting, or if you don't have the patience for anything other than modern English.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an ambitious production with quality acting;; at times confusing but off beat theatre

Don't see it if you are not into off beat theatre with a lot of dialogue and a show that was originally written over 100 years ago

Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Don't see it if you do not know the story (or learn it before you see the show) - confusing and lack of clear direction made it more difficult to follow.

Great staging, Intense, Dark, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something Elizabethan that ISN'T Shakespeare. And if you want to see some strong performances and great staging.

Don't see it if You don't like Elizabethan language and graphic violence.

Complicated, pretentious, unappealing

See it if you're a fan of Jacobean English, you want to see something completely different and ambitious

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Jacobean English, have a hard time following complicated, intense, odd storylines


See it if You pay extra attention and conentrate because it is hard to follow. It has some good moments and the actors are good but lost my interest

Don't see it if You don't enjoy difficult changeling plays.

Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in Jacobean drama, and can follow language of the era; enjoy the multiple plots and violence, in said dramas.

Don't see it if you find Shakespeare boring. If you are looking for an upbeat, fun show, you are in the wrong place!

Great writing, Epic

See it if you're a fan of Jacobean plays. Despite how long ago it was written, the language and plot are still very accessible.

Don't see it if you don't like violence.

Clever, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Bloody

See it if you like Jacobean drama!

Don't see it if you don't want to see blood!

Edgy, Intense, Dark

See it if You're a fan of any Shakespearean tragedy. This Jacobean tragedy is dark, heavy & sexy. Sara Topham is intense!

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and energetic. You can't follow old English. A bit slow at times.

Ambitious, Intense

See it if you love Thomas Middleton and can't get enough Jacobean drama

Don't see it if you can't follow very intense and dense language

Intense, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you're into old style type of theater and want to see something with mystery and weirdness.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with Jacobean English and needs less substance in a plot line.

Refreshing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy classical theatre and are intrigued (and open-minded) enough to see a rarely-done piece. A bold effort but ultimately labored.

Don't see it if you're expecting Shakespeare. And yet Manoel Feliciano's nuanced, effortless performance revived the evening and made it all worth our time.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like Renaissance plays and conservative use of props and set

Don't see it if You hate blood.

Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You like Shakespeare and have the patience for Jacobean language. Great acting and music!

Don't see it if You won't understand Jacobean language.

Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love old plays and theater history you love the classics

Don't see it if you don't like slow paced productions you don't like dimly-lit productions

January 11th, 2016
"Sensation slides into silliness in 'The Changeling'...The convoluted story grows more lurid and strained as the play hurtles toward its predictably bloody conclusion, but with a fine cast bringing sufficient heat to the panting plotlines, the Red Bull Theater and its artistic director, Jesse Ber...
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January 11th, 2016
"The play takes some very strange turns indeed and Berger directs it with intelligent sincerity...Despite committed zaniness from the cast the humor of these scenes is hard to render, and the back-and-forth between plots gets tiring. The elegance and clarity of this 'Changeling' are laudable, but...
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January 10th, 2016
"Jesse Berger’s inconsistent staging for Red Bull Theater revival leads to its own varied responses. The main storyline about covetous Beatrice-Joanna and her sicko sexual and lethal alliance with her dad’s disfigured servant De Flores works okay. But a subplot about men in disguise to have sex w...
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January 10th, 2016
"'The Changeling' is not as strong as other recent Red Bull productions. The cast, though capable and hardworking, isn’t quite able to bring credibility to the play. Even so, Berger’s production has a rough vitality, not to mention plenty of heightened language, blood and cleavage."
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