Classic Stage Company presents Strindberg's celebrated drama, a bleak examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it. More…
Retired military man Edgar and his wife Alice have given up on any semblance of civility toward each other on the threshold of their 25th wedding anniversary. Due to their isolation, however, they are as codependent as they are hateful. Seething with cruelty, and punctuated by absurdity and humor, Strindberg’s electrifying play was ages ahead of its time in its bleak examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it.
"The Dance of Death" will be performed in repertory with "Mies Julie."
See it if It's McPherson's dark Irish humor in adapt that provides most interest in this fitful revival Actors tend to lean into sit-com territory
Don't see it if Drama frustrated by Clark's lackluster comic-centric direction Couple's danger & desperation never really reaches Stindbergian heights
See it if to see a less popular Strindberg dark comedy in which a dissatisfied couple, trapped in a miserable 25 year marriage, trade barbs & torments
Don't see it if you seek sentimentality, romance, light-hearted humor & happy endings.
See it if a tepid take of Strindberg suits your preferences
Don't see it if morbid depressing stories amplified by a monotone cast and dramatized by a gory playwright are abhorrent to you
See it if a darkly funny story of a miserable marriage (on the eve of the 25th anniversary) where the spouses trade vicious barbs;
Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved - either concerned or frightened or on the edge of your seat; some acting over the top; drags at 110 mins.
See it if Strindberg is an acquired taste, but this translation brings out the humor in a truly dysfunctional marriage
Don't see it if You have a low attention span or like your plays to be clearly comedy or drama . ..not both
See it if you can steel yourself for an evening with the most unpleasant people you have probably ever met. It is certainly never boring!
Don't see it if you like light, uplifting fare with a happy ending.
See it if If you Are A Strindberg admirer and enjoy a reimagining of a familiar story
Don't see it if You want to see a story told in the mindset of the playwright and don't want to sit through almost two hours of people sniping at each other
See it if you are a fan of August Strindberg or simply want to see an extremely well done show all around
Don't see it if you are bothered by people laughing at inappropriate situations or physical violence
See it if like great acting and great direction. This was an unexpected delight. I absolutely loved it. Victoria Clark has done excellent work! Go!!
Don't see it if you don't like Strindberg, I guess - but that's not fair, maybe you SHOULD see it if you don't like Strindberg. It will reset your barometer
See it if u like Strindberg, good direction, want to c a precursor to Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe/an interesting adaptation by Conor McPherson
Don't see it if if are in an impossible marriage u will never leave/ do not feel like being depressed
Also i felt lead actress was miscast.
See it if you enjoy a small cast and a story of a failing toxic marriage.
Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater spaces. If you don't enjoy Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf type shows.
See it if you like dramatic characters, dark comedy and plot twists. This was very entertaining. Lots of laughs and gasps.
Don't see it if you don't like small plays and simple sets. Could be 15 min shorter. Pack more of the punches.
See it if You want to see a less successful Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf...all the headache but not all the psychological depth.
Don't see it if You don’t want to spend almost two hours listening to this couple argue and fight and just babble bonkers before getting to the point.
See it if You want a well written story about a couple that hate each other but are trapped in their relationship.
Don't see it if If you want something that is different then this kind of play, or something that is lite.
See it if In the Round is so good. A comedy??? C.S.C. has a new door. Great idea for Dance and Julie on same stage Lighting & sound effective ...also
Don't see it if Almost 2 hours. Actors need a bit more performances to perfect emoting in the round.
See it if you'd like to experience a version of a modern classic play that mines it for its truths about how ridiculous human conduct can be.
Don't see it if for you Strindberg's original text is too sacred to be tampered with.
See it if unsparing view of co-dependent marriage from hell as type of purgatory; sharp new translation by C McPherson underlines dark absurdist humor
Don't see it if in early preview, action lurches from scene-to-scene, lacks coherent way to present how characters deal w mortality (death dances)
See it if You enjoy classics with a modern sensibility. You like dark comedies. You like streamlined, minimalist plays in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if You prefer the traditional, unedited version of Dance of Death. You prefer more contemporary stories. You like shows w/big production values
See it if Love and hate relationship, they are at each other the whole time. Sometime it funny.
Don't see it if A relationship that is serious misfunction.
Also The acting was great. They fought and said things to hurt each.
See it if The love/hate continuum acted and directed brilliantly is on display here. It certainly can’t be classed as a comedy but parts are hilarious
Don't see it if Emotions portrayed with equal parts sarcasm and passion are of no interest to you. You don’t like Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” !
See it if Marital conflict goes to the extreme when a third party steps into the ring and gets caught between a viper and a snake.
Don't see it if You didn’t like Virginia Wolf, you won’t like the prequel. Strindberg’s original can still be seen behind the adaptation.
See it if You like relationship plays with despicable characters, small casts and styalized melodrama. Interesting staging.
Don't see it if You want anything other than melodrama. I found the story excruciating and banal. Though others seemed to find it very funny.