The School for Scandal
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The School for Scandal

The School for Scandal NYC Reviews and Tickets

(74 Reviews)
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Funny, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

About the Show

Red Bull Theater presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century comic masterpiece about a world without privacy, morality, or taste.

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Fun

See it if you like timeless Restoration comedy done superbly. Great acting and clever staging. Smart plot, large cast, fast paced & fun.

Don't see it if you have trouble following old(er) English (not nearly Shakespearian) dialogue. It might be a bit of work.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedic period pieces with colorful characters. It's a polished production and a fun time at the theater!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces or have difficulty understanding shows written in old english (although this is pretty easy to follow)

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
Uneven, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy well-acted, smartly-staged Restoration comedy (which we don't get to see enough).

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 18th Century comedy or you are a Sheridan purist. (There were a lot of cuts/rewrites... mostly for the good imho.)

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You love classical comedies with complicated plots and an abundance of characters.

Don't see it if You can't stand classical British plays.

506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Great acting

See it if Red Bull always comes through with superior acting. Alas, I am not a lover of restoration comedy. A great job though

Don't see it if if farce is not your cup of tea.

322 Reviews | 82 Followers
Banal, Confusing, Under-played, Slow

See it if you want to see Dana Ivey give her best Maggie Smith performance.

Don't see it if You've seen hilarious productions of this piece. This one doesn't live up.

255 Reviews | 85 Followers
Fun, good performances, still relevant

See it if You miss the dowager countess from downton abby, as Dana Ivey is great. The second act is better and very fun.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to pay close attention to the dialogue or can't tolerate broad humor

264 Reviews | 42 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like old English period theater. Excellent acting and costumes. Amazingly relevant considering it was first seen in 1777.

Don't see it if don't want to work at a play. You must pay attention and concentrate on the dialects.

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
April 27th, 2016

"A jaunty new production...First staged in 1777, the play mostly holds up; scandal, clearly, has always been with us. But Sir Peter, who does a great deal of complaining about his wife’s spending and the misery of marriage, was probably a lot funnier back in the day...Not so Ms. Cespedes, who lends Lady Teazle a radiant mirth and a surprising depth...This is a very smart 'Scandal:' handsome, lively, wonderfully cast and, like the most irresistible gossip, a lot of fun."
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Time Out New York
April 26th, 2016

"Some of the comedy's rhythms have, to be sure, staled over the centuries, but the core recipe proves durable: Sheridan condemns society gossips, which, coincidentally, lets him put the naughtiest of them front and center. Happily, snark has no expiration date...Vietor does allow several performances to turn overly broad...How do you render every line hilarious? Don't ask me—Baker and Ivey are mere feet away, giving the master class."
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AM New York
May 6th, 2016

“Marc Vietor’s smart and stylish, fully energized, delightfully over-the-top production brings together a dynamic 14-person cast...In their hands, a convoluted plot feels fresh and effortless...It’s a shame that the production officially opened at the height of the annual onslaught of Broadway openings...Here’s hoping that Red Bull finds a way to put ‘School’ back in session for all the students who have yet to attend class.”
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Lighting & Sound America
April 25th, 2016

“It's a mystery: Vietor has put together a polished, handsome production; why doesn't it fizz like cyanide-infused champagne?...The company is technically skilled but wildly uneven in humorous comedic ability...We don't get ‘The School for Scandal’ regularly enough that any fan of Sheridan can afford to overlook this at-least competent production, deserves more glittering treatment than it gets here. This school delivers scandal with surprisingly little sting.”
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Talkin' Broadway
April 24th, 2016

"Lives up (or should that be down to?) the sparkling standard set by this effusively acerbic farce. Vietor's take-no-prisoners staging and a nearly ideal cast dive headfirst into all of Sheridan's tart-vinegar writing and come out with first-class champagne...Ultimately, everything meshes together with the raucous clarity it should. That should make it good enough for all but the most die-hard Sheridan purists...All that bad talk leads to a darn good time."
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April 30th, 2016

“With impeccable casting and a pitch-perfect production team, this ‘School’ is as witty, delightful and accessible as one could wish. The 18th century look of the play is both historic and satiric. Anna Louizos’ clever settings transform one into the other with the turn of a wall or a door and a rearrangement of the furniture, highlighted by Russell H. Champa’s lighting. Her witty use of props (a chamber pot, a trunk, empty picture frames) adds to the fun.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 30th, 2016

"Linn-Baker, so winning as an unfortunate newlywed trading barbs with his sharp-tongued wife, is gifted with numerous hilarious moments as he sputters in indignation…The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent, fleet-tongued as they keep all the parrying and machinations going…If you like your classics with more than a bit of bite, get schooled before the show closes."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 24th, 2016

"This funny and clever tattletale, gossipy play, is brimming with theatricality and a larger-than-life cast of characters...Deliciously directed by Marc Vietor...It’s all cloak-and-dagger, tongue-in-cheek humor in Molière-esque drawing-room style, where morality has significantly lapsed as we watch the ultimate rumor-mongers ply their trade in the most spiteful ways...'The School for Scandal' will keep you laughing with delightfully scandalous merriment."
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