Red Bull Theater presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century comic masterpiece about a world without privacy, morality, or taste. More…
After 17 years abroad, Oliver Surface returns home incognito to test the true characters of his nephews: Charles (a prodigal, apparently), and Joseph (a paragon, supposedly). Meanwhile, he discovers his old friend Peter Teazle has wed a young country wife and is in marital purgatory, being victimized in print and society by a spiteful team of imbeciles and rumor mongers. Featuring TV star Mark Linn-Baker and Tony nominee Dana Ivey.
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.
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)
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.)
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.
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.
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
See it if I'm taking it down to the wire since the run ends today, but I recommend this enjoyable production of a truly brilliant play. Cast=delight.
Don't see it if Guess one could find a reason not to see it: okay, if you don't have the time or can't get in. What other?
See it if like farce "a comic dramatic piece that uses highly improbable situations, stereotyped characters, extravagant exaggeration etc"
Don't see it if if you like comedies, such as Shakespearean comedies, with a lot more substance and more subtle meanings.
See it if A lively. well paced production with excellent acting by all including Dana Ivey, Mark Linn-Baker. Handsomely mounted and so entertaining!
Don't see it if the great classics don't appeal.
See it if you are familiar with Sheridan's plays or just enjoy 18th century witty comedies. Also, the cast is great!
Don't see it if you dislike classical stories, satires, or stories about disinformation and scandal.
See it if you'd enjoy an exquisite comedy of manners that's brisk and sure-footed. Excellent costumes & wigs. Clever and snarky, in the best way!
Don't see it if you have zero tolerance for gossip, backbiting, sniping, plotting & lying... although the perpetrators are justly schooled in the end.
See it if you'd enjoy a great stylized restoration comedy of manners with superb acting.
Don't see it if you would not like a period comedy which is all about style over substance and do not appreciate masterful performances.
See it if You like "classical" comedy, performed with intelligence, energy and contemporary attitude. Design elements clever and part of the fun.
Don't see it if If costume drama ain't your thang. But if it is, see this.
See it if Flawless production of timeless play. Messages about gossip and scandal as relevant today as in 1777. Great cast. Pure delight!
Don't see it if Can;t think of a reason not to see it...unless it's because you can't get tickets or have a totally overbooked life.
See it if beautifully paced Restoration Comedy. Extremely clever dialogue from a period where there was snappy dialogue. Wonderful ensemble of actors.
Don't see it if you like to just sit back and be entertained. This kind of comedy takes concentration to keep up with the subtleties.
See it if you like farce and can appreciate terrific acting in this comedy of manners.
Don't see it if you don't "classic plays" from previous centuries
See it if conflicting feelings as you are impressed that it was written 100s of years ago but not sure whether it is worth enjoying or not
Don't see it if you can't let go and be silly for a bit. it starts with a poop joke
See it if You enjoy a witty old school play with huge wigs, exaggerated characters and amusing one-liners.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of British comedies with a focus on manners and gossip.
See it if classic tale of gossip ruining many lives, done with great wit and charm, including an impeccable cast and great direction.
Don't see it if well, there's really no reason not to see Sheridan's masterpiece - so go!