The School for Scandal
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The School for Scandal
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The School for Scandal NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(74 Reviews)
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96%
Mixed
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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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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.

75
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)

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, but...it 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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TheaterScene.net
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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CurtainUp
April 25th, 2016

“Excellent direction from Marc Vietor...and universally exceptional acting from the cast...It's unfair to single out anyone when everyone is so good—this is great ensemble work. But what is more striking than the professionalism on display is the sense of fun. Everyone seems to be having a good time here, with pitch-perfect line readings, great timing, and excellent physical work...If you have even the faintest interest in classic theater, you should go see ‘Scandal’ as soon as you can.”
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Stage Buddy
April 25th, 2016

"This is hardly a perfect rendition. I wish that director Marc Vietor had more fully trusted Sheridan’s writing...Several of the actors behave as though their characters were living in one of the zanier districts of Toontown...Between the extremes of hysteria and enervation, fortunately, are actors who know how to play Sheridan’s brand of comedy and make it both amusing and identifiably human...It is a hodgepodge with some stellar moments."
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New York Theater
April 25th, 2016

“Direction by Marc Vietor puts a premium on clarity and pace, the entire design team adds whimsy to the proceedings, and an impressive cast...The text that Red Bull Theater uses is one that is both accessible to modern ears and attuned to modern New York sensibilities. It is scrubbed of the subtle anti-Semitism the play is often accused of...But the language and plotting are still from the 18th century, and require more attentiveness than, say, 'Gossip Girl.'”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 27th, 2016

"Director Marc Vietor’s production is generally faithful; it moves swiftly, and has an attractive setting by Anna Louizos that captures the 18th-century ambience. It’s good to see any local production of this great play, even if its production is marred by this or that misstep, but it’s painful to see it manhandled for no good reason by completely changing the nature of two principal characters. Just think what Mrs. Candour or Lady Sneerwell would make of that in their school for scandal!"
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Times Square Chronicles
April 24th, 2016

“Helen Cespedes...steals the show...The entire company deserves kudos minus Ms. Malouf who seems as if she is in a different production....Directed with wit by Mark Vietor this frothy delight weaves its tale with deliciously delightful costumes, with wigs that define a character, ever versatile sets, and lighting that sets the perfect mood. This dizzying effervescent comedic delight will make 2 l/2 hours go by just like that!”
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The Huffington Post
April 26th, 2016

"Sheridan’s always deliciously nasty 1777 'The School for Scandal' as directed pretty much flawlessly by Marc Vietor...By today’s standards of the well-made play 'The School for Scandal' is the slightest bit disjointed, but it boasts the wonderful hidden-behind-a-screen scene...Certainly, the romp has its pull when Sir Peter Teazle and Lady Teazle are arguing, patching things up and arguing again, and Linn-Baker and Cespedes are making the most of the marital rancor."
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Upstage-Downstage
April 29th, 2016

"It is a pleasure to be able to attend one of the company’s productions designed (and succeeding) solely at making us laugh...There are more twists to the convoluted plot than a pretzel on LSD, but suffice it to say, all works out happily in the end...The entire cast, under Marc Vietor’s masterly direction, is top-rate, and every little detail is nigh unto perfection...Enjoy the play for what it is – a jolly romp."
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Broadway & Me
April 30th, 2016

“One of the most delightful shows I've seen this season...I found this satirical look at the vanities of the British upper class to be as fresh and witty as a YouTube-worthy sketch from ‘Saturday Night Live’...Director Marc Vietor keeps the balance just right with a sure-handedness that belies the fact that this is his directorial debut...The actors he's assembled are all-around superb, from those in the flashiest roles to those in the tiniest bit parts.”
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 25th, 2016

“A first-class production...A supporting company of devoted and dedicated actors who are comfortable and adroit at playing high comedy without camp or condescension...Director Mark Vietor has kept this merry frolic spinning all evening long...Lest you think this ancient play will appeal mostly to ancient audiences, the young lady of about 13 sitting in front of me was infectiously laughing for the entire 2 l/2 hours.”
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NY Theatre Guide
April 25th, 2016

“Rest assured, if there’s humor to be gotten out of this material, director Vietor will find it. He plays up the literal and figurative posturing of this gossipy crew, he varies the pacing in a way that always keeps us guessing, and he has his gifted actors well aware of how to land a laugh….Red Bull has done an impeccable job. But if you find the plotting needlessly convoluted and the acres of verbiage excessive, you’re not alone.”
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Manhattan Digest
May 5th, 2016

“A marvelous production with first-rate performances across the board. Staging this material well is no simple task and, as audiences favor the now typical 90-minute theater treatment, it requires slightly more focus. This clocks in at 2 hrs. and 20 minutes. Nonetheless, it’s a practical study in acting for students and provides a pleasing highbrow comedy for the rest of us.”
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Reflections in the Light
April 27th, 2016

"“This is a classy, entertaining revival. Linn-Baker is the perfect straight man, enhancing the humorous chaos taking place around him. Costumes by Andrea Lauer enhance the characters -- from elegant and stylish to vulgar…I found the pace in the almost two-and-a half-hour run a bit draggy."
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Z
April 25th, 2016

“Resonate is what this production certainly does. The plot is too complicated to unravel here, yet remarkably there’s not one moment of confusion….All the action and brilliant language charms and enlightens. Nearly 250 years have gone by and not a whole lot about human nature, it turns out, has changed. There’s still a lot of duplicity and self-delusion in our world, and in the case of this wonderful evening of theater, I say, ‘Thank goodness.’”
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Edge New York
April 28th, 2016

“Once the action gets into gear, the comical proceedings soon become quite easy and enjoyable to follow...The production has a wonderful cast...While some of Sheridan's piercing one-liners don't bring down the house today in quite the same way that they surely did years ago, the pleasure of watching otherwise intelligent people make fools of themselves never gets old, making ‘The School for Scandal’ a timeless play well worth seeing in this fabulous production."
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Off Off Online
April 27th, 2016

"The production delightfully balances this classic play’s sweet, charming love story and its bawdy, boisterous comic gags…Overall, Vietor’s direction emphasizes the skills of these well-trained actors, as well as the polished design elements…The well-made plot may feel too much like a fairy tale for a viewer to relate to it on a more personal level. Nonetheless, the production elicits laughs both light and hearty and is an excellent example of the genre."
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New York Theatre Review
April 24th, 2016

“There is not a weak link in this production...The plot is so tightly wound and the dialogue so rapid that its ideal audience must take joy in the marathon. Thankfully, with Marc Vietor at the helm measuring out the plot and clarifying the twists through clean staging, the weight of the plot never falls on the audience’s shoulders…’Scandal’ is a showcase of refined skill put through the prism of refined skill...The production is relentlessly satisfying.”
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T
April 26th, 2016

"A riotous revival of the classic comedy...This highly entertaining production boasts a stellar cast who work together seamlessly to bring the larger-than-life characters and ridiculous scenarios to life…The fun in this show comes from watching an elaborate setup and lie unravel, reveling in the dramatic irony the characters create as they confide in each other, and in the audience through soliloquy and aside."
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