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The Shakespeare Conspiracy
Midtown W
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The Shakespeare Conspiracy NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(26 Reviews)
Positive
77%
Mixed
15%
Negative
8%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful

About the Show

Murder, mayhem, and manhunts abound in this dramatic examination of the underbelly of London's Elizabethan theater, and the conspiracy surrounding the true authorship of the works of the Bard.

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74
Preposterous, Enjoyable, Handsome, Repetitive, Clever

See it if you don’t care that a play plays fast & loose with literary history, just so long as it has fun doing it.

Don't see it if you are unable to set aside a preposterous, chronologically impossible conspiracy theory & just enjoy the amusing mayhem it permits. Read more

74
Entertaining, Funny, Enjoyable, Good acting

See it if The story is not bad, it's funny and enjoyable.

Don't see it if You have issues with same sex love, and friendship. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

April 27th, 2018

"For those who revel in historical deceptions, the play offers a fair share of intrigue and conspiratorial confirmation...While 'The Shakespeare Conspiracy' has a good deal of melodramatic twists and turns to hold one's interest for most of the two-hour running time, it is not likely to change the mind of people who believe that Shakespeare did indeed write Shakespeare's plays...The characters are too thinly drawn and the periodic plot holes quickly skirted to make a compelling case."
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April 28th, 2018

"This clunky though vigorously performed and presented fantasia posits one of the more arguably outlandish theories of Shakespearean authorship...A choppy series of overheated episodes and vignettes spanning 40 years...with plentiful and heavy-handed dialogue...Karafin has assembled a talented multiracial company who variously perform with classical and contemporary verve...Still, it all does get wearying over the course of two acts...It’s full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
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April 28th, 2018

"The clever and most entertaining production reveals superb direction and adroit acting by the ensemble...The arc of Bacino’s and Cadigan’s play solidly develops this adventurous intrigue with rationality so there are few logical gaps...Almost apologetically described as a gay romp, the tone of the play is comedic. However, there is underlying depth and emotion...The actors are invested so the humor appears fluid and facile...I heartily recommend this production as a must-see."
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April 30th, 2018

"An imaginative representation of this time period and the questions arising from it...The plot has more twists and turns that bring it to quite a surprising ending. Strong acting develops the characterization on stage which is so crucial to the story line. Under the direction of Karafin, suspense and downright scary moments at times develop the plot and makes it very believable...A superb production to see."
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May 11th, 2018

“With quite a few twists and turns and eventual murder/suicide the Conspiracy unfolds. It’s very much of a thriller and much better than Agatha Christie's murder mysteries...Throughly engrossing. The whole ensemble is wonderful...Karafin has done an enormously brilliant and superb job directing this very complicated and difficult play. He has created an atmosphere of darkness and shadows which are perfect for the mood of this play...A beautiful, sensitive and delicious accomplishment.”
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