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The Sound and the Fury

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Resonant

About the show

Obie Award winning ensemble 'Elevator Repair Service' returns to The Public Theater with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner's modernist masterpiece. More…

With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel's opening chapter, Faulkner's famous experiment with memory and language. Serving up the tragic demise of the Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.

Member Reviews (5)


Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Resonant
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You really love this book.

Don't see it if You're looking for a coherent story. I wanted to leave, but since there was no intermission, I was trapped.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Creative

See it if you are a fan of ERS and their unique approach to staging found text, a Faulkner enthusiast, or an experimental theater fan.

Don't see it if you hate having to pay close attention or just want something light and fluffy.

Ambitious, Great acting, Inventive, Offbeat

See it if you are an ERS fan; you are willing to be taken for a exhilarating and sometimes confusing ride; you don't need plays to make perfect sense.

Don't see it if you want it to be a straightforward adaptation of Faulkner; you don't have good eyesight (the font for supertitles is TINY); you hated GATZ.

Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You like powerful plays

Don't see it if You like faster, lighter entertainment.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like to go back in time.

Don't see it if You don't like America.

May 21st, 2015
"As mystifying and enlightening as one of those dreams that seem to explain everything for as long as you’re asleep...If you haven’t read 'The Sound and the Fury' (preferably recently), you’re still likely to be at sea. But if you keep your senses wide open, you’ll be aware of patterns forming, t...
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May 21st, 2015
"Between this visual dissonance and soundtrack of wailing and radio static, we get some sense of the blurry turmoil of living as Benjy. 'The Sound and the Fury' is the sort of work that’s tough to take in initially, but that stays with you long after, like a slow drip of oil onto the gears of you...
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May 21st, 2015
"Don’t go in expecting to understand everything, and you won’t be disappointed...The constant sensory overload means that your attention is nearly always engaged...This isn’t a show for everybody — a couple of people walked out at a recent performance — but it rewards open minds."
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May 21st, 2015
"Those not already familiar with the novel may be left totally in the dark by 'The Sound and The Fury.' Luckily, this ERS show is stimulating enough to inspire you to have fun making up your own story, completely divorced from Faulkner's tale. Audiences should beware, however: The show runs two h...
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