The Public Theater's Mobile Unit presents this new, bare-bones staging of Shakespeare's great romance. Tickets are distributed 90 minutes before each performance at The Public and by digital lottery on TodayTix. More…
Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duke of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice?
This Mobile Unit production journeys across the five boroughs before landing at The Public’s Astor Place home. Now in its eighth year, the Mobile Unit meets audiences where they are by presenting world-class Shakespeare and other works in recreation centers, prisons, senior centers, schools, and other community gathering places across the five boroughs.
See it if you like pared-down, accessible WS. Greatly cut script has emphasis on comedy. Well-acted, imaginatively staged. Kids in audience loved it.
Don't see it if you like traditional Shakesp. Much time spent w clowns (Stefano/Trinculo). Mobile unit prodns are always good. This one is no exception.
See it if you want to see a "Tempest" that fully realizes its potential as valedictory love letter to the theater.
Don't see it if you want to keep your distance: Here a full company of actors on the move plays very close.
See it if High-spirited, joyous production filled w music and dancing
Don't see it if stripped down production misses full array of the Tempest's magic; hard to hear dialog over music/sound effects
See it if You like your Shakespeare quick and easily digestible. Brilliant acting, fun staging. The Mobile Unit doing another great show.
Don't see it if You don't like your Shakespeare cut down. You don't like Shakespeare. You don't like music or dancing. You don't like fun.
See it if Some delightful touches. MobU always has a few tricks that make it worthwhile. You like drumbeats, actors doubling polar opposites.
Don't see it if hope it gets to the heart of things & rigorously thought it all out. Some actors/chars shortchanged—some memorable, some over-conventional.
See it if Mobile Unit does wonders with small space. Trimmed 90 minute script in traditional language. Energetic cast led by Taylor as Prospero.
Don't see it if Jasai Chase-Owens is a charismatic Ferdinand (he was Lysander in the prior Mobile Unit "Midsummer...") Sam Morales is a lovely Miranda.
Also It's FREE. Go see it!
See it if you're a Public Theatre/Mobile Unit fan (I am) & you know this convoluted WS play fairly well in advance-it's very abridged
Don't see it if you're not interested in Shakespeare - this is one of his more complicated plots with many characters in assorted relationships
See it if you just can't get enough of this play or have never had the opportunity to see it before. There's nothing particularly new about this one.
Don't see it if you're looking for a production that provides a fresh new take or impresses with its acting. This production is just totally fine.
See it if you like Shakespeare productions done on a small improvisational scale. Which are more about the cast and the play then the set or theater
Don't see it if you are not a fan of the bard or only like his shows if they are done with a modern twist
See it if you like community theatre atmosphere with professional acting, direction, etc; appreciate creativity in staging and use of props
Don't see it if you don't like watching a full Shakespeare play; comfort and good sightlines are important; require traditional theatre presentation
See it if You enjoy a more delightful adaption or Shakespeares work. This is more about celebrating life and love than revenge. Intimate staging too
Don't see it if You want to see Shakespeare’s work as it is. More into more established staging.
See it if you're into inventive Shakespeare adaptations. Mobile Unit is a great team, and they always have fun with staging and performances.
Don't see it if you're expecting to have your mind blown. I would say their production of Twelfth Night two years ago was stronger and more active/fun.
See it if You enjoy inventive, condensed Shakespeare. This cast does a great job with the text and physical choices.
Don't see it if You're not into audience participation in a Shakespeare show.