New York | 2h 20m | In Previews: Opens Mar 31

The White Devil

From 16 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

In Jacobean dramatist John Webster's tragedy, wickedness and beauty intersect in a hellish world, where endless deception weaves a tale of fake news, systemic misogyny, rigged trials, and hypocritical holy men.  More…

Vittoria is no angel...but is she guilty of murder? Her social-climbing brother ruthlessly exploits her carnal affair with a power-drunk Duke. The arrival of the Duke's wife, her brother, and the soon-to-be-Pope triggers a cycle of deceit and retribution that shatters family bonds and threatens the social order.  With his sumptuous language, John Webster spins an epic tale of intrigue, desire, and revenge that culminates in a fabulously bloody conclusion.

2h 20m | In Previews: Opens Mar 31 | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

During previews
Bloody jacobean genius

See it if You love Shakespeare and any finely acted drama by his contemporaries, this John Webster play will surely please. Talented cast overall.

Don't see it if you can't understand old English and don't want to exercise your brain, or you prefer to avoid plays with any gore and guts.

Also The sets and costumes were modern, for the most part, and at several p... Read more Read less

During previews
Dizzying, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Bloody

See it if You like a campy night of blood and sex with great language.

Don't see it if you want a simple night out.

During previews
Timely, Go along for the ride, You have to keep up, Bloody, Jacobean

See it if for politics that mirror our own, rarely seen Jacobean thrill ride, worthy conceptualization, interesting anachronisms, much A+ acting

Don't see it if hate revenge drama, have problem with heightened language, need entire company to be A+, can't keep up, not willing 2 suspend disbelief

During previews
Shakespeare it ain't

See it if for some fine performances and interesting set and directorial choices. There was really only one storyline and no heroes - only villains.

Don't see it if Too long. I imagine it was trimmed but I got restless after 2 hours. A few pretty weak performances. See a WS tragedy instead.

During previews
Intense, Dated, Confusing

See it if you can follow along with Shakespearean language. You would like 70's clothing in a story set in 1600s.

Don't see it if you want to understand the dialogue and enjoy the setting. Super fast elevated language that takes too long to figure out.

Also I hate to leave shows at intermission, but there was no point in stayi... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're very curious about a rarely done jacobean revenge tragedy with a few modern details [i.e. costumes, video].

Don't see it if The production fails to make the elaborate plot clear. The tone and acting are inconsistent; the lighting, costumes & music seem arbitrary.

Also I stayed after the intermission but regretted it - it doesn't improve.... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're already confident that you will enjoy this particular material that has been selectively updated to include modern props/elements

Don't see it if You mind working to follow plotting, you don't enjoy heightened language, you need staging to enhance a show, you dislike gore

Also The lighting was bothersome to me as it was shining in the eyes of man... Read more Read less

During previews
Boring, Disappointing

See it if Shakespearean theater

Don't see it if Dislike plays updated to modern settings

During previews
Epic, Intelligent, Emotional, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you don't mind working a little bit at the theatre. This is a pretty complicated play.

Don't see it if you get squeamish with blood and sex.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a rarely produced classical play! Why see the same shows over and over?

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a plot you’re already familiar with. Classical stuff gives you the squirms.

Also The tone was a little inconsistent and seemed unsure at times. A lot o... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Emotional, Edgy

See it if you enjoy a good thriller that's seductive and bloody. It'll have you on the edge of your seat for sure

Don't see it if you want a cozy play

During previews
Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want a great night of theatre with actors who tackle the text with raw emotions.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of classical theatre.

During previews
Indulgent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Masterful, Edgy

See it if want to see a talented ensemble bring the sexy and dramatic to Webster's play. They can handle the complicated and the set is unique

Don't see it if you don't like elevated language or conceptualized shows

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Clever

See it if you want a production with Shakespearean language that echoes our world today

Don't see it if you want something simple- this play makes you think!

During previews
Profound, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some great acting and a story that explores misogyny, corruption and our obsession with media

Don't see it if you'd prefer something shorter and light-hearted

During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare and the like. This is all about great language and plotting.

Don't see it if you want something that's easy to follow and understand. This play is a sticky wicket---the production is top-notch

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