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.
See it if Great staging and costumes. Good direction makes this worth while.
Don't see it if Can be confusing at times. A long show 2.5 hours. Must pay attention . If you want something on the lighter side.
See it if Proske's techno-modernized staging of Webster's Jacobean revenge tragedy works fairly well in drawing parallels to our current polarizarion
Don't see it if As the machinations intensify & the body count rises, confusion (and fatigue) sets in Some actors more comfortable than others w/stylization
See it if to catch a rare revival of this Jacobean tragedy, enjoy violent bloodletting, murders & manipulation, along with irredeemable characters
Don't see it if difficulty clarifying many characters' relationships & with Jacobean language, don't like onstage murders & violence, like decent characters
See it if you appreciate excellent ensemble work and because it is a rarely done historic piece.
Don't see it if violence and revenge expressed in Elizabethan English doesn't sound like fun. It is a very long play.
See it if you enjoy seeing a 1612 play with a lot of violent action. Very good acting and staging and use of video. You need a strong stomach.
Don't see it if you don't like a lot of violence. This is a Red Bull production. There is a lot of talk of revenge. These are not nice characters.
See it if you enjoy bloody, Shakespeare wanna-be plays with lots of evil characters, an occasional god fearing one and a compromised cardinal/pope.
Don't see it if you have trouble keeping track of who is who; play summary invaluable for keeping track of the characters. Some good acting/some very weak
See it if you are curious. Red Bull usually does good things.
Don't see it if you dislike bare stage, no set. Audience on three sides. Written in 1600's yet modern dress, nothing made sense, ending absurd use of drills
See it if You are willing to give little known Jacobean play a chance, it's like watching lesser Shakespeare . ..in a tight production
Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare , duplicity , murder, and/or mayhem...in modern dress
See it if You like old plays or are interested in the historical time capsule that is Jacobean revenge tragedy.
Don't see it if You're expecting Shakespeare. The language is less lyrical and the action less urbane. Popes and blood abound.
See it if Jacobean theatre for the modern audience. Highly committed actors. Something different.
Don't see it if A lot to swallow and to digest. Dizzying. Period language.
See it if You like old plays to be given new life. Red Bull excels at this - great directing and staging, even though the play was rather confusing.
Don't see it if You only like modern writing, or you only like old plays to be staged classically. Terrific acting enhances the intelligent directing.
See it if You are interested in dramatic history. This Jacobean play shows us that man's propensity to violent behavior has not changed.
Don't see it if You hold hope that man has evolved and prefer not to be reminded of how cruel we can be to one another.
See it if you like Shakespearean type comedy/drama. I couldn't make up my mind about this production.
Don't see it if you like more traditional fare. In this production the dialogue was Shakespearean but the clothing was modern day
See it if a modern staging of a Jacobean tragedy interests you. This one is intelligently and lucidly spoken, so it is fairly understandable.
Don't see it if the idea of VR, drills, machine guns and closed circuit TV in a Jacobean drama bothers you. A lot didn't work and was laugable at times.
See it if You like Jacobean drama. Bold and bloody villains .A play that brings out the worst in everyone.
Don't see it if Deceit, adultery, murder, varieties of torture: poison, power tools, strangulation by bar bell. And my seat wasn't all that comfortable.
See it if rarely done Jacobean revenge tragedy approached as contemporary comedy of intrigue; know the plot: set-ups & motives not clearly staged
Don't see it if some glaring miscasting mixed with true classical theatre pros; style at times substitutes for directorial vision
See it if You like the combination of modern dress/props/staging with classic language. You are interested in plays from the 1600s.
Don't see it if You have a hard time with Shakespearean-style language. You don’t like dark humor or drama.
See it if you want to see plays that sound Shakespearean but aren't and want to support Red Bull,
Don't see it if you don't want to work to understand what's being said, especially when, unlike Shakespeare's plays, it doesn't entirely reward the work.
See it if Great to see this classic Webster (Shakespeare's contemporary). Go to catch a different work of the same time period. Super actresses perfs~
Don't see it if Uneven (save 1) male performances, & odd choice of wardrobe making lead love Interest a guido! Its v updated (video) which is hit or miss~
See it if Splendid ensemble acting and directing. Difficult play to watch since it lacks any moral value. This is a play where characters lean towards
Don't see it if you do not appreciate the atmosphere of a Jacobean tragedy
See it if you enjoy Webster's work, and Jacobean drama.
Don't see it if you want to see a truly great revival of an outrageous play...the production tries, but does not quite succeed at measuring up to the text.
See it if You enjoy overwrought acting and terrible direction.
Don't see it if You’re expecting to see a work performed in a setting and appointed appropriate to its time. This is “updated” without discernible reason
See it if You want to see a lesser performed Jacobean play filled with violence & infidelity. It is great, but don't expect a joyful night of theater
Don't see it if You dislike plays with "classic" language, that show (a lot of) murder & feature fairly irredeemable characters.