The Winter's Tale (Mobile Shakespeare Unit)
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The Winter's Tale (Mobile Shakespeare Unit)

The Winter's Tale (Mobile Shakespeare Unit) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging

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The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit presents Shakespeare's late romance about the scourge of jealousy and the power of forgiveness.

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Charming, Strong acting, Modest prodn values, Well trimmed, Well staged

See it if you like clear, concise WS. Plot is easy to follow, tonal shift works better than usual. Surprisingly touching. Diverse cast! Fun! Free !

Don't see it if you hate having any WS cut. Or you need high prodn values. But you'd miss something special: a holiday gift from The Public to the public. Read more

Delightful, Entertaining, Accessible, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’re not a big fan of Shakespeare, this is a very accessible production. Simply staged but very clever and fun.

Don't see it if You’re a Shakespeare purist. This is done with very little formality. They keep the language but the action is all modern.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2017

"This 'Winter’s Tale' works less well than some previous efforts. That is partly because of the play itself, a peculiar romance that asks you to suspend your disbelief...In Lee Sunday Evans’s bare-bones staging, there doesn’t seem to be enough time — or maybe enough directorial imagination — to register fully the abrupt changes in tone, from tragedy to farce to something more numinous."
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December 1st, 2017

“Evans directs a tight ensemble of nine through the story of paranoia, distrust, and ultimate redemption...Scene transitions are smoothed over with lulling musical interludes...Evans follows up the play's first three acts of dour drama with refreshingly light comedic direction...Bargain basement meets refined Shakespeare, and it's that joyful combination that makes ‘The Winter's Tale’ not only something everyone can see, but something everyone should see.”
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December 8th, 2017

“Evans directs a straightforward, modern-dress production of ‘The Winter's Tale’, played by a fine ensemble...Cunningham makes a powerful presence as King Leontes of Sicilia...Comical breaks in the serious drama are supplied by Grant and Grollman, who play a pair of shepherds...Also adding a bit of lightness is having Leontes and Hermione's son, Mamillius, represented by a charming puppet.”
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December 3rd, 2017

"When it comes to classical theater this holiday season, this 'Winter's Tale' may well be the best theater bargain in New York...Like all Mobile Unit productions, the most remarkable feature here is that it proves how little we need to put on a satisfying Shakespeare production...The outstanding performances of the entire cast make this 'Winter's Tale' something to brag about...Stripped of theatrical embellishments, the message of the play inevitably becomes clearer."
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Front Row Center
December 2nd, 2017

“An intelligently abridged interpretation...Evans has skillfully focused her adaptation on the essentials of the narrative to tell this rich story in a short time without sacrificing its complexity...The cast is consistently strong, both as an ensemble and individually...Modernizing a great play can sometimes fall flat but there is no danger of that here. Shakespeare’s work is relevant, and made all the more approachable in this excellent production.”
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Stage Buddy
December 5th, 2017

“Bare-bones and youthful production...Not Shakespeare’s best by any stretch but the Mobile Unit does a fine job of making it fresh and fun. They incorporate a couple of well-crafted puppets and some really good original music...The point of the Mobile Unit is to reach as much of underserved New York City as possible and make art and culture accessible to all. And with that lofty goal, they have succeeded.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 30th, 2017

“Audiences…will have no problem appreciating this thoroughly enjoyable, excellently spoken revival, from which numerous characters…have been excised with little damage…While the play introduces several thoughtful themes, its several illogicalities, exaggerations, and far-fetched developments require a particular lightness of touch…All this is accomplished far more successfully in this production than many more elaborate, star-studded productions.”
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The Huffington Post
December 7th, 2017

"What’s always remarkable about the Mobil Unit’s result is how lively, how energetic it always is—and how often, how creative and how musical Shakespeare can be made. That’s to say excited commitment overrules any deficiencies in acting refinement or text shrinkage...Perhaps the best praise that can be accorded the Mobile Unit is: Each production—often presented before first-time Shakespeare audiences—wins over new Shakespeare fans."
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Show Showdown
December 13th, 2017

"It's a lovely evening in the theater, if not quite Shakespeare's version of the play; I suspect Shakespeare would enjoy it...The Mobile Unit chooses to focus mostly on the fun...The rest of cast is also impressive, full of energy, acting talent, and beautiful singing voices...'The Winter's Tale' is smoothly directed by Lee Sunday Evans, with great imagination and humor. Catch it if you can--free Shakespeare, well-done, is a beautiful thing."
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December 1st, 2017

“This production, deftly directed by Evans, is a good introduction to theater in general, and Shakespeare in particular...In spite of the language, the action of the play is easy to follow and the performances are solid...The gravity and insanity of the first half of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ can seem out of balance with the levity of the second half. But then the ultimate renewal takes place in the form of a resurrection that makes all that can be made right again.”
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