The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit presents Shakespeare's late romance about the scourge of jealousy and the power of forgiveness. More…
Dire misunderstanding changes the course of destiny when King Leontes becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with his friend’s child. The maligned wife perishes, the accused friend flees, and the cursed infant is left to die alone on the shore. But from the depths of tragedy, wondrous things can occur. What’s lost is found, false identities lead to true love, and the miracle of forgiveness brings new life to the world in one of Shakespeare’s most treasured romances.
As part of the Public Theater's Mobile unit, this production tours to community centers, prisons, and homeless shelters throughout New York’s boroughs, before ending its run at the Public.
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.
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.
See it if ...you love the play, you love how multi-cultural casting in a classic play can bring out latent meanings.
Don't see it if ...you cannot suspend your disbelief sufficiently to enter what is for a good deal of the piece a "fairy tale" world.
See it if You love the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and everything they do. Or you love The Winter's Tale.
Don't see it if You are used to the dynamic action of the MSU and will be disappointed at this version's super long winded monologues that feel stilted.
See it if Another Mobile Unit winner. Talented cast and clever staging on a small space. Some nifty quick changes. Amazing bear!
Don't see it if Purists may be put off because the character of the vagabond Autolycus (and all business connected to him) has been removed. Didn't miss it
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare lite. The piece is deconstructed and reconstructed in a form that doesn't deviate from the tradition but enhances it
Don't see it if you are a strict Shakespearean
See it if you aren't familiar with Shakespeare, there are still things to appreciate. The production is accessible and moves by quickly.
Don't see it if you'd prefer to see a production more closely resembling a traditionally staged Shakespeare play.
See it if A truly unique and creative Winter’s Tale.Bravo to an incredible addition to NYC’s cultural offerings!
Don't see it if Do not see if you dislike Shakespeare.
See it if you love The Public Theater's Mobile Unit style of accessible Shakespeare; fine acting & some creative quirks
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare straight-up (or not at all)
See it if you love the essence of Shakespeare up close and personal. Almost bare stage. Shakespeare's characters and words are front and center.
Don't see it if you need costumes and long unabridged versions of the Bard. You have no imagination. Your first language isn't English.
See it if You want to see obscure and difficult Shakespeare presented simply, clearly and directly.
Don't see it if You want to see an elaborate production with fancy sets and lighting. Just the basics here.
See it if U get the tix for free This theater company has done awesome productions, this one needs revision.
Don't see it if . The direction turns the great possibilities into boring dialogue delivery.The music & energetic moments helps to wake you up.
See it if You want a fun free night in the theater. Bring someone who doesn't normally see plays, it's short and accessible.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare connoisseur who's seen a bunch of great productions of the Winter's Tale.
See it if you like updated and short versions of Shakespeare. You like unconventional modern day approaches to older plays.
Don't see it if you only like pure Shakespeare. You cannot accept somewhat different acting abilities.
See it if You like Shakespeare, modern twist, fast moving characters, multiple roles by one actor, fast paced, puppetry, intimate rooms
Don't see it if Hate Shakespeare, Old English, don’t like listening, impatient, original versions of plays and stories, don’t like small playhouses
See it if you can hop on this rare chance to see "A Winter's Play" and delight in seeing young people "own it."
Don't see it if you can't appreciate a bare-bones travelling production of one of Shakespeare's lesser plays
See it if An intimate/immersive production, minimal props, modern costumes, great acting(esp. Christopher Ryan Grant), clever use of music/puppet
Don't see it if You prefer a full, traditional production.
See it if you love actor driven storytelling. There's puppetry and great acting! Songs come from the actors. The staging is barebones.
Don't see it if You want to see a full set/light design.
See it if You enjoy a quick Shakespeare play put on in sparse surroundings by highly energetic performers
Don't see it if You'd like a complete story with dynamic characters with believable arcs