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The Winter's Tale (TFANA)

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Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

Theatre for a New Audience presents Arin Arbus's new staging of Shakespeare’s haunting late romance. A parable of jealousy and redemption, that is half-tragedy, half-comedy. More…

A tyrant’s accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever we take his side, Time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and a ferocious bear: all feature in Shakespeare's fantastically eventful drama.

Member Reviews (37)


Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing
Avg Score

Magical, Exquisite, Underrated, Beautiful, Intelligent

See it if you have the patience to sit & attend closely to many difficult events & wait for the wonder to happen.

Don't see it if you don't believe miracles are possible.

Also “The Winter's Tale” is a famously strange play. But when a production ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Long

See it if Shakespeare's romances with comedy, tragedy but with happy ending; a very funny Arnie Burton who interacts with audience; some great acting

Don't see it if you would find some over-the-top comedic acting annoying, want to understand each Shakespearean line or cannot handle almost 3 hours

Also Uneven acting but the actress that played Paulina (Mahira Kakkar) was ... Read more Read less

Frivolous, Fun, Dizzying, Delightful

See it if An absurd play well acted and fancifully produced. Silly and serious simultaneously. Worth going to see.

Don't see it if you don't like oddball interpretations of Shakespeare, although I found this just delightful and a lot of fun.

Disappointing, Poor writing, Poor direction

See it if You are a completist and have a grave illness. You can nod off through the first act till the marginably better second.

Don't see it if You think all Shakespeare is gold, and don't want to be disabused of that curious idea. Likewise re: Arbus direction.

Miscast, Disappointing, Great writing, Uneven

See it if you enjoy even sub-par performances of Shakespeare, with occasional bright spots, just to compare different acting and directorial ideas

Don't see it if you find it painful to hear great passages of Shakespeare wasted or mishandled and with key roles miscast.

Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Insipid, Confusing

See it if you are willing to sit through banal "drama" just to experience great comic acting. The Bohemia frolic is quite wonderful. Nothing else is

Don't see it if you love Shakespeare and his language. There is no elocution or dramatic intensity. No passion no sense of relationship. Miscast misdirected

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to see the best Winter's Tale you've ever seen. It's hard to make this play work, and TFANA did just that. Wonderful!

Don't see it if Can't think of a single reason not to see it. If you love Shakespeare, go!

All encompassing, Alive, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Catch AWT done right-large & encompassing. Not a bad seat; you feel right up there w/them. Dialogue spoken & acted (mostly) really well.

Don't see it if I had prob w/some of the casting-I want my Leontes passionate & large (was short too!) & Hermione charming (need to care what happens 2 her)

Also Best Paulina I have EVER seen-takes it to a new level of importance.

Refreshing, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Epic

See it if tfana via arin arbus is perfect for taking on the winter's tale. i esp loved the beautiful all-white set and kelley curran as hermione.

Don't see it if i wish the bohemia parts were as strong as the sicilia parts. i did not care for the actors playing perdita and florizel.

Funny, Slow, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if This is Shakespeare’s problem play for a reason. While it is a bit disjointed the second act, staging, & comedy bits make it a enjoyable.

Don't see it if You hate the storyline & don’t want to see it in its original form or don’t like seeing actors interact with the audience.

Simple staging, well-acted, a pagan setting in non-pagan dress

See it if you want to see one of Shakespeare’s strangest yet transcendent plays.

Don't see it if you’re a purist about the staging and casting of Shakespeare or are frustrated about not getting all the language when spoken rapidly.

Also Be aware that the actor playing the rogueish character Autolycus inter... Read more Read less


See it if Autolycus, Hermione, Paulina - pretty much everyone besides the dude who plays Leontes does amazing work.

Don't see it if Leontes is up there acting alone with an easy to spot cadence, as if narrating his inner turmoil. V bad.

Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Epic, Ambitious

See it if One of Shakespeare's most delightful late romances - performed here in a crisp, clear production. Hits the humor throughout.

Don't see it if Perhaps stronger on the humor/rustics side than the pathos of the court, where some resonant moments were undercooked.

Also Well worth seeing if you're into Shakespeare.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if If you like one of shakespeares later fantastical romances, simply staged, great parts for women-actress playing paulina quite a force!

Don't see it if If you dont like shakespeare, and dont like the fantastical.

Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Uneven

See it if you value Shakespeare in modern dress but true to story

Don't see it if you're an Elizabethan purist, but you'll be missing some very good performances

Entertaining, Indulgent, Over the top

See it if you are curious about how to stage a tragicomedy today and forget the tragic bits. With the exception of King Leontes, the acting is good

Don't see it if you get annoyed by excessive attempts at extracting a laugh when the play would be funny by itself. The bear is over the top.

Also The actor playing Leontes should consider changing career. Not believa... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like your Shakespeare magnificently performed, especially a difficult play like THE WINTER’S TALE.

Don't see it if You don’t like a mixture of comedy and tragedy in one play.

Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like shakespeare. The women in the cast are particularly strong.

Don't see it if you can't pay attention to a long shakespeare play. Comedic bits are milked rather than cut.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a fresh and energized take on Shakespeare, while staying true to the text. This production is funny and well-staged.

Don't see it if you want very traditional Shakespeare.

Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Unmagical

See it if you support TFANA, see all Shakespeare and don't expect to be riveted and moved by the production.

Don't see it if expect to see a strong cast create the experience of beauty and magic overcoming the tragic elements. Want to be moved by the statue scene's

Also staging and poetry.

Fun, Great set design, Great acting, Good directing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a pretty good interpretation of Winter's Tale.

Don't see it if you have expectations for what it should be.

Also Winter's Tale is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, so I was plea... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in Shakespeare's less-common plays

Don't see it if you don't want to keep up with a complex plot

Great set design, Slow, Funny, Thought-provoking, Shakespeare!

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare, you're interested in seeing one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays instead of the famous, overdone ones.

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare fan, you're expecting a purely happy ending, you want to see a famous Shakespearean play.

Also It's difficult to find the theatre; I went as part of a group from my ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Disappointing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a good clown, it's your favorite shakespeare (like me), A+ DESIGN, you appreciate skillfully pulled off bold choices

Don't see it if you're a hater who's too cynical to get down with the story

Also I've never seen a production of this play where the Bohemia part was m... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a good production of a Shakespearean play. You enjoy a mix of tragedy (part 1) and comedy(part 2).

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare. You have trouble with Shakespearean English.

March 25th, 2018
"Death is shown to be, like life, a chain...That grief is at the heart of Arbus’s interpretation, and is almost enough to make the disparate pieces of this strange play hang together...Most productions I have seen work too hard to make these elements emulsify. Arbus doesn’t try; rather, she empha...
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March 26th, 2018
"The tonal dissonance is jarring. Director Arbus attempts to unify 'The Winter’s Tale’s' disparate parts by bookending them with their emotional opposites: The dark half opens on a lighthearted note, with a bear dancing in the snow, and the lighter one concludes with the ghost of a child. In betw...
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April 5th, 2018
"Arbus embraces everything that, down through the centuries, has been labeled problematic about 'The Winter's Tale'...A connection has been forged between the two halves, something that isn't found in every production of 'The Winter's Tale'...Arbus guides her company with the steadiest of hands.....
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March 26th, 2018
"Arin Arbus and Theatre for a New Audience have news for you: 'The Winter’s Tale' is about Paulina. Fearless, truth-telling, proto-feminist Paulina...Aside from the antics of pickpocket/peddler/all-around rogue Autolycus (played by the exceptional Arnie Burton) the pastoral elements of the play g...
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