The Winter's Tale (TFANA)
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The Winter's Tale (TFANA)
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The Winter's Tale (TFANA) NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(37 Ratings)
Positive
73%
Mixed
22%
Negative
5%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (37)

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255 Reviews | 117 Followers
95
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!

683 Reviews | 161 Followers
93
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. Read more

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
90
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.

124 Reviews | 22 Followers
89
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. Read more

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
88
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) Read more

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
86
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.

372 Reviews | 84 Followers
80
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.

100 Reviews | 9 Followers
77
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

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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 emphasizes the lumps...Mostly Arbus depends on the excellent cast to squeeze the ripe Shakespearean language for all it’s worth...You may never hear a Paulina as fierce as Mahira Kakkar."
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Time Out New York
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 between, the drama is frequently overwrought and the comedy sometimes too broad; but there are magical moments, too."
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Lighting & Sound America
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...So much does this production exude an air of purpose that when forgiveness arrives in the surprise appearance of a statue that comes to life, it doesn't feel the least bit forced or tacked on."
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New York Stage Review
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 grow a bit tiresome...Thankfully, soon enough, you’re jolted back to Sicilia and into the capable hands of Paulina, who’s about to make some magic happen and anthropomorphize a Hermione statue."
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CurtainUp
March 30th, 2018

"Arbus's production doesn't avoid all of 'Winter's' potential pitfalls, but it does admirably grapple with them head-on...After the tragic half, the play's comedic half achieves much-needed equilibrium. That's not necessarily an indication that the production wasn't on firm footing earlier on. Arbus seems too deliberate in and aware of the tragedy's chaotic tone...Arbus's production starts as impossibly grim, but leaves us grateful for the gift of a hopeful ending."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 27th, 2018

"Burton’s Autolycus is a delight, as he breaks the fourth wall and interacts with audience members...The mostly top-notch acting aside, Arbus’s team creative team rounded out a crisp, elegant production...This iteration of 'The Winter’s Tale' is an ideal production for both Shakespeare aficionados seeking a (finally!) complete version of the play, as well as those who want an easy-to-follow version of this sometimes confusing, often illogical, but, of late, much beloved Shakespeare play."
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Stage Buddy
March 27th, 2018

"The production stays true to form, preserving almost the entirety of Shakespeare's original text. More importantly, Arbus' direction preserves the spirit of the work: quietly brimming with wonder...The most famous moment in 'The Winter's Tale' is the statue scene; and here, both the dynamic cast and Arbus' inspired direction are at their very best...You're not likely to see a more lovely, more faithful, or more magical production of Shakespeare's great transformation play."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 6th, 2018

"A wonderfully rendered production of one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays'...Filled with intense psychological drama...An ending that is surprisingly a happy one...Arbus has decided to utilize the bear as a tell-tale sign...Arbus' point is solid in the making even as it doesn't fit entirely well with the mood of the first half...Quickly paced, with all of this action flying by at a well orchestrated and confident speed...Redemption and reconciliation are the fundamental key of this play's metamorphosis."
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