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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
See it if you enjoy updated staging of Shakespare, excellent ensemble work, great use of space, heartfelt performances.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare and don't want to give an intelligent, readily understandable staging a try.