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Anna Karenina: a riff

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Russians in track suits play melodicas to an original, folk-punk score in this fresh adaptation of "Anna Karenina." More…

From the show:

Set in 1880s Russia and dripping with Eastern European ennui, our comedic reimagining of the classic tale moves at the speed of a runaway train as it examines the consequences of female rebellion and its echoes today.

Member Reviews (27)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
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Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you'd like a funny, smart, entertaining, edgy, creative, well-staged/acted/sung reimagining of AK. I loved it! So did the audience. Brava!

Don't see it if you dislike broad comedy or need high production values (altho costumes are great). Intellig feminist angle. Prodn deserves a wider audience

Must see, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you would like two hours of non-stop dazzlement: spunky music, a young, energetic troupe of actors, laughter, costumes & great direction.

Don't see it if you want this tale untouched by both current writing and music composition brilliance that relates to so much today.

Delightful, Resonant, Refreshing, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you love theater. Just a fabulous evening! Singing Dancing Lugubrious Russians. All the good stuff!

Don't see it if Knowing the novel will keep you from enjoying this delightful production.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Very creative Anna a touch of old/new with so much energy. More funny than sad.

Don't see it if you want the serious, sad Anna Karenina.

Also Over the year they made a lot of Anna Karenina movies and play. The on... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a truly beautifully done adaptation. Funny, smart, and heartbreaking, the lead singer is exquisite and the acting is phenomenal.

Don't see it if Occasional tone issues. The venue is a little rough. Despite the great use of the outside space. The chairs are hard and unpleasant.

Funny, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Refres and very creative version of this classic Russian play. I totally loved the creative liberties taken my the playwright.

Don't see it if You believe that this classic play should be touched.

Intelligent, Resonant, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like the story of Anna Karenina. Or you don't know the story and need a dramatic overview. It is well-told here.

Don't see it if You are looking for an actual musical--this was more of a play with some music interspersed.

Quirky, Refreshing, Good singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'll enjoy an original, clever, interesting, well-acted adaptation of a classic.

Don't see it if u're expecting a musical;u're a purist--some characters & events are omitted & others changed; some actors play multiple parts.

Also I was expecting a musical & this really isn't one. It's more of a play... Read more Read less

Reductive, Tonally uneven, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you want a quick and lighter version of a Tolstoy classic

Don't see it if you're expecting a full blown comedy or a totally straight-forward adaptation.

Funny, Romantic, Intense, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You enjoy show that do a lot with a little. Enjoy 90's alt rock flavored tunes. Want to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson meets Tolstoy.

Don't see it if You have no patience for shows that sometimes feel a tad overlong, which is in fact referenced within the script.

Also "Music is the shorthand of emotion." -Leo Tolstoy. ... Read more Read less

Modernized, Intimate, Quirky, Inventive

See it if You want to see a pared down version of Anna Karenina with some musical interludes thrown in.

Don't see it if You have a problem with intimate spaces. This is just a small room with chairs along the perimeter.

Resonant, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you want an entertaining retelling of a classic done in a clever and funny way (and with music!).

Don't see it if you don't like classics retold or actors playing multiple minor roles

Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Tolstoy's novel presented as extravaganza of talents, music, jokes, and moral.Even tragedy gives you not a desperation but just sadness.

Don't see it if You are a bookworm who dosn't accept even slightly different interpretation of classical book. Dislike shows "on budget"

Also Very worth to be seen. Smart usage of all available doors and space. D... Read more Read less

Super fun, Semi-immersive, Refreshing, Clever, Delightful

See it if Modern adaptation with Pop/rock elements; musician as narrator (Shakespeare clown); smart use of limited space&props; audience interaction

Don't see it if 2hr with 10min break; 40ish seats; close to the action; requires lots of imagination; act2’s pace slows down, and not as witty as act1

Also Gwen Kingston not only rewrites the book, but also delivers a powerful... Read more Read less

Good acting, Good writing/directing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Surprising approach to this classic tragedy. Fresh and funny, without losing insight into Anna and others. Did I mention clever music?

Don't see it if Skip it if you have no interest in literature or are entirely unfamiliar with the Russian mood. Well worth a 5-min review of Cliffs Notes.

Entertaining, Masterful, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if You would like to follow, understand and ENJOY a Russian story! It’s fun and the music is Inter and acting is really entertaining.

Don't see it if You want a serious heavy work to weigh you down.

Intelligent, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if This is a workshop - of very good quality. Adaptation is quite straightforward, spiced up with some jokes and songs, both rather good

Don't see it if want "production values" or can't take some mild liberties with a classic

Also Talented Gwen Kingston not only wrote an excellent adaptation but also... Read more Read less

Relevant, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to be challenged in an entertaining way

Don't see it if you are against adaptating or updating classics

Great staging, Masterful, Refreshing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Tolstoy, or always wanted to be, but don't have the patience to plow through 900 pages. Remarkably faithful adaptation.

Don't see it if you're a Mother Russian purist or don't want to see a slightly wise-ass take on one of the classics of the cannon.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if like Tolstoy and want to see a fresh take on Anna Karenina made fanciful with music and often comic commentary.

Don't see it if don't like musicals and don't like your classics reinterpreted.

Also It's similar to the first version of the Great Comet that Ars Nova did... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you loved Natasha and Pierre and the Comet of 1812, this is another fun Tolstoy adaptation, meets hilarious acting/staging a la Bedlam.

Don't see it if if you expect the same amazing music as Dave Malloy had in his Tolstoy adaptation. The music here is decidedly much weaker.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if very entertaining cleverly done the actors did a lot with what they had to work with actors spoke very clearly

Don't see it if I have nothing negative to say about the play

Hilarious, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to laugh until you pee.

Don't see it if If you don't like theater that pushes boundaries and/or aren't interested in new plays.

Hilarious, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You love new theater that pushes the envelope.

Don't see it if You're not into edgy, stripped down shows.

Also Writing is very clever and well adapted. Directing is brilliant and so... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like wacky, non-traditional theater that makes fun of itself, bawdy humor and jokes about Chekov.

Don't see it if You don't like scrappy staging and production value. This is an excellent show on a showcase-code, in an off off off Broadway venue.

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