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Arden/Everywhere

Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
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Critics
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5 reviews
Members
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22 reviews
 

This new exploration of 'As You Like It' reimagines Shakespeare’s beloved comedy as a story about refugees.

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'Arden/Everywhere' unlocks 'As You Like It's' deepest heartbeat to tell a distinctly contemporary story – one that looks into a world of dislocation and exile to discover resilience, reconciliation, and love. Performed by a cast of professional actors alongside non-professionals from the refugee and immigrant community, 'Arden/Everywhere' aims to unleash theater’s unique ability to awaken empathy, locating our common humanity in the face of a seemingly incomprehensible global catastrophe.

 

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Reviews (27)

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65
Avg Score

35
The New York Times

"'Arden/Everywhere' has all the verve of a deflated soccer ball...'As You Like It' isn’t a great fit for the tale that Bauman wants to tell. The substance of the plot doesn’t seem to interest her...And the comedy is a non-starter. What does interest her is the refugee setting, but aside from some inspired details, this vision of the Forest of Arden is unproductively at odds with the play...If it had been more daring, the play might have found its own language to tell its own stories." Full Review

75
Exeunt Magazine

"While this lens of exile adds a genuinely moving layer of consequence to the play and a poignancy to the interactions among the characters, there are times when the theme meshes uneasily with the fundamentally lightweight nature of the underlying story...There’s only so much that Bauman and the ensemble can do to add heft...Strong performances and the strength of the central conceit make the piece well worth watching." Full Review

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The Reviews Hub

"Featuring a diverse cast including many immigrants to the US, director Jessica Bauman’s play is rich and gripping...This production reverberates with a relevant and engaging energy. The fantastic cast breathes vibrant life into the text, with a commitment to relentless pacing and allowing the stream-of-consciousness nature of the dialogue to come alive...Layering in personal narratives and native languages of various cast members brings 'As You Like It' to new life." Full Review

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Applause! Applause!

“The play at first glance appears to be an original production about immigration, but it is, in fact, a play that re-imagines Shakespeare's ‘As You Like It’ as a story about refugees. Exiles of many nationalities live in Arden along with original characters who were banished to live in the forest. The set and lighting design are of the highest quality and the actors are all talented professionals. It is worth your time to see it.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Despite having some of Shakespeare's best-known lines (‘All the world's a stage…’) and one of his most-beloved heroines, ‘As You Like It’ doesn't live up to the promise of its title for everyone. The problem is that it's essentially an Elizabethan rom-com, which concludes with not one, not two, not three, but four weddings. And these amorous payoffs are preceded by a lot of silliness that doesn't produce anywhere close to an equal amount of laughter.” Full Review

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Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the idea of "As You Like It" being staged in a refugee camp. The smart, well-acted production becomes newly relevant.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare classically staged.

89
Real, Remarkable, Surprisingly believable for shakespeare, Well-conceived and well executed, High quality and detailed production values for off-off-b'way

See it if you want to see Shakespeare well performed & spoken w/ refreshing clarity & naturalism! Original text free from literary preconceptions.

Don't see it if you don’t like modern dress Shakespeare; you want courtiers, buffoonery, and confirmation of your pet theories.

Also Outstanding. And if Shkspr doesn’t interest, go for the humanizing por... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare's comedies. You enjoy physical and emotional performances

Don't see it if You hate the classics being updated.

Also It served me well to overlook the director's "concept", trying to brin... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to see what a spectacularly talented off off Broadway company can do with a Shakesperian play to update it and thrill its audience

Don't see it if U don't enjoy Shakesperian comedies + can't sit through a 2 1/2 hour evening of theatre. You don't approve of new stagings of classic drama.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy modern day Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare. More so when swt in a contemporary setting.

86
Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if Shakespeare as a refugee crisis interests you. Diversity, class conscious, higher stakes, this version adds insight and meaning!

Don't see it if you don't like awesome sets that work on multiple levels, physical acting, finding how Shakespeare is newly relevant, a poignant comedy

50
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Great set

See it if want typical average shakespeare.

Don't see it if think it's going to blow your mind, want people who can really handle the text,

75
Great acting

See it if you haven't seen As You Like It recently. Great performances.

Don't see it if you expect the refugee angle to give new relevance to the piece other than the contemporary setting and the background of the performers.

88
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if You like reimagined Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't like classical text

86
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if modern day version of "As You Like It" without the dumbing down of the language! Wonderful production!

Don't see it if I hardly know how to answer this ... why not see a new, fresh version of "As You Like It".

92
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if you enjoy the original play and want a new, relevant take on it.

Don't see it if you want to see Shakespeare's text onstage, without any reference to the current European migrant crisis.

Also The Public Works production of As You Like It also used the concept of... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a new take on Shakespeare's great comedy. You like the idea of Shakespeare being used to illuminate today's issues

Don't see it if You can't handle an uneven ensemble. Some of the acting was fantastic, some less so.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy seeing people stretch the idea of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you are more of a Shakespeare purist or think that the language must take precedence over concept.

52
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if do not understand Shakespearean dialogue

82
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare and are okay with it being adapted slightly

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or if don't like politics inserted into your comedy.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if You want to see a different take on a Shakespearean play with the original dialogue. You want to have a few laughs.

Don't see it if You don't like non-traditional Shakespearean plays. You don't want to have a fun night out.

Also I enjoyed this performance. It was very Lively never a dull moment it ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan.

Don't see it if You only prefer to see a Shakespeare in its sanctity.

Also Pretty good presentation. The main actors were great too. But no matte... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, An earnest and well-meaning production.

See it if Like seeing a modern take on Skspre and appreciate the play’s focus on refugees.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding the bard’s work. The story may be difficult if you don’t know AYLI. Also, some cast are non-actors.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love Shakespeare and don't mind a modern setting.

Don't see it if You are expecting something intrinsically different from As You Like It.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Uneven, Earnest

See it if You enjoy conceptualized Shakespeare or are interested in seeing theatre with a multicultural cast/viewpoint.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy modern Shakespeare adaptations or are expecting this show to magically fix the weaknesses of As You Like It.

80
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if For a richly realized world populated with underrepresented voices giving Shakespeare's text a fresh new resonance and approachability.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional production. And some of the acting is inconsistent (some characters really hammed it up while others didn't)

82
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you look ve As You Like It

Don't see it if you want a very traditional presentation