As You Like It (The Public)
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As You Like It (The Public)
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As You Like It (The Public) NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
0%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Funny

About the Show

The Public Theater presents a free outdoor musicalization of Shakespeare's comedy, a dreamlike tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise.

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Member Reviews (27)

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Delightful, Well written, Strong leads, Great spirit, Fast paced

See it if you respond to a joyful, tuneful show. Altho some scenes are unpolished, the evening flies by in a happy glow. Funny, sweet, inspiring.

Don't see it if you want traditional Shakesp. Most important ideas/characters are here, but not many of his lines. Who cares when this AYLI is so much fun!? Read more

532 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Refreshing, Joyful, Great music, Exciting, Surprising

See it if you like the mission of the Public Works program. It's not a shiny polished gem, but it's not trying to be and that's part of the magic.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a show that has valued community engagement over elite production values.

428 Reviews | 114 Followers
90
Spectacular pageantry with tuneful score

See it if The best yet of the Delacorte Labor Day "pageants." Shaina Taub wrote a great score and plays an amusing Jaques. The other leads are good

Don't see it if Eye-popping staging with well choreographed troupes of dancers, acrobats and children. Animal puppets were great. The giant lion was awesome Read more

369 Reviews | 226 Followers
82
Entertaining, Great staging, Dizzying, Refreshing

See it if you want to support the wonderful Public Works projects. A fun-filled evening that makes Shakespeare accessable to all. Truly worthwhile.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist.

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if enjoy a joyful musical Shakespeare interpretation that has a cast of 100's. Great spectacle complete with appropriate prose

Don't see it if you prefer a strict interpretation of the Bard's work

380 Reviews | 72 Followers
75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want outrageous fun and don't mind Shakespeare being tossed and turned. Very updated with multi ethnic cast, rock groups...a musical.

Don't see it if If you want pure Shakespeare. This ain't even close.Kinda typical of what Oscar E. does now. Read more

292 Reviews | 94 Followers
85
Great acting, Wonderful use of community groups, Inclusive, Wonderful score, Lively

See it if A fun, free show in Central Park is just what you need to take your mind off depressing news.

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare straight. Read more

292 Reviews | 69 Followers
84
Enchanting, A lot of fun, Confusing, Dizzying, Great singing/acting

See it if you enjoy updated Shakespeare, outdoor theater, big productions. Charming and sweet if hard to follow the plot. But who cares in the end.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist. If paring down the story to the point of it not making sense bothers you. A bit chaotic. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
September 4th, 2017

"Rollicking, poignant and flat-out delightful...At about 100 minutes, it is a brief and generous respite from floods and nukes and violent demonstrations...What makes 'As You Like It' so thrilling is that when the cast is all assembled, it looks like New York City — busy, diverse, terrifically vital...For the optimistic, they are reminders that theater, like democracy, is a collaborative form and that when all those disparate voices come together, the effect can be extraordinary."
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Front Row Center
September 5th, 2017

“The story leaps off the stage with sizzling choreography by Sonya Tayeh, the tenderest of vocal arrangements by Shaina Taub and playful direction by Laurie Woolery…It’s wonderful to see the way the Public’s productions in Central Park bring the ideal of the public park into the show…It is an incredible ensemble of diverse and intriguing faces that is gathered for this production emphasizing this community feeling…You can take your kids to this show and they have a good time.”
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Stage Buddy
September 5th, 2017

"I found this ‘As You Like It’ to be solid entertainment, thanks largely to its spectacular pageantry. In part because of its scale, it isn’t the most subtly rendered version of the story you’re ever likely to see. Its humor runs to the broad (and sometimes self-referential), rather than to the thoughtful and understated. Still, the rapt audience clearly found it winning.”
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Z
September 7th, 2017

"An inspiring rendition...The play briefly covers the romance that ensues between Rosalind and Orlando. Had there been more scenes showing the growing affection for one another, the characters’ chemistry might have appeared stronger. The songs and lyrics were standouts in this work...This adaptation succeeded in bringing Shakespeare’s play about conflict, drama, hope, and life’s inevitable adversities, to life on stage."
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New York Theatre Review
September 10th, 2017

"A thrilling array of our city’s vibrant population is singing, dancing, speechifying, and wrestling up on the stage...What Public Works participants lack in polish and training, they make up for in sheer, unadulterated joy...The presence of such a large and radiant ensemble has a democratizing effect in more ways than one...It can’t be easy to stage so many bodies. Most of the time Woolery made it work, making those instances where the staging doesn’t flow seamlessly stand out all the more."
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