New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Bathsheba's Psalms, Or A Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath

From 4 critic and 14 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

About the show

A sexy, irreverent take on the infamous Old Testament “love story” of David and Bathsheba. From a biblical rooftop to a modern-day Duane Reade, this unruly adaptation capsizes tropes on gender, desire, and power.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


90
TheaterScene.net

"Simple but creative effects such as this help to make 'Bathsheba's Psalms' a satisfying visceral experience as well as a thoughtful, cerebral one. When the house lights came up at the end of the performance under review, everyone in the audience seemed to have blissful smiles on their faces. That's something you don't see at many shows, even at much more richly appointed ones than this." Full Review

90
Plays to See

"Ranger’s creative and clever dramatization that gorgeously weaves together biblical and modern dialogue and cultural touchstones with feminist issues and viewpoints...This funny, moving mash-up stays faithful to the Biblical story and grafts it into the present-day...What makes this compact play so powerful is Ranger’s language, her ability to quickly swing from poetry to Old Testament phrasing...The cast is outstanding." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

“Jumping from past to present, the story does a solid job spotlighting gender...At first glance, the mishmash of identities can be confusing but ultimately it pays off with an earnest feeling of indifference...The play's blatant sexual desire paired with lust for power and possession, alongside a strong female proclamation makes for an enticing story worth investing in.” Full Review

70
Show Showdown

"The harshness would work better if the play employed less cursing though. The show uses salty language so consistently that it eventually becomes ineffectual...Bathesheba, played by Tanyamari, embraces a graceful outlook on what life offers her—something the actress, who seemingly glows from within, conveys... Roussos’ direction introduces whimsy into the story, with missives dropping from the ceiling and a child’s playroom box of costumes on stage." Full Review


82
Quirky, Choppy, Sensual, Clever, Original

See it if you are interested in a feminist expansion of the Biblical story that explores its modern relevance using experimental theater techniques

Don't see it if the slightly disjointed performance caused by the collective style of shifting and sharing roles will disturb you.

76
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy shows on classical or biblical tales with a modern twist.

Don't see it if you like classic tales that are adapted or altered.

69
Disappointing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You love historical stories told in a very contemporary way. The fourth wall is broken throughout; actors can switch roles beautifully

Don't see it if YOu are easily bored with biblical tales. Or, you want more drama to a production

68
Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like plays about womens issues

Don't see it if you can bear profanity

66
Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You can handle a bizarre, experimental rendition of Bathsheba, David and Uriah

Don't see it if You can't

65
Edgy, Confusing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy experimental, creative takes on historical/biblical tales w/ a lot of artistic freedom - which could be confusing but still fun.

Don't see it if you don't want distorted version of traditional tale that includes profanity . The cast is great but did not like them doing both M/F roles.

61
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Romantic, Confusing

See it if You like historical religious theme play with a modern improvisation, barebone small, theater.

Don't see it if Religious or sexual referrals might offend you, historical plays bore you.

55
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want to understand the Psalm regarding the story line.

Don't see it if You don't like profanity.

50
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like more avant garde plays. Given what they had to work with, the acting was promising.

Don't see it if you prefer a coherent script. I'm sure there were good intentions, but this either missed the mark or went over my head.

73
During previews
Raunchy, Resonant, Funny, Confusing, Clever

See it if You like productions that are out there! Minimal production that’s funny at times.

Don't see it if If you are a conservative theatre goer.

69
During previews
Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if curious what an improv group (*) might do to the Bathsheba story; much energy, many clever moments, but...

Don't see it if ... easily frustrated by lack of a dramaturg - dialog at times lacks focus, action lacking motivation.

Also * Despite Improv feel, this is attributed to a single author. She does... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Quirky, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to see an original take on Bathsheba. What about the songs. About the abuse of women and their lack of free will against powerful m

Don't see it if You are put off by explicit talk about sexulity.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Raunchy, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you know and care about Torah portion re relationship between King David and Bathsheba, Millennial jargon/culture/mores, and #MeToo movement

Don't see it if you do not tolerate denigration of Torah heros, see Bathsheba as seductrice, or dislike gratuitous fowl language and explicit sexuality

Also This play does not, in my view, reflect historical or theological rese... Read more Read less

58
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to support the experimental theatre and so naive to believe that author will not mix all of the modern realities with Torah's story

Don't see it if Your understanding of experimental theatre is much better then delirium or delusion on stage

Also 5 talented actors, so sorry, they tried very hard, were funny sometime... Read more Read less


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