Breaking the Shakespeare Code
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Breaking the Shakespeare Code

Breaking the Shakespeare Code NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Ratings)
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Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

About the Show

"Breaking the Shakespeare Code" follows a man and a woman, who begin as teacher and student, as their lives converge personally and professionally over sixteen years.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (23)

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589 Reviews | 142 Followers
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a brilliantly written piece with extraordinary acting.

Don't see it if you're triggered by mentee/mentor relationships Read more

115 Reviews | 61 Followers
Acting royale!, An intimate triumph of a show!, A lesson in acting.

See it if A small wonder of a show. A thrill of verbal of theatrical interplay. Go if you like edgy works.

Don't see it if Intimate settings might bother you.

393 Reviews | 101 Followers
Great staging and direction, Sharp, clever, inventive script, Great writing, Strong, electric performances, Great acting

See it if You're up for a play about, and the experience of, theatrical scene work, two terrific actors acing this subtle, deeply layered script.

Don't see it if You've no interest in Shakespeare, actors or the miracle that live theatre is when it works, magically transforming mere words to substance.

307 Reviews | 48 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well written play with great dialogue, well performed. An intense play about acting and the relationship of students and teachers

Don't see it if if you don't like plays about acting or two person black box plays about long relationships that change in dynamics over time. Read more

243 Reviews | 67 Followers
Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy exploration of human emotions where a student-teacher relationship is explored through scene work involving Shakespeare characters

Don't see it if uncomfortable with Shakespearian language, not interested in power and gender issues , don't like talky "meta" theater or minimal production Read more

314 Reviews | 186 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A smart deconstruction work of Shakespeare’s words; great chemistry between the duo; affective minimal staging; sincere/insightful talkback

Don't see it if Shakespeare’s words are too foreign; you mind all-around studio space with 1 row of chairs each side (super intimate with the actors);

387 Reviews | 108 Followers
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for a two hander that will keep you guessing about the characters' motivations; you're a Shakespeare buff; you like surprises

Don't see it if You aren't willing to do the work to find the layers of meaning; you don't want a Shakespeare lesson through a contemporary lens Read more

287 Reviews | 87 Followers
Deserves more than 8 viewers, Masterful, Great acting, Clever

See it if Want to get an idea about the rehearsing routine;what teacher can do to make student actor to express herself on stage in Shakespeare's play

Don't see it if Not the best room with average acoustic and regular chairs. Reciting of several pieces of Shakespeare play makes you uncomfortable Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

August 20th, 2014
For a previous production

“Brotebeck has directed a brilliantly acted production of Minigan's intelligent play...Jonte and Weinert electrify the stage like a modern Beatrice and Benedick with their exquisitely nuanced performances and onstage chemistry...The play is a love letter to the power of Shakespeare's words as well as to the acting profession itself, and anyone who cares about either of these things will find this show exhilarating. Jonte and Weinert are the production's main attractions."
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Theatre Reviews Limited
August 14th, 2014
For a previous production

“Minigan’s brilliant and demanding new play...’Breaking the Shakespeare Code’ is bold, brutal, brave, beguiling and brilliant. The structure is sturdy, the dramatic arc intriguing and it is a remarkable escape into reality. Brotebeck’s direction is fluid, sometimes frantic, and never frivolous: it always supports the script and the actor. The two actors attack their provocative roles with fierce commitment, each holding his or her own territory whilst always sharing the same battleground."
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August 18th, 2014
For a previous production

“A play for theater people that is at the same time all about chemistry...‘Breaking the Shakespeare Code’ is an exciting, polished performance, one that takes the setting of a bare acting classroom and transforms it into a vibrant world of attraction and deception. It is a play that you need to have taken an acting class and read a few Shakespeare plays to really appreciate, but the energy of the piece carries it through regardless.”
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