"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. More…
Eighteen-year-old Anna approaches Curt, a callous young acting instructor at the women’s college she attends, to ask him to coach her for an upcoming audition. Though initially dismissive, he agrees to work with her only when she survives his challenges to her work on Julius Caesar’s Portia.
See it if you like stories abt theater (actor/director). Some refs to Shksp; it helps to know the plays/chars, but isn't necessary. Barebones prodn.
Don't see it if you want a well-paced, insightful script w/people interacting as IRL. Or want strg staging (constant movemt annoys) or modulated acting.
See it if Acting teacher withholds approval & pushes student to improve. Is their chemistry just fodder for their work, or is it something more?
Don't see it if You won't like trying to follow a feedback loop between the rehearsal room & the real world. Dialog muddled by poor acoustics.
See it if you are familiar with Shakespeare's female characters and words and their role in this tense director-actor relationship over 16 years.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with Bard's female characters and want a full grasp of the dialogue, also difficult due to acoustics, lights in eyes.
See it if you are interested in the way actors approach roles. Less about Shakespeare more about actors choices based on life experiences.
Don't see it if you have hearing issues. The actors are in constant motion to accommodate 360 degree seating so often speak with their backs to some seats
See it if Acting coach challenges girl to perform Shakespeare. She embodies the roles impacting him. After 16 years can they break roles and be real?
Don't see it if You don’t have to know Shakespeare’s characters, but it helps. Play is set in a rehearsal space and performed in one.
See it if Actors parse Shakespeare in rehearsal. What’s not to like? Illuminating bits on what makes a script work as performance vs. literature.
Don't see it if Characters not as sadistic & exploitive as I assumed they’d be from the description. That could be seen as a shortcoming even though...
See it if interested in theater, acting, student/teacher ever changing dynamics, clever dialogue & have some knowledge of Shakespeare's characters.
Don't see it if do not like black box theater in the round. Sometimes a strain to understand dialogue due to poor acoustics in theater( not fault of actors)
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare; you like conversations in which people quote literary works; you want to see some good acting.
Don't see it if you dislike minimalist sets; dislike Shakespeare; dislike "talky" shows.
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
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.
See it if Well, I seem to be in the minority but I found all of this sturm und drang really boring and relentless.
Don't see it if Characters did not seem real to me at all and I couldn't buy the teacher's attraction to student. Show offy talky play w/no let up .
See it if Strong performances, interesting use of Shakespeare to delineate their relationship.
Don't see it if Noise outside black box is distracting. Deeper knowledge of Shakespeare would help. Had to imagine the ages of the characters without change
See it if A teacher vs. student years long battle with sublimated sexual attraction beneath all the shouting and arguing--if this sounds good--OK.
Don't see it if Like me, you find both of these characters (very well acted by the way) so irritating and annoying that you can't wait for it to be over.
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
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
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);
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.
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.
See it if You will enjoy a play that plays with Shakespeare's lines as it traces the entwining of a student and her theater coach over the decades.
Don't see it if You will not enjoy a two-person performance in a black-box theater and have no interest in seeing an engaging play that engages Shakespeare.