Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Caesar and Cleopatra

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the show

Gingold Theatrical Group presents a rare revival of Shaw’s almost historical comedy "Caesar and Cleopatra." More…

From the show:

One of Shaw’s most famous and least known plays, this remarkable comedy of epic proportions hasn’t been given a full NYC production in over 40 years! As an early attempt to craft a theatrical relationship that evolved into the Eliza/Higgins partnership of Shaw’s PYGMALION, this highly entertaining play from 1898 boldly addresses women’s rights, sexual roles, empowering the disenfranchised, having the courage to define the self in the face of social and societal rigid expectations, being an active and contributive member of the community, and even the dangers of Imperialist Colonization. Shaw reminds us that we’re all immigrants seeking to make our way in the world!


Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

75
Farcical, Inane, Quirky, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if Buffoonery by people in power. Comic actors ham it up with stage presence. Breathes life into an old story. Light entertainment.

Don't see it if Bombastic script with stilted language. Actors talk to the audience a lot. Annoying shallow characters. Unconvincing Cleopatra.

80
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if Staller's streamlined yet potent adapt of Shaw's epic drama proves both thoughtful & breezy enhanced by excellent leads Cuccioli & Avia Lim

Don't see it if Not for Shavian purists; its whittled down from 3 1/2 to 2 hrs Yet Shaw's witty, razor sharp essence remains & still delights Set is clunky

89
Cleverly staged, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you have missed the charm of Bernard Shaw. This lovely production will open your eyes to amusement, wonder & delight! Read the posters!

Don't see it if you dislike subtly and prefer overt to sly humor.

76
Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedic period plays in intimate settings. This is funny and includes themes of power dynamics and female empowerment.

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary settings or newer works.

77
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the complexity of Shaw's great writing updated for today's audience. Great exploration of the formation of a leader's power.

Don't see it if you are a purist and prefer Shaw's original writing.

83
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Shaw's humorous fictionalized account of the 1st cent. BC rulers - meeting in Egypt with Caesar helping Cleo come to power; 2 hour version

Don't see it if director added narrator (excellent) who frequently addresses audience; don't want stories of female empowerment, want elaborate set

Also use of narrator helped to make the play efficient ... Read more Read less

84
Great writing, Relevant, Clever, Witty, Absorbing

See it if you want intelligent, witty play re: themes of power, responsibility, mentorship, & legacy - thru story of Caesar meets Cleopatra. Timely.

Don't see it if you want something experimental or edgy. This is classic, literate, relevant theater. Neglected gem. Braxton performance esp. noteworthy.

86
Inventively trimmed & reimagined script, Intelligent & witty, Absorbing, Ambitious, Excellent cast & casting

See it if You’re up for a funny, imaginatively edited and slightly meta-theatrical, rarely seen Shaw. A smart production with an excellent cast.

Don't see it if You like your Shaw dry, in five acts and with characters only speaking to each other, rather than occasionally addressing the audience.

Also While some of director Staller's cuts, rearrangements and inventions—n... Read more Read less

83
Intelligent, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy Shaw, modern restaging interests you. Strong performances, especially from the leads. Interesting precursor of Pygmalion.

Don't see it if you are bothered by rather silly framing devices, or need elaborate sets, staging. This is bare bones, but that allows Shaw's words to shine

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the excellent Cuccioli and Lim. You appreciate a play where language matters more than over-the-top production.

Don't see it if You dislike Shaw or expect the set of Moulin Rouge. You don’t like Pygmalion-type stories.

Also Would love to see the script — many lines on leadership relevant to to... Read more Read less

79
Witty, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well-done production of one of Shaw's somewhat earlier and lesser seen plays.

Don't see it if You don't like Shaw or plays with a lot of talk and not much action. You want a "fancy" production.

Also I found it interesting to see what is perhaps the genesis of Shaw's "t... Read more Read less

100
Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Love historical fun dramas that have a human touch.

Don't see it if you are a stickler for boring academic historical accounts or just plain hate good plays.

83
Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if want to see a wonderful play well acted and cleverly staged; clever cuts and streamlining devices

Don't see it if don't like to see classics, even very long ones (a little over-) simplified and streamlined

80
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fun historical story told in a charming way

Don't see it if Full, big budget production or musical

90
Shaw piece, uniquely presented, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you enjoy off-the-beaten path theater featuring the work of a well-known playwright

Don't see it if you require flashy production values

80
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You love Shaw and want to see a cleverly staged and entertaining show. Well-adapted by Director David Staller.

Don't see it if Nothing untoward in the content, but young children might find the material too challenging to absorb. Best for ages 12+.

60
Disappointing, Great writing, Slow

See it if You what to see a seldom performed George Bernard Shaw play.

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays. Actors lacked chemistry with one another and some seemed to just be shouting their lines.

89
Epic, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if ...you're a fan of history or Shaw or both...if you like strong, but vulnerable, female characters ..if you enjoy thought-provoking theatre

Don't see it if ...you want flashy, over the top or hilarious entertainment... or if you want entertainment that doesn't make you think.

During previews
75
Uneven tone, Clever, Strong acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a solid Shaw histl fiction, w quotable lines/stg perfmces. Lessons abt rulers, war, aging, love. Pygm overtones. 4th wall breaks.

Don't see it if you want consistent tone. Broad humor (a puppet!) mixes w serious content. C&C improves; perhaps, needs early edits. Gr costumes. Good set.

During previews
72
Great costumes, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Flat

See it if You want to see a finely trimmed version of a great play. Interesting set. Great costumes and lighting.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting to get the real feeling you should get from this Shaw play. All the characters are presented as one note, flat.

Also Shaw is one of my favorite playwrights and I love the monthly Project ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Intelligent, Accessible, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if to see a good (not great) revival of Shaw's sharp political/philosophical/morality comedy, edited for approachability even by GBS detractors

Don't see it if you expect to laugh hardily at Shaw's wit and humor, which is somehow lacking in this otherwise amiable, breezy & well-acted production.

Also Director David Staller -- an admirable advocate for Shaw & Shaw's mess... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Refreshing, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy well-directed plays with ethnically diverse actors bringing new life to an old play with modern costumes, good staging and lights.

Don't see it if you do not like your historical figures presented in a fun light and modern dress but you'll be missing a thought provoking, bit-long, riot.

During previews
79
Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if fan of Shaw & have never seen this play before, enjoy Gingold group's take on Shaw, curious about history between the title characters

Don't see it if expect powerful confrontations between the title characters or a lot of Shavian humor, want elaborate Egyptian sets & developed characters

During previews
80
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Different take on C&C story with humor and well cast.

Don't see it if If you are looking for the Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra.

Also Never saw this perform on stage before. Only saw the movie 1945 with V... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Intelligent, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see a Shaw play based on historical characters. This production is very well cast and beautifully written.Intelligent and witty!

Don't see it if you don't like a witty and humorous play. This drama is not the usual drawing room Shaw drama with British accents.

Also I especially loved the way the young actress portrayed Cleopatra from ... Read more Read less


October 3rd, 2019
"‘Caesar & Cleopatra,’ Dressed Down Yet Wised Up: George Bernard Shaw gets sensitively streamlined in a briskly entertaining production with winning performers at its center."
read more
September 24th, 2019
4/5 Stars "George Bernard Shaw's historical comedy brings new life to ancient history."
read more
September 26th, 2019
"In David Staller’s new adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s work, the worldly Caesar transforms a Lolita-like Cleopatra into a hardheaded political realist."
read more
September 24th, 2019
"A Young Woman Attaches Herself to an Older Man for Power in 'Caesar and Cleopatra': Bernard Shaw's history play receives an off-Broadway revival."
read more

Related content


Cast & Creatives (3)