In Previews: Opens Sep 24 | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Caesar and Cleopatra

From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

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!

2h 0m | In Previews: Opens Sep 24 | Theatre Row / Lion Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (37)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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
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
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
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

During previews
79
Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if you are a GBS fan and enjoy seeing his plays performed well; you like innovative sets and multi-cultural casting, clever costumes.

Don't see it if GBS plays leave you yawning; he definitely has a POV and it may not be yours.

During previews
87
Playfully delicious intelligent shaw with great cast

See it if Cuccioli and cast of stage pros have a blast with Shaw's send-up of the ancient world. Smart, funny dialogue captures the height of wit.

Don't see it if Some may find it talky, but not me nor my friends. We hung on every word -- Shaw at his wittiest. Bravura performance of intelligent humor.

During previews
84
Resonant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy Shaw’s work or like light political comedies.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are quirky and seem to make humor of Caesar and Cleopatra.

During previews
77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want want to see a solid production of a work by a great playwright

Don't see it if you need a production where the entire cast and creatives display the results of proper rehearsal

Also This show has very experienced cast with a lot of acknowledged stage a... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Opaque, Cast better than direction, Oddly staged, Disappointing

See it if you are a Bernard Shaw completist; you like shows that hover between history and comedy; you want to see a great cast...

Don't see it if ...that is so much better than this weird, uneven production. Maybe it was me, but I just didn't get it. It was too straight to be a good...

Also comedy and too broad to be a history. The cast was excellent, but it w... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Slow, Some bad acting, Quirky, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see all of Shaw's plays and haven't seen this one; want to support a company dedicated to his works.

Don't see it if Agree w/ comment that this seemed "flat." There 's no chemistry between C & C. It's not a romance, but C & C are supposed to like each other

During previews
86
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Shaw's plays, are interested in history, appreciate fine acting, & like plays that make you think.

Don't see it if you prefer make believe and fluff.

During previews
88
Relevant, Slow, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you don't have experience with old plays but want to. This play is VERY accessible for a Bernard Shaw play that was written in the 1800s.

Don't see it if you do not like historical plays. It can be very slow at times. You always need to pay attention or you'll get lost easily.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want an unusual take on the story of Caesar and Cleopatra or if you like Bernard Shaw's plays. This one is very different than his usual

Don't see it if you don't like historical plays that "play" with the subject matter. It is difficult to get interested in any of the characters

During previews
77
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you like Bernard Shaw plays. The actors were good though it seemed like some stumbled over their lines a little.

Don't see it if If aren't a fan of Bernard Shaw or if you prefer musicals

During previews
85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you would like to be steeped in Shaw's world view with delightful performances of historical characters/events to make philosophical points

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shavian POV, can't get past the fact that this was never primo Shaw, cast is of varying ability and text is altered.

Also I found the piece to be absolutely true to the intention of Shaw despi... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Interesting combination of a very good but overlooked play with a modern and engaging approach. You are drawn into play making it personal

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience with the fourth wall firmly established. these characters are human, not gods and flawed

Also the production is rather bare bones but makes use of the space and the... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Long, Pretty set design, Not a comedy, Good acting, Cute

See it if you are a fan of Bernard Shaw's writing

Don't see it if you expect a comedy, it's not really, more satire than anything

During previews
80
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Like Shaw. Good acting, although I have seen several of them do much better.

Don't see it if Expect more development and nuance. Cleopatra particularly weak- does not show Development from girl to Queen ( except for costume).

Also What is with that strange set?! Boat wreck or left over from Peter Pan... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Revival of this enjoyable play created by Shaw was very well-acted. I liked the way that the entire theatre was used to engage the audience

Don't see it if If you don’t like Shaw, then this is not your kind of play.

During previews
78
Dated, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like Shaw, loose historical dramas, and stories of coming of age in a student teacher situation while carrying the burdens of leadership

Don't see it if you like modern plays, mind historical inaccuracies or are just not interested in history. Want to compare this to the better Pygmalion.

Also This is a fine showing of the play with good actors. I thought the cos... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Not stellar

See it if you've never seen Shaw's C & C, on stage or on film. Decent, w some laughs and depth but the stars don't shoot too brightly on this one.

Don't see it if you don't like Shaw, serious comedies, or plays that tackle philosophy of life, or questions of how best to teach, lead & live.

Also Lots of missed lines among other flaws. This mediocre production hardl... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Funny old play that uses humor to talk about serious stuff; just the right amount of hints about modern politic and #me too movement

Don't see it if Think that 19th century play can not be changed and diluted with the modern life situations; dislike lighthearted usage of ancient heroes


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