Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)
Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)
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Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park) NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
19%
Negative
3%
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Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

About the Show

Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs a modern-day version of Shakespeare's epic of democracy and demagoguery for The Public's free outdoor season.

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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you like modern Shakespeare. Some good acting, good directing.

Don't see it if This one is slow and disappointing even if its it's free.

80
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if Jonathan Cake's mesmerizing, galvanic performance as Coriolanus is reason alone to see this minor key tragedy Kate Burton's Voluminia shines

Don't see it if Sullivan's stalwart direction enhances plodding drama but obvious references to Trump & current political climate are within subtle reach

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
August 5th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK. "An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War. Jonathan Cake finds the cracks in the macho surface of Shakespeare’s strangest tragic hero in Daniel Sullivan’s fiery production in Central Park."
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Time Out New York
August 5th, 2019

★★★★ "Jonathan Cake is a glorious hunk of mess in Shakespeare in the Park's astute and timely production of 'Coriolanus,' a tragedy with a singularly disagreeable hero…The superb Cake brings a leaping physical energy to his performance...he delivers Shakespeare's winding verse with precision."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 6th, 2019

"A 'Coriolanus' Amid the Wreckage"
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New Yorker
August 12th, 2019

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge take pains to dredge up feelings of audience profundity, and the Public presents a colorful new rendition at Shakespeare in the Park."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 5th, 2019

"Jonathan Cake and Kate Burton star in the Central Park production of Shakespeare's lesser-known, politically resonant tragedy."
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Variety
August 6th, 2019

"Jonathan Cake takes on the unforgiving title role in Shakespeare’s rarely seen 'Coriolanus' -- and runs with it to a glorious finish."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 8th, 2019

"Betraying the Bard: At Shakespeare in the Park, a well-staged but ill-conceived production of Shakespeare’s most explicitly political play."
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AM New York
August 5th, 2019

"Shakespeare in the Park production misses the mark."
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Theatermania
August 5th, 2019

"'Coriolanus' Is Shakespeare's CrossFit Bro in the End Times. Jonathan Cake stars in Daniel Sullivan's apocalyptic production at the Delacorte Theater."
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BroadwayWorld
August 6th, 2019

"Jonathan Cake and Kate Burton Shine in Shakespeare's Political Drama 'CORIOLANUS.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
August 7th, 2019

"Sullivan's production has many striking moments…But the production's energy runs down about halfway through the second act, and the final rush of events -- including 'Coriolanus'' eleventh-hour change of heart and its dire consequences -- unfold without much excitement."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 5th, 2019

"Dark and heavy clouds are hovering over the Delacorte Theater these days, though these are not the kind that occasionally threaten to soak the audiences who attend one of the Public Theater's free Shakespeare-in-the-Park performances in the open air of Central Park..."
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New York Stage Review
August 5th, 2019

★★★ "'Private Feelings Versus Public Perceptions in a Raggedy Rome.' Jonathan Cake has a sneer for every occasion as Shakespeare's proudest Roman."
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New York Stage Review
August 5th, 2019

★★ "'A Poor Case for a Rarely Produced Play.' The second open-air Central Park offering of the summer is a rare miss from usually on-point Shakespearean director Daniel Sullivan"
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TheaterScene.net
August 6th, 2019

"Daniel Sullivan's production for Free Shakespeare in the Park is fine with the surface values of this historical tragedy but less so with creating the subtext of the story. … Jonathan Cake is excellent as the brutal warrior, not so accomplished as the public man wrestling with his own demons."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 6th, 2019

"What makes Coriolanus Caius Martius (Jonathan Cake), a too complex tragedy is that there are flaws everywhere you look; and everybody loses, including the audience, who really just want a hero. The masses are fickle and greedy, easily manipulated by the power hungry tribunes."
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CurtainUp
August 6th, 2019

"This new take on Shakespeare's Roman tragedymay nott please those who come to the Delacorte yearning for an idyllic experience on a summer evening. But for those who truly hunger for a spine-tingling interpretation of this seldom-produced Roman tragedy, director Daniel Sullivan has us experience it at a deeper level and feel it in the time and space of a not-distant future."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 9th, 2019

"This rarely performed Shakespearean tragedy...stomps and storms the Delacorte Stage as strongly and confidently as the titular character played to a muscular max by the fantastic Jonathan Cake...This tragedy soars, engaging and captivating us with a mother/son dynamic worthy of the Greeks."
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C
August 5th, 2019

"Cake does his utmost to overcome whatever flaws are in the writing of the character. Passion oozes out of every pore and inch of his toned body, and his speech and mannerisms are marvelously nuanced. It's a true tour-de-force performance."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 10th, 2019

"Much of Sullivan's production…has a propulsive energy, far too much so for my taste given the static nature of the plotting. Cake and Burton are dynamic performers but much of what they say and do…has an angry, even furious, tone that grows increasingly monotonous."
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Off Off Online
August 6th, 2019

"Class divisions, overweening pride, and poisonous politics bubble throughout Coriolanus. The tragic hero has a perverse kind of valor, yet he's held in check by the Senate and the people's tribunes. [As Coriolanus] Jonathan Cake, tall and broad-shouldered, is clear-spoken, nuanced, and riveting."
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