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. More…
From the show:
For the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents "Coriolanus," the Bard’s blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery.
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.
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
See it if you’d like to spend a (free!) summer evening in a lovely open-air theater with pretty good sightlines & sometimes wonky acoustics.
Don't see it if you have a strong feeling for the primal power of the simply plotted, sharply delineated original.
See it if you’re interested in a show about a tyrant leader (sound familiar?), or would like to see a less-complicated Shakespearean narrative.
Don't see it if depictions of violence and blood bother you. This play has some intense moments, but is overall easier to follow than most of Shakespeare.
See it if Starts out weird but grows on you when the clear conflicts & crisp rhetoric supersede the confusing aesthetics.
Don't see it if Distracting details threaten to commandeer attention. Is that an American accent or an English one? What on earth is everyone wearing?
See it if You love Shakespeare in the Park, you will relish this tragedy. Sitting in the Delacort Theater is part of the magic & this was a treat!
Don't see it if You prefer light-hearted musicals.
See it if You want to see a masterful performance in the lead, title role by Jonathan Cake.
Don't see it if This is not even close to top tier Shakespeare in terms of the play itself. But it is well worth seeing for some fine acting.
See it if you want to see a modern interpretation of a classic Shakespeare play. Great production set in a garbage dump...right in the middle of CP.
Don't see it if you are so stupid as to not be familiar with Shakespeare's works.
See it if You like Shakespeare 'red in tooth and claw'. An uncompromising reading of the play. Great acting, especially by the lead.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespearean drama writ large with blood and gore to the fore.
See it if You’d like to see Shakespeare under the stars, a good production of Coriolanus, great acting
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare, long plays, or need to see something exceptional. This production was good but very straightforward.
See it if you love the story or are a fan of Shakespeare's lesser known works. Kate Burton is fantastic and the cast really gets the language.
Don't see it if you're expecting an emotional journey. This is just war and violence and sometimes a moving speech. Jonathan Cake was not especially good.
See it if Like clarity of language and depth of interpretation in a difficult play
Don't see it if uncomfortable grappling with a difficult play for 3 hours
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare's classic words set in a way that bring new relevance. It isn't an over-the-top re-imagining, but just enough.
Don't see it if you have trouble with Shakespearean English. It isn't the most well known or accessible of his works, so it wouldn't be a good one to start.
See it if You like to be in the middle of Central Park watching a Shakespearean drama that isn't performed very often. Good sets too.
Don't see it if You really love fight choreography. The choices made in that regard weren't the greatest.
Also Kate Burton is her usual spectacular self.
See it if If you've never seen the play and want to. Most of the cast was verygood, but I didn't like the two male leads, who dragged out their lines
Don't see it if you have seen a good Coriolanus. I saw Steven Berkoff's very brisk version at the Public, and that was a great Coriolanus. This isn't.
See it if you really like Coriolanus already or are a completionist who wants to add this production to the list of shows you talk about having seen.
Don't see it if this is your first Coriolanus or your first Shakespeare or you love great fight choreography or simmering, subtle relationships on stage.
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and dissecting the language! See it if you like watching shows that make you think about human nature and error.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the language. It would be very tough to enjoy.
See it if you love excellent Shakespeare. Incredibly well-acted and directed, doesn't shy away from any of the issues raised. Incredible ensemble.
Don't see it if Definitely long and a bit slow, but was worth the wait. Sink into its pace and it pays off.
See it if You're a big fan of The Public Theatre like I am. The set was phenominal and staging is clever as always. Acting was very good.m
Don't see it if You're not into Shakespeare. Historically this is not one of his most popular plays..but very fun all the same.
See it if Shakespeare's play about a hero whose heroic acts and loyalty are undervalued by his kinsman because he's a ego driven bastard.
Don't see it if Shakespeare writes plays of thoughts and words. Coriolanus' thoughts and words must be enough to keep us involved.
See it if you appreciate the complexity and nuance of Shakespeare and you don't expect a clear hero and villain or to be told what you should think.
Don't see it if you are bored or by a production that presents real characters who are all flawed, rather than insipid pieties as in To Kill A Mockingbird.
See it if you like solid--but lackluster--Shksp. Verse is clear, but actors don't shine. Politicians are dirty; pleb mob is manipulated at rallies.
Don't see it if you want to be dazzled; you might be a bit bored. Why isn't there diff costuming for nobles/plebs? For Romans/ Volscians? Still, fun/free.
See it if You want to see a really clever style of the show. It felt very modern even though it was classic language. Very accessible. Great acting.
Don't see it if If you hate Shakespeare. I think this was easier to “get” than most but it’s still Shakespeare...and if you hate it...you’ll hate it.