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Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)

From 74 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

Member Reviews (74)


Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

Good bones, Strong lead, Wasted talent, Misquided

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.

Also Here a directorial concept does a production in. In the original, pleb... Read more Read less

Decent acting, Great set, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

Also I had never seen a production of CORIOLANUS before this one. I'm a hug... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great writing, Slow

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.

During previews
Plot has parallels to today but that’s not enough to justify a revival, It’s hard to root for the title character, Very talky, First act didn’t hold my interest

See it if You don’t want to miss a rarely performed Shakespeare play. You love politics.

Don't see it if You’re willing to accept other people’s opinion about why Coriolanus is rarely performed.

During previews
Great set, Dark, Great writing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You, like me, are a Shakespeare completionist just waiting to cross Coriolanus off of your list!

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare that has larger than life performances. Most of the characters feel more like caricatures here, with some exceptions

Also “Why did you wish me milder? would you have me... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy this lesser known play of Shakespeare's canon.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an uneven production of an uneven play. Some great moments, and many moments that just miss the mark.

During previews
Lengthy, Boring, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are truly a Shakespeare fan and don’t mind wasting almost three hours when there are more exciting things to do.

Don't see it if You want to be bored out of your mind .

During previews
Disappointing, Great writing, Slow, Quirky, Overrated

See it if Enjoy non traditional Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Unable to countenance reinventing a great master playwright. For example, from the costumes, unable to tell patricians from plebeians.

During previews
Indulgent, Confusing

See it if can enjoy a confused production

Don't see it if sessitive to cohesiveness

Also This was misguided from the first scene - the hungry people want to ki... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Safe rendition, Cliched

See it if You are into bland classic Shakespeare set in a post-apocalyptic future, if you like the play it is worth a see since it’s not done often

Don't see it if You are looking for a refreshing take of this play or anything revolutionary about it or any sort of relevance

During previews
Relevant, Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Great set

See it if you like Shakespeare, interesting and modernized interpretations of old plays, or want to experience outdoor theater.

Don't see it if you're unable to sit for 3 hours in the heat of New York City's summer nights or find the writing of Coriolanus to be uncomfortable.

Also The rhythm of the show felt very slow and made it difficult to focus. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Strong text work, Clearly communicated shakespeare, Slow

See it if you are really interested in seeing Coriolanus either as a Shakespeare or theater scholar. The story is told with clarity.

Don't see it if you like stories that move. Or have purpose. Or aren't repetitive.

Also This is a serviceable production of one of Shakespeare's weaker plays.... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Well if you are into literature its definitely a treat, you do t have to hang on to every word spoken cz you know what's coming.

Don't see it if Don't expect much, the first half is boring but the second half catches up more

Also & what's up with the costume, I heard in US people think leggings and ... Read more Read less

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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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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August 6th, 2019
"A 'Coriolanus' Amid the Wreckage"
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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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