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Creditors (August Strindberg Rep)

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Excruciating

About the show

In August Stringberg's drama, a credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by her former husband, during an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

Adolph, a painter-turned-sculptor, is falling under the spell of Gustav, an ill-natured older man whom he has just met. In the guise of friendly male conversation Gustav, Iago-like, makes Adolph dissect his love for his new wife Tekla. She is a novelist whose star is rising while Adolph's falls. We learn that Tekla is Gustav's former wife and she has written about him, characterizing him as an idiot. In an act of revenge, the older man is manipulates the artist to believe that his wife has selfishly robbed him of his creative strength.

Member Reviews (20)


Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Excruciating
Avg Score

Psychologically acute, Inadequate, Wordy, Well constructed, Historically important

See it if you want to see a production of a rarely performed, historically important play by one of the founding figures of modern theater.

Don't see it if theater history doesn't matter enough to you to justify sitting through an inadequate production of a rarely performed classic play .

Also It’s hard to exaggerate the importance of August Strindberg to modern ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Intelligent, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you want to see three actors in an old style drama bring about multiple tensions in a one scene play with good sound effects and lighting.

Don't see it if you have hearing difficulty: a cavernous venue where voices bounce around and the soft voice of the actress is lost when not to the audience


See it if You want to see a play that was written and takes place 1 million years ago.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything new or creative

Also If you go back and read my reviews I probably said it at least 20 time... Read more Read less

Weak direction / disappointing, Zero chemistry / mismatched cast, Good set-up / nice arc / bogus pay-off, Dated but relevant talk-fest, Engaging psychological drama

See it if you know Strindberg's work and/or this play. Slightly different take here & there, but the psychological mind-F is pretty much intact.

Don't see it if you're expecting passion & chemistry. Unfortunately, female lead is dreadfully miscast. There's more chemistry between the male leads.

Also Last show seen last Saturday nite. Big mistake.... Read more Read less


See it if You need to complete your Strindberg list.

Don't see it if Whether it is the play, the translation, the direction or the acting, probably all, every line screamed "inauthentic." I yearned to escape.

Also I have enjoyed this play in the past. Not a lot, but so much more than... Read more Read less

The games people play(ed), Excruciating

See it if You want to be exhausted by the cat and mouse game of romantic love in one of Strindberg's densest and least successful plays.

Don't see it if You want to sit in a cavernous, hot, black box straining to get every tick and twist of plot- could possibly come alive with the right cast.

Also The Strindberg play has some interesting ideas about marriage and the ... Read more Read less

Dated, Cliched, Melodrama, Talky, talky, talky!, Too often quite preposterous

See it if you were assigned a paper on Strindberg; if you like melodrama; if you're intrigued by 1880s Swedish dramas; if you're a misogynist or incel

Don't see it if you prefer modern plays with believable conflicts & characters you can relate to; if dated (even preposterous) views about marriage irk you

Also Having seen several plays by August Strindberg [1849-1912] -- includin... Read more Read less

Intense, Slow, Loud, Awkward

See it if Can't think of why. Weak Strindberg, not saved by the direction and acting. LOTS OF YELLING, for emphasis. Not one credible moment.

Don't see it if you possibly can.

Intense, Cliched, Unbalanced cast

See it if you are interested in psychological plays revolving about the nature of love and the power of women over the men who love them.

Don't see it if intense plays about dysfunctional inter-personal relationships do not attract you.

Dated, Historically interesting, Psycho-sexual

See it if Glad I got to see this play, especially from a historical standpoint: of seeing a crucial work in the development of naturalist theater.

Don't see it if Directorially I wasn't convinced as to why I was watching *this* play *now*. A difficult text, the actors seemed to work in differing styles

Also A work written in a specific voice (and with Strindberg's characterist... Read more Read less

Great acting, Overwrought, Funny, Banal, Dated

See it if You like 19 Century comedies, with actors doing the best they can with the material.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of period plays .

Enchanting, Great acting

See it if Great acting and an engaging story. Controversial topic - still relevant today. Go for the remarkable performances and compelling story.

Don't see it if You don't like thought provoking topics.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Shameful, Overrated, Slow

See it if you have the patience to sit through a translation that was prepared by a literal translator and not a dramatist.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything more than a poorly staged reading of a one-note translation of The Creditors.

Also I was so eager to see one of my favorite Strindberg plays in productio... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Historically important

See it if you are interested in issues about relationships - and want an oppty to see a rarely performed Strindberg play in a solid, new translation

Don't see it if you're not interested in historical drama.

Also Acting was strong although it was occasionally hard to hear one of the... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the play Strindberg thought this was his best. It may still be, taking a hard look at open marriage.

Don't see it if you're not in for strong medicine.

Also A dark play that becomes progressively darker, only Strindberg could h... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You want to see great performances in a play full of twists and turns. Excellent chemistry between the three actors.

Don't see it if You don't have a long attention span. Not Strindberg's strongest play, but actors and staging make it riveting.

Also Standout performances by all actors, especially David Kubicka( Adolph)... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You care about less performed, more important plays by the less performed, most important playwright of the modern theatre.

Don't see it if Historically important plays and playwrights don't matter enough to you to see one of their key works at a summer festival.

Also August Strindberg was THE playwright who successfully brought naturali... Read more Read less

Quirky, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You savour Strindberg's cat and mouse games of romantic love.

Don't see it if You haven't got patience with "all the nuances, halftones, and transitions"

Also Strindberg has interesting ideas about the battle of the sexes. The ca... Read more Read less

Clever, Intense, Relevant

See it if you know Strindberg's work and want a different take on the psychological aspects.

Don't see it if you're expecting old-fashioned scenery chewing.

Also It's a passionate play and a battle of the brains. Natalie Menna (Tekl... Read more Read less

Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Swedish plays from the 1880s about sex might have something to say about matters today.

Don't see it if plays from the 1880s about sex might make you uncomfortable.

Also Strindberg at his wildest, craziest, with a cast led by Natalie Menna ... Read more Read less

August 28th, 2018
"I was so looking forward to the psychological chess game and deep intrigue of this play and wanted to revel in the one-upmanship, the power shifts and the twists and turns of manipulation. I wanted to delve into open marriage and gender disparity, be turned on by, and feel challenged by the torn...
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