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Crime and Punishment

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio's stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's book journeys into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. More…

In the hot slums of St. Petersburg lives Raskolnikov, a former student struggling with debt and disillusionment. Believing himself to be a superior man, he executes a plan to kill and rob an old pawnbroker, arguing that her money can be used for good deeds, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. As the growing voice of his conscience sets in, Raskolnikov soon finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
89
Avg Score

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Cumbersome, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thoughtful, introspective dramas. Theatre is very warm but cold water balloons provided really helped.

Don't see it if You don't like long Russian dramas or cumbersome over-manipulated set pieces.

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You can follow a complicated story. And, surprisingly, if you're a fan of Radiohead.

Don't see it if You're easily distracted by alot of motion and lighting changes onstage

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see a masterpiece about homicide, madness, and spiritual regeneration.Intriguing,spellbinding, and great acting.. a must see!

Don't see it if you are a criminal with a guilty conscience.

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Painful, Exasperating

See it if you hate Dostoevsky and think his masterpiece should be butchered...or think that the brilliance of the novel lies in the action of the plot

Don't see it if you have any respect for the novel, like good adaptations, or appreciate direction that doesn't find itself much more clever than it is.

84
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You want to see Russian literature brought to life with imaginative, creative sets and staging- good portrayals of characters.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment. It helps to read Spark Notes before attending show.

90
Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You would enjoy an intense view into the mind of a killer and how he comes to realize the error of his ways. Great acting

Don't see it if You find it dated and have no interest in 19th century Russian sociey, or are upset by gruesome deaths [ a number of characters die]

94
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if If you like to think while you watch.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy sinister.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You love Dostoyevsky

Don't see it if You don't

81
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you wants to see a classic play with great acting.

Don't see it if you can't sit through the play in a theatre with no AC

85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like strong ensemble casts with lovely set and costume design or casts of distinct characters.

Don't see it if You don't like weird contemporary songs mixed into classic theater or complex story lines

75
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like theatre this is something that you should go to see, a classic

Don't see it if You don't like mystery writing

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like unusual interpretation of classic Dostoevsky

Don't see it if prefer fully blown production (with the proper air conditioning )

84
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting

See it if You enjoyed the book. The show brings it to life

Don't see it if You are not fond of classic literature

93
Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You are up for a very different approach to classical literature. There is a talented an international cast, all excellent actors.

Don't see it if You do not like European-style theater. Theater is very hot.

83
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like small scale productions, unorthodox view of Dostoyevsky,

Don't see it if prefer traditional Russian interpretations of Dostoyevsky, traditional casting

97
Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if A must see show if you like personal, imaginative and passionate work. An incredibly creative and loving take on this classic.

Don't see it if It can get a little hot in there. I would say still go see it but bring some ice cold water with you.

95
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are a Dostoevsky fan, enjoy underground theater, and are well versed in Russian culture and art.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You want to see one of the most iconic works of Russian literature brought to life on stage. Not an easy feat!

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic. Theater is hot and quite stuffy.

100
Quirky, Riveting, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy anything indie!

Don't see it if You have never read the novel or other naturalistic/realistic theater.

100
Intense, Ambitious, Original

See it if You know Crime and Punishment well and are familiar with European-style theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for easy entertainment.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you have read the novel! This is an incredible adaptation and so theatrical in nature!

Don't see it if You do not know the novel well. You'll be one of the few people left in the dark!

100
Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You enjoy emotional shows with lots of fabulous music! Amazing acting from key players!

Don't see it if You prefer logical analysis and naturalistic approaches. This show is extremely stylized and bigger than life!

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Mesmerizing, Masterful

See it if you love great acting. Especially Luisa Menzen stood out for me in an extraordinary way. Her performance was mind-blowing.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to heat. The antique theater has no modern air conditioning system.

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see amazing acting. Luisa Menzen, playing Dunya stood out especially and gave an extraordinary performance.

Don't see it if you don't like Russian literature.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You like ensemble based acting! A masterpiece constructed with so little! Bravo!

Don't see it if You only enjoy Broadway musicals or full blown productions.


August 10th, 2016
"The classic, chilling tale is adapted by Di Zhu...Despite the textual challenge, her smart adaptation brings out the natural drama of the source material...The scenes hit all major plot points while retaining its original comprehensiveness, humor, and heart....All the actors are admirable in the...
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July 29th, 2016
"A retelling of a tortured young academic that is deeply inventive–sometimes to a fault–and that manages to hit all of the major notes of Dostoevsky’s work...In the first third of the play, Zhu and Burago do a fantastic job capturing the bawdy, rowdy characters and crackling dialogue of Dostoevsk...
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