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Crime and Punishment

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
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Critics
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Members
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37 reviews
 

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.

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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.

 

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Reviews (39)

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83
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85
Theater Pizzazz

"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 their performances…Despite the audacity of the undertaking, Mr. Burago and Ms. Zhu’s 'Crime and Punishment' goes the distance, bringing a revitalized perspective to this classic tale." Full Review

80
Aleteia

"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 Dostoevsky’s writing...Zhu and Burago never lose sight of the animating force of Dostoevsky’s novel...Zhu and Burago’s adaptation ends with a major misfire–a rock song that feels needless and even tacky." Full Review

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87
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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.

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

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging

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.

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

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.

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.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great acting

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

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

100
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love Dostoyevsky

Don't see it if You don't

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, 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
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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

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]

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

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

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
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, 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 )

100
Original, Ambitious, Intense

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.

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, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing, Relevant

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.

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

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.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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
Original, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Russian classic literature; experimental and innovative production;

Don't see it if you like only Broadway musicals

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You liked the book and enjoy seeing those characters come to life.

Don't see it if You don't like sad, intense drama, or a re looking for a light evening.

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

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.

71
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Confusing

See it if It is okay it's not the best but it is pretty good

Don't see it if You don't like crime

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, 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
Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy movement and music mixed in with a dark drama. The acting is bold and provocative at times. Very refreshing!

Don't see it if You don't have any familiarity with the Russian temperament.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, 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.