Cry Havoc! NYC Reviews and Tickets

(85 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intense

About the Show

Bedlam presents Stephan Wolfert's solo show in which he weaves personal stories of his military service with some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (85)

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72 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want to be moves and challenged. Th play was an amazing combination of the surhors life experiences and speeches from Shakespeare plays

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted fare.

60 Reviews | 14 Followers
Visceral, pertinent to the crisis in returning veterans, thrillingly acted

See it if You like heartfelt storytelling, vital acting, and care about mental health, veterans, and heroism.

Don't see it if Just see it.

57 Reviews | 19 Followers
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you think you won't like a solo play about a veteran dealing with his experience and are just the smallest bit open-because you will love it

Don't see it if you can't be even the "smallest bit open"

104 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You're looking to better understand the plight of veterans and aid in the healing process.

Don't see it if You're a pretentious New York Times reviewer obsessed with your narrow definition of "aesthetics" and "narrative." Read more

530 Reviews | 278 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Perhaps the best one-man show of the season, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see one of the best one-man shows of the season. Wolfert takes us on a captivating journey based on his own experience.

Don't see it if you do not like one-man plays.

61 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want a powerful one-man act about a Veteran's view on re-entry into society, and the crucial need to un-wire back into society.

Don't see it if You don't like one man acts/Shakespeare or war stories-- but I think you should see it anyway. :) Stephen was nothing short of brilliant.

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if A must see for a veteran and anyone else to learn the hell returning from combat wreaks on returning vets and how little society cares

Don't see it if If Stream of Consciousness is not your style is the best comparison i can make to style, like a story with no punctuation or capital letters

70 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Thought provoking and well done!

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical!

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
March 30th, 2017

"A full-bore autobiographical solo with a meddling co-writer named Shakespeare...Wolfert is a puckish performer with a lithe build...Throughout, he peppers this material with lines from Shakespeare, a lot of them. And that’s a problem...Mostly the iambs gum up his own story...After Wolfert concludes his monologue...stagehands create a ring of chairs and the audience circles up for a combination of talk-back and group therapy...This coda is affecting, also protracted and self-congratulatory."
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March 19th, 2017

"'Cry Havoc!' is a piece with theatrical roots, and Shakespeare aficionados will certainly appreciate the angle of interpretation that Wolfert presents. But he and his director, Eric Tucker, have created a play whose purpose distinctly veers from the artistic and toward the edifying...While this is a valid use of theater, patrons should know going in that they're more likely to receive a masterful TED Talk about the psychological ramifications of war than a crafted work of art."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 24th, 2017

“It begins with the actor Stephan Wolfert presenting his improbable and thoroughly gripping life story…But in the switchover between acts, he surrenders the power of his narrative to create a kind of ad hoc group therapy session, which undercuts the power of his own best work…Anyway, the first act, under Tucker's direction, is consistently gripping, although there are a few passages in which Wolfert could dial down the energy level; at times his intensity threatens to become exhausting.”
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Theater Pizzazz
March 19th, 2017

“'Cry Havoc!' cries out to be seen because of the wrenching immediacy brought to its issues via the remarkable performance of Wolfert, a 50-year-old Iraq combat vet...Standing in a totally unadorned black space,...his sleek, dancer's body dressed only in a black T-shirt and dark gray slacks, the embodiment of ‘the complete actor’...After you leave 'Cry Havoc!,' you'll never look at a homeless man with an ‘I'm a vet. Please help’ sign the same way again.”
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Theater Pizzazz
May 13th, 2015
For a previous production

"One of the most compelling one-man shows you’ll see in quite some time...Peppering his story with beautifully performed soliloquies and speeches from Shakespeare’s most powerful plays, Wolfert recounts his discovery of the power of the Bard...It’s also his tremendous command and love of Shakespeare that most certainly furthers his program. One cannot help but be brought in by his infectious passion for the work.."
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August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"Powerful theater can ensue when an artist simply, or not so simply, decides to bear witness...Stephan Wolfert commits himself body and soul to that mission in 'Cry Havoc!’, and the result is riveting...Wolfert delivers a dynamic and physically expressive performance...He emphasizes the timeless universality of the soldier’s experience...Wolfert also makes demands on the audience. In particular, he forces us to think about our responsibility to and for the vets."
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August 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"At once intensely personal while, at the same time, it reaches out not only to veterans in need but to a broader community that, Wolfert insists, needs to understand the plight of veterans and come to their aid...Wolfert meaningfully and seamlessly weaves various soliloquies from Shakespeare into his narrative, a technique that, in less skillful hands, would be little more than pretentious gimmickry. Wolfert is a galvanic, at times frenzied, performer with a captivating personality."
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Berkshire On Stage
August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"It is harrowing, hilarious and uplifting. On a bare stage, different worlds come alive by Wolfert’s storytelling and sound effects that he orally mimics...Wolfert’s performance is a high-powered and tender portrayal of a man who has escaped from a dysfunctional, alcoholic family that tried to stifle his creative fires. As his story unfolds he grabs our emotions and challenges our intellect. It is a performance not to be missed."
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