Already closed | 2h 20m | Upper W Side

Cymbeline

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

About the show

Part of The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park, this Shakespearean fairy tale stars Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. More…

Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.

2h 20m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny
83
Avg Score

70
Rambling, Unfocused, Disappointing, Great actors wasted, Issues of editing/directing

See it if you love going to Delacorte to see great actors (even if not well used). Lesser Shakesp still has good moments. But Cymbeline can be good...

Don't see it if as proven by the Fiasco prodn at Barrow St. This Cym was not fun or engaging. I blame Daniel Sullivan (the director).

85
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Classic

See it if you like Shakespeare in the Park. great actors.

Don't see it if you don't like lotteries and lines.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Nice

See it if You enjoy a non traditional adaptation of shakespeare

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

87
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you like Shakespeare and classic works made fresh.

Don't see it if you're not into Shakespeare.

67
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if if you'r a great fan of Shakespeare and enjoy productions of Shakespeare set in modern times and wearing modern dress.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare and aren't knowledgeable about the political machinations of the Cymbeline story.

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75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see great Shakespearean acting.

Don't see it if you're not great with Shakespeare, as this one is on the weirder side.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if Theater in the park, under the stars ... Lily Rabe, Kate Burtin, Patrick Page and Raul Esparza. Theater for free, or at least luck.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Shakespeare.

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if enjoy spectacle & humor along side your Shakespeare & want to see one of the lesser-performed Shakespeare plays.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy whimsical/magical story telling or find Shakespeare hard to follow.

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to treat yourself to great theater on a sunny day in the park. Wonderful acting. Great play.

Don't see it if you are averse to seeing plays outside.

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Shakespeare

See it if Lucky enuf to see CYMBELINE twice from 2 different angles. Totally nutty play ends with dozens of "revelations" that join the large cast??

Don't see it if If U don't like Shakespeare this is not a good place to start. Also, outdoor theater can be trying if the weather suddenly changes. Read it?

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love the platypus of Shakespeare's plays! Romance, intrigue, dead/not dead, evil step-mother, poison, girls disguised as boys, etc.!

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Shakespeare.

80
Hard to follow, Intelligent, Quirky, Free, Pleasant

See it if you'd like to see a more unknown Shakespeare piece in a beautiful setting - for FREE! The music was great and fun, and the acting was good.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, and following confusing plot lines isn't your thing or if you don't like being outside for 3 hours.

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like outdoor theater in a beautiful setting, a talented & funny cast with great timing, cool costumes, fun atmosphere & a free show.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or only want to see his well-know plays & don't want to worry about getting rained on or deal w/ getting tickets.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you enjoy farce and top-notch comedic acting. The entire cast was hilarious, esp. Esparza and Linklater (in two roles). Hark, hark the lark!

Don't see it if you can't tolerate incredibly convoluted storylines.

95
Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a great Shakespeare show that rarely gets performed

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Shakespeare.

85
Clever, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you're a sucker for Shakespeare and you love watching extremely talented performers.

Don't see it if you're not strapped in for a long show. The play can feel a little slow at points--not to mention the run time is about three hours.

92
Quirky, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like Hamish Linklater or Lily Rabe. You're: a Shakespeare super-fan, familiar with Cymbeline, or focused & love "al fresco" Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You dislike Lily Rabe or Hamish Linklater. Or, you're impatient or easily bored.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You've never heard of the play - like me!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy free Shakespeare in the park?

98
Funny, Great acting, Original, Must see, Delightful

See it if You love Shakespeare and Lily Rabe! Amazing modern take on an already fantastic show.

Don't see it if You hate seeing shows outside.

35
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if You didn't get to see Fiasco's production and want a Cliff Notes' version. Or you're related to someone who worked on it.

Don't see it if You value actors who talk to one another rather than merely themselves.

90
Clever, Original, Great staging, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you love new takes on Shakespeare and love quirky song and dance

Don't see it if you wish Shakespeare would stay the same.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see

See it if You appreciate directorial vision and an energetic cast/crew bringing Shakespeare to life. Remarkable production that should have run longer

Don't see it if you are a shakespeare scholar who insists on straightforward, literal, period interpretations

87
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love Shakespeare and you want a good laugh.

Don't see it if If you don't like Shakespeare.

83
Great acting, Offbeat, Romantic, Pretentious, Clever

See it if You love Raul Esparza and Lily Rabe, and if you want to see a fun Shakespeare show.

Don't see it if You would rather be inside with air conditioning and prefer shows that are fast-paced and less than 3 hours long.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you have an undying love for this show or Shakespeare in general, though the production lacked clear focus or intent.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive Shakespeare production that is entertaining from start to finish. There's much better cases of that out there.


August 10th, 2015
"Daniel Sullivan, the reliably fine director whose Shakespeare productions here usually have avoided self-conscious concepts, has almost made a U-turn with this disappointing staging...Here, the emphasis is somewhat deflatingly on the artifice in 'Cymbeline.' We are encouraged to recognize that w...
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August 10th, 2015
"Daniel Sullivan’s production provides not only a delightful evening in Central Park but also a successful argument for the play. He settles at once on a tone that can support the narrative’s oddball excursions...Sullivan has to play the final scene, with its hailstorm of absurd revelations, enti...
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August 10th, 2015
"Although entertaining in spots, this stylistically all-over-the-map rendition is more wearisome than enlightening...This late romance is one of the Bard's most problematic works and most difficult to successfully stage. Featuring allusions to characters and situations from many of his previous p...
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August 10th, 2015
"The problem with director Daniel Sullivan’s fresh take on the play is that it’s neither here nor there — not outrageous enough to be funny, but not sober enough to be taken seriously...At the end of the show, the company comes together for a wonderfully witty court dance. Everyone seems to be ca...
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