Idiot NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(76 Ratings)
Positive
33%
Mixed
38%
Negative
29%
Members say
Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

About the Show

Robert Lyons' new play is inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name, and staged by HERE artistic director Kristin Marting.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (76)

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181 Reviews | 39 Followers
91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if U want to see a well written adaptation of the book. Even on opening night of previews it was seamlessly performed. Humorous, creative & new

Don't see it if You prefer your classics staged classically. This had video, audience seated next to the performance area, imaginative staging & "karaoke"!

62 Reviews | 35 Followers
81
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want something different. Well acted, staged, great folk dance.

Don't see it if you are a purist, don't think they stuck to the facts.

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
80
Clever, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You like unusual, thought-provoking theatre

Don't see it if you expect to see a blockbuster

201 Reviews | 21 Followers
79
Ambitious, Original, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy seeing a work of great literature adapted to drama

Don't see it if You don't like Russian classics

78 Reviews | 76 Followers
79
Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking explorations on the human condition combined with immersive staging and modern tech elements.

Don't see it if You need a linear storyline to enjoy a show. This show is about the journey, not the destination.

172 Reviews | 24 Followers
77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dostoyevsky; like romance

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with his rich text

112 Reviews | 21 Followers
75
Edgy, Great staging, Original, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy a stylish and slim version of The Idiot. I thought the staging and effects were effective and interesting, with good acting.

Don't see it if If you really know the Idiot, it seems that you will find something lacking. There are a lot of conversations and not a lot of plot.

333 Reviews | 60 Followers
74
Clever, Ambitious, Original

See it if you like more avant garde shows and can handle being looked at in the eye why the actors are speaking.

Don't see it if you get nervous when actors talk directly to you, you don't like shows that take place all over, you want something straightforward.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
May 3rd, 2016

"Something crucial is missing...a sense that we have entered a version of that fictional world, no matter how it is refracted...There’s no palpable social critique, none of Dostoyevsky’s disgust with the ruling class; no real sense of the prince as a Christian paragon. Which might be fine — this is, after all, a response to Dostoyevsky — except that 'Idiot' doesn’t offer anything coherent in their place. The party here never really gets started."
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Time Out New York
May 9th, 2016

“An unwieldy mess. The theatrical medium and the literary content never gel, so while Robert Lyons and Kristin Marting's attempt is noble, it seems doomed from the outset…‘Idiot’ avoids most of the common adaptation mistakes...But these solutions create their own problems...By extracting just the 'I love you! You love him! He loves me!' bits, Lyons turns the source into a soap-operatic supercut...All Dostoevsky's heartbroken critique vanishes into the noise.”
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Theatermania
May 7th, 2016

"Everything about this production is tepid, sedate, and leaves you wanting some caffeine...Doesn't quite feel formed enough to be a considered a compelling work of experimental theater...This show shouldn't be as dull as it is. Unfortunately, the impressive technical elements do little to distract from a dry script and overly cautious performances. There may be a brilliant immersive experience in 'The Idiot,' but in order to find it, Lyons and Marting might want to go back to page one."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 6th, 2016

“They have taken a complex, psychologically detailed, and deeply philosophical work and reduced it to a four-way lover's spat...Billed as being ‘a response’ to the novel, it remains a strange effort...Its method is largely subtractive, providing too little to compensate from all that has been taken away. It provides a good illustration of the dictum that even a piece with a short running time can seem interminable if nothing seems to be happening.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 6th, 2016

"Playfully hi-tech and well performed, the show is overall enjoyable and interesting but the perpetual sensory bombardment at times overwhelms the experience of following the plot and characters...Director and choreographer Kristin Marting masterfully coordinates everything into a spectacle with sensational movement and dance. Robert Lyons has done a skillful, flavorful and faithful distillation...The spirit of Dostoyevsky does come through despite all of the technological tangents."
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Theatre is Easy
May 7th, 2016

“The casting of Kublick in the role of the Prince is a big part of what works in this production...His performance is warm, childlike, and captivating...There are several scenes including music...They’re fun to watch, but I cannot honestly tell you what the dramatic purpose was of any of those moments. They seemed to unnecessarily lengthen the run time...Maybe those who are more familiar with Dostoyevsky will find more to love in this show than I did.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 11th, 2016

"What occurs over Dostoevsky’s complex course of events has been condensed into a simplified—but ambiguous—narrative with a vaguely outlined time span. The thinly dramatized characters express their feelings in contradictory ways that offer little insight into what they really mean, the transitions seem arbitrary, there are philosophical and religious digressions that add little of interest...and by the time the piece ends you feel as if years have passed, not a mere hour and a quarter."
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The Huffington Post
May 4th, 2016

"Who can say what Dostoyevsky would make of the brazen liberties taken with his famous work? But somehow the enterprise is so unexpected and astonishing—and the players so committed to what’s asked of them as they sometimes weave through, and address, the dropped-jawed patrons—that it’s difficult to laugh off the proceedings outright. Sometimes something so gleefully bold in nature deserves a succumbing respect."
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