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From 77 member  reviews
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. More…

'Idiot' features a prince, a notorious woman, a spoiled socialite, and a jealous rival squaring off in an intricate and violent quartet. Immersive staging casts the audience as voyeurs, confidants, and society gossips. In the face of a corrupt society, be there as the prince battles the depths and heights of human experience.

Member Reviews (77)


Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

Messy, Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have a masochistic streak. This is tough to sit through! Although minimized (in time, story & impact) to 75 min, it feels interminable.

Don't see it if you are a Dostoevsky purist. His compelling, complex novel has been distilled to a messy multi-media teen soap opera/reality show.

Odd staging does nothing to enhance the story, Good idea, poor execution, Good script sabotaged with terrible acting, Ambitious, Excruciating

See it if You're familiar with Russian literature. You want non-traditional staging. You've had a few drinks pre-show. You need to kill time.

Don't see it if You value good acting. You're sober. You don't know anything about Russian literature.

Confusing, Different, Quirky

See it if You enjoy different quifky multimedia shows.

Don't see it if if you like more traditional sequential and logical stories.

Confusing, Boring, Excruciating, Slow, Banal

See it if Tedious, confusing. Techno effects were only interesting part. I envied the couple by the door who snuck out after 20 min.

Don't see it if Familiarity with Dostoevsky's work is essential here but even that didn't help me.

Original, Confusing

See it if Like my bride, you studied literature, and are into the emotional flow of the proceedings.

Don't see it if Like me, you may not be the brightest star in the sky, but you valorize logic in your theater, and could not make head or tail of this show

Arty, Quirky, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You get a free ticket and need to kill time - this was 75 minutes that felt like 3 hours.

Don't see it if You value your entertainment dollar.

Confusing, Experimental, Badly acted

See it if You enjoy experimental theater loosely based on Dostoevsky's writing, including Russian karaoke, a photo booth, and bizarre moments of dance

Don't see it if you don't enjoy over the top, badly acted, disordered, experimental theater.

Confusing, Edgy, Excruciating, Uncomfortable, Unsuccessful

See it if you like inventive, in the round staging with lots of multimedia and soundscape usage. You like a nonsensical story with cringeworthy acting

Don't see it if you value good acting/writing/direction. The cool set was wasted on bad everything else. In the round was 100% unnecessary.

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You're a fan of alt theatre and fairly disjointed flashy video aspects. Or actors trying hard. Because they did.

Don't see it if You need a story or characters that make sense.

Slight, Condensed, Tangential, Unformed

See it if Would enjoy performance art/unusual staging aspects despite unconvincing integration, for Daniel Kublick's warmly eccentric performance

Don't see it if Looking for coherent, faithful, or profound use of source material, suspect "experimental" is a byword for pretension

Great staging, Confusing, Banal, Try-hard, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy beautiful multimedia use, you value aesthetics over writing and plot, you want to be thoroughly confused and lost in a 'story'

Don't see it if you want the production value to match the actual production (there was no necessity for the elaborate in-the-round set to the performance)

Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you can appreciate weirdness for weirdness's sake.

Don't see it if you don't want to be counting every painful second of what is actually a fairly short show

Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You love performance art and don't care that there is nothing that resembles a plot or good writing, even if you like the book.

Don't see it if You want a show that despite interesting staging has nothing else to recommend it.

Confusing, Incoherent, Disorganized

See it if don't.

Don't see it if you like a good show.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Gorgeous design, Slow

See it if you love the novel and are curious about an ambitious (but not particularly successful) adaptation, or you love original theatrical design.

Don't see it if you dislike slow pacing, confused storytelling, distorted literary adaptations, or environmental staging.

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you shouldn't, really. It's just a bunch of badly acted scenes with annoyingly meaningless gimmicks.

Don't see it if you expect to enjoy your night out.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if you like Dostoevsky

Don't see it if you want to spend a nice evening at the theatre

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if A play about Dostoyevsky's Idiot is of interest

Don't see it if You expect a fast paced, exhilarating and happy musical

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like the Idiot

Don't see it if you can't get into self destruction

Banal, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You know someone in the cast or you enjoy poor quality downtown theatre.

Don't see it if You probably shouldn't see it. I hate saying that because the actors try so hard...but this is bad

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Original

See it if A couple of good performances will keep you interested in a very scaled down take on a classic piece of literature

Don't see it if You are confused by hyper-active staging or that is so scaled down it depends upon you knowing the original piece of literature.

Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Insipid

See it if you are a masochist.

Don't see it if you like plot, character, performance, entertainment.

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 ...
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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...
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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 distrac...
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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 tak...
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