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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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.