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Idiot

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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

72
Creative, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Fun

See it if You enjoy immersive staging. It's a fun experience but it's primarily due to the creative and engaging staging.

Don't see it if It's confusing at times & at only 75 minutes the show could benefit from cutting 10-15 mins. That being said, I stil had a good time.

72
Clever, Visually inviting, Original, Well cast, Slow

See it if Alternative theatrical approaches to stripped-down Russian classics interest. Engaging cast, set & audio but loses steam & doesn't resolve.

Don't see it if Russian drama or experimental, interactive plays with long speeches, strobe lights or techno music are issues.

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.

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"!

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

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

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.

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.

70
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You want to see something different in theatre.

Don't see it if You only enjoy traditional stagings.

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.

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

71
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing

See it if You know/liked the book, you enjoy creative staging and more artys shows.

Don't see it if You like more traditional plays, if you aren't into Russian Lit

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like classics with a fresh twist, great theatre

Don't see it if You don't like inventive multi-media theatre in intimate space

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Profound

See it if You like storytelling theatre. And profound quotes.

Don't see it if Bad writing annoys you.

98
Riveting, Quirky, Original, Great staging, Clever

See it if u r open to multimedia non-traditional theater; u have taste in larger art spectrum: video art, soundscape, etc. not limited to storytelling

Don't see it if you only into classical theater; you dont like experimental/avant-garde; you believe a clear story is necessary to theater/film

80
Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Very different

See it if you want to see something experimental that'll make you think. It definitely won me over.

Don't see it if you want to see a standard, commercial show.

75
Dizzying, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Original, Ambitious

See it if You understand Russian philosophy and want to think...a lot

Don't see it if You are expecting conventional theatre and don't want to be confused

70
Quirky, Confusing, Original, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy performance art employing immersive staging, & live projections. Be ready to become part of the show depending on where you sit.

Don't see it if Spectacle isn't your thing & you don't enjoy having to turn around in your seat to see what's going on (staged in and beyond the round).

72
Quirky, Original, Dizzying, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You are into immersive theatre and interesting staging

Don't see it if The thought of an actor talking directly to you is terrifying.

84
Ambitious, Clever, Weird, Edgy, Cool

See it if you don't want to listen to other reviews and just check it out and if you want to take a fascinating and wild ride

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater and dark matter

94
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love drama

Don't see it if Afraid of subject matters

72
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if It's really technically and visually fascinating.... Acting is good. Script is a bit confusing

Don't see it if You are looking for a normal, linear play with normal lines and a normal presentation

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You have any connection to the Russian dusha

Don't see it if If you are a terrible finance person though you should probably see it anyway

93
Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you are open to new versions of heavy classics and want to see some remarkable acting. Daniel Kublick is a shining virtuoso.

Don't see it if You get impatient easily with occasionally pointless Russian introspection

95
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of think pieces.

Don't see it if You want to miss out.


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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