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 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 like immersive theater and "artistic" theater of the absurd. Overly unnecessary technical production.
Don't see it if You don't like immersive staging, and if you prefer a story and script to propel the production rather than technology and overcomplications
See it if You would like to see young actors tackle Russian literature with awkward 20th century sensibility.
Don't see it if You would not enjoy being part of the staging or too close to the actors.
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 U want to check U.S. interpretation of Dostoyevsky and want to hear song of Russian pop-star named Yolka (translated - Spruce).
Don't see it if U're afraid of something new and experimental
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.
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'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.
See it if you appreciate mashups of old works with modern tech. You like plays that use audience space.
Don't see it if you don't like Russian karaoke or plays that make you go WTF?
See it if You're feeling open-minded and looking for a creative interpretation of a classic story.
Don't see it if You're not feeling forgiving -- several shortcomings had to be overlooked in order to appreciate the effort put into production as a whole.
See it if you are truly into the absurd. Technologically proficient & as a result, a little self-serious. Cyrillic karaoke. Told you it was absurdist!
Don't see it if Seriously. If you're not into experimental theater, you're not going to like it & give it an unfair review. You've been warned.
See it if you just like anything multimedia. Daniel Kublick gets at a touching character.
Don't see it if uneven acting, having to turn around all the time or being a part of the stage setting is a turn off. Or if Dostoyevsky is sacred to you.
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