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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
Avg Score

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.

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

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky

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

Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious

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.

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, Great staging, Slow, Banal, Original

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if you like Dostoevsky

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

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Great staging

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?

Slow, Cliched, Indulgent

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.

Techno-absurdity, Ambitious, Confusing, Weird, Experimental

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.

Clever, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You like unusual, thought-provoking theatre

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

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

Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky

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.

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

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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