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 immersion theater, live action mixed with video media, or are curious about how "The Idiot" can be adapted for a 75 minute play.
Don't see it if You don't like interactive theater or electronic music/video usage. You're a staunch fan of traditional theater. You don't know the story.
See it if You read the Idiot or read Dostoyevsky, like strong, committed performances and avant-garde staging. It was fun to see The Idiot staged.
Don't see it if If you're turned off by 4th-wall breaking, multimedia performance art installations and balk at even the hint of participatory theater.
See it if Enjoy multi-media productions Enjoy updated classics
Don't see it if Only like traditional, narrative plays you don't like abstract staging and theatrical components
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
See it if you want to support productions that heroically try to do something new even if they end up faltering on opening night.
Don't see it if you believe that in art, form follows function. Why that set no matter how beautiful? And only the lead actor delivers. The others flounder.
See it if Interesting concept, fun set and costumes, nice staging
Don't see it if You don't like a lot of video/projection elements, you don't like confusing plots, not as immersive as I thought it'd be
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 you like adaptations and the experiments undertaken to re-create a novel's atmospheric elements on-stage. You prefer un-adapted dialogue.
Don't see it if you're critical of when excessive tech obfuscates rather than aids good storytelling. You loathe cliched movement as a character device.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
See it if You like psychological and philosophical remixes in a hard to follow format of strange romance
Don't see it if Experimental and abstract effects in theater is not your thing.
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
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