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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
57
Avg Score

58
Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

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.

68
Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Banal, Confusing

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.

49
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if A play about Dostoyevsky's Idiot is of interest

Don't see it if You expect a fast paced, exhilarating and happy musical

66
Ambitious, Great staging, Creative, Original, Quirky

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

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

68
Dizzying, Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky

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.

65
Confusing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Intense

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

33
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like the Idiot

Don't see it if you can't get into self destruction

15
Banal, Dizzying, Confusing

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

50
Fluffy, Over-indulgent, Tech reliant, Clunky, Ambitious

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.

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.

44
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Original

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.

65
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like Russian literature even if it's heavily edited

Don't see it if Interacting with the actors isn't your thing

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

63
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Quirky, Experimental

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.

69
Slow, Confusing, Weird

See it if Just weird.

Don't see it if You need a Clear explanation

94
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love drama

Don't see it if Afraid of subject matters

0
Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Insipid

See it if you are a masochist.

Don't see it if you like plot, character, performance, entertainment.

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


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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