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From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Absorbing, Quirky, Confusing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Theatre for a New Audience and New York City Players present a new play written and directed by downtown experimental auteur Richard Maxwell, an adaptation of the epic love story of Tristan and Isolde. More…

'Isolde' is a new American play about memory, identity, the ephemeral, and infidelity. The marriage of Patrick and Isolde appears to be happy. Patrick is the owner of a successful construction company and Isolde is a star actress. But Isolde finds herself increasingly unable to remember her lines. When she decides to build her dream house, her husband is eager to help. But the project is jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect whom Isolde hires.

Member Reviews (12)


Slow, Absorbing, Quirky, Confusing, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Banal, Disappointing

See it if The monotone delivery is exasperating. The ending saves the production from being a total bore. Why all the praise??? Should be experienced.

Don't see it if If you want thrilling and thought provoking theater, stay away.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the playwright.

Don't see it if you prefer naturalistic acting or dislike minimalist sets.

Thought-provoking, Original, Ambiguous, Stylized, Quirky

See it if you appreciate moments of insight and originality within a somewhat inconclusive whole.

Don't see it if you prefer a clear narrative arc.

Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Riff on T & I legend which is engrossing to a point. With scene/costume change to Wagner-land it fell apart for me. Actors tops, though.

Don't see it if Experimental theater is a stretch for me & this is no exception. Many empty seats, one more week. TFANA what did ya do to me?

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a master-stylist make some uncanny magic out of the simplest things

Don't see it if you're turned off by excessive dryness

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Boring

See it if You like mannered performances in a play which doesn't make sense.

Don't see it if It takes longer to get here than the running time of the lay.

Absorbing, Quirky, Original

See it if cherish a very physical style of acting.

Don't see it if are about to remodel. You will be reminded just what an ordeal it is.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Richard Maxwell successfully stages a strange and riveting production. A perfect blend of common stage convention and performance art.

Don't see it if Your patience level is little to nothing- as this play ticks...very.....slowly....

Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You enjoy seeing actors not act well

Don't see it if You enjoy a coherent interesting well-acted story

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

See it if you like experimental theatre.

Don't see it if don't appreciate "serious" theatre.

Delightful, Hilarious

See it if This review is for IOLANTHE, not ISOLDE! It populated the wrong title, and I can't delete You love light hearted humor, fairies, and music

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon who kicks kittens.

Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You are interested in some experimental theatre that makes you think and pushes boundaries.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional theatre experience.

September 10th, 2015
"'Isolde' forces its heroine to choose between the pragmatist and the fantasist...This being a Maxwell play, the lines aren’t quite that clear cut. The cast are all veterans of New York experimental theater. Here they make us aware of the inadequacy of speech, the layers within one scream and the...
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September 10th, 2015
"Perhaps the director has pushed his zero-fakery, total-truth aesthetic to its logical conclusion: letting gifted actors act...It’s the most frankly erotic show I’ve seen from Maxwell. And sure, to any Maxwell newbie, the non sequiturs, cryptic pauses and jarring shifts in tone will seem utterly ...
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September 10th, 2015
"Richard Maxwell’s 'Isolde' belongs to the Mad Libs school of dramaturgy, in which random elements are fitted together to fashion something absurd. Ideally, the way the elements fit or don’t should produce sparks of emotion or at least, as in Mad Libs, peals of laughter. 'Isolde' just sits there,...
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September 10th, 2015
"There is some energetic, bare-bottomed boinking in experimental author and director Richard Maxwell’s mostly intriguing 'Isolde.' The meditative pace and quiet create the mood and cast a spell in this work. Four terrific actors are another big plus, especially during a couple yawn-inducing stret...
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