Jane Anger
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Jane Anger NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

A Jacobean feminist revenge comedy set in Shakespearean-era England. 

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Member Reviews (38)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
85
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Broad humor, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy broad humor (the wild jokes keep coming) mixed with hard-hitting truths about misogyny in the past and present. Laugh and think!

Don't see it if you are annoyed by silly jokes. Or you are anti-feminist. The acting is outstanding, though, and the writing is fresh.

815 Reviews | 889 Followers
90
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Great comedy, clever and well acted. Very smart, timely and so funny. Exquisite timing on all actors. Smart writing. Must see. Hilarious

Don't see it if you don't like intimate venues.

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
92
Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Funniest play I have seen in a long time! LOL Moments every minute. Fast paced & fun! Cast is has great chemistry & impeccable comic timing.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to laugh. Read more

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
77
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if A great cast and a fun farcical show.

Don't see it if Kind of a knock off of up start crow. Last 10 minutes was bad.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
82
Funny, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see Shakespeare torn apart with a strong feminist message - the action is non-stop from the start by the cast of four.

Don't see it if you do not liked fast paced talking - you must listen intently or you will miss a lot of the humor and the Shakespearean references.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
Funny, Raunchy, Indulgent, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Bizarre and hilarious. Full of gags, including sex puns, plague jokes, pee/poo. Unforgettable climactic twist.

Don't see it if You don't want to see Shakespeare portrayed as a self-absorbed chauvinist. The feminist message is mainly grist for laughs.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
79
Historic lite, Irreverent, Indulgent, Funny, Feminist farce

See it if you enjoy word play & revisionist history. As well as excellent comic acting. And a humorous take on plague that feels current not historic

Don't see it if Farcical violence is more disturbing than amusing. You take your Shakespeare seriously & can’t accept him as the butt of many jokes

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
76
Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny

See it if you enjoy plays by women & featuring the playwright, fan of Urie, Spahn & cast, enjoy revisionist comedies about Shakespeare. smart wordplay

Don't see it if you regard the Shakespeare story as sacrosanct, don't like broad farce about plague & the bard, don't appreciate standard commedia tropes

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
March 8th, 2022

"Succeeds at creating smart, lightly absurdist humor, but misses the mark in its attempt at a revisionist redemption. It doesn’t help that the play is mostly dedicated to its two male characters...We know Shakespeare’s behavior is sexist, so why didn’t Monahon address her critiques directly to the men onstage, in true, anachronistic fashion? Not all is lost, however. Monahon is clearly a gifted comedy writer, and a sweet stage presence, too."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 7th, 2022

"Monahon has written deft plays before, including her clever comedy 'How to Load a Musket,' and she flourishes here, her writing fleet and crisp and silly by turns...Spahn does the trickiest lifting comedy-wise, both bearing up under Monahon’s few wrong-footed moments (a 'Who’s on First?'–style routine about his character’s last name) and getting the biggest laugh of the night with some audience work. And Urie is, as always, a triumph."
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New Yorker
March 11th, 2022

"This lively, demented 'revenge comedy' riffs with bawdy irreverence on several roughly contemporaneous events in London...All in all, it’s a blast, and a gleeful refutation of the idea that feminists aren’t funny."
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Theatermania
March 8th, 2022

"Unfortunately, the play, directed unevenly by Jess Chayes, feels unpolished. As timely and amusing as Monahon's ideas are, the play's humor is largely hit-or-miss, with as many chuckles as groaners and a main character who lacks the prominence she should. For his part, Michael Urie plays Monahon's Shakespeare, an oversexed whiner, with petulant glee...Whatever your feelings about the Bard, Monahon's pleasingly nerdy quips and gibes about Shakespeare's life, works, and the times in which he lived make for good comedy."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 9th, 2022

"A well-acted if uneven mix of lowbrow comedy and highbrow ideas...During the play's last section, when the two women are alone on stage, the conversation takes a more serious turn...It makes for a striking change in the overall play, which up to this point has been performed as if it were trying to be a farce under Jess Chayes's flighty direction. The payoff is strong, but it comes at the price of sitting through a lot of untoward jokiness of the classroom clown and frat-boy variety."
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TheaterScene.net
March 9th, 2022

Puns, witty repartee, double entendres, verbal wordplay out of Abbott and Costello, sight gags and slapstick all abound in playwright Talene Monahon's zany, edgy and accomplished historical comedy, JANE ANGER or The Lamentable Comedie of JANE ANGER, that Cunning Woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his Peasant Companion, Francis, Yes and Also of Anne Hathaway (also a Woman) Who Tried Very Hard. During a breezy 90 minutes, four offbeat characters cavort in a room; laughter is plentiful.
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Theater Pizzazz
March 11th, 2022

"Compounding fact, fiction, and farce, Monhon stirs a compelling one-act. Urie is at the top of his game, presenting Shakespeare as an almost fatuous influencer. Spahn is wonderfully adroit with his pandering servant, playing directly in the audience at times. Under the direction of Jess Chayes, the production is lively and fully entertaining. The exceptional cast adroitly delivering Monahon’s timely ripostes with zest and intelligence."
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Off Off Online
March 11th, 2022

"In addition to a gift for anachronistic intellectual humor, Monahon exhibits a talent for bawdry. Shakespeare needs sexual stimulation, and his best work has been done during relationships with two lovers known from the sonnets...Monahon’s knowledge of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature is deep...but ultimately the play is an entertainment for theater aficionados...As the drama shifts to earnestness and women’s rights in the late scenes, it becomes tonally jarring and gruesome, albeit in a Monty Python–esque way."
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