Michael Weller's world premiere drama revolves around the love affair between a scoundrel carousel barker and a maid at a Catholic Young Women’s Inn. More…
His confused violent passion and her simple unshakable devotion form the combustible heart of this dark fairytale for grown-ups. Based on the play 'Liliom' by Hungarian master Ferenc Molnár (which inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 'Carousel'), Weller's reimagining is set at Coney Island during the Great Depression of the 1930s; a place and time when work was scarce, and life was a matter of desperate survival.
See it if y.l.t. see Coney Island in a play; also to say AHA! this is what Carousal was all about, Mixed acting skills. Intimate stage works for us.
Don't see it if you are expecting a musical or if you expect a BROADWAY production. Score is an average of 80 & 75
See it if you intend to see the musical Carousel on Broadway. This is an updated version of the play Liliom upon which the musical was based.
Don't see it if you don't like an old fashioned play. Nowadays beating is not considered a display of love so that part of the play and musical is dated.
See it if You want to see a realistic love story that takes place almost 100 years ago
Don't see it if Other than the love story a lot of the play is fictitious and if you need something to be believable you may not like it
See it if You have an interest in the genesis of Carousel
Don't see it if you want dynamic performances, interconnectedness of actor to role and/or actor to actor. you dont like odd costumes, odd sets,
See it if You would like an uneven new adaptation of a classic play with some good touches by a talented cast.
Don't see it if You remember well the musical CAROUSEL and will critically judge any other adaptation.
See it if You'd like a promising Depression-era Coney Island update of the dark Carousel source material. Good cast, rough tech, script needs tweaking
Don't see it if You haven’t the patience for a show that 5 performances in should have been much tighter physically. Notes to the stage manager, please.
See it if I liked it more than I thought I would. I am told this is based on the story that Carousel is based on. The actors were all very strong.
Don't see it if Very interesting redemption story. Held my attention. See it if you like stories that have a twist. Don't see it if you don't like a
See it if you're interested in an updated, Americanized version of Molnar's Liliom; are a Weller fan curious about what drew him to this quirky tale
Don't see it if a sometimes uncomfortable mix of realism, whimsy and absurd comedy bother you; you don't like authorial flourishes like adding an emcee
See it if An updated version of Liliom, on which Carousel is based. Set in Coney Island. Title character renamed Jericho, for no apparent reason.
Don't see it if A remake that shouldn't have been remade
See it if you suddenly wake up one morning and say, "Tonight's the night to see 'Carousel' without the music."
Don't see it if you always miss the songs when you see a play that's been turned into a musical (or in this case, a play based on the original).
See it if you want some good moments in a good attempt at the somewhat familiar story.
Don't see it if you want consistent performances, well developed characters, or smooth scene transitions - this fell flat on professionalism, only mediocre.
See it if you have an acedemic interest in Liliom, Carousel, and new work based on older pieces.
Don't see it if you love Liliom, Carousel, or if it bothers you to see ambitious theatre companies taking on more than they can handle.
See it if You want the full story behind the Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. It's so cool to see the story not in musical form!
Don't see it if you are expecting the musical or need a full and lavish version of the classical musical.
See it if You enjoy plays that are entertaining and transport you to plays like Carousel and places like Coney Island.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see old revivals and musicals.
See it if you have the chance, it was a perfectly written and all the actors were well casted.
Don't see it if your expecting Carousel. I've never seen Carousel or any version of interoperation of this play but that's the feedback I've gathered.
See it if Easy-to-follow storyline that doesn’t stall. A rather large cast for off-broadway opens up a buffet of personalities
Don't see it if Feels like a long recap of a series where it tells us what to feel instead of making us feel something. Chemistry is lacking
See it if like the story of Carousel. The actors work hard during the production.
Don't see it if you only like big Broadway productions. This is a small production produced on a budget.
See it if you're interested in the source material or have a personal connection to the production.
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by a wildly uneven cast, comical fight choreography, and a physical production that's trying too hard.
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