Already closed | 2h 10m | East Village

Love's Labour's Lost (Gene Frankel Theatre)

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing

About the show

Conspicuously poetic and teeming with flirtatious word play, Shakespeare’s frolicking love story moves to the summer of Woodstock, celebrating the romance and togetherness inherent in both. More…

From the show:

Just as the King of Navarre and his three cohorts sequester themselves and swear off women with a three-year vow of chastity, four remarkably beautiful women arrive as emissaries from France to meet with the King. Their plan derailed from the start, the men decide that divinity is, in fact, only found in the eye of a woman and love the only worthy study of mankind. Interspersed with the hits of the era from The Doors, Jackson Browne, Jesse Colin Young, and more—performed live by the cast—this LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST seamlessly blends Shakespeare’s immortal words with the unforgettable tunes that inspired a generation to live with love.​

2h 10m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (30)


Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing
Avg Score

Uneven acting, Weird cuts, Unsuccessful concept, Disappointing

See it if you want to support cast members, who try hard. Two are truly talented. I like when music is integrated w WS's words, but this didn't gel.

Don't see it if you have reasonable standards for NYC WS prodns. Director's work is not worthy. Story isn't well told. But Berowne and Maria have futures.

Fairly clear, Musical, Fun, Engaging

See it if you’d like to see a passably clear, engaging version of an infrequently performed Shakespeare comedy.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to pop music ca. 1964-69.

Also This production does not fully solve what is always the foremost probl... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you relate to music of the mid-late 1960's so wonderfully woven into this Shakespeare tale to make it wildly accessible to new audiences.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional production of the Bard's work or do not appreciate small productions with young talent.

Unprofessional, Confused, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You want to support a company performing Shakespeare at a developmental, elementary level. You know someone involved in the production.

Don't see it if You prefer a more classically trained Shakespeare company. You want Shakespeare acted, not just recited. You want choices that make sense.

Also I'm in favor of supporting developmental Shakespeare, since the only w... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you love Shakespearean comedy and Woodstock era rock and the combination makes your spirits soar, even if some dialog is unintelligible.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 2 hrs. of difficult to comprehend Elizabethan English and sophomoric romantic and sexual actions, jokes, and references

Also The singing talent of a couple of the young actors is extraordinary.

Unfocused direction, Young, uneven, aspiring cast, Fun, Energetic, Ambitious

See it if You’d like to support and encourage a very young, game and eager cast, a mixed bag with lots of theatre & Shakespeare debuts.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a solid pro and experienced production. This is very much an amateur deal, in the best sense of the word: loving the work.

Also To be fair and kind, this is for the most part student work, and shoul... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to support fine efforts by acting school students giving their all; enjoy quirky adaptations & sets (Woodstock & music elements).

Don't see it if you're not ready to focus 100% to absorb the text in verse—I wasn't & left at break. You want a polished production, sets, venue & ensemble.

Cute and enjoyable

See it if you want to support director Thomas G. Waites' TGW Acting Studio, whose students perform in this 1960s-set LLL w/ pros. Stars slow, but fun.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare pure & unadulterated. Here, the lovers court dressed as The Beetles, & WS text is amusingly altered to match.

Also I'd not heard of Gene Frankel Theatre, Thomas G. Waites, or the Jeff H... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Quirky, Raunchy, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you are curious about the love-child of Shakespeare and Hair. You enjoy covers of songs of the 60's, you like "adaptations".

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare untampered with, you want the Bard's words well-spoken, you hate 60's music

Also Most of the actors used gesture and expression appropriately and got t... Read more Read less

Dated, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you want an experimental take on a lesser performed play, like word play and adding singing to Shakespeare.

Don't see it if mind a weak plot and while the performances are okay none are powerful and the humor doesn't always land.

Also I had a good time at the show, the crowd was very enthusiastic and the... Read more Read less

Disjointed, Slow, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if Shakespeare deserves better. Blame the director for garbled deliveries, bad acoustics and genereally getting in the way of clarity.

Don't see it if Mostly unintelligible hint of what LLL is about, while some sadly rendered pop tunes further confused. Large, mostly unnecessary, cast.

Entertaining for the wrong reasons

See it if curious what else can be done to poor Shakespeare

Don't see it if seeking cohesivness

Also "I have no idea" confessed the director as to why Woodstock and Shakes... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Romantic, Funny

See it if you enjoy different takes on Shakespeare plays and the incorporation of 60's music and dance.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional productions of classics.

A winning production of a difficult shakespearean play, Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Best seen if you're familiar with the play; it's wordy and somewhat complicated. The integration of love-themed 60's music worked for me

Don't see it if You are bored by wordy repartee with little action.

Shakespeare is never better than when its living

See it if You appreciate that Shakespeare is meant to be living and continously rethought, and you love music of the sixties.

Don't see it if You are looking to see a staid, traditional Shakespearean performance.

Ambitious, Confusing, Fluffy, Slow, Great staging

See it if You love Shakespeare, no matter what, or like cool costumes, 60's tunes and general nice feeling.

Don't see it if You want to understand every word since was rather incomprehensible as a whole.

Chopped up, Chaotic, Disappointing

See it if you want to hear some late 60s hits mixed into a chopped up adaptation of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you want to avoid a chopped up, chaotic rendition of a Shakespeare comedy, where the continuity of the story is often lost

Also At least it ends with the Fifth Dimension singing Aquarius/Let the Sun... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a less frequently done Shakespeare play and are a fan of 60s music.

Don't see it if you have a high standard of how you like to see the Bard performed.

Superfluous, Cliched, Avant-garde, Disjointed, Indulgent

See it if You are curious to see a mashed up performance of Shakespeare and Woodstock with exuberant performers.

Don't see it if you don't like Woodstock & 60s music, are a Shakespeare play purist.

Also The Woodstock element doesn't really work as compiled in this producti... Read more Read less

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You know the play by heart. Almost unintelligible which makes the other flaws glaring. Actors are competent so must be direction.

Don't see it if Cannot recommend. When I went, appeared only friends and me left in the audience at the end.

Quirky, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy seeing unpolished productions in an intimate setting and you already know the Shakespeare. (Some lines cannot be understood.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing or want a plot line that makes sense. The 60s setting provides great costumes and music, but isn't well though out.

Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a reworking of Shakespeare using sixties pop music.

Don't see it if You don't want to see basically what is a student production of actors at different levels of development and don't like Elizabethan English

Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Interesting effort to combine "60s music with Shakespeare. Enthusiastic cast.

Don't see it if Unlike Fiasco and others, language and intent not made clear. Most 60 s ideas didn't have clear intent or purpose, thus didn't work.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like modern, experimental re-works of Shakespeare and the music of the 60s-70s.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist, or you dislike the popular music of the 60s-70s.

Also Amusing and very well done with some good singing and fine acting.


See it if You like entry level Shakespeare and don’t mind poorly delivered Shakespeare performances amongst a few good ones

Don't see it if you mind some of performers singing off key and speaking the Bard’s words mechanically.

“Love's Labour's Lost (Gene Frankel Theatre)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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