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Measure for Measure (TFANA)

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Theatre for a New Audience presents a new mounting of Shakespeare’s problematic dark comedy, a tale of irrepressible lust, impossible purity, and infuriating hypocrisy. More…

When the Duke of Vienna disguises himself as a friar among his people, he finds the city unraveling in an ethical free fall. Before he reclaims his dukedom, can he help the chaste Isabella save her brother from the condemnation of the villain Angelo? Director Simon Godwin sees 'Measure for Measure' as a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies—a tensely diverse world in which incompatible values collide and expose the tenuous boundary between order and anarchy. Due to sexually explicit content, the production is recommended for ages 16 and up.


Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing
78
Avg Score

75
Quirky, Absorbing, Edgy, Long, Over-the-top

See it if you like modern WS. The verse is mostly well-spoken. Ricketts stands out; every word/gesture seems real. I liked the emphasis on comedy.

Don't see it if This MFM is highly imaginative, sometimes too much so. Sex toys abound; a convict poops, all is presented on a huge "table" w/bad sightlines

Also I liked MFM as a "dark comedy" and not just as a problem play. The com... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like great staging of Shakespeare's plays. This company is great at staging and Polonsky theater is ideal for Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or play Measure for Measure. I think the dialogue for this play is Shakespeare's worst.

Also The story for Measure for Measure is good, the characters very interes... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like a modern interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy. This is a story of the abuse of political power that is as relevant today as then.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist. you do not like explicit sexual acts, abuse, and perversion of all sexes. you hold government in high esteem.

Also Jonathan Cake leads a brilliant cast in a wonderful look into the "rea... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see a bold and risk-taking adaptation with strong acting, particularly by Ricketts. The comedic parts were truly funny.

Don't see it if The first act dragged so much; I noticed many audience members yawning and even sleeping. Second act was much more energized.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky, Resonant

See it if enjoy well done translations/interpretations of Shakespeare. Story is fair but actors put it over

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist

78
Relevant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You enjoy modern takes on Shakespeare with clever directing choices.

Don't see it if You want a balanced cast (found the Duke to be an unclear actor)

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If you like to see out of the box productions of the Bard. Totally refreshing and tons of fun. Loved the band and the immersive touches!

Don't see it if If you want to see a classic production of this play.

75
Disappointing

See it if You like your Shakespeare a bit overripe. This is aimed about 85% at the groundlings among us, right from the stroll through the bordello.

Don't see it if You have more interest in the interplay of corruption, crime, punishment, virtue, impropriety, weakness and justice.

84
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like bold takes on the Bard by engaging, all-in cast & have bandwidth to take in dense text and time (3 hours if you take in "pre-show")

Don't see it if you're not ready for steady barrage of text, wild-at-time theatrics, charming interactive elements, intimate staging, or energetic cast.

60
Dated, Great acting, Slow, A true problem play

See it if it's a really good cast in a really mediocre play; it's not called a "Problem" play for nothing--and Act 1 drags

Don't see it if Want a comedy that's funny, or a true Shakespearean tragedy--the show just doesn't know what it wants to be

39
Great writing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Muddle-headed

See it if you already know the play and are willing to put up with a badly cast and directed production to see a strongly performed Isabella.

Don't see it if you have a chance or a hope to see a well-conceived and adequately cast production of a fascinating play.

Also Many of the actors and most of the directorial conceits would not pass... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Great writing

See it if you want to see a superbly trained group of actors deliver Shakespeare's text with clarity and the requisite skill, not upset by updating.

Don't see it if you don't like updating even when it's limited and all makes sense.

76
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Oddly satisfying

See it if you want to see a well-acted, nicely staged, very creative presentation of a fairly bad play. All leads outstanding.

Don't see it if you expect high-end traditional Shakespeare, don't appreciate bawdy humor, know/hate this awkward play

Also As you enter, you may come in through the "brothel" or via the main en... Read more Read less

70
Interesting if unconvincing interpretation, Verse generally well spoken, Low comedy scenes labored

See it if you want to see a novel interpretation of a play with notably slippery changes of tone. Nice musical interpolations and live musicians.

Don't see it if you don't like modern versions of Shakespeare

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like original productions with great staging, acting and directing

Don't see it if You're not a theater lover

55
Dated, Disappointing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if A great use of space and a great effort to bring new life into this dated work.

Don't see it if There seems to be no redeeming this play. The acting was not on par with the rest of TFANA's great season.

94
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a fresh and surprising interpretation of a "problem" Shakespeare play. Godwin is a brilliant director and his actors are superb.

Don't see it if You are offended by modern interpretations of Shakespeare.

66
Great acting, Great staging, Overrated, Slow, Funny

See it if You like unusual staging of a classic and like to see how the director calls out certain similarities between the old text & current times

Don't see it if You have seen Measure for Measure before and didn't like it. Or are a Shakespeare purist.

Also I never saw Measure for Measure live and the actors and staging of thi... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You see this problematic play as living theater.

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare as a museum piece.

Also Loud, bawdy, romantic, political (is it an accident that the two leadi... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are a Shakespeare lover, want to see a production of this particular play

Don't see it if 2hrs and 45 min is too long for you, you want to see a less sexist Shakespeare play

Also Every pull quote for this production references the staging. "Innovati... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You wanna see amazing actors bring a troublesome text to vivid life.

Don't see it if I'm biased. It's my favorite play. The acting and directing were phenomenal. New Deal tickets for twenty dollars!

77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You want to see """""""Measure for Measure""""""" (and also great acting)

Don't see it if You want to see "Measure for Measure"

Also So this production basically ignores the text's actual meaning and ins... Read more Read less

67
Slow, Disappointing, Good acting, Poor staging, Funny

See it if you love this play, and see it every chance you get. It is a great opportunity to see Cara Ricketts, who is making her NY debut at TFNA.

Don't see it if you don't like the play. This is a production which stresses the comedy of Measure. The set and staging put the actors at a disadvantage.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love Shakespeare but insist the alternative settings make dramatic sense, are curious about how Shakespeare can be relevant today

Don't see it if You only like strict period interpretations of Shakespeare, or just hate Shakespeare

71
Ambitious, Good acting over reaching direction

See it if U THINK ANYTHING TFANA DOES IS WORTH SEEING. I DO. IF YOU WANT 2 C THIS PROBLEM PLAY DIRECTED SO IT PRODUCES MORE PROBLEMS

Don't see it if U DO NOT LIKE EXTRANEOUS AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, MIRANDA AS A LOUNGE SINGER, & NOT THE USUAL ENDING.

Also GO! DEFINITELY AVOID THE 1/2 HOUR EARLY CALL 2 CLIMB STAIRS & RAMBLE T... Read more Read less


June 25th, 2017
"Leans too heavily on the supposedly funny elements...But in the great confrontations between Angelo and Isabella, this 'Measure for Measure' soars just as it should into that uniquely Shakespearean plane where absolutely opposing philosophies are given equally compelling expression...There is pr...
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June 25th, 2017
"This is dark stuff, but Godwin keeps the proceedings playful...Cake navigates the play’s rough waters heartily. The fiery Ricketts makes Isabella’s anguish soulfully real. And Ryan crafts a cunning portrait of a despot coldly certain of his infallibility. Watching the once-mighty Angelo reduced ...
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June 29th, 2017
"It’s indicative of how hard it can be to find the right tone for this play, which pogo-sticks from lowbrow gags for the groundlings to highbrow verbal duels for the cognoscenti...What pleasures there are in this production emerge from the excellent verbal thrusts and parries between Angelo and I...
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July 6th, 2017
"The play feels fresh, timely, and full of contemporary relevance...The story is pretty heavy for a comedy...Simon and his cast, however, keep things light every chance they get. Most of the laughs come from the minor characters...The comedic highlight of the show is Fine, whose outlandish portra...
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