Measure for Measure (TFANA)
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Measure for Measure (TFANA)

Measure for Measure (TFANA) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(48 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (48)

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145 Reviews | 28 Followers
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

157 Reviews | 63 Followers
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.

104 Reviews | 15 Followers
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!

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
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.

242 Reviews | 44 Followers
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.

56 Reviews | 32 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a terrific Jonathan Cake performance in a complicated, but fairly easy to follow, Shakespeare production.

Don't see it if you strongly dislike Shakespeare plays. Read more

135 Reviews | 36 Followers
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. Read more

417 Reviews | 190 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 probably no cure for the play’s tonal whiplash...What makes sense in 'Measure for Measure' makes gorgeous sense here, thanks especially to Ms. Ricketts and Mr. Ryan."
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Time Out New York
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 to a quivering mass is as harrowing as it is satisfying. In an age of outrage, this revelatory 'Measure for Measure' is a cry for hope and reconciliation. "
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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 Isabella that ensue in Ryan’s and Ricketts’ assured, low-temperature performances. But this is still that play in which everyone ends up married and nobody wins."
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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 portrayals of four different characters have the audience in stitches...Along with the modern dress, the band's upbeat rock numbers make the action feel current and familiar."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 26th, 2017

"There were moments when I wished Godwin had given less attention to such scene-stealing antics and focused more on the complex psychology of the three lead characters...The second half of Godwin's production is stronger than the first, and everything unquestionably comes together in the climax...At long last, a production that seemed merely trendy reveals how directly it speaks to the present moment."
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July 2nd, 2017

“The minimal sets by Paul Wills allow for quick transitions between scenes but offer only a stark sort of atmosphere. His costumes are more successful but only for the comic characters. Matthew Richards' lighting plot has some film noirish effects. While Godwin's ‘Measure for Measure’ is tricked out with a great many unsuccessful contemporary touches, it is left to Shakespeare's story to bring home the dangers of abuse of power and hewing to the letter of the law rather than the spirit.”
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June 27th, 2017

“Simon Godwin stages ‘Measure for Measure’ in modern dress with fresh bite and emotional immediacy. With a top-notch cast led by Jonathan Cake as the Duke, Godwin brings to light the rich theatrical treasures tucked within this dark play…Although you might disagree with some of his approaches to the dramatic material, his provocative vision of the tragi-comedy will imprint itself on your memory…The cast is superb."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 2nd, 2017

"A compelling new production...An insightful look at the timelessness of societal conflicts over justice, power, morality and family...While the tidy, but unlikely, resolutions at play’s end are even more implausible than many of the Bard’s other 'problem plays' the message and lesson are louder and more impactful...It isn’t often that one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays gets a major production, so on that basis alone this 'Measure for Measure' is a treat."
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