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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.