The Seeing Place presents Shakespeare's dark comedy, the story of what happens when the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces the city’s long-dormant moral code with draconian zeal. More…
When a pious young nun comes to Angelo to plead for the life of her doomed brother, she sets in motion a series of events that test the limits of human will, and reveal a tangled web of desire and deception.
"Though an intermittently choppy journey, a final destination whose modernized performances and dauntless direction seamlessly transmute 1603 into 2019...Director Brandon Walker had fun with the set and the blocking, at impromptu moments breaking the fourth wall. It all worked to give the show a more modern salience, and keep our eyes glued to the unfolding drama." Full Review
"All of the actors have a keen sense of delivering Shakespeare’s verse which makes this production incredibly enjoyable...Brandon Walker (who directs as well) is in a league of his own because he excels at the dialogue and displays intentional and bold physicality...My two primary criticisms of the piece are this: If an accent is unnecessary, don’t add one; and if you want an actress to portray a strong minded woman, then she needs to embody that." Full Review
See it if you’d like to experience a stripped-down, clear rendering of Shakespeare’s #MeToo play.
Don't see it if small theater spaces intimidate you: the audience is so close here that it just about becomes a character in the drama.
See it if You enjoy finding new things in Shakespeare. This innovative company always makes you see things in a different way. Kudos to Brandon Walker
Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare or can't tolerate tiny theatres. A little slow prior to intermission, things really pick up in the second act.
See it if the pleasure of watching Shakespeare done simply and intimately works for you.
Don't see it if you are bothered by a small cast doubling roles. And obviously don't see it if you hate Shakespeare.
See it if like an energetic and modern take that stays true to MFM while highlighting themes that may not be as traditionally highlighted.
Don't see it if You do not like MFM, have trouble following Shakespeare, have seen it recently, like traditional takes, or don't like actors changing sets.
See it if Sexual politics, lust and repression in this dark but accessible production of the play which keeps things light as often as possible.
Don't see it if Updated Bard is not your preference. Also, it is a long production (2 1/2 hrs). One of Bards "problem plays", u must own that it is a comedy
See it if you would like to enjoy a modern version of the play with solid acting, interesting staging with good lighting - the best I've seen.
Don't see it if a long play will strain you. The action is sharp and well directed, but your comfort will be tested. One actor w/accent hard to understand.
See it if You like Shakespeare and always try to see his stuff.
Don't see it if Well, it's not the lighthearted story that you might get from some of his other comedies, and this production is darker than most.
See it if you like this particular Shakesphere play and like supporting smaller production.
Don't see it if you're not patient enough to sit through 2+ hours. can't endure uneven performances. don't like trying to decipher shakespearean language.
See it if I had never seen this play tho I was familiar with it. Small cast playing multiple roles mostly well, using minimal props and costumes.
Don't see it if You want a big production. You mind very uneven acting across the cast. Well staged but did get redundant.
See it if you are a Shakespeare fan & are interested in seeing a production of a classic that has been given a contemporary, modernized flavor.
Don't see it if you are not willing to invest almost 3 hours in its audience.
See it if If you like Shakespeare themed plays with a complicated story line. Also if you enjoy long shows with a large cast.
Don't see it if If you like easier to understand plays and if you don't appreciate Shakespeare themed plays.
See it if you have no familiarity with the play and want to see the story told clearly and straightforwardly; you want to support a small company
Don't see it if you have high expectations for Shakespeare. You can't tolerate actors making obvious errors and forgetting lines. You want moral complexity
See it if This is the kind of production that makes me happy that I sometimes go to the theater. Well worth the time, and well done.
Don't see it if Why would I tell you not to see it?
See it if you like to see Shakespeare set in a contemporary(ish) setting. I found the show to be well paced and most of the dialogue was clear.
Don't see it if well - the staging is pretty bare and the show runs a good 2.5 hours.
See it if The company was especially strong and talented. Especially Brandon Walker, Sabrina Schlegel-Mejia, Robin Friend, and Will Ketter.
Don't see it if It took a little while for me to get into it, so don’t see it if you’re not into Shakespeare or problem plays.
See it if I have never seen this problem play"performed as well as this. Well directed, and very organic.
Don't see it if It is long (2-1/2 hours), and Act I takes some time for traction. Some uneven performances, and strange meta actions by the lead don't read.
See it if I really enjoyed this performance. I wasn’t expecting much and don’t usually like Shakespeare, but I was really into it.
Don't see it if It runs a little long but totally worth it.
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