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Measure for Measure (Seeing Place Theater)

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

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.



Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow
77
Avg Score

71
Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious

See it if If you like Shakespeare, this is a very dark rendition of measure. Cast, direction is pretty well done.

Don't see it if If your not into plays on the longish side. Deep Shakespearean writing.

88
Timely, Swift, Lean, Sharp, Smart

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.

Also As rendered by Seeing Place Theater in its current lean production, Sh... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

85
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

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.

74
Entertaining, Long, Slow, Absorbing

See it if A updated of the telling of a Shakespeare dark comedy, with good acting.

Don't see it if Shakespeare not your thing. Its long.

Also I am not a fan of Shakespeare but I know this story. Also I went for I... Read more Read less

68
Imperfect shakespeare imperfectly but interestingly performed.

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.

75
Great writing, Ambitious, Slow, Intense

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.

88
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever, Refreshing

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.

80
Edgy, Great writing, Refreshing, Playful, Dark

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

71
Great acting by some actors, Too long and sometimes boring, Slow, Exquisite

See it if want to see different approach to the traditional play.Mr.Walker is very good as director and Duke/Monk.

Don't see it if Long play, some episodes are really boring

Also Applause to all actors for memorizing such difficult and long monologu... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Also I saw Desperate Measures but this, I believe, was my first time watchi... Read more Read less

68
Heavy, Bewildering, Consuming, Sluggish, Lengthy

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.

Also Innovative and updated but will require an investment from you of endu... Read more Read less

66
Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

45
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Ambitious

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

70
Miscast, Banal, Slow, Confusing

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.

69
Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare and want an entertaining evening. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if You mind a bit of a longer production. Ran over three hours with an intermission. Some actors are stronger than others.

75
Dated, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like traditional Shakespeare plays and can understand the language. Also if you want to see actors give it their all with limited resour

Don't see it if You are expecting a modern adaptation of the play, it still uses the original language and can be hard to understand for some

89
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

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.

95
Must see, Great acting

See it if Phenomenal production. Had me on the edge of my seat.

Don't see it if A little long. But well worth it.

92
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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?

Also Really wonderful production, especially Robin Friend, Sabrina Schlegel... Read more Read less

90
Good staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like clear storytelling.

Don't see it if You need to be in a big space, in a traditional audience setting.

97
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy

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.

Also Brandon Walker carries the show, as much by his skill as by his overwh... Read more Read less

82
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for Measure for Measure. It is Shakespeare done well.

Don't see it if You want a grand experience, you will get an intimate experience instead.

91
Confusing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Relavent and we’ll done.

Don't see it if Maybe could have used some cutting here and there.

Also There were some uneven performances, but the leads were all really gre... Read more Read less

98
Funny, Great staging, Great acting

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.


April 10th, 2019
"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 t...
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April 8th, 2019
"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 ...
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