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Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Relevant

About the show

Spicy Witch Productions presents a new staging of Shakespeare's bleak comedy "Measure for Measure," which looks at sisterhood through lens of the problematic classic and explores the zany humor at its core. More…

The production tells the story of women coming together to uncover a history of sexual harassment buried within the justice system. 


Member Reviews (13)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Relevant
82
Avg Score

75
Mostly female cast, Relevant, Clever adaptation, Barebones, Well acted

See it if you like intellig re-interpretn of WS. MFM makes chgs to plot, setting, chars...and makes more sense. Clever devices (headlines, portraits).

Don't see it if you want faithful adherence to plot (new ending is gd). Actors gd, but no standouts.Nice sm Flea space! 90 min MFM moves fast. Gr WS lines.

74
Swift, Uneven, Clever

See it if you’d like to see a swift approximation of the closest thing Shakespeare wrote to a #MeToo play.

Don't see it if you are looking for fidelity to Shakespeare.

Also I love Shakespeare & I love productions that do not feel too constrain... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy having the Bard's work brought to new life with relevant messages, enacted on a small stage with good props and a fine, young cast

Don't see it if you want your traditional Shakespeare as there are changes here in the characters, the setting and the script.

82
Delightful, Great direction, Smart, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like 10 Things I Hate About You. Unpretentious, a bit geeky/fantastical. Shkspr spoken naturally by actors who know what they’re saying.

Don't see it if you'll miss the nun fetish. Civil servants replace nuns/monks. Supreme Court references will be too on the nose for some. Low budget prod.

Also Thoroughly thought out & hits on a tone that works surprisingly well. ... Read more Read less

70
Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Barely shakespeare

See it if YOU SUSPEND YOUR SHAKESPEARE BONE. If you are not looking for M4M and just want to have 90 minutes of fun.

Don't see it if You are expecting Measure for Measure. All the interesting subterfuge and plot points are edited out. Left with a romp.

80
M4m refurbished for our "me too" age of sexual harrassment being outed; and it fits like a glove., Edgy, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like your Shakespeare with updated cultural relevance.

Don't see it if You just don't like Shakespeare, this update probably won't change your mind.

91
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if New interpretation of the old play, enough fun not to be bored, time was flying by, very intelligent mentioning of modern problems

Don't see it if do not accept new version of Shakespeare,pretending to understand Early Modern English from 16 century better than contemporary English

Also Last show will be tomorrow, hope they will extend. Mia Canter, Ashil L... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a startlingly clear reimagining of Measure that manages to keep the heart of the play but tell a brand new story

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare plays long.

84
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare and enjoy adaptations that bring his plays to modern life, with humor.

Don't see it if you expect elaborate costumes or scenery.

80
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like to see female victims turn their table over their villain.

Don't see it if you are offended to see Shakespeare misrepresented.

79
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy the modern reworking of Shakespearean plays (selfies, etc)

Don't see it if Shakesparean language hurts your ear.

100
Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if True to Shakespeare’s script except for a few twerks which make a more satisfying ending. Great performances and direction. Lively, humorous

Don't see it if I saw the final performance, so sorry. Everyone would have loved this.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like tightly-paced, fun, feminist Shakespeare that puts women+ front and center.

Don't see it if You will be put off by significant cuts, text changes, gender-bending, and Shakespeare adapted to a contemporary setting.

Also Smart combining of roles cast characters in a new light and gave infam... Read more Read less


May 26th, 2019
“Setting Shakespeare’s play amidst modern political scandal, this adaptation highlights the moral dilemmas we still face...The plot’s controversy and power imbalances lend themselves remarkably well to the production’s judicial and journalistic backdrop...The production’s fast pace, common to mod...
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May 22nd, 2019
"What could be a gimmick in the hands of less thoughtful directors than Phoebe Brooks is instead a powerful statement...'Measure for Measure’s' 90-minute cut, while impressive in the way it edited the story into the essentials, it left little room for its best moments to breathe despite the stren...
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