Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch)
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Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch)
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Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(13 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (13)

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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.

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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.

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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.

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
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 modern Shakespeare adaptations, adds urgency and dark humor to the play’s surreality, but can backfire when actors rush through meaningful dialogue.”
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M
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 strength of the cast...Both productions, however, are important contributions to the conversation about how the world treats female and nonbinary sexes and genders as inherently sinful."
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