In Previews: Opens Jan 30 | Brooklyn

Medea (BAM)

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy

About the show

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s ("Yerma") contemporary rewrite. Starring Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Bobby Cannavale ("The Lifespan of a Fact," "The Hairy Ape"). More…

From the show:

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s (Yerma) stunning contemporary rewrite. Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids, You Can’t Take It with You) and Bobby Cannavale (The Lifespan of a Fact, The Hairy Ape, The Motherf**ker with the Hat) face off as a husband and wife in the tumultuous throes of an unraveling marriage. Transposing the devastation of Greek tragedy to a modern American home, Stone’s stripped-bare staging throws the couple’s every raw emotion into stark relief, from jealousy to passion, humor to despair. Who will pay the price?

This critical sensation riveted audiences across Europe and now comes to BAM for its US premiere, featuring an all-new cast, including Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Happiness).



Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy
87
Avg Score

During previews
87
Smart staging, Flawed script, Brilliant leads, Handsome scenography

See it if you’re interested in new possibilities for scenography or in seeing 2 very strong performances in often thrilling material.

Don't see it if you’re expecting an updated, adapted Medea: This play is a very different animal from the famous Euripides play.

Also Simon Stone’s “Medea” is better than his very good “Yerma.” The minima... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if To see a contemporary take on Medea on a white set using video, fan of Byrne (frighteningly terrific) & Canavale, great child actors

Don't see it if Don’t want another Medea or plays about marital discord, obsession, male privilege, blind ambition, revenge. Don’t like video, modern takes

Also Very effective use of video, very contemporary explanation for part of... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intense, Edgy, Disappointing, Unoriginal, Great acting

See it if You’d like to see Byrne in a formidable stage role. She does a respectable job, and Cannavale is always top-notch.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the Greek tragedy. This is just a modern play with semi-experimental staging, & we know the ending. It’s not revolutionary.

During previews
98
Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing, Must see, Great acting

See it if You want to be very moved by fantastic acting, especially Byrne.

Don't see it if You want to see the traditional Greek tragedy of Medea.

During previews
90
Intelligent, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a fascinating updating, contemporary version that humanizes Medea without excusing her. Every actor is terrific; the use of video works

Don't see it if you want to avoid a story of deep tragedy and pain. you don't like reworkings of classics.

Also beautifully [and video in theater is often done poorly/pointlessly]. T... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Great acting, Edgy, Tragic, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to watch a powerful modern interpretation of a classic Greek tragedy featuring a stellar performance by Rose Byrne.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or uplifting tale. This is not a fell-good piece of theater.

During previews
98
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to witness absolute brilliance on a stage! Rose Byrne & Bobby Canavale are incredible. The staging&direction is absolute perfection

Don't see it if You absolutely hate dark plays. Plays with no intermission. Shows that lack a set.

During previews
90
Riveting, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy modern adaptations of the mythological canon.

Don't see it if You are triggered by stories of mental illness, abandonment, unspeakable cruelty

Also The production is almost boring and a tad cliché in its simplicity. Bu... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Intense, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to see a good play, it’s an excellent production.

Don't see it if You hate projection and prefer traditional staging

During previews
95
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Grt direct,grt set&terrific act on themes of betrayal&vengeance,servin as an analogy of modern times.Bravi2real life couple Byrne/Cannavale!

Don't see it if you just want Euripides original work.

Also Story eventually takes a turn but very funny as it proceeds along.... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Resonant, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like the original with lots of implied violence. And if like Bobby Carnnavale and Rose Byrne.

Don't see it if you do not like intense theater with a lot of senseless killings - like the original.

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like minimalist staging from the director of YERMA & great performances of timeless themes of jealousy, madness, & reveng

Don't see it if you are expecting the Greek Medea. This is a modern re-telling of the same plot. And it's wonderful.

During previews
90
Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You’re looking for a retelling of this classic tragedy, in a modern art style, and sharp and brutal staging.

Don't see it if You are easily triggered by dark subject matter.

During previews
90
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be pulled into a story and see incredible acting.I found myself listening and watching intently and at times mezmorized

Don't see it if you are not into seeing a very dark play that just has a few lighter moments

During previews
100
Great acting, Must see

See it if You like great acting. A modern version of "Media "done in English for the first time. I really enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it.

During previews
90
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy captivating staging, modern writing, great acting. Unique modern version bringing Euripides into today's world.

Don't see it if you are expecting depth of emotion or are expecting original tragedy. Entertaining modern version w/ oversimplification of character

Also Skillful on many levels (Video was amazing and I loved seeing actor's ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Intense, Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging

See it if Minimalist staging style, use of live cam (like Ivo van Hove in Network & All About Eva), big fan of Rose Byrne

Don't see it if Big fan of Yerma, well-built-up characters

Also I have a very complicated feeling about this show (btw, I’m a big fan ... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You appreciate modern interpretations of classic plays. And Rose Byrne is TERRIFIC.

Don't see it if You don’t like good theater.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a modern play set on a experimental stage, with heartbreaking acting and a really innovative execution.

Don't see it if You expect an original script. It's not a standard representation of Medea, but it's based on it so you know how it's gonna end.

During previews
9
Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if You've always wanted Jason to be the central character of Medea

Don't see it if You are a woman or anyone sensitive to women and their experience

Also Had to create an account and review after seeing the universal praise ... Read more Read less


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