Merry Wives (Public Theater)
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Merry Wives (Public Theater)
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Merry Wives (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(111 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Shakespeare in the Park is back this summer with Jocelyn Bioh's joyous adaptation of "Merry Wives."

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Member Reviews (111)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Great adaptation. Fun funny and smart. Great cast and production. 1 perfectly times act.

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare traditional. You don't like outdoor theater.

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
86
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Great modern and accessible production. Actors are all excellent. Story is very entertaining and was made current.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional adaptation.

945 Reviews | 387 Followers
70
Ambitious, Great acting, Interesting set design, Great costumes, Slow

See it if You love shows at The Delacorte. It was fabulous to be back with a full(ish) house even though the show was just so-so. Still worth it!

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare served traditional. They take A LOT of liberties here. I think it sort of works…but just sort of. Read more

795 Reviews | 216 Followers
80
Refreshing, Funny, Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you have been theatre deprived, as it brings you back with a light topic in our present situation for an enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if you want the traditional Shakespeare treatment.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
80
Well staged, Charming, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're interested in a happy theatrical adventure. Beautiful stars and drifting clouds over the Delacorte. Attractive performers having fun.

Don't see it if its raining. They only cancel if the stage is too slippery for safety. No umbrellas allowed.

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
91
Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy clever contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare, shows with a Caribbean flair that take place in Harlem; enjoy the Delacorte

Don't see it if Prefer your Shakespeare to be strictly classical, can't imagine this play re-set in Harlem, afraid of the mixed English-Latinx dialogue

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
80
Funny, Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You're looking to laugh, enjoy the acting & great outdoors & an appreciative audience. I went early on & everyone glowed to be at theater

Don't see it if Often difficult to understand the accents, don't enjoy Shakespeare with a twist, bring bug spray.

454 Reviews | 127 Followers
84
Very colorful, Sassy, Hybrid classical/contemporary, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Desire the Shakespeare in the Park experience, the Shakespeare/Tyler Perry mix of storytelling, free tix, what more could you want?

Don't see it if Dislike free entertainment, contemporary re-interpretation of classic fare, can't stand the outdoors, fear entering theatre space outdoors

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
August 9th, 2021

"A big comedy when we really needed one after a small, grim year, yet also a play celebrating Black life in America, when we really needed that as well...an across-the-board excellent ensemble!"
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Time Out New York
August 9th, 2021

"4/5 stars!...Joy radiates from the exuberant Merry Wives...More than ever, these artists want to entertain and uplift, and audiences are eager to enjoy their efforts."
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New York Stage Review
August 9th, 2021

"To say that director Ali (resident director at The Public) has assembled a stageful of talent is an understatement. Happily, he sets them all firing sparks in tandem. He also pulls exceptional work from his design team."
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Front Row Center
August 10th, 2021

"Saheem Ali’s direction pulls the elements together in a seamless and often hilarious and definitely welcomed production...A brilliant way to return to the theatre. Get there if you can. It will do your heart good."
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New York Theater
August 10th, 2021

"Bioh understands this and turns the Bard’s revenge comedy into something warmer (and, at 110 minutes without an intermission, shorter), though keeping the main plots, subplots and convoluted comic busy-ness."
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New York Stage Review
August 8th, 2021

"Bioh also turns the incongruous Midsummer Night’s Dream–like final-scene fairy pageant into something more than spectacle."
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