Merry Wives (Public Theater)
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Merry Wives (Public Theater)

Merry Wives (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(113 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (113)

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89 Reviews | 23 Followers
Hilarious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy madcap comedy, Shakespeare comedies and adaptations of his plays. If you plays centering on the African diaspora in Harlem.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare or only enjoy Shakespeare productions which are faithful to the original play. This is very much an adaption. Read more

57 Reviews | 14 Followers
Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like great new interpretations of Shakespeare that are only funny and never forced, with an amazing set that incorporates the park.

Don't see it if You are a very rigid Shakespeare purist (some of the lines are taken out of iambic pentameter). Read more

276 Reviews | 85 Followers
Funny, Must see, Refreshing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a brilliant & refreshing adaptation of this play! The costume changes alone are reason to attend! So fun! The cast is A+!

Don't see it if You are expecting a very traditional staging of this Shakespeare comedy. It is perfectly set, intelligently voiced and given such vibrancy!

97 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if well,it is gone but if the entire company had spent the whole pandemic preparing this amazement of a production, anyone would believe it.

Don't see it if you don't like wonderful theater from start to finish -- acting, staging, everything -- go watch TV instead. Read more

191 Reviews | 38 Followers
Magical, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love a wonderfully updated version of a funny Shakespeare play! Great acting, wonderfully written, great staging...Magical lighting!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare!

60 Reviews | 9 Followers
Funny, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want fast-paced, abbreviated Shakespeare that comes alive in the uptown African diaspora of Harlem as different accents and rhythms mix.

Don't see it if a dutiful adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

217 Reviews | 79 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if for a refreshing, relevant take on one of the Bard's less-known comedies. Costumes = wonderful, rework = funny, acting = awesome.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist or don't like outdoor theater.

760 Reviews | 166 Followers
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

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 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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