Already closed | 2h 50m | Upper W Side

Othello (The Public Theater)

From 123 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Shakespeare in the Park to direct a new production of 'Othello.' More…

Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains one of Shakespeare’s most relevant tragedies today.

2h 50m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (123)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging
Avg Score

Handsome (costumes, set), Disappointing, Long, Odd iago

See it if you like traditional WS. Solid staging. But Stoll's Iago baffled; he was nebbishy, nasal-y, jocular. He should terrify, not amuse. Free tix

Don't see it if you want emotional engagement; strangely unaffecting. Emilia is more memorable than Dez. Iwuji is good, but overdoes. I got wet in the rain

Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Well staged & acted, Competent

See it if Well appointed rendering of major Shakespearean tragedy but lacks needed ominous quality Acting adequate not potent except Wright's Emilia

Don't see it if Expertly handled but rather unispired staging by Santiago-Hudson Should be supercharged but is merely threatening Neither lead reaches peak

Absorbing, Entertaining, Brilliantly written, Clear, Funny

See it if you want to see a clear, strong production of Shakespeare’s devastating, most beautifully constructed tragedy.

Don't see it if you have seen so many Othellos in your life that you require a bold new reading of the play to bring you to the theater.

Also “Othello” is Shakespeare’s most perfectly constructed tragedy. Ending ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Melodramatic, Good costumes and simple, elegant sets

See it if you enjoy traditional Shakespeare with no frills; players, actions & motives are clear & easy to follow; beautiful costumes and sets.

Don't see it if you don't like sitting outside; you prefer the villianous Iago to be played without humor; Sappy music is unnecessary at the end of acts.

Also The second half of the play gets melodramatic and it is difficult to b... Read more Read less

Intermittently engaging

See it if you or a buddy already got/won tickets & the weather’s nice. Might as well. This is ok. Not a unique or detailed vision.

Don't see it if you plan to wait in line, or to not sit in your assigned seat & cause a disruptive musical chairs reaction throughout the entire section.

Also If you’ve already seen an Othello you’ve liked, this will probably dis... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining show. Alison Wright and Heather Lind stole the show with their powerful performances.

Don't see it if It was a pretty straightforward production, with nothing new about it, and suffers by comparison to the recent NYTW show.

I happily profess my prejudice for chuk iwuji

See it if you love Shakespeare in the Park. This is as others have said a solid Othello. I wish this had been staged at the Public.

Don't see it if You dont want to watch an anachronistic buffoonish Iago. His every entrance upset the balance. The women were clearly delineated, wellspoken

Also The critics were across the board in this. Many hated Iago, some extol... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you like Shakespeare's tragedies virtually uncut; an Iago who has humor & can sometimes seem genial (I loved Stoll's performance,many don't)

Don't see it if almost 3 hours is too long for you, you want a totally menacing Iago; don't want the risk of rain or outside noises (sirens, helicopters etc

Dated, Funny

See it if You want a great Iago. You want a classic, old school production.

Don't see it if You dislike unnecessary set movements. You want something well paced.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like Shakepeare outdoors, to see great acting, enjoy NYC theatre in the round, to enjoy a beautiful venue in a summer night. Masterful

Don't see it if You don't like Shakepeare, or you don't like being outdoors.

Shakespeare tragedy you could follow

See it if You love to see Shakespeare in the park as the setting is so great! The women were strong and particularly Emilia shone. I enjoyed this iago

Don't see it if Was long, some costumes not distinct, othello wasn’t the strongest portrayal of military prowess

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want an "Othello" stripped of any pretense that Iago hates Othello for anything but his skin color or that Othello is just an angry dude

Don't see it if you want a post-racial version of Shakespeare. Othello is a nice/loving/successful black man who doesn't have a chance in this world

Also The stated intention (in the program) was to make a love-story-gone-wr... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Witty, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate Shakespeare’s flowery prose and long plays or prefer musicals and fluffy content.

Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if i liked corey stoll? that's about it.

Don't see it if so dull. i thought i liked othello but then i saw this. the casting, design, direction--everything--felt uninspired.

Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A great story in a great setting in Central Park. On a beautiful night it doesn’t get any better as a unique New York theatre experience.

Don't see it if You expect your Othello to be a large commanding presence. He’s not. You like your Iago cold and evil. Corey Stoll’s a scene-stealing clown.

Also But bring your poncho because you aren’t allowed to open an umbrella i... Read more Read less

Solid, Accessible, Traditional, Communal, Proud

See it if you want some culture (Shakespeare, no less!) but you don't want to go indoors because it's summer, baby. It really is that simple.

Don't see it if you've always been more fascinated by Iago than the title character because Chukwudi Iwuji really steals the show as "O" in this production.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You are seeking traditional Shakespeare, well acted and well staged. Kudos to a cold, calculating, evil Iago and very believeble Desdemona.

Don't see it if A three hour drama (with potential drizzle) disturbs you.

Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy straightforward productions of Shakespeare that are not adventurous with the interpretation. Strong cast and intense scenes.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to sit through a 3 hour Shakespeare play. You prefer comedies or musicals.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy classic Shakespeare and love the story of Othello. Every part is excellently cast, especially Chukwudi Iwuji. The women are epic.

Don't see it if you mostly like Shakespeare's comedies. The language in Othello is notoriously difficult to follow. You'll need to pay good attention.


See it if you can get a ticket. Shakespeare in the Park is still a great experience.

Don't see it if you want an edgy tragedy. The characters aren't as believable as they need to be ... Claudio was great. The others were meh.

A bit bloodless, Great cast, Mild

See it if you want to see four top-notch performers attempt to raise the temperature of a listless production

Don't see it if you're looking for searing drama. This one's a bit tepid.

The evil that men do.

See it if you like Shakespeare, especially his tragedies.

Don't see it if Shakespeare--whether it's one of his tragedies, comedies, or anything else--just isn't your thing.

Also "Othello" is perhaps the leanest and meanest of all of Shakespeare's w... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare done in a masterful, accessible way.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare or get bored trying to follow the language. It is rather long.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Intense

See it if You have an appreciation for Shakespeare, theatre in nature, and great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or get nervous by the elements of nature getting in the way of the performance.

Also All four principal performances were mesmerizing, with Corey Stoll’s I... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Epic

See it if You enjoy traditional staging of Shakespeare’s plays, in a beautiful setting

Don't see it if You don’t have $500 or more to donate to get a “free” ticket or you don’t understand that waiting in line is itself a great theatrical exper

June 18th, 2018
"Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s elegantly staged production is good-looking, well-spoken and intelligent, as easy on the ears as it is on the eyes. But you know that you’re not going to be dreaming about it later, or wishing that you could see it again. It’s a picturesque, nicely paced show that engages...
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June 18th, 2018
"A satisfying and somewhat safe domestic tragedy rather than an epistemological nightmare...There’s a concrete practicality to nearly every choice, with the result that there’s little here to surprise you, but a lot to keep you entertained...Stoll’s Iago is a revelation. He cannot be written off ...
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June 18th, 2018
"Stoll's rollicking portrayal of the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's classic takes some getting used to...His undeniably entertaining performance is the most unorthodox aspect of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's otherwise slavishly traditional staging...The approach feels refreshing...Unfortunately, that...
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June 18th, 2018
"Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s confidently unfussy staging, and many of the performances by a cast that includes several Public Theater regulars, are a thrill to witness...As villianous Iago, Stoll brings a comic’s timing and puts over even very well known lines as if he is speaking extemporan...
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