Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

About the show

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

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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.



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“Othello (The Public Theater)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

76
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

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.

92
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like great actors in a traditional but gripping and vibrant performance of one of the world's great plays.

Don't see it if you're sure you don't like Shakespeare and don't want to try again even with a very clear and persuasive production.

92
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like Shakespeare and a play that closely relates to incidents occurring in our time today

Don't see it if It's raining. My show was cancelled as a result of downpours just as the show was reaching its climax. Hoping to go back to see it again!

92
During previews
Enchanting, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you get tickets!

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 3 hours

92
During previews
Masterful, Powerful, Long, Great staging, Excellent directing

See it if ... Shakespeare In The Park is an important, longstanding theatrical tradition in the city. A must-see for any theatregoer.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare.

Also ... Chukwudi Iwuji gives a masterful and powerful performance as Othel... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant

See it if For Corey Stoll’s Iago, a revelation. A modern read on love, hate, race and corruption. And, yes, the price of jealousy

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist. This is not that.

91
During previews
As clear and moving othello as you are likely to see

See it if no gimmicks, just bravura acting by cast particularly Iago/Stoll, Desdemona/Lind, Othello/Iwuji, Emilia/Wright; devastating end

Don't see it if not try 2 reinvent/reinterpret play; just lets glorious script on nature of evil/ gullibility/jealousy/men's cruelty 2 women speak 4 itself

Also Central puzzle in play - why Iago hates and plans Othello's destructio... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like great acting, clarity in direction and intelligent portrays of every character. Brilliant leads make every moment absorbing.

Don't see it if If you have a hard time with 3 hour productions or the portrayal of pure evil on stage (Iago). This brilliant production hits hard.

Also My benchmark for Othello was Christopher Plumber as Iago and James Ear... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to see an well-played, conventional staging of one of Shakespeare's finest works. Stoll is especially compelling as Iago.

Don't see it if You've seen a bunch of Othellos already. Although Desdemona's death scene is particularly well-staged, the last two acts felt slow.

90
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Excellent production

See it if Straightforward Shakespeare with brilliant ensemble , gorgeous costumes and The incomparable Delacorte Theater on a perfect summer night

Don't see it if You don’t like a traditional and not modern take or can’t take the distractions of outdoor theater like the raccoons that traverse the stage

Also Great ensemble and beautifully directed production with outstanding pe... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if Classic Shakespeare done with great direction and acting. Done in traditional style in no frills but perfect.

Don't see it if you want some modern version or insipid production. 3 hours long but worth it.

90
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare play that isn't often done in NY, with a great performance by Alison Wright as Emilia (stay to the end).

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare (what's wrong with you?), long plays, or outdoor theater.

90
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love Shakespeare, serious drama, and timeless themes of love, jealousy, gender and race.

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals, comedy or simple stories...or do not like iambic pentameter.

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

See it if If you truly enjoy great portrayals of famous characters, prefer traditional productions of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You cannot sit through a full on unabridged 3 hour production, not a fan of Shakespeare, Not one for tragedy and violence.

Also I'm sure one of the bigger highlights of the first preview was the sud... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you like watching a well directed play with good actors performing classic Shakespeare.

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

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love your Shakespeare straight-forward: immortal words, beautifully, classically acted, in exquisite costumes, under an open sky

Don't see it if you want a modern version of this play, cannot sit for 3+ hours to listen to words from the greatest playwright who ever lived

Also Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Allison Wright as E... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like deep traditional theater. Masterfully done. Great staging and directing.

Don't see it if Its three hours long so you must love Shakespeare.

88
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you are a lover of Shakespeare and want to see a more traditional staging of this tragedy.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding Shakespeare or don't think you can sit through a 3-hour outdoor production.

Also I'll admit, I went into this play with some hesitation; I truly love S... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see a great production of one of the Bard's masterpieces. This classic production is beautifully staged and acted.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare but even then you should give it a shot

87
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if If you love Shakespeare and great acting in a beautiful outdoor setting. A must for the summer.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not into Shakespeare’s plays. This is not a light drama or a musical.

85
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Iconic, Darkly funny

See it if you want to see a skilled actor master an iconic role (Corey Stoll as Iago), or just plain enjoy Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you need this to be the most flawless Othello you've ever seen, or you dislike the Park experience.

Also This Othello is worth it for Stoll's performance alone, a deft, witty,... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like Corey Stoll (which I very much do); you love Othello, or haven't seen Othello, and are able to snag tickets.

Don't see it if it's raining; you don't have the patience for Shakespeare.

Also I saw it a few previews in and it seemed like maybe they were still wo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You want to see an intelligently acted and staged production. This is what Shakespeare plays must have looked like a hundred years ago.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. You need contemporary references to make Shakespeare relevant. You want fancy production design.

85
During previews
Intelligent, Well acted, Long, Clearly spoken

See it if you like your Shakespeare told in a straight forward manner with Stoll, a superb Iago & excellent performances by Iwuji, Lind & Wright.

Don't see it if you're​ not up to a 3 hour performance, no matter how well done.

Also The set was functional, but not very imaginative.

85
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Very efficient; great clarity; Iwuji and Stoll chemistry anchors the two leads; all the humor lands to balance the relentless sorrow of show

Don't see it if Balance of humor with tragedy may lessen the impact for some; spare set design feels cheap compared to past SITP productions


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