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Pericles

Members say: Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Disappointing
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64 reviews
 

Theatre for a New Audience presents 'Pericles,' an epic voyage of self-discovery, redemption, and reconciliation; directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Trevor Nunn, with live music.

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Trevor Nunn, four-time Tony and Olivier Award-winner and former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, stages 'Pericles,' one of Shakespeare’s late plays, for the first time in his career. 'Pericles' combines a fantastic adventure–a hero wandering, Odysseus-like, through the world of the Aegean–with a story of a miracle. Live music, composed by Irish artist Shaun Davey helps convey the mystery and magic of this story. This will be the first time in his career that Trevor Nunn will have directed 'Pericles' and staged Shakespeare with a U.S. company. This production will also be a part of TFANA's season-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

 

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Reviews (88)

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64
Avg Score

75
The New York Times

"The production, largely well acted and vividly staged, opens with a thunderclap, an apt harbinger of the stormy tale to unfold. Mr. Nunn has played fast and loose with the text...This is an action-driven yarn — the equivalent in the Shakespeare canon of a popcorn picture — and Mr. Nunn’s careful editing improves the tale’s sometimes haphazard momentum...Given the mildly disappointing performances in some key roles, I found myself, as always, entranced by the final scenes." Full Review

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New York Post

"It was exciting to see what legendary director Trevor Nunn would do with 'Pericles,' but his production for Theater for a New Audience is just as scattered as the play. This is especially true of the acting, which is all over the map. Christian Camargo is broodingly soulful as Pericles but some of his co-stars are embarrassingly awful." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"Trevor Nunn's ravishing production of 'Pericles' may well be the best account of Shakespeare’s bad romance that you will ever have a chance to see...It is a testament to Nunn’s directorial mastery that he is able to fashion a coherent, often beautiful pageant from such weird materials...Against all odds, the play is finally quite moving; the famed 'recognition scene' between Pericles and his daughter, Marina, brought tears to my eyes." Full Review

70
Theatermania

"Nunn probably could have cut a chunk of text without affecting the overall arc. But his physical production is rollicking…At times, though, the acting is more of a mixed bag. Few American actors speak the language of Shakespeare with as much finesse as Camargo does, and he is a mightily appealing Pericles…Lily Englert is oddly disconnected from her role...For completists, this is the chance to scratch another one off the list. And this production is a particularly handsome way to do so." Full Review

35
The Hollywood Reporter

"Taking his cue from the text, Nunn infuses the picaresque proceedings with generous amounts of song and dance, making an already long evening feel even longer...For all the furious activity onstage, the overall effect is curiously lifeless, due to both the diffuseness and unevenness of the material...Nunn is mightily straining for poeticism, when a light-hearted, winking approach might have produced more felicitous results." Full Review

75
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Nunn has thrown everything he knows how to do, circa 1975, at the text...This all looks and sounds grand, but a variety-show aroma seems to cling to the proceedings...Something has to be done with the weaker material in 'Pericles' in order to make way for the stronger, and it might as well be cheesy. The good news is that Nunn has cast actors who can serve the cheese but also the verse, so the beauty pops as much as the humor." Full Review

80
The Guardian (UK)

"This is a sumptuous and frequently spectacular production, enriched by setting, lighting, staging and music...If Nunn can’t make the plot less absurd, he does at least make the play all of a fanciful piece, with an atmosphere that borrows from the ancient and medieval, but mostly from the fairytale...Pericles should consider himself lucky to be embodied by Christian Camargo, an actor of precision and depth, thoroughly confident in the verse. He is backed by a mostly engaging supporting cast." Full Review

45
Cultural Weekly

"Working with an American cast, [director] Nunn almost succeeds in making this combination shaggy-dog story and picaresque romance fun...Shaun Davey’s delightful music and Stephen Strawbridge’s poetic lighting almost overcome the Bard’s seemingly endless melodrama, but there’s too much silly storytelling and not enough dramatic meat on this 'Pericles’' bones." Full Review

80
New York Theater

"A gorgeous, swashbuckling pageant, featuring Constance Hoffman’s parade of fancy and fanciful character-revealing costumes; Shaun Davey’s tuneful, period-appropriate music; lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge’s dreamy hues of blue and vivid orange; and a sexy hero in Christian Camargo...There is also a large cast that is certainly game and largely (but not entirely) winning...I’ll confess that [Nunn's] slicing and splicing didn’t especially glad my ear...but the show did please my eyes." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"Having assembled a highly skilled company and some imaginative designers, Nunn takes the script at face value, an absorbing and twisty narrative that builds to a genuinely moving climax...The production is filled with incisively conceived and lucid portrayals...Productions of 'Pericles' are rare enough; productions this confidently executed are as rare as unicorns. If you have ever had the slightest bit of interest in seeing this play, now is the time to pounce." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"[Director Nunn] certainly makes no case here for the show's potential and indeed this production in particular gets worse as it goes along....Can one mess up a bad play? Nunn comes awfully close...It's as if Nunn were adapting 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' but treating it like 'Macbeth.' You don't necessarily want to make fun of the whole affair , but you certainly don't want to treat it as the stately epic Nunn clearly envisioned." Full Review

75
Theatre's Leiter Side

"‘Pericles’ is a story stringing numerous incidents together without a subplot. A lot of what happens is fanciful and requires a firm suspension of disbelief. Trouble is you have to remain suspended for nearly three hours before the emotional payoff arrives. There’s obviously plenty of action—too much, in fact—but Pericles, kind, wise, and brave as he may be, also grows flat, dull, and tiresome. So what happens when an A-list director meets a D-list Shakespeare play? I’d say the answer is a C+." Full Review

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AM New York

"Nunn’s 'Pericles' is an unusually lavish affair, with a 22-person cast, live music and rich, exotic-looking costumes. Alas, 'Pericles' is not worthy of such large-scale production values. The three-hour show, though visually sleek and persuasively acted, comes off as bloated and tiresome, and Nunn’s edits to the text do not add much clarity." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"The biggest problem with this production is the casting is so uneven. Mr. Camargo is a bore, we do not care about him. He looks nice, but is so bland that it is hard to stay with him for the required 2 hours and 45 minutes...As much as the music broke up the long speeches, it doesn’t a cohesive piece make...The visuals were glorious including the costumes by Constance Hoffman, and seeing this rarely produced piece was satisfying." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"This is one overstuffed play, one that Shakespeare apparently didn’t write alone. The notion of multiple authors may account for the chockablock story and schizophrenic tone. The drama is all over the map...There’s so much going on that Gower, the narrator, makes an even bigger impression than the hero. Trevor Nunn, the veteran British director, has added music to make the three-hour work feel dynamic. To counteract the story bloat, his production is sleek and spare — less can be more." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"While Trevor Nunn’s concept for this 'Pericles' is at times tame as though he was consciously creating family entertainment, it is always accessible and lucid, a plus for a rarely staged Shakespeare play. The large cast acquit themselves well and the long running time proves no obstacle to enjoyment. Ultimately, the final recognition scene is quite moving. This is a good introduction to Shakespeare’s late plays for those who are unfamiliar with the so-called romances." Full Review

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Broadway & Me

"Having seen this 'Pericles,' all I can do is take some comfort in the fact that even geniuses like Shakespeare and near-ones like Nunn can turn out a flop...Trying to do his part to keep the audience's attention, Nunn adds music and spectacle and extravagant costumes. None of it worked for me but there were occasional murmurs of delight from other audience members...I suspect that only other completists will enjoy seeing what he's done with this one." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"You’d be hard-pressed to find a Shakespeare devotee who lists 'Pericles' anywhere near their top ten favorites list, but Trevor Nunn and company have taken an ostentatious play that features hints of Shakespeare’s notoriously beautiful speeches and turned it into a lovely and entertaining production that’s as worth seeing as any great play. It’s beautiful to look at, easy to follow and helps check off one of the remaining holdouts on a Complete Works scorecard in a very satisfactory fashion." Full Review

95
NY Theatre Guide

"There is enough depth to lower an anchor and contemplate the sudden twists and turns of our own fragile fate...Trevor Nunn has a cast with talent in spades. Under the surface of this vibrant carousel is evidence of a highly skilled technique master. He has wrought the perfect amount of meaning and melancholia out of the text to buffet the showy antics of the piece. There are so many layers at play at any given moment that the production is rich with the complexity of human fallout." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"Even if you usually shrug at Shakespeare's early romance, go see this new staging by Trevor Nunn, with Christian Camargo in the titular role...Nunn revamps this play by adapting some flatly-written scenes and adding vibrant music and songs by Shaun Davey...Camargo disappears into his role and lets the larger play come into focus. The entire ensemble performs in much the same vein...Those who see this production will be part of something very special." Full Review

85
Off Off Online

"The production at Theatre for a New Audience is so engaging and visually sumptuous that one can only wonder it’s not a staple of the canon...For the most part, the actors handle the language with skill...This rarely staged romance is a feast for the eyes and the ears, a gem from a master Shakespearean director that you won’t want to miss." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"In the hands of one of the most renowned theatre directors, this production is far from typical...It’s the acting that grounds the show. All the actors demonstrate great skill with the language, emoting Shakespeare’s lines beautifully. Nunn is extremely masterful at producing a show that feeds all the senses, employing bright and colorful visuals and a rich sound tapestry. 'Pericles' may be more than 400 years old, but Nunn and company make it come alive again." Full Review

95
Plays to See

"Camargo breathes new and vigorous life into a timeless character...Pericles’ every adventure, whether as lovelorn prince or ruined old man, captivates. There’s something for everyone in Nunn’s production…Despite the seeming inevitability of the happy ending, you’ll find yourself tearing up – or at least suppressing a grin – as the cast takes their bow. 'Pericles' is a colorful, visually rich and heartwarming adventure of a play that you won’t want to miss." Full Review

95
New York Theatre Wire

"Raucous, delicious, and ultimately very moving...Compelling characterizations by all the principal players and eye-poppingly gorgeous design make everything not only clear but kind of addictive...The play takes on the feeling of an adventure series, each episode ending as a cliffhanger. And it’s a stunningly realized adventure....It’s impossible for me to imagine any playgoer not taking delight in this utterly charming and 100% fun production." Full Review

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82
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Classic, Interesting costumes

See it if You enjoy classic tales w/ kings, war, tragedy, and twists. You appreciate the work of talented actors & are a fan of director Trevor Nunn.

Don't see it if You like more modern works. You aren't interested in seeing shows that contain sensitive subject matter (incest, death, starvation).

42
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want equisite, fantastical costumes.

Don't see it if You value your time ;)

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like really fantastic productions of second rate but still totally entertaining Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You do not like Shakespeare or much prefer realism to fantasy.

94
Enchanting, Exquisite, Sweet

See it if You want to check out one of the more obscure, less-performed Shakespeare plays - this is a beautiful prod of it! Christian Camargo shines.

Don't see it if You can't stand Shakespeare (in which case, I urge you to re-evaluate).

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan, anxious to see a rarely performed play get a good looking, dynamic production; you're a Trevor Nunn fan

Don't see it if You think you would have trouble understanding Shakespeare, you have no tolerance for the fanciful, you don't like acting that varies widely

65
Beautiful, Ambitious, Romantic, Confusing, Slow

See it if If you want a well-executed production of Pericles. It's certainly beautiful and focused. The flaws are really within the play itself.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or are willing to bear with a show. It IS slow, but a good production of Pericles can be a bit tricky to find.

50
Intense, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're curious to see a rarely produced Shakespeare play.

Don't see it if you're turned off by looooong plays with all-over-the-place acting skills.

75
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you adore everything Shakespeare ever wrote -- even the weaker stuff. This is a good production of a weak play.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare complex and absorbing.

80
Once n a lifetime opportunity

See it if You want to see Pericles, which is RARELY performed and you are also a fan of Trevor Nunn. Gorgeous production and music. Chris is great.

Don't see it if You don't like convoluted plots, some poor acting and the fact that Shakespeare may have only written one-third of the play. Lacks poetry.

30
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are a Shakespeare completest and haven't ever seen Pericles on stage. Or if design is your priority - the design is beautiful.

Don't see it if terrible performances (Marina), boring music, sloppy staging, or any number of other theatrical sins annoy you.

65
Ambitious, Romantic, Banal, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Shakespeare's work interests you.The worst play by him (if he wrote it) I have ever encountered. Cast is game and they make the most of it.

Don't see it if You know how bad the play is, or if you have an aversion to cornball Elizabethan plot devices.

79
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if u love Shakespeare and want to see this play which is so rarely given here in NYC. Also, it's a superior production w/ an excellent cast.

Don't see it if u don't want to bother w/ an imperfect Shakes. play (tho a fascinating, superior production).

65
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Pericles and want to see it live. Also the costumes are beautiful.

Don't see it if You don't like slow pacing. Also if you don't like the play itself, because Pericles is one of Shajespeares slower and longer plays.

80
Beautiful, Clever, Great staging

See it if You enjoy beautiful staging and design. If you like your Shakespeare to include original music.

Don't see it if You aren't interested n Shakespeare or convoluted "Greek" stories. You prefer a more traditional approach

50
Slow, A touch racist

See it if You are a completeist, and need to add this, one of Shakespeare's least worthy efforts, to your list.

Don't see it if It offends you that the incestuous king, the murderer, the maid, the brothel keepers, the griot are all black, and the saintly women blond.

93
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like watching well done funny Shakespeare with great musical elements and great costumes/staging.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your thing and you don't want to see such a long version of it.

73
Epic, Romantic, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to see what a great director can do with mediocre Shakespeare and an uneven cast. It may be your only chance to see this play.

Don't see it if Some inventive staging does not compensate for a silly complicated plot.

81
Epic, Great staging, Sweeping, Rarely seen, Great production values

See it if You like inventive spectacle, gorgeous costumes, well spoken text in rarely staged Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't want to be up close & personal with shipwrecks, bordellos, & pirates

25
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are a huge fan of Shakespeare's later works despite an ill-advised production.

Don't see it if you are easily angered by disappointing direction, design, and acting, of this already challenging piece.

79
Quirky, Great staging

See it if You appreciate clever staging that really gets you to where the play is going.

Don't see it if You need to get somewhere soon.

91
Original, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love Shakespeare. This rarely produced play has been re-tooled by master director Trevor Nunn. Fast paced & gorgeous to look at. A gem!

Don't see it if If you don't like the Bard or have problems w/ complicated plot lines because this is an epic tale, told very accessibly but a LOT of plot.

66
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Mixed bag , disappointing direction,excellent acting by Camargo and R.N. Thompson particularly---fine music .imaginative set. Worth seeing .

Don't see it if you wish to see a taut production with uniformly fine acting.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare and really cool costumes

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

57
Cliched, Aesthetic, Minor

See it if Love PigPen, want to take the chance to see all works of Shakespeare, for beautiful (if not always appropriate) costumes, to support TFANA

Don't see it if Looking for coherent plot, allergic to melodramatic heavy breathing soapy heroines

88
Spectacle enchanting masterful great staging

See it if you want a Trevor Nunn spectacle. Masterful staging. An epic tale of adventure. Skillful character acting. Christian Camargo is riveting.

Don't see it if you don't get Shakespeare and can't sit still for more than 2 hours. The convoluted plot is actually fun and the narration is wonderful.