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Pericles

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

About the show

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. More…

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.


Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing
72
Avg Score

40
Disappointing, Too long, Slow, Wasteful, Unengaging

See it if you feel compelled to check this Shakespeare off your bucket list; you'll feel like you never have to see it again!

Don't see it if you like strong acting;the verse is badly spoken (one of the lead's has a serious speech impediment).This could have been fun, but wasn't.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing

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

81
Great staging, Sweeping, Epic, 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

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.

50
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing

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.

42
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want equisite, fantastical costumes.

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

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.

76
Great staging, Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You like your shakespeare on the lively side, and can tolerate a very confusing plot. The narrator helps, reading the synopsis too!

Don't see it if You are not a shakespeare fan.

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
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like Shakespeare and really cool costumes

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

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

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).

25
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Romantic, Slow, Beautiful

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.

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.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Masterful

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.

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.

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.

66
Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, 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.

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

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).

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

79
Great staging, Quirky

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
Enchanting, Exquisite, Original, 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.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an enchanting story of love loss and redemption all played out on the high seas, shipwrecked islands, a brothel , and Diana's tem

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespearean language or only like contemporary realism.

30
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated, Ambitious

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.

73
Disappointing, Great staging, Epic, Slow, Romantic

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.


February 25th, 2016
"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...
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February 26th, 2016
"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 ...
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February 25th, 2016
"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 ch...
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February 25th, 2016
"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 mater...
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