See it if you want Pericles made accessible by significant trimming. Well-spoken WS, well-acted. Imaginative. clever direction. Hard-working cast.
Don't see it if you expect a highly polished piece. Broad portions (eg the suitors' battle) undermine the flow. Framing device takes up too much time/space. Read more
See it if You want a streamlined, modern take on Shakespeare. You want to see a classical play performed by a well-trained cast.
Don't see it if You want to see the full, uncut, 5-act version of Pericles. You don't like intimate spaces & a small cast playing multiple roles.
See it if You like to see actors playing many different roles. The use of the prop playing the fake baby is the best I have seen
Don't see it if You’re like me and have never been able to understand anything this Shakespeare idiot has ever done. Why do people pretend they like this? Read more
See it if you’ll watch a small troupe’s valiant, thoughtful effort at making Pericles engaging; you can wait until the very end to be drawn in.
Don't see it if you‘re hoping for “translated” Shakespeare. This is Shakespeare’s text and closer to Pericles than I expected—but abbreviated & rearranged. Read more
See it if you like a modern adaptation of a play attributed in part to Shakespeare imbedded in contemporary plot, art video, creative staging/action
Don't see it if you prefer musicals, can't sit 90 min. or understand Elizabethan English even if articulated slowly, or you dislike adaptations of classics
See it if Staging is very imaginative & effective-projections, physicality, color coordinated costumes, etc.Some terrific performances(esp K.Metzger)
Don't see it if One very weak actor and one overblown scene by another kind of killed this play for me. +I didn't understand the device framing the play Read more
See it if You’d like to see a distilled, energetic Tempest.
Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare pure. Read more
See it if You want to see a revamped tale from Shakespeare. You want to see a story from a dead narrators perspective. Also great graphics.
Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist. Although traditional dialogue is used, the costumes are not.
"A heartwarming rendition of 'Pericles'...Director Jordan Reeves manages to achieve clarity in this complex story with delicious simplicity, while liberally applying whimsical, contemporary references...The production features a team of captivating performers who commune in verse but make it sound so natural that they might as well be your next-door neighbors...I was overjoyed to witness the story being told in such a palatable and moving way."
“A unique and compelling, psychologically sound, serious and often hilarious story of loss, struggle and ultimate redemption through the resolution of conflict that only profound understanding can achieve...Beautifully conceived and directed...The stellar company of actors...profoundly skilled...physically adept...able to bring forth complex serious emotions as well as hilarious surprises. They handle the language with perfect precision and clarity."
"The story takes off far beyond the simple reading of the text. It takes us to places and times with an ease...The creative team, the cast, and the director all work wonders balancing the mythical fantasy and the reality of these four mourners with a perfectly timed expertise...Thanks to some inventive direction wonderfully executed by the creative team and cast, we are given a solid charmer of a play."
“A transcendental adult fairy tale. The creators indeed honor Shakespeare’s original vision, complete with the Bard’s genuine dialogue. But through this new re-imagining by creator/director Reeves, THIS ‘Pericles’ takes on a vibe that’s both fantastical and heart-tuggingly real...Accented with humor and performed with zest by a young cast...Hunger & Thirst prove that imagination— with a good dose of creative passion— can go a long way in reinventing a classic.”
"One of the biggest payoffs for this intimate approach comes when the show complicates Pericles' climactic reunion in a clever and emotionally powerful way. On a lighter note, it also allows amusing speculation for the audience...The cast play their multiple roles with aplomb...'Pericles: Born in a Tempest' is lively, funny, and affecting: a great opportunity to hear an old song newly sung."
“A powerful piece about family that will leave a lingering impression if not an ache in the heart...The cast comprises only five performers...all notably skilled actors...Reeves’s choice to make this a story-in-a-story at first seemed awkward and unnecessary, but by play’s end it’s the relationship established in those first minutes that connects Shakespeare’s story with the audience, making it living and visceral...A surpassingly good piece of independent theater.”
"While the play is a little slow to start...it bounds into liveliness once 'Pericles' himself joins the party. The spell cast by the storytellers then reaches its full potency...Director Reeves synthesizes what should be disparate styles into the only elixir which could coax this woman out of her grief - the joy of play, and the romantic sweep of the story...The cast is uniformly strong...The dichotomy of the storytelling is beautifully rendered by the contrast within the design."
“A play within a play, 'Pericles' is stripped to the essentials with a reimagining of a seafarer’s adventure...Reeves’ concept and direction, along with the design team, was thoughtful, creative and respectful of the space...Together, all the elements of the production (sound, projection, lighting, costumes) created a subtext that allowed the story to unfold. This was a well-crafted production with talented cast to support it.”