Persuasion NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(47 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
24%
Negative
6%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Delightful

A world premiere adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen.

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Member Reviews (47)

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77
Inconsistent, Confusing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you know the novel & would enjoy an imaginative "empty stage" production with some hilarious scenes done by a talented ensamble.

Don't see it if you are an Austen purist. Or if you dislike the confusion caused by a small cast doubling & tripling with only minor costumes changes.

87
Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like a show with intelligent use of humor. Wonderful portrayal of characters by Bedlam company. Very amusing and great staging.

Don't see it if you don't like the stories of Jane Austen. Persuasion doesn't have a lot of action but the production brings it alive. Read more

45
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Overlong, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of Jane Austen.

Don't see it if you are confused when actors play 2+ roles without showing any difference among their characters. It is also overlong. Read more

90
Bedlam never lets me down, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like good theatre, clever adaptations, very good acting & incredible staging.Bedlam is one of those theatre companies that never misses.

Don't see it if you are looking for a gaudy musical or a turgid drama. This is fun, very, very clever fun.

85
Sometimes uneven screwball, Charming, Amusing, Entertaining, Witty

See it if a fan of Jane Austen & Bedlam; don’t mind a bit of nuttiness in your Regency Romances; support off-Broadway productions with devoted casts.

Don't see it if expecting a perfect blend of serious & slapstick a la Bedlam’s & Kate Hamill’s Sense & Sensibility. This one's a bit uneven in some places. Read more

78
Refreshing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if a good take on a classic story, well acted with some fun staging. good way to trim down the story to the essentials. long but time flew by

Don't see it if want more traditional plays. tone is a bit haphazard - is it a comedy or not

78
Polarizing, Odd, Fluffy, Quirky, Clever

See it if you don't mind odd, silly, sometimes annoying reinvention of a classic. I found it weird but enjoyable; a friend left at intermission.

Don't see it if you are a purist. This is not Austin's Persuasion. It's odd and certainly not to everyone's taste. Those who dislike, really dislike!

63
Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like period theater pieces and you like English parlor theater.

Don't see it if You're expecting the caliber of their production of Sense & Sensibility. Here, who the characters were was confusing, the play was too long.

Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out New York
September 28th, 2021

"THREE STARS! A romance that begins with a proposal has a circuitous road ahead...the action in Tucker’s frenetic production is sometimes hard to follow."
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Theatermania
September 28th, 2021

"One thing is clear: Persuasion marks the long-awaited return of one of New York's most talented companies."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 29th, 2021

Persuasion contrasts incisively written and acted moments with broad bits of comic shtick, wild bursts of overemoting, and distracting staging ideas. An approach that, a few seasons ago, was hailed by some as fresh and contemporary is looking increasingly exhausted.
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New York Stage Review
September 28th, 2021

"Bedlam is presenting Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion—directed by company helmer Eric Tucker and adapted by Sarah Rose Kearns—as a production for our times. This may sound like good news. It isn’t. To use a word Austen frequently turns to, it’s vexing."
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TheaterScene.net
September 29th, 2021

"Among the problems are so much doubling and tripling that it becomes difficult to keep the characters separate and a lack of humor and irony that was inherent in the original material. Tucker seems to have forgotten that this should be a comedy of manners."
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New York Theater
September 28th, 2021

I was wholeheartedly engaged with the play – for the last 15 minutes. The first two hours….not so much...it’s still Bedlam, and that means beauty, humor and precision in the design, and much clever and enlivening stage business.
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New York Theatre Guide
September 29th, 2021

"Awkwardness is the dominant feeling onstage, as no one has any privacy and nothing better to do than observe each other making faux pas while vainly hoping no one sees their own. The result is a hilarious and relatable adaptation for those of us nervously readjusting back to in-person socializing."
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