See it if You enjoy seeing different versions of Shakespeare's plays. You want to support a theatre company just starting out in NY.
Don't see it if You want a more classical approach to Shakespeare. You want to see a more established theatre company take on the classics.
See it if you'd like a modern, well staged Richard III mash-up; inventive, well-designed & lit, a fresh at times odd take on Richard but a great Anne.
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare straight, don't like blood or violence, pop updates of classics – or need Richard to have a consistent limp .
"Shaky performances and a hollow conceptual agenda render this production...a tiresome experience...There have been many acclaimed Shakespearean productions that have successfully been set in diverse time periods and that have employed unconventional approaches. This is not one of them...This production is so crammed with flashy digressions that haven’t been coherently integrated together that they overpower the story for no great effect."
“Heavily influenced in look and feel by last spring’s short-lived 'American Psycho' musical, it is an expressive, postured, and movement-oriented piece...With their bold first production, The Bridge Production Group has signaled an intent to produce challenging, ambitious theater. Their 'Richard III' is an enjoyable, if simplified and focused, take on a complex play, providing an accessible gateway to theatergoers. who might otherwise not be as likely to attend Shakespeare’s history plays.”
"One of the best off-Broadway Shakespeare productions I’ve seen of this play. At the very least, it’s the one that will be remembered the most for getting the tone right and matching it with incredible technical prowess...If you are a Shakespeare fan, don’t miss it if it comes back. If you love great technical aspects in your shows, don’t miss it. If you love well-done ensembles, don’t miss it. You know what? Just don’t miss it."
"Postmodern Shakespeare at its best. The result is nauseatingly affecting and not because of the frequent use of fake blood...Max Hunter’s directorial vision is frenetic and daringly unconventional...Hunter unites this visual feast with elegantly gory violence and devastatingly emotional performances...The entire cast is impressive in their stamina, committed to even the smallest moments. For a show presenting so much, it can become a little overwhelming to process."
"An eye-catching, attention-holding production that offers some highly creative and entertaining twists…Clever costuming, scenic design, lighting and projection complement a well-directed production…The acting is solid and committed, and the performers bring this difficult text alive and, I feel, capture the heart of the story with great energy and style. There are some spotty moments and choices, but this is a young cast attempting to connect with a young audience and it works."