Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
0%
Negative
7%
Members say
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

Onomatopoeia Theatre Company presents an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy about the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'

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Member Reviews (14)

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79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoyed this in high school and want to see a decent production.

Don't see it if you get lost easily in shows.

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring!

See it if you want to support your friends or family, otherwise don't. Poor direction, terrible pacing, difficult to follow an already confusing story

Don't see it if you expect to see good theater. Doubt I'll see any more productions from this theater. Left at intermission.

83
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like witty takes on those 2 bit players from Hamlet. Seriously funny wordplay at work here.

Don't see it if Shakespeare or straight plays are not your thing.

80
Clever, Funny

See it if you enjoy the play or Hamlet, or if you enjoy an adaptation featuring two women as the main characters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy absurdist theater or if you are unfamiliar with either the source material or Hamlet.

87
Intelligent, Funny, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Tom Stoppard, this play (R&G are Dead), or you're a super-fan of Hamlet. I found this worked better as a play than a movie!

Don't see it if You want all of the actors to be absolutely perfect. The director doubled as "The Player", and his performance left something to be desired.

86
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Shakespeare.It's a brilliant show that makes you think about a variety of things from death to writing to the chance of a coin flip

Don't see it if You like traditional plays.

91
Clever, Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Profound

See it if You enjoyed Hamlet and want an intense and in-depth analysis of both the play and life itself

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare or satire of his works

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Hamlet, or you enjoy word-play and witty dialogue, or you like philosophical issues.

Don't see it if you want smiles and song and dance.

Critic Reviews (4)

Talkin' Broadway
November 10th, 2015

"The play offers up a serious consideration of questions of self-determination vs. predestination, yet Stoppard’s sharp and off-kilter humor shines through repeatedly, arising not from silly tomfoolery but from the very strange situation in which two minor and interchangeable functionaries are unexpectedly thrust into the limelight...The eight-member cast collaborate beautifully to make this a strong and consistently illuminating ensemble effort."
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Theatre is Easy
November 9th, 2015

"The chemistry between the two actresses really helped me to settle into the rhythm of their relationship, and it was a delight to see them have fun with the games being played. The aesthetic of the show is also very interesting...This production was a joy to attend. The company really plays with the text, and the pleasure of that freedom is visible in their performance... I recommend this production to any appreciators of Shakespeare and syllogisms, or anyone looking to have a good laugh."
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Stage Buddy
November 16th, 2015

"In this production of the meta-drama playing at the Gene Frankel Theatre, the nascent Onomatopoeia Theatre Company hits the nail on the head by casting two very strong leads to play the doomed titular characters. They gamely carry the play through some impressive linguistic gymnastics and accomplish the difficult task of making the audience sympathize with two minor Shakespearean characters...Make no mistake, despite the heavy subject matter, there is plenty to chuckle at."
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A Seat on the Aisle
November 12th, 2015

"A delightfully rambunctious production…This is an extraordinary work – a tongue-in-cheek comedy, an existential and absurdist tour-de-force that owes as much to Samuel Beckett as it does to William Shakespeare…This instance of gender-blind casting works beautifully, with both Larson and Vammer providing a welcome degree of light-hearted insouciance in their roles."
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