'Spinoza's Ethics' follows Ruth as she weaves in and out of marriages, vocations, and states of existence, with Baruch Spinoza by her side. Weaving the ideals and character of the 17th-century Enlightenment philosopher into the narrative, this play poses pertinent questions about the nature of life, religion, marriage, and mankind's ever-changing relationship with them.
"Written by Emily Claire Schmitt, this play fuses philosophy with humanity in an engaging, if sometimes confusing, story...At times, the play is too reminiscent of a college lecture or classroom presentation, and the script could benefit from removing some scenes and investing more into the others...While the script spans many decades, the cast members’ moving performances cause the time to pass quickly." Full Review
See it if You enjoy small theater, topics that evoke more questions, philosophy, good acting by unknown actors
Don't see it if you don't like to think afterwards, you aren't a fan of community spaces, you don't like general seating
See it if you love Broadway-level acting, direction, & costume design for off-off prices. (Enlightenment era chamber music mixed with ironic 60s pop;)
Don't see it if you don't like philosophy, religion, fantastical conventions, nonlinear structure, quick scene changes, or festival-style lighting design.
See it if You want to see powerful performance and superb direction at an accessible price. I had no knowledge of Spinoza going in and I left inspired
Don't see it if You hate philosophy or plays about questions bigger than the characters. Honestly, nothing should keep you from this show.
See it if You have an interest in spirituality and philosophy. If you like good acting and something to make you think. Profound quandaries .
Don't see it if If you like a light weight fluffy show that is cut and dry. If you don't like overlaps in time and character. if you don't like spirituality
See it if You're curious about how they interweave Spinoza's philosophy within the life of a modern woman. Enjoyable acting, especially acting elderly
Don't see it if Two hours is too long for you to think about Spinoza's declarations... you don't want to leave the theater pondering his thoughts.
See it if you want to get a two hour run down on Spinoza's Ethics, and watch Spinoza poke holes in Catholicism.
Don't see it if Casting is important to you. The cast was earnest but really poorly chosen. Also don't see if plays that start at the end bother you.
See it if ....just see it! Always! One of the best plays I've seen in a long time. 1 million reasons for seeing it!
Don't see it if Honestly can't think of one... And usually I'm a very critical person!
See it if You have ever been enchanted with philosophy, want to be reinspired, are uninhibited from exploring deep questions wherever they lead.
Don't see it if you prefer not think, are adverse to philosophy and want mindless summer entertainment with flashy staging.
See it if You are looking for insightful ways of thinking about life and enjoy philosophy
Don't see it if You are looking to simply be entertained. The show should challenge the way you think about life.
See it if You like characters who are as fearless about tackling life's great questions as are the show's writer and Baruch Spinoza himself.
Don't see it if You are not willing to be challenged.
See it if You like to think about how we navigate our lives. The romance is in the depth of friendship rather than a sexual relationship.
Don't see it if You want to see lots of physical action.
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