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Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara

From 4 critic and 24 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great writing

About the show

In Ego Actus's new drama, Sycorax, the sorceress who was reported dead by Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," is still alive, having waited five hundred years for the ideal technology to reveal her story. More…

Sycorax has been lying in wait for the right medium to tell her side of the story. The internet is what she was waiting for. The first half of the play is her backstory in wealthy households in Algiers where her family wants to marry her off to a man she does not like and she discovers her supernatural powers. She gets banished to the jungle island of Qamara and plots her revenge. 



85
BlogCritics.org

“This funny, literary, campy comedy is a Wicked-style corrective for a witch with a terrible reputation...The cyber-age spin is amusing but mostly ancillary to the heart of the story...It beats to life through Kane’s taut direction and the gaudily theatrical performances she draws from a fine cast centering on a blazing performance by Capkanis as Young Sycorax...My feelings about the ending remain unresolved, but I strongly recommend this captivating production.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

“In this top-notch feminist piece, the witch from 'The Tempest' uses much magic and internet technology to tell her story...Kane has helped develop and stage a novel and relevant play that shows a woman, at the height of her powers, seeking to be herself, worship as she wishes, and simply live without being called a witch. If you want to see a play that gives voice to a maligned female literary character, this is your chance.” Full Review

80
Culture Catch

“The unvarnished criticism of gender roles in the earlier part of the play, evolves into something thornier by the end, but its cheeky sense of humor is constant, and it combines that sense of playfulness with an almost storybook aesthetic and feel...’Sycorax’ and its long-lived protagonist take on issues from patriarchal oppression to self-aware AIs and still leave room for some laughs...For anyone who has ever wanted to know more about Shakespeare’s mysterious ‘blue-eyed hag’." Full Review

50
TheaterScene.net

"Ms. Bargman is so hilarious, sly, and overly dramatic though achieving a fully realized characterization that one wishes this was a solo show showcasing her commanding talents. Unfortunately, it’s a problematic play given an ineffective production...Director Joan Kane isn’t able to successfully translate Gael’s fanciful and ambitious scenario to the stage. The off-kilter gee whiz tone is more appropriate for a children’s theater matinee rather than a sensual epic." Full Review


100
Clever, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like Shakespeare but yearn for a follow up or a "what really happened" & you want to see a show with lovely acting & great projections.

Don't see it if You don't like traveling downtown for theatre. Oh please, you know you want to.

100
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Clever woman character and premise. well executed. a fun evening.

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience a unique story, are a fan of Shakespeare & want to see strong female characters.

Don't see it if you only like Broadway shows that have huge budgets.

Also This play is an intelligent piece of theatre that's a bit quirky. The ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like fresh takes on classic plays with inventive concepts and rich language and humor.

Don't see it if You like light entertainment that doesn't challenge.

90
Delightful, Sexy, Well played, Handsome design, Interesting tale

See it if you’d like to see an offstage character from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” given free rein in a smart, handsomely produced play of her own.

Don't see it if plays that freely mix the narrative with the dramatic or the fairy tale with the contemporary bug you.

Also When you're an old Shakespearean like I am, you've learned to brace yo... Read more Read less

88
Exquisite, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a really good feminist show with warnings about the corrupting power of power and title.

Don't see it if you are a misogynist or believe that people earn respect through title of position.

Also Fengar Gael perfectly captures the Bard position on power corrupting.... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a clever presentation, bringing forth a 500 year-old character to set the record straight: costumes, direction, staging ****

Don't see it if you cannot open your mind to the possibility of this story told by a fictional character in a modern way.

88
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like good acting, great storytelling and fun, lively direction with great leads and talented supporting casts.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Shakespeare's The Tempest, don't like stories of Algerian witches and don't like to laugh.

84
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if The Tempest 2 w/ metred rhyme. Flouting the constrictive Koran, an Algerian witch justifies her developing powers because all men betray.

Don't see it if Underlying assertion that all males betray and disappoint, especially mates & sons. A woman with special feminist power might threaten.

84
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if If you like time Hopping, sci fi, and have some knowledge of Shakespeare, you will find this a hoot.The acting is great.

Don't see it if You don't like word play or have a limited vocabulary. The Playwright is very clever, so many hidden gems. It's Not Fluff!!

Also The actors do a great job playing many roles and staying true to the o... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if smart literate and wise interesting tales with a bit of whimsy are for you. Special Praise for actors Sandra Bargman and Nick Giedris.

Don't see it if Smaller shows maybe are not for you

83
Entertaining, Clever costuming, Creative back-story of sycorax, caliban's mom in "the tempest", A feminist's tale, Lots of small-budget charm

See it if you're familiar with "The Tempest" & can appreciate the back-story of Sycorax, the witch; you like feminist fables; you like indie theatre

Don't see it if you want a big budget show; broad themes of female oppression irk you; if you need more nuanced themes; you like Shakespeare served straight

Also A delightful show that could benefit from a bit more script polishing ... Read more Read less

82
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy seeing a feminist viewpoint of a Shakespeare play. Excellent writing from the wonderful Fengar Gael. Production should be better.

Don't see it if you are not interested in feminist theater or need high production values.

80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you'd like the backstory for the witch in the Tempest, told in a wildly fanciful, updated way.

Don't see it if you must have fancy production values and sensitive direction.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a take off on a classic play with modern day technological twists.

Don't see it if you object to one of the great works recast with a modern theme.

70
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like a take-off on a Shakespeare play with the blending of old and new.

Don't see it if you like a more literal interpretation of a Shakespeare play

66
Clever, Indulgent

See it if You love The Tempest and would like to see a retelling/sequel to it. You like plays with strong feminist themes You're into cardboard beards

Don't see it if You need subtlety - the themes in it were very in your face. It's not a completely finished work; I'm glad I saw it, but it's not polished.

58
Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like The Tempest, I guess.

Don't see it if It's low budget, the costumes are weird, bare footed actors freak you out, older Sycorax keeps spitting as she talks.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan. This "sequel" to The Tempest is intriguing and an interesting look at technology and legend. It's a fun show!

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare fan and you don't want t see some very innovative theatre with a strong social message for our times.

100
Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy out-of-the-box, thoughtful, fun, current theatre.

Don't see it if Your looking for a musical.

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You enjoy new, thought provoking works. This show is magical, based on a terrific idea!

Don't see it if You're a crank pot.

Also Wonderful cast, inventive set and staging, and the tech aspect of the ... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You like to see new works that are truly innovative, completely original, yet entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy humor.

95
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if See it if you ... - are interested in a creative, modern, and innovative premise. - enjoy subtle humor and some memorable dialogue. - edgy

Don't see it if Even if the premise doesn’t appeal ... give it a try. You may be wisked away!

Also Sandra Bargman (Sycorax), Lauren Capkanis (Sycorax), and Nick Giedris ... Read more Read less

60
Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging, Imaginative

See it if you like imaginative staging.

Don't see it if you want an emotionally satisfying story.

Also Although the idea behind the script is imaginative, there is no emotio... Read more Read less


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