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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!