The Comedian's Tragedy
Closed 2h 30m
The Comedian's Tragedy
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The Comedian's Tragedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(22 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing

About the Show

Set in Ancient Greece, this edgy supernatural love story sees Aristophanes struggling with his muse .

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Member Reviews (22)

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
71
Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great staging

See it if Sone good acting and very good direction. Intresting story amongst a theater that was 80 plus degreed.

Don't see it if You need to think with this one. Focus is a must. If you do not like Greek stories.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
89
Masterful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you'd like an enjoyable off off Broadway production, well written, wonderfully acted and nicely staged with very different wall art/lighting

Don't see it if you are looking for a lavish production, do not like ancient theater, or cannot sit for two long acts in a very warm theater.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
75
Greek-inspired, Long, Elaborate, Meta, Clever

See it if Greek playwright fights with rulers & gods, falls in love, and is doomed to live in his own tragedy. Poetic, well acted, cleverly written.

Don't see it if The characters emote a lot but I didn’t feel anything for them. Go if you want to see an impressive intellectual accomplishment. 2.5 hours

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
75
Cliched, Slow, Quirky, Good ensemble work, Clever

See it if Greek mythology is a passion. Interesting interpertaion of the gods, their relationships and amusements.

Don't see it if you haven't reviewed who's who in the pantheon. Its easy to miss motivations and details without the background info

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
90
Almost tragic, Metatheatrical, Very strong leads, Brilliantly written

See it if you love ancient Greek culture, theater history, hybrid forms, a theater of ideas or smart new scripts.

Don't see it if metatheatricality, even when it’s “sincere”, leaves you cold, confused, or both. Read more

375 Reviews | 228 Followers
86
Serio-comic, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if interested in Greek history, mythology,theater, language driven plays. Amdent, who is also the playwright & Menzel are exceptional.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend 2 1/2 hrs in an uncomfortably warm theater. However, if you stick it out, you will be amply rewarded.

384 Reviews | 132 Followers
72
Clever, Cliches, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Several engaging actors w/ dazzling speeches: Menzel, D’Ambrose, & Amendt excellent. A gloriously clever riddle at the core of the show.

Don't see it if you expect finessed playwrighting. Soapy subplots don’t resonate. Big questions re courage & fate handled through comic book conventions. Read more

343 Reviews | 100 Followers
86
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for great writing

Don't see it if The classics don't interest you

Critic Reviews (1)

TheaterScene.net
June 30th, 2019

"Matthew Amendt's The Comedian's Tragedy in the style of meta-theater is an ambitious work which is ultimately a failure: it neither offers a compelling reason for its historic plot nor makes it dramatically believable enough to work as a tragedy. With so many facts left to the viewer's imagination, it really needs program notes or a good deal of explanation not given by the narrator Chorus Leader. The unevenness of Bill McCallum's deficient production makes the two and a half hours seem much longer than they actually are."
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