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The Comedian's Tragedy

From 21 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing

About the show

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

423 BCE. The Gods are hungry. The greatest city of her age, Athens has fallen: wracked with plague, war, drink, lust, gods, demons, and a dark fog of nihilism eating away at her light. Censored and labeled a pervert for standing up to the state, a young Aristophanes passes his nights in a haze of booze and sex, spitting into the face of tomorrow with the courage of the damned. When the unlikeliest of heroes emerges, can a guilty soul become Orpheus and sing life back into the ashes? 


Member Reviews (21)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing
83
Avg Score

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

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.

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.

Also The string of smart, affecting, innovative new plays opening Off- or O... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

Also The plot is functional but feels manufactured. The script wouldn't be ... Read more Read less

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.

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

80
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like Greek mythology with a twist, fantastic acting (Amendt and Menzel) and verbal sparring asking what if Aris(tophanes) wrote tragedy

Don't see it if you don't know some Greek mythology, can't appreciate ingenious staging on a shoestring, can't sit for 2.5+ hours in sauna-like conditions.

82
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You’re into ancient Greek story; kudos to the leading actor; low cost but efficient production

Don't see it if 2.5 hrs in a warm theatre; script needs trim;

99
Classical figures fill a lively poetic vessel

See it if Matthew Amendt's sheer genius shapes Athens in 423 BCE, where Aris (young Aristophanes) faces war, plague and tyranny but seeks hope.

Don't see it if you don't like classics, brilliant language, profundity & acting that teach us more about the indomitably of the human spirit.

Also Aristophanes wrestles with himself & gods. The play proves that a smal... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like language-driven big plays about ideas. You like Greek plays or classics or even classic themes about the meaning of life and art.

Don't see it if You want lighter fare. There are plenty of laughs in this show but the comedy is elevated and intelligent with references to Greek mythology

Also Fantastic cast that includes Bway actors Matthew Amendt, Derek Smith a... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Clever

See it if Strong acting and staging. Writer fully bought into conceit/theme/language.

Don't see it if I wanted to like this, but the scenes just didn't do much for me.

90
Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy intelligent writing with great storyline and excellent acting. And if you know something about Greek mythology. Very good play!

Don't see it if You cannot pay attention or if your mind tends to wander. Or if you do not Ike to think.

97
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy mythic tales based on the stories of old, clever usage of sets and blacklights, or intense acting that draws you into the story.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy small black box productions or would like to see a big-budget show. May be confusing if you don't know Greek mythology.

80
Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy kind of vaudeville played by great actors esp. G.Lowery & M. Amendt. You want to learn more about Greek mythology & literature.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of present chaos as well as lack of moral values.

85
Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy quick-witted theatre, enjoy comedy, or are perhaps a former thespian.

Don't see it if you really can't stand un-air conditioned spaces or need your theatre to be done in 2 hours or less

Also A well-written and paced play with spot-on acting with broad audience ... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an intimate, modern, relevant take on classic Greek storytelling full of love, politics and tragedy at a good pace.

Don't see it if You want your classics unadulterated or are uninterested in a drama.

70
Great acting

See it if Like Greek tragedy and don't a more modern twist. Prefer smaller theaters.

Don't see it if You would be bothered by modern clothes in a Greek tragedy.

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to get your mind racing deciphering Greek metaphors and symbols, and thinking about the importance of theater arts.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be very close to the actors, or don’t like Greek history

Also I really enjoyed the scenery, to me it represented Aris’ brain. It bro... Read more Read less

84
Play was too long needed editing, Very long script with very long monologues many were handled excellently, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well acted theater with interesting concepts

Don't see it if are looking for something light, can not walk up 4 flights of stairs , do not mind that it might be somewhat warm in the theater


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 imaginati...
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