The Good Soul of Setzuan
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The Good Soul of Setzuan
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The Good Soul of Setzuan NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
33%
Negative
0%
Members say
Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing

About the Show

Irondale's production of Brecht's 1945 fable is reset in the playwright’s room, mirroring his practice when he was kept in exile in the United States during World War 2. 

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Member Reviews (21)

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1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
70
Clever, Slow, Entertaining

See it if It is a show that needs attention paid. Brecht writing about Chinese culture.

Don't see it if Can be slow and confusing as well as sloppy at times.

870 Reviews | 248 Followers
71
Dizzying, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you like updated works that comment on the current ills in our society. Some good music and acting help to make one think about these issues

Don't see it if you aren't up for an uneven work that runs long with projections and lots of cast movement on a rather large stage with corny props/costumes Read more

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
57
Enervated, Unsure, Broadly comic

See it if you need to see one of Brecht’s truly great parable plays, even if it’s in an adaptation that squanders the original play’s power.

Don't see it if you are not a big fan of comedy that is so broad that it rarely lands a laugh. Read more

442 Reviews | 232 Followers
70
Relevant, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to support this production including the cast who made a Valiant effort. The 2nd act was much better than the 1st act.

Don't see it if Because the script at times was poorly written. The direction often was amateurish. The play was too long & needed editing in the 1st act.

353 Reviews | 89 Followers
65
Fresh, enthusiastic ensemble, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You’re up for a fun approachable & bare-bones Brecht in a great space, the affable cast playing to & with the audience; fine band & vocals.

Don't see it if You dislike Brecht, allegorical plays or questions like can an honorable soul stay whole in a corrupt world—the answer may not be satisfying Read more

284 Reviews | 143 Followers
79
Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Well acted,directed,@times slow dealing w/ a basic human issue:how to stay a good person in a money centered society. Themes of identity,*

Don't see it if Unfamiliar w/Brecht's play;u don't mind cuts of an hour to original script,nor mind that play leaves more quest than ans: typical of Brecht Read more

292 Reviews | 63 Followers
60
Cliched, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Brecht. You like really long quirky plays.

Don't see it if It's really long. Also, Brecht probably has no business writing a play about Chinese culture.

279 Reviews | 30 Followers
84
Dizzying, Ambitious, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Brecht and don’t mind some updates

Don't see it if You don’t like actors playing multiple roles or audience interaction