The Karamazovs
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The Karamazovs
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The Karamazovs NYC Reviews and Tickets

62%
(20 Reviews)
Positive
30%
Mixed
45%
Negative
25%
Members say
Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Quirky

About the Show

Part murder mystery, part spiritual quest, this freewheeling distillation of Dostoevsky's 19th century classic, mapped onto a modern American story, asks the question of how to be a good person in today's world.

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Member Reviews (20)

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54
Interesting acting/choreography, Outside the box staging, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like unique, outside the box shows. Part play/dance/film this show attempts to keep a foot in all mediums. Good acting/costumes/lights.

Don't see it if You want a coherent storyline. This is muddled from the beginning. Not only muddled bud bogged down with superfluous dance and film. Read more

70
Quirky, Slow, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Brenner's puzzling, idiosyncratic DIY adapt of iconic Russian novel works fairly well despite choppy structure; Russian pessimism pervasive

Don't see it if Can feel like a Clift Notes version of the epic work w/o a passing knowledge (but then how could it not) Russian folk movement may distract

84
Well-played, Ambitious, Smart, Uneven, Multimedia

See it if you love classic Russian lit, updated, or would like to see a multimedia experiment in adapting a classic tale to the stage.

Don't see it if you want a standard play: This piece mixes genres & realms. Read more

55
Ridiculous costumes, Weird, Slow, Avant garde, Disappointing

See it if you want a strange combination of pointless plot, graceless dance and a crazy video. No resemblance to Dostoevsky.

Don't see it if you like Dostoevsky and don't want to cringe when late 1800's Russians are wearing cowboy boots and tartan plaid, oh, and making videos.

49
Quirky, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you have to see every theatrical adaptation of Russian lit. You know someone in the cast & can tell him how great it was w/ a straight face.

Don't see it if you expect a coherent adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov instead of this horrible,confusing mishmash of time periods,mixed media, & dance. Read more

52
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like experimental theater, you like relationships conveyed through body movement

Don't see it if gender fluidity bothers you, you want a faithful adaptation of Dostoevsky, you want a drama you can follow

42
Confusing, Slow, Earnest, Over-reaching, Disappointing

See it if You want to see very earnest actors do their very best with muddled material

Don't see it if You need clarity; this picked one thread out of the book (which is OK) but then badly frayed its edges

49
Mash-up, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you can endure 1hr 40min No Intermission post-modern mess of quirky costumes, interpretive dance, yelling & screaming & uninspired acting

Don't see it if you want to understand the classic 19th c Russian lit plot. It’s nowhere to be found. Suggested title: “Very loosely based on Karamazovs.”

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