The Life of Galileo
Closed 2h 35m
The Life of Galileo
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The Life of Galileo NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(23 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
18%
Negative
4%
Members say
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

About the Show

Irondale Ensemble presents a new staging of Bertolt Brecht's drama about the legendary astronomer and physicist and his battle between his scientific principles and the Catholic Church.

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Member Reviews (23)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
77
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Slow

See it if A very well acted story good acting. Scientist vs religion and the conflicr was interesting to watch.

Don't see it if Very, very long. First act about hour and a half. If you want a lighter show, a comedy ect.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
75
Quirky, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Reworked classics interest you. The always innovative Irondale applies Brechtian ideals to augmenting his play reflecting current issues.

Don't see it if you have difficulty following complex plots where actors play multiple rolls without changing costumes.

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
85
Thoughtful, Probative, Contemporary, Enjoyable, Faithful in its fashion

See it if you are a Brechtian who understands that fidelity to Brecht means probing his work for what it has to say to a contemporary audience.

Don't see it if you either don't like Brecht or only like Brecht as he was written. Read more

434 Reviews | 125 Followers
79
1st act slog sets up 2nd act fireworks, Recant olympics, 17th century inquisition storyline, Truth vs power vs science, Undermining recantation

See it if Interested in progression of thought, science and truth telling via actual 1600s historical persona finally vindicated in the 20th century

Don't see it if Have no tolerance for many words and/or listening to them, expect not to have to participate/think not necessarily be entertained at theatre

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
69
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You’re really well versed in Galileo and the Renaissance and a great fan of Berhold Brecht

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fun evening

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
81
Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if You are interested in the intersection of politics and science.

Don't see it if You can't handle a long play that is sometimes odd.

220 Reviews | 110 Followers
86
Question everything, prevent suicide by mob

See it if Brecht's messages ring your bells, as do historical and thought-provoking theater. Four actors creditably carry at least 16 parts.

Don't see it if you can't plumb the messages of both Brecht and Galileo: is your thesis or hypothesis completely worthless? Question, read, teach & learn. Read more

179 Reviews | 80 Followers
78
Quartet of resourceful actors, Intimate but not epic, Stripped-down brecht, Ambitious

See it if you like your Brecht without bombast, cheekily adapted for a cast of 4; ably abetted by duo of live musicians

Don't see it if not interested Brecht; aren't up for leaning into a long evening (2 1/2 hours plus, 90 min first act) that--like much Brecht--has its lulls Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

The Theatre Times
February 22nd, 2019

"Irondale’s innovative and triumphant 'Galileo' is Bertolt Brecht at his most excellent, cradled by an ensemble of dynamic and invested performers and pitched inevitably toward its audience with a playful, conscious eye toward its own didactic mission...As much a top-notch production of the play as it is a contemplation on the playwright himself, staged like a troupe of actors trading spirited performances, mulling over Brecht’s text."
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