Already closed | 2h 45m | Upper W Side

The Tempest (Public)

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

About the show

Part of the Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park, Sam Waterston stars in 'The Tempest,' The Bard’s classic tale of young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. More…

Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne so he can settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.”

2h 45m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (29)


Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Overrated, Over acted, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if love Shakespeare and outdoors theater.

Don't see it if you like classically acted Shakespeare.

Great staging, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to attend a fun outdoor theater event.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Shakespeare. He's not my cup of tea, but some productions are still able to hold my attention; this isn't one.

See charming "mobile unit" version at the public rather than this overwrought one

See it if this is one of Will's must see plays

Don't see it if steps on all of Will's great lines

Also I have seen some extraordinary Tempests including a recent production ... Read more Read less

Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare staple & enjoy watching interesting characters.

Don't see it if you expect a quality performance by Sam Waterston or are unfamiliar with Shakespeare or even more particularly, this specific plot.

Entertaining, Outdoor theater, Disappointing

See it if As Prospero, Sam Waterston (TV's Law&Order) seems like a good choice. Sadly, he thought he was Polonius (from Hamlet) & lacked the magic.

Don't see it if If U don't like rapid weather changes or risking the threat of a rainout then beware outdoor theater. Skip if standing in line 4 tix grates?

Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you really have nothing better to do. And you want to get drunk in the park and laugh at how bad this is.

Don't see it if you have little time to see a good show. or you have options to see pretty much anything else.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you love Shakespeare! I thought the entire cast was wonderful, except for (sadly) Sam Waterston, who did some weird line readings.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare and outdoor theatre.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you'd like a lovely night under the stars in Central Park.

Don't see it if you find Shakespeare a little dull unless it's done really, really well.

Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You like Shakespeare and it's free.

Don't see it if you haven't read/seen the play beforehand to have a full understanding of what's going on.

Disappointing, Slow, Boring!, Tedious, Lack of urgency in this show

See it if you enjoy watching (not well produced) Shakespeare in Central Park; live music worked will with the script; JTF was a standout

Don't see it if you've seen TEMPEST done well previously; you expect to see good direction; overall, actors were underutilized by lack of poor direction

Great staging, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like your Shakespeare under the stars. The supporting cast was outstanding.

Don't see it if you want something brisk.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy Public Theatre productions

Don't see it if You don't care for Shakespeare and find following the multiple characters and busy dialogue tedious

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Problematic, Absorbing

See it if You love any and all Shakespeare

Don't see it if colonialist overtones make you uncomfortable. You don't like Shakespeare.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You love Sam Waterston's acting. You haven't seen a really good production of The Tempest like the one starring Christopher Plummer.

Don't see it if You are a fan of The Tempest, and have seen good productions of this play. Waterston was so BORING! The whole production was lackluster.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You've never seen the Tempest

Don't see it if You need revenge

Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare or are a fan of the fantastic actors who play the leading roles.

Don't see it if you fall asleep at the thought of Shakespeare because you will most definitely fall asleep.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Lifeless

See it if you've ever seen a great shakespeare production--otherwise you might never try another. JTF great in comic relief, the only bright spot.

Don't see it if you've ever seen a great shakespeare production--it will seem that much worse by comparison. Lifeless. Dead. Supposed to be the TEMPEST!

Great acting, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like classic Shakespeare plays that do not push boundaries or modernize Shakespeare, or if you have read the play

Don't see it if you have not read the play or are unfamiliar with much of Shakespeare's work, as it is quite dense

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan and love original staging and interpretation.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of spare productions.

Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if you love Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare.

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare...

Don't see it if You prefer low-brow...

Banal, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if A fan of the shakespeare play, a chance to see shakespeare in the park

Don't see it if without going into the show without some basic knowledge of the topic

Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love Whimsical Magic! :)

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare! :(

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if If your a fan of Shakespeare this is the show for you!

Don't see it if If you are prone to seasickness and find island life tiresome.


See it if You really love Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If you can't sit through a 3+ HR play.

June 16th, 2015
"This 'Tempest' is always lovely to behold and often illuminating. Don’t expect the stormy passions that can move an audience to tearful wonder...Moments of captivating pageantry arrive often enough to distract you from this production’s lack of dramatic urgency...Caliban says at one point, 'soun...
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June 16th, 2015
"Shakespeare in the Park has been so solidly enjoyable in recent summers that it’s sad to find one’s mind wandering in boredom, or eyes glazing over at a banal set. Such is the case at Michael Greif’s glossy, static, weakly interpreted 'Tempest', a late romance that offers a director the chance t...
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June 16th, 2015
"Stale choices sap 'The Tempest’s' power...Shakespeare’s uncanny investigation of love and freedom, and the way they are often both conjoined and opposed, cannot strike home unless an audience is at the same time elevated, even thrilled, by what it sees and hears...Perhaps, as is often the case, ...
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June 16th, 2015
"The simple, effective staging only accentuates the location’s natural beauty...Cirque-esque elements lend a modern touch, and though the majority of the costumes are de rigeur, the two slaves’ bondage-evoking harnesses provide a frisson of excitement...Still, these positives aren’t enough to dis...
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