See it if It's free Shakespeare outdoors. You like Shakespeare's songs and fools.
Don't see it if You're expecting anything as lavish as the Public's production or a full-blown 220-minute Shakespeare production.
See it if enjoy outdoor performance that requires some compromise but captures the gist of the story and manages some flourish.
Don't see it if outdoor performance in a busy midtown park is too distracting, especially when sound system is inadequate.
“Raphael brings The Drilling Company’s summer Shakespeare season to a stunning conclusion…Mr. Raphael homes in on the essence and power of Shakespeare’s tale, making it accessible and entertaining…Roger Rathburn is commanding as Prospero…The true magic of this production takes place between Mary Linehan and Bradford B. Frost…Together these two actors create true and honest moments of discovery. Their chemistry is electric. Their skills are sharp and focused.”
“This is a very straightforward, almost CliffNotes interpretation of the play, one which pushes through its various subplots to tell its story efficiently and clearly, glossing over some of the Elizabethan dialogue to make the action easier to follow…Mary Linehan shines as Miranda…She’s matched only by Natalie Smith’s gossamer-light performance as Ariel…Some of the male parts were more problematic. Roger Rathburn’s Prospero proved a bit of a disappointment.”