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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

70
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.

71
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?

80
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.

78
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.

90
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

77
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.

74
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.

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You've never seen the Tempest

Don't see it if You need revenge

71
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.

100
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.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if you love Shakespeare.

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

100
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...

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love Whimsical Magic! :)

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

81
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.

100
Absorbing

See it if You love shakesoeare

Don't see it if You don't love shakespeare

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Riveting

See it if You love good art.

Don't see it if You don't love good art.

100
Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want something fantastical and mystical and funny and cool. See it if you want to ponder the concept of the "other" and class relations

Don't see it if you don't like the genre of fantasy or Shakespeare.


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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