Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Washington Square

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Dated

About the show

Axis Theatre presents a this new adaptation of the Henry James novel in a sparse, actor-focused staging. More…

From the show:

Washington Square centers on Catherine Sloper, a wealthy young woman raised in a house of grief by a father bitterly dead to love. Surrounded by a society and family who perceive her as plain and soft spoken, Catherine remains steadfastly committed to her forward-thinking optimism. When Morris Townsend, a mysterious suitor, makes a bid for her heart, Catherine is torn between following her instincts or heeding the warnings of her cruel father and persistent aunt.


1h 30m | Already closed | Axis Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Dated
71
Avg Score

78
Absorbing, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Willfully dispositioned father and intervening aunt force an Impatient to decide on unsuitable suitor's proposal."He is the wrong category."

Don't see it if Bare set w/ 2 contemp upholstered chairs.Quizically, for reclining,must plotz on stage."Give him up, you look stupid/I'm brave, I can wait"

Also "He expressed himself with a great deal of accuracyYou have a subtle b... Read more Read less

52
Dated, Boring, Monotonous, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You really enjoy stripped down versions of stories that are adapted from novels and earlier plays and films.

Don't see it if You need more than a one sentence plot to hold your attention. I found the dialogue very monotonous. The lead was miscast. She is far too

Also attractive to be believable as a plain Jane.

75
Condensed, Depressing, Classic except for the bare bones staging, Fine acting

See it if you know & love the book/Bway play/classic movie & want to see an abbreviated version-everyone else may find it hard to follow

Don't see it if you are not interested in the sharply critical, punitive, self-protective "family values" of the Gilded Age in 19th Century NYC

Also I absolutely ADORED the Broadway version with Cherry Jones & the peerl... Read more Read less

78
Well costumed,, Confusing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see a fresh take on the Henry James novella, you like theater stripped down to the bare essentials

Don't see it if you prefer to be convinced by period sets , you want a comedy

69
Builds to a decent crescendo, Slow, Redeeming story line, Decent acting

See it if You don’t mind waiting through a very slow beginning for a perhaps rewarding finish.

Don't see it if You would like the entire show to be entertaining and you can’t wait for an interesting climax

80
Great staging, Quirky, Exquisite

See it if into a somewhat-quirky, minimal-set interpretation of a classic

Don't see it if you want your old style

Also This version of the story also known as The Heiress is efficient, at t... Read more Read less

74
Minimalist, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Good acting

See it if If you know/like the novel and you would like to see an extremely stripped down version of the play

Don't see it if If you expect a lavish production. Four actors and two armchairs, on a bare small stage, are all you get here.

65
A missed opportunity, Disappointing

See it if You like adaptations of classic novels

Don't see it if You like musicals or upbeat comedies

Also The adaptation of this Henry James novel by the same name left me unde... Read more Read less

69
Nice staging, Weak script, Weak adeptation, Great visually, Great sound design

See it if you are a fan of the book or the movie and/or the play The Hieress and just want to revisit it.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with this story and want know this terrific work.

60
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Romantic, Slow

See it if You don’t mind seeing a little play that takes place near Washington Sq.

Don't see it if You expect a big show and can overcome that the lead actress is way too pretty for the part of a plain unattractive woman.

90
Disciplined, Elegant, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to see a wonderfully restrained, actor-focused adaptation of Henry James’s novel

Don't see it if you expect a lavish production

64
Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if You like well-costumed period pieces and don’t mind simplistic and repetitive plot line.

Don't see it if You want to see a well-paced show with complex plot or characters.


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