Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Who Would Be King

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Funny

About the show

Liars & Believers presents its epic take on the biblical story of King Saul. Featuring live music, clowning, physical theater, and swordplay. More…

Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings…and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the great clown kingdom? This production swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and live synthwave music. 'Who Would Be King' tells the story of a good man given an impossible task and asks: what separates good from great, and what lies in between?

1h 30m | Already closed | Ars Nova (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (16)


Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Funny
Avg Score

Entertaining, Uneven, Too many ideas, not cohesive

See it if you like zany, original theater.

Don't see it if you expect a thoughtful plot and good character development.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Amateur, Why???

See it if Even if it's free, your time is worth more than sitting through this childish show. Lighting is its only saving grace.

Don't see it if you like theater. This amateur show should have folded in Boston.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy silly reimaginations of classic stories responding to the current political climate. You enjoy clowning a la Big Comfy Couch.

Don't see it if You like your shows very polished.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Amateurish, Confusing

See it if you are 10 years old. A young audience member was thrilled every time a cuss was uttered.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Insipid, Funny

See it if Big fan of the face & zaniness conveying a story as am I, this is for you, also has lots of action for actions sake it seems

Don't see it if Too little story disappoints you, it also seemed rather pointless and cliched

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like old stories made new, that resonate and shed light on today's issues.

Don't see it if you like elaborate sets, or are afraid of swords.

Fluffy, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy off-the-wall zany humor or are intrigued by the idea of putting a twist on Biblical stories. You like physical theatre/clowning.

Don't see it if You have little patience for clown theatre, especially if it could use a lot more polish.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to enjoy colorful acting.

Don't see it if you want to see a big production.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you are interested in plays about the Bible, and open to poking fun at biblical stories. Also if you're interested in silly humor.

Don't see it if you are opposed to biblical stories, experimental theater, or if you're expecting a musical. It's more of a play with live music throughout.


See it if You are into ancient stories / Fantasy story with a history / historical twist ( or if you have 90 minutes to kill !)

Don't see it if You want a well developed show...

Hilarious, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience a unique show w/ actors who change quickly from quirky jokesters into complex characters with a historical past

Don't see it if You don't like small production shows where the audience is acknowledged by the actors or if your easily confused by quick character changes

During previews
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Insipid

See it if You want to see a show that is poorly written and directed even more poorly acted and sung. The set is ridiculous and the lighting is joke.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do with your time. I'm sorry this is the worst thing I've ever seen. I can't recommend it under any circumstances.

During previews
Confusing, Insipid, Quirky

See it if you enjoy different and unusual plays regardless of the quality.

Don't see it if you want to see a well developed and engaging play and do not care for an overdone otherwise uniteresting play.

During previews
Excruciating, Stupid, Pointless, Slow, Amateurish

See it if you like biblical stories.

Don't see it if you loathe third rate community theater schlock. It rips off at least three famous Broadway productions.

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Hilarious, Dizzying

See it if You like to see a dystopian story. The acting is okay.

Don't see it if You want the story to make sense. Really cliched and pointless to me, although it can be hilarious sometimes.

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You really enjoy physical theatre. It's a good show with solid writing that tells its story well.

Don't see it if You're interested in spectacle or pure naturalism. It's a show with combat, clowning and physical comedy, but with a very true heart.

March 25th, 2017
"Despite the comic, vaudevillian flavor of 'Who Would Be King', the message of pride coming before the fall is expressed with grace and colorful theatrics. Jason Slavick's direction keeps the cast rollicking along, taking advantage of every inch of Ars Nova. He is helped by an energetic cast, all...
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March 20th, 2017
"Illustrates both the promise and the perils of the collective approach...While each section is intriguing and often entertaining on its own, they do not connect at all; the play sags in the middle despite the energetic performance of the five-person cast, and any sense of intent gets muddled...W...
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March 21st, 2017
“Three people can’t come to an agreement on what to eat for lunch, how can thirteen people write a cohesive script? Short version: they can’t…It shows promise in the first half hour, then devolves into confusion and detachment...The clowning opening works well…The company are accomplished physica...
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March 19th, 2017
"Thematically and symbolically the show presents a lot of information to unpack...While the performance is entertaining and intellectually intriguing, and the themes are juicy and relevant, the production doesn’t feel quite right. It might benefit from more stage time–if it were a two-act play th...
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