Drunk Shakespeare
Open run 1h 30m
Drunk Shakespeare
81

Drunk Shakespeare NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(607 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
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Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

An actor drinks heavily (think Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard.

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Member Reviews (607)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
78
Profound, Intelligent, Hilarious, Funny, Ambitious

See it if A very funny show about Shakespeare, sort of drinking and funny riffs. A show you can see more than once for some great laughs.

Don't see it if If you like traditional theater.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
90
Clever, Hilarious, Funny

See it if A theatrical experience that was hilarious and a great time. Talented improvers. Will see again.

Don't see it if You need more of a traditional show. It's Shakespeare but that's not why you see the show.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
83
Intoxicating, High-spirited, Immersive, Mirthful

See it if you want to fall under the influence of a funny, boozy troupe whose comedy cup runneth over with a lot of frat humor & a shot of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you can't gin up the courage to engage & drink in the silly, clever, semi-improvised humor that's reliant more on pop culture than the Bard.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
70
Entertaining, Banal, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare with a twist. I saw Macbeth done in a very funny way. Some jokes predictable. Actors are talented even if tipsy.

Don't see it if you like Shakespeare done with dignity. This show wouldn't be for you.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
55
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a classically trained cast have fun with Shakespeare in a frat-boy manner. You enjoy improv.

Don't see it if You want more Shakespeare & less drunk. You don't like audience participation. You want traditional Shakespeare. You want silly, not stupid. Read more

434 Reviews | 125 Followers
79
Great improv, Impressive classical text skills, Hilarious, Interactive, Not similar to any other theatre experience

See it if you desire an interactive, improv fueled, skillful use of classical text, heady cocktail of laughter & mayhem, it is MacB after all...

Don't see it if not interested in drinking, Shakespeare, having fun, participating, topical references, seeing talented actor/improv technicians work magic

429 Reviews | 93 Followers
80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You enjoy having fun with your Shakespeare and don't have to take it seriously. You like to laugh/drink/and, at some points, interact.

Don't see it if You don't like mildly interactive shows or a loosy-goosy feel to your theater, you don't like to watch super talented actors have silly fun.

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
86
Funny, Dizzying, Inappropriate, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you wanna take a night off from "The Theatah," & just have a ridiculous, silly, casual-Friday-gone-amok kinda experience. 90 minutes of fun!

Don't see it if you have an alcohol addiction. Just, no.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
January 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"It seems inevitable that soon all performing will be done either plastered or stoned. Among the early adopters of this trend, probably no one is applying more verve to the conceit than the members of the Drunk Shakespeare Society. Here’s hoping others learn from their sloshy example...It offers considerably more fun than many Shakespeare productions, worth experiencing not to watch an actor get drunk, but to watch a cast juggle so many balls so adroitly."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 26th, 2014
For a previous production

"Drunk Shakespeare weaves improv comedy into Shakespeare's text. One actor in the play is given five shots of alcohol, often whiskey. Then, the thespian can interrupt the show by yelling "Drunk Point of Order!" and make up a rule that the other actors have to abide by. During a recent "Macbeth," Macduff demanded that fellow actors instead call him "MacDaddy." "
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AM New York
May 21st, 2014
For a previous production

"It’s a pleasant mix of immersive theater, iambic pentameter, audience participation, slapstick comedy and bar hopping. The comic bits, while nowhere near as clever as what you’d find in “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged),” are at least cute. Some lines from the movie “Independence Day” may have also been inserted into the text."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 15th, 2014
For a previous production

"This self-described “drinking club with a Shakespeare problem” has, well, a Shakespeare problem. The good news is that it doesn’t have a comedy problem: this quintet had no trouble keeping the laughs frequent, buoyant, and loud for 90 solid minutes, and on some level, that’s all that matters. Still, they’re shallow laughs about things unrelated to what Shakespeare wrote."
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CurtainUp
May 15th, 2015
For a previous production

"It's a hit-and-miss production...Although there are stretches when more suds than Shakespearean substance flows, all in all, Drunk Shakespeare deserves a toast. It takes the Bard out of his Ivory Tower of elitism and makes him accessible to those who like their Bard with a beer."
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Theater In The Now
November 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"'Drunk Shakespeare' is an all inclusive night of fun and games. Be prepared to be pulled right into the action. And be prepared to shell out even more cash for overpriced drinks because one shot won’t do it. But hey, the drunker you are the more fun you're bound to have! Just ask my evening's drunk actor."
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C
May 23rd, 2014
For a previous production

"A raucous, high-spirited and indeed drunken mashup of Shakespeare and improv, bedizened with singalongs and shoutalongs, crude ethnic jokes, dancing, rounds of shots, and assorted (and sordid) hilarity and chaos."
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M
May 6th, 2014
For a previous production

"This performance was entertaining, but less cohesive than past intoxicated Shakespeare performances we attended...In the balance between Shakespeare and booze, the latter triumphs here."
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