Measure for Measure OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 28, 2014
    Closing:
    March 16, 2014

    Theater: New Victory Theater / 209 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    New York's Fiasco Theater sheds new light on one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies with live music and moxie. When the Duke of Vienna disguises himself as a friar among his people, he finds the city unraveling in an ethical free fall. Before he reclaims his dukedom, can he help the chaste Isabella save her brother from the condemnation of the villain Angelo? Last seen on the New Vic stage with their acclaimed production of Cymbeline, Fiasco's creative and collaborative ensemble will once again color complex characters and illuminate perplexing plots to tell this singular tale of morality and manipulation in Measure for Measure.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Measure for Measure

    In a Decadent Vienna, Constancy Is Shown the Doors. ‘Measure for Measure’ Full of Dual Natures and Hard Choices

    Ben Brantley

    March 2, 2014: So many doors, each opening on to what God only knows. What do you think is behind, say, this one, with the grill? A treat or a trick? A lady or a tiger? Mercy or mortality? That last coupling of opposites comes from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, a strange play of hard choices that has been given a most charming new production at the New Victory Theater, in which the scenery consists of little more than six portable doors. That’s right, I said charming. And, yes, I know that’s not an adjective usually found anywhere near Measure for Measure, one of the creepiest plays in the canon.

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