We went to the Tavern for "Complete Works of Shakespeare" last week and had a superb evening - great food, excellent professional show, and a lot of laughs and interaction with the audience. I recommend getting there at least 45 min before the show to settle in and grab some food and one of the fine English beers they have on sale.
Posted: 8/10/2009 • Link to this review
We went to see The Mystery of Irma Vep. I loved this show!! The actors were just fantastic. They were amazing with the quick changes and perfect comedic timing. The pianist was very impressive. We had a large birthday party at the Shakespeare Tavern, and everyone in our party had a ball. The Tavern is an awesome place to have dinner and bring friends or guests. Everthing we experienced was top notch.
Posted: 6/19/2009 • Link to this review
The Tavern is as far removed from pompous theater as possible. The friendly, relaxed pub atmosphere along with professionally expert acting and directing allow the great works that the company presents to get through to everyone. The audience ranges from blue collar to ivory tower, with every age and ethnic group happily represented. One caveat: Shakespeare was often bawdy and the Tavern doesn't gloss over that! Oh, and prices of tickets and food are ridiculously reasonable, starting at $12 for seats on Thursday evenings.
Posted: 5/01/2009 • Link to this review
Support Atlanta arts-- try the Shakespeare Tavern! On our first visit to see Romeo and Juliet, less experienced actors did overact to the point of distraction. But, they are learning from the Company's experienced actors who are_ true professionals_. Costumes and lighting were perfect; the food was edible. Be warned that in the balcony there's no place to set your self-served plate of food except on your lap. The lower ledge, however, will accommodate drinks. Next time we'll get seats downstairs to enjoy dinner and a closer view. We're bringing friends to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales next month. Join us?
Posted: 2/13/2009 • Link to this review
From time to time, we all need a good laugh, opportunity to cry, and have the thoughts of our own mind become personified to explain the situations we encounter as we make it through our days. No where else can you do this, but at The New American Shakespeare Tavern (NAST), located in Midtown Atlanta, GA. From traditional Elizabethan plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to modern works (Cabaret, for example), NAST produces the best plays, each demonstrating its application in our current context! Simply put: if you choose some other means to spend your money in these trying time, you've simply wasted it!
Posted: 1/18/2009 • Link to this review
Jeff Watkins' new adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus is currently playing at the Shakespeare Tavern, and anyone interested in psychological drama, classic theater, or just really good acting needs to get there to see it. Maurice Ralston as Faustus and Laura Cole as Mephistopheles were both extraordinary. Their attention to period detail and characterization were incredible, but their virtuoso performances were even better. In this version Watkins' has removed some of the parts of the drama as it has come down in written form to bring it closer to what he perceives as the original intent. The result is to focus on the psychology of Maurice Ralston's character who will not seek redemption. Is it pride, fear, or demonic power that stops him? Ralston never tells us, but keeps us guessing as he runs the gamut of Faust's emotions. As for Laura Cole - if she did nothing other than her portrayal of the seven deadly sins, it would be enough for a whole play, but she did much, much more that. Her, or Mephistopheles' manipulation of Faust was truly terrifying as she turned him inside out and made him work against his own best interest. It was great theater.
Posted: 11/10/2008 • Last edited: 1/06/2009 • Link to this review
I'm an English major and had been wanting to see a performance at the Tavern, but my husband was wary about understanding the play. Luckily, the performers did such a wonderful job he had no problem following along and we had a fabulous night out. We can't wait to go back.
Posted: 9/15/2008 • Link to this review
They always do a great job with every performance but they need to add some variety to their choices. The Bard did 38 plays and the tavern keeps recycling the same 4.
Posted: 4/03/2008 • Link to this review
I was never a big play or Shakespeare fan before moving to Atlanta - I am now officially hooked! The actors do an excellent job, the English tavern menu is great, and the variety of shows is wonderful. We enjoy going to the weekend shows, dining while we watch, and enjoy the apple crisp at intermission. Parking across the street at the hospital makes it easy to attend. Highly recommend you try it - even the tragedies have moments of comedy! Our favorite show so far this season was "Twelfth Night", and we're looking forward to "Much Ado About Nothng" in June!
Posted: 1/19/2008 • Link to this review
Set in the time of the Crusades, this play is a brutally honest look at war, politics, and religion. Regardless of your political affiliation, you will be moved by the depth of Constance's grieving motherhood, played brilliantly by Laura Cole in Act 3. You will see heads of state break their words...to bring peace!...and then be forced back into war by a self-interested church. You will see the church's representative, played disdainfully by Tony Brown, seem the very incarnation of the power of evil (look for his dramatically quiet exit in Act 3), but then be unable to stop the war he ignited. You will see a newlywed - with ties to both sides in this war - crying out for peace. You will see men of small intellect make heroically moral choices. You will weep with King John at his mother's death and marvel at the innocence and simple dreams of Arthur's youth. As in many of Shakespeare's plays, it is the outsider - the illegitimate bastard - who expresses the most scathing evaluations of the true nature of war, politics and religion. And, as in all plays at the Tavern, there are moments of superb humor to cushion these thought-inducing themes, as well as delicious food and beverages.
Posted: 11/13/2007 • Last edited: 1/27/2009 • Link to this review
I don't like Shakespeare. That being said I have enjoyed myself each of the times that I have been there. My wife loves it and we are currently thinking of buying the season ticket book. Well, here is an update: I look forward to the next play as much as my wife (I think). So far we have been sticking to the comedies and they have been great. Each time we go I enjoy it more than the last time.
Posted: 9/25/2007 • Last edited: 5/02/2008 • Link to this review