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RICHARD RODGERS THEATER

226 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO

Ended 3 Jul 2011 after 3 months

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An exotic beast is stalking Broadway... Rajiv Joseph's smart, savagely funny and visionary new work of American theater, whose presence on Broadway invites fanciful comparison to the titular beast.

Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Closed 3 Jul 2011
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Amazing,
Mar 16, 2011
reviewer: from New York
This play took my breath away. What an amazing story about the relative nature of good and evil. The example used to illustrate this concept were some the brutal realities of the war in Iraq. I enjoy documentaries and that is what this play felt like. It had strong language and adult content, making it seem even more authentic to the situation. If you are looking for something light, this is not the play for you. I thought the acting and depth that the actors brought to the characters was amazing. I would highly recommend this show for all adults.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
loved this show,
Mar 19, 2011
reviewer: from Virginia
I saw this show - without Robin Williams - in Los Angleles last year, loved it, and jumped at the opportunity to see it again in NY.

 

If you are looking for something upbeat, or are expecting an evening of laughs centered around the light-hearted comedy of Robin Williams, you will likely be disappointed and perhaps shocked by some of the seriousness and dark humor of this show.

 

But if you are looking for a probing look into how war can alter and slowly erode one's values, or gain some sense of the chaos and absurdity of those who have no choice but to live in a war-torn nation - and yet have room for the glimpses of true beauty that do sometimes emerge among this chaos, then you will likely gain considerable insight from this show.

 

The play is a wonderful mixture of imagination, magic realism, philosophy, and yes, bleakness and horror.

 

The acting is impressive, haunting, and memorable, and yes, Robin Williams does make a very good philosopher/tiger
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Wonderful!,
Apr 03, 2011
reviewer: from New york
Most of the negative reviews seemed to be written by people who either missed the point of the play or went expecting a Robin Williams stand-up type performance. We saw it last night and found it to be engaging and fast moving. If you are going to see a stand-up comedy show you will be disappointed. Check your political or religious ax at the door, open your mind and enjoy the ride!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Dark comedy, beautifully acted and thought provoking,
Jun 11, 2011
reviewer: from New York
Robin Williams is excellent as a tiger looking for redemption in one minute and the next satisfyieng his wild desires:food mostly.

 

The entire cast plays a wonderful disfunctional group of losers in extraordinary circumstances. You either hate or love this play. We loved, it is real theater in our opinion.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Political - Not funny satire,
Mar 14, 2011
reviewer: from PA
This play looked promising but ended up being depressing and full of political and religious references/satire. I was expecting an intelligent, well thought out and funny performance. It wasn't worth going to Broadway.
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