Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's Ye Bear & Ye Cubb? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's Ye Bear & Ye Cubb?

The new play goes back to 1665 Virginia and North America's first known English-language play—which also sparked a legal battle.

Reviews are coming in for Ye Bear & Ye Cubb, which opened Off-Broadway December 13 in Theater C at 59E59 Theaters. Presented by No.11 Productions, previews began December 8 for a limited run through December 23. 

Reimagining the first-known English-language play in North America, Ye Bear & Ye Cubb is based on historical court records. In a Virginia tavern in 1665, a troupe of amateur players, inspired by dreams and drinks, put on a show—sparked a court case.

Read the reviews here.

The New York Times (Alexis Soloski)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Starring are Amara J. Brady (This is Where We Go) as Tavernkeeper/Justice, Julie Congress as Ursa Day, Steven Conroy (Turn: Washington's Spies) as William Darby, Erin Lamar as Philip Howard, Anthony Michael Martinez (I'll Be Damned) as Cornelius Watkinson, Broadway alum Joseph Medeiros (West Side Story, Wicked) as Edward Martin, and Bear as Himself.

Director Ryan Emmons (Kimberly Akimbo, Groundhog Day) leads the creative team comprised of scenic designer Seth Byrum, costume designers Julie Congress and Kathy Cote, lighting designer Ryan Hauenstein, movement director Victoria Rae Sook, and props and puppet designer Jen Neads. Enrico de Trizio serves as sound and music supervisor, with Steve Goodwin as composer. Miranda Sage Rhode is production stage manager, with Ryan Buchanan as assistant director and Haylee van Dalen as social media manager.

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