Content Advisory

We provide content advisory information as a service and do our best to inform our patrons as to content. Please bear in mind that the question of what is or isn’t offensive is an extremely subjective one, particularly when it comes to determining the appropriateness of plays for youth. If you have any concerns about a play’s appropriateness, we strongly encourage you to read this guide carefully, view our website guide, and/or read the script before purchasing tickets.

What follows is a detailed list of items that have been found offensive by some in the past. If you have concerns about content, feel free to look over this page; however, please keep in mind that the words listed – taken out of context – may seem more offensive than they would in the context of the play.

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Please Note: Orlando Shakespeare Theater allows children age five and older into our Signature Series performances. For our Children’s Series performances, children two years of age and younger are welcome to sit on laps for the entirety of the performance. Children three and older must have a ticket.

The content listed below has been created before the show opens, so we are unable to list every objectionable moment that may occur during the performance.

2016-17 Signature Series

West Side Story

SYNOPSIS: Idealistic young lovers Maria and Tony find themselves caught between rival street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Language: Racially charged dialogue and mild sexual language.

Smoking and Drinking: Smoking and drinking of alcohol.

Violence: Knife and gun fights in which characters die. One attempted sexual assault.

For Which Audiences?: Most appropriate for high school audiences and adults.

Rating: If it were a movie, West Side Story would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Henry Jekyll creates a potion to unleash his inner bestial nature, transforming him into the brutish but strangely endearing Edward Hyde. Hyde lives the high life while Jekyll's mundane career continues -- until Hyde's passions begin to turn up a body count. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story about drug abuse, multiple personality disorder, rape, and murder. It includes mature language and adult themes.

NOTE: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a play by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Language: Mild swear words and graphic dialogue depicting blood and gore.

Smoking and Drinking: Smoking and drinking of alcohol. References to opium drug use.

Violence: Numerous discussions of blood, murder, cadavers, dissection (including dissection of a child), and rape.

For Which Audiences?: It is most appropriate for high school audiences and adults.

Rating: If it were a movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would be rated “R”. Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

SYNOPSIS: Three actors send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90-minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.

Language: There are comical descriptions of happens to children in other cultures if they behave badly at Christmas time.

Smoking and Drinking: References to drinking alcohol.

Violence: Threatened violence, but nothing that should frighten small children.

For Which Audiences?: There is a lengthy discussion of whether Santa Claus exists, but it is decided eventually that he does. Every Christmas Story Ever Told is suitable for all audiences, including children ages 10 and up.

Rating: If it were a movie, Every Christmas Story Ever Told would be rated “PG.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Blackberry Winter

SYNOPSIS: Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Vivienne recounts memories of her aging mother and the difficult decisions regarding her care. Interwoven with these stories is an evolving, wondrous 21st century Alzheimer's creation myth -- an origin story about a White Egret who tries to protect forest animals as they lose their memories to a blind, oblivious Mole. Blackberry Winter is a moving, occasionally humorous, and deeply human new work.

Language: There is strong language in this production, including frequent use of the “f-word” and variations. “Jesus Christ” as an expression.

Smoking and Drinking: None.

Violence: None

For Which Audiences?: Contains emotional situations and the issues of dementia, caregiving, and aging.

Rating: If it were a movie, Blackberry Winter would be rated “R.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

The Great Gatsby

SYNOPSIS: When young Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into his glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him.

Language: Mild profanities.

Smoking and Drinking: Smoking. Characters drink alcohol and get intoxicated.

Violence: The play includes domestic violence, gunfire and car crashes.

For Which Audiences?: The play contains extramarital relationships which turn violent. The play may be best suited for teens and adults who are able to handle the themes of class and gender status inherent in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

Rating: If it were a movie, The Great Gatsby would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

SYNOPSIS: Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where a young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas. The men soon find that love’s labor complicates and conquers all things in Shakespeare's boisterous romantic comedy about love and marriage.

Language: Elizabethan curse words.

Smoking and Drinking: There is brief reference to drugs.

Violence: Very mild. A sword fight is threatened but does not take place.

For Which Audiences?: Love’s Labour’s Lost is a light romantic comedy, but the play may be best suited for teens and adults who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare’s sometimes bawdy language.

Rating: If it were a movie, Love’s Labour’s Lost would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Antony and Cleopatra

SYNOPSIS: The victors of Rome’s civil war have divided the Empire amongst themselves and Marc Antony has traveled to exotic Egypt to take up rule over his corner of the globe. There he encounters Egypt’s mysterious monarch, the irresistibly entrancing Cleopatra. Their impassioned affair ultimately pits their two countries against each other and changes the face of the ancient world forever.

Language: Elizabethan curse words.

Smoking and Drinking: Drugs are mentioned.

Violence: There is stage violence and death using swords, including several suicides.

For Which Audiences?: Antony and Cleopatra is a political drama fueled by intimate relationships. There are battle scenes. The play is best suited for ages 13 and up.

Rating: If it were a movie, Antony and Cleopatra would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.