“A romp...whimsical...The new play, by Richard Vetere, is simply called ‘Machiavelli’; and a good cast delivers on the humor. A firebrand of Florence, in fact, Machiavelli was just the prototype of modern power politics. He sought to serve the republic of Florence by any means possible... no more nefarious than any competent lobbyist, spin doctor or politician working in Washington today.”


“If you loved the comic parts of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘The Madness of King George’, you'll enjoy Vetere’s historical romp, too. It is snappy, surprising, stimulating, and altogether satisfying... and the play zips along thanks to a tight accomplished cast.”

“Vetere has crafted a compelling, entertaining and witty comedy that focuses as much on Machiavelli’s family life as it does on his political machinations, if not more so. While the volatile political landscape of Renaissance Italy figures largely in the events of the play, the relationship between Machiavelli and [ his wife] Marietta is the work's greatest strength.”


“Richard Vetere’s quick witted period piece reimagines Florence as a kingdom of intrigue. The sharp script allows Machiavelli to walk the line... the comedy, then, must come from the actors who play excellently off him. The simple set works well; and the costumes are excellent, particularly the flowing dresses of the
Machiavelli women.”

National Review Online

“A dazzling new play... Hilarious dialogue alternates with brutal action and scenes of love and tenderness as a resourceful Niccolò Machiavelli and his elegant wife, Marietta, fight to protect their family amid Medici intrigues.”

“The comedy of the show is a sly poke in the side, provoking thought as well as laughter. It marries a blend of politics and government as well as love and personality. The relationship between [ Machiavelli ] and his wife Marietta is especially endearing.”

“Machiavelli is humanized in a highly unusual way...The dynamic between the brilliant philosopher-poet-essayist-politician and his even more brilliant counterpart ( his wife, Marietta Corsini ) is the play’s most enchanting aspect.”

“Machiavelli , a two act Italian Renaissance play by Richard Vetere is written with wit and grace.”

Newsday Sept 10, 2006
“Fall Arts Preview : Machiavelli”

Daily News Sept. 22, 2006
“Reveling in the Renaissance”
Italian artists inspire New York playwright Sept 21, 2006
Photo Flash : Off-Broadway's Machiavelli in Previews” Sept 25, 2006
Photo Flash : Machiavelli Opens Off-Broadway”

New York Post Oct. 10, 2006
Page Six : toasting the off-broadwy hit “Machiavelli” Sept 13, 2006
“Machiavelli Begins Return Engagement” / Broadway and Beyond
“Interview with Machiavelli playwright Richard Vetere”

Bottom Line: Nov.1, 2006
“Lessons in Life and Leadership from Machiavelli”
....................( Yes, Machiavelli ! )

Queens Tribune Sept 21 - 27, 2006
“Queens Playwright Takes On Machiavelli”

Times Ledger Oct.12, 2006
“Machiavelli comes to life with Queens writer's play” Nov 9, 2006
“The little Things You Do Together”

Ambassador: Spring 2006 quarterly
“Getting Our Voices on Stage” Nov 1, 2006
“Machiavelli to Close as Scheduled On Nov 5”