REVIEW ROUNDUP: “A Doll's House, Part 2” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Apr 28, 2017
“A Doll's House, Part 2,” written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Sam Gold, opened on April 27, 2017 in New York City. “A Doll's House, Part 2,” written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Sam Gold, opened on April 27, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

22 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"A smart, funny and utterly engrossing new play...Features a magnificent Laurie Metcalf leading one of the best casts in town...Mr. Hnath approaches what might seem like a hubristic project with the humility and avidity of an engaged Everyreader...He has written an endlessly open debate. Which for the record never feels like a debate, such is the emotional commitment of the cast and the immediacy of Mr. Gold’s fine, sensitive production."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 95
"So endlessly stimulating that it could give audiences fodder for heated conversation until the fall season is in full swing...Hnath’s play fairly sets your head spinning with its knotty perspectives...With a sterling cast led by Metcalf, the production is as much an engrossing entertainment as it is a theatrical treatise that stirs the heart even as it invigorates the mind...Metcalf here delivers what is easily her finest Broadway performance to date—and she has never been less than terrific."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 85
"A leap that pays off in delightful and often hilarious ways...Hnath raises deeper questions not just about a certain brand of feminism, but the cult of individualism that is so ingrained in modern society...Director Sam Gold has led everyone in this cast to thoughtful and revelatory performances in an appealingly clean production...Hnath refracts Ibsen through the prism of contemporary life, revealing the complicated spectrum of issues that always existed within the drama."

“A Doll's House, Part 2” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, John Clum of Theatre Reviews by John Clum, Maya Stanton of Entertainment Weekly, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 219 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Absorbing

Susan 604366, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You like clever writing and will be entertained (or saddened) by the inevitable comparison to the state of affairs for women today." 
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a plot-driven piece of theater."
Coot, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You like seasoned veteran actors who are at the peak of their form in a laugh-out-loud series of surprising confrontations." 
Don't see it if…"You expect an exact representation of what would have happened 20 years later, in language and tone."
Armelle H, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You want to see a master performance from every single member of the cast; you like to watch absolute brilliance in action." 
Don't see it if…"You absolutely hated the original; you get bored without spectacle."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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