REVIEW ROUNDUP: “A Parallelogram” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Aug 3, 2017
“A Parallelogram,” written by Bruce Norris and directed by Michael Greif, opened on August  2, 2017 in New York City. “A Parallelogram,” written by Bruce Norris and directed by Michael Greif, opened on August 2, 2017 in New York City.


13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 45 
"Offers plenty to think about and much to enjoy in Michael Greif’s sleek production. But as drama it’s not only a nonstarter but a nonender; it’s a red herring that swallows its own tail…‘A Parallelogram,’ which at first seems like a change of pace from Mr. Norris’s usual satirical approach, reveals itself as more of the same but weaker…Norris’ ginned-up climaxes go nowhere...If you knew how the play ended when it began, would you see it? In this case, I think not."

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
“An undeniably intelligent and multilayered play…This comedy with a bitter dramatic aftertaste will leave you pondering what exactly you just saw for days after…Norris has us mentally firing on all cylinders. Every beat seems to bring a new insight or argument to consider…A well-staged, sharply designed production…Greif and Norris steadily accelerate the flow of ideas and dramatic possibilities all the way to the end as we work to keep up with a play that always feels a few steps ahead of us.”
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
“Whether you'll want to see ‘A Parallelogram’ depends on your palate for poison. Norris excels at writing conversations you heartily wish would end, and Keenan-Bolger and Kunken talk at each other with the kind of blank insistence that does, in fact, make you fear for humanity. I certainly came away with a bad taste in my mouth; the play is successful, as far as it goes, in making even the pre-apocalypse savor of ashes.”
“A Parallelogram” was also reviewed by Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, and Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 101 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

K6107, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like a little mind exercise. It's worth seeing. Second half is much better than the first half. So be patient."
Don't see it if…"You're depressed or in a bad mood. This play will make you feel worse."
Freddy 2, ShowScore: 89 
See it if…"You like an intriguing, yet unconventional plot with humor and a good deal of gravitas. Ultimately not for the light of heart."
Don't see it if…"You are turned off by plays that make you ponder the meaning of life and your future."
susan 6042, ShowScore: 71 
See it if…"You want to see a show that does not fit together perfectly, but provides plenty of statements to think about."
Don't see it if…"You want a show that answers the questions it raises."

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