REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Actually” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Nov 15, 2017
“Actually,” written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, opened on November 14, 2017 in New York City. “Actually,” written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, opened on November 14, 2017 in New York City.


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

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 65 
"Blain-Cruz’s high-gloss minimalist production makes a great deal of sense moment by moment but cannot seem to accrete meaning and value as the story keeps lurching around...And the actors, called upon to switch gears constantly, have a similar problem maintaining credible characters. Boone keeps enough in reserve to smooth over the role’s inconsistencies, but Socha is stuck making hairpin turns on unmarked roads. To say she doesn’t crash is high praise."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 70
"A gripping portrait of campus rape that frustratingly misses the wood for the trees...Impressively, Ziegler has created what feels like real individuals in Amber and Tom, something that comes across clearly in Socha and Boone's layered performances...Unfortunately, in devoting much of the play's energy to developing nuanced characters, Ziegler glosses over some crucial questions...I didn't leave conflicted, but sad: ‘Actually’ isn't really a reevaluation, but a reminder."
Michael Dale
ShowScore: 80
“Ziegler’s absorbing and thought-provoking new drama...There's a surprising amount of character-driven humor; the kind that deals with the normal anxieties...without ever undercutting the seriousness of the situation...The major strength of Ziegler's storytelling is that she seems less concerned with having viewers take sides than she is with having us feel the mutual tragedy of the situation and be more concerned with discussing how such matters can be prevented.”

“Actually” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Kathryn Kelly of Stage Buddy, Jose Solis of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.


The show was also reviewed by 22 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

Jeff B 6072, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You're interested in great performances by young actors. You like plays with intelligent dialogue. You have an open mind." 
Don't see it if…"You are put off by sexual matters or you need a clear resolution to a story."
WH, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You are interested in the college experience, sexual assault issues (Title IX), or gender/sexuality issues. Want to see fine young actors."
Don't see it if…"You are put-off by language that openly addresses sexuality, assault allegations, and difficult relationships."
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You enjoy excellent writing and acting; two characters explaining both sides of a case of sexual misconduct, their innermost thoughts."
Don't see it if…"You are bored with the topic of sexual misconduct at college; you need action and not dialogue."

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