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

Show-Score | Mar 13, 2018
“Admissions,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Daniel Aukin, opened on March 12, 2018 in New York City. “Admissions,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Daniel Aukin, opened on March 12, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 71.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85 
"Despite some flaws common to its genre, 'Admissions' is an extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire — of the left, by the left, for the left — for today...Almost every piece of information supplied at the start pays off by the end...Still, I’m not sure that Daniel Aukin’s warm and intermittently rollicking production finds the right tone...No matter. One of the things the theater should be doing today, and rarely does, is lancing the boil of our own self-deception."

Adam Feldman

Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Narrowly focused but well-argued issue play...When I saw the play, Charlie’s long, frustrated rant about the unfairness of his situation was greeted with a smattering of ambiguous applause: Were people clapping for Edelman’s ardent performance, or the sharpness of the writing?...The nuanced and competing truths in Harmon’s 90-minute play are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of postshow conversations."
David Rooney 
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 80
"A smart, provocative drama with a rich vein of humor that pulls the rug out from under liberal white America, letting nobody off scot-free...Even if 'Admissions' is a little speechy and could use some trimming, it represents a satisfying expansion of the playwright's range after his well-received previous efforts...Director Daniel Aukin and his fine cast confidently steer 'Admissions' through this sticky, at times morally murky territory."

“Admissions” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater News Online, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, and Barbara Schuler of Newsday.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 61 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

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

Dan Loves Theatre, ShowScore: 91 
See it if… "You want to see a play that test boundaries and discusses some really sensitive subjects. The cast is fantastic!" 
Don't see it if…"You are uncomfortable with plays about race. The story goes a little over the top and becomes somewhat unrealistic."
Andrew 4, ShowScore: 86 
See it if… "You enjoy serious, witty comedies filled with irony. Interested in family plays and subjects like white privilege, interracial friendships."
Don't see it if…"You're not interested in white privilege, hypocritical parents, family plays within academic settings or pushy, liberal characters."
Rena Plays, ShowScore: 90 
See it if… "You are interested in an even-handed take on the effects of affirmative action and pushes for diversity."
Don't see it if…"You don’t want your ideas on the subject to be challenged."

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Admissions
231 reviews
81
Overall Score

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