REVIEW ROUNDUP: “After the Blast” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Oct 24, 2017
“After the Blast,” written by Zoe Kazan and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on October 23, 2017 in New York City. “After the Blast,” written by Zoe Kazan and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on October 23, 2017 in New York City.


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

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"This overlapping of our responses to a seductive bot is the most ingenious and instructive aspect of 'Blast.' Otherwise, Kazan’s new play, although immaculately mounted and fluently acted, seldom fully grabs our feelings or stirs our thoughts...Characters often seem to have little existence beyond their functions as avatars of a new social order. The relationship between Oliver and Anna never acquires the heat to make us feel anxious when it’s in jeopardy."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 60
"Full of sensitive insights and glimmers of horror, this domestic drama still moves at the sluggish pace of a recluse who refuses to change out of her pj's...Undoubtedly, that robot is the thing everyone will remember about 'After the Blast'...Milioti and the robot have the most natural chemistry of anyone in the cast...Kazan's play contains echoes of earlier (and more fully realized) science fiction...Director Lila Neugebauer realistically creates this sunless world."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"As designed by Noah Mease and voiced by Will Connolly, the robot dominates Zoe Kazan’s cautionary drama 'After the Blast'...It is palpably overlong, and there is some rather heavy-handed finger-wagging about the things we take for granted. But Milioti and Harper are excellent in the central roles, director Lila Neugebauer surrounds them with a top-drawer production and Arthur is downright merchandisable."

“After the Blast” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Jose Solis of Talkin' Broadway, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 20 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

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

John Francis, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You like dystopian narratives with strong central performances. A terrific and promising debut by Zoe Kazan, seamlessly designed & directed." 
Don't see it if…"If dystopian narratives aren't your jam. The script also leaves a little something to be desired. At times it feels unfocused."

Megan M., ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You want a story examining the responsibility humans have to each other as well as the earth. You like well-written plays with strong leads."
Don't see it if…"You expect a story all about the post-apocalypse. The dystopia is secondary, even unnecessary, to Anna and Oliver's relationship."

Ashowgoer, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You enjoy plays set in dystopian futures that muse on what life may be like in hundreds of years. Or if you like Black Mirror."
Don't see it if…"You dislike dark comedies, especially if they deal with depression and the inability to bear children."

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