REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Afterplay” Opened with a ShowScore of 85

Show-Score | Oct 3, 2016
“Afterplay,” written by Brian Friel and directed by Joe Dowling, opened on October 2, 2016 in New York City. “Afterplay,” written by Brian Friel and directed by Joe Dowling, opened on October 2, 2016 in New York City.


3 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 67.

Ken Jaworowski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"Brian Friel’s melancholy, pocket-size play...Mr. Friel had been compared to Chekhov, with his gentle humor and reflective, subtle writing. That's certainly on display here. Nevertheless, the hourlong 'Afterplay' is a minor work by this Irish master, and could seem slight were it not for the superb pairing of Dermot Crowley and Dearbhla Molloy. Their dialogue sounds extemporaneous, their monologues genuine and heartfelt. Just as important, each listens to the other with visible compassion."
Hayley Levitt
ShowScore: 70
"The Irish levity of Friel's dialogue, directed with palpable heart by Joe Dowling, makes for an enjoyable back-and-forth. But the piece doesn't truly capture our imaginations until this carefully laid groundwork of exposition reveals an organic bridge between the two protagonists. Sonya and Andrey make an ingenious pairing for Friel's joint epilogue...Even if the story of Sonya and Andrey is not resolved in the way we'd like, we appreciate the chance to greet them again."
Matthew Murray
Talkin' Broadway
ShowScore: 60
"This is ultimately a one-joke play that becomes more and more unsupportable in its thinness as its gag is explored. Without a production and actors operating at the highest level, it would seem a lark more deserving of your laughs than your concerns. Even with them, as here, it's teetering on the edge. But it doesn't fall off, because Dowling, Molloy, and Crowley are determined to find enough truth in it to keep it upright."


The show was also reviewed by 10 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 92.

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

Ian 627654, ShowScore: 100
See it if…"You want to see exquisite acting in a gem of a play beautifully directed." 
Don't see it if…"You don't crave the above, but you'd be mad to miss it."
Joyce 6089, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You like good acting about people's lives that is thought-provoking."
Don't see it if…"If you like musicals or comedies."
Teresa 6209, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You enjoy well-written, cerebral but heartbreaking plays with excellent actors, or if you are interested in Chekhov." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't interested in further speculation regarding characters from Chekhov, or you want a light, funny play with elaborate staging."

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