REVIEW ROUNDUP: “All the Ways to Say I Love You” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Sep 29, 2016
“All the Ways to Say I Love You,” written by Neil LaBute and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on September 28, 2016 in New York City. “All the Ways to Say I Love You,” written by Neil LaBute and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on September 28, 2016 in New York City.


16 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 64.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"Light's performance, under the assured direction of Leigh Silverman, is a model of modulated transparency. It’s an artful 'now you see her, now you don’t' presentation of character that almost makes you believe that the story being told on stage may wind up surprising you after all. It doesn’t...Ms. Light brings a vibrant, thirsty eroticism to the part...'All the Ways' feels less like classical tragedy than vintage soap opera."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 30
"It is a disappointing misfire from an otherwise dynamite team...LaBute continues his penchant for the unexpected by eschewing all that makes him a thrilling writer, penning a play that is limp in both story and language...The story lethargically meanders as LaBute drops little breadcrumbs that encourage us to hold out hope for an exciting twist that never really comes...Director Silverman does little to solve the disconnect between text and performer."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 40
"An embarrassingly clumsy one-act...LaBute always did have a way with words. But while the language of the play makes for easy listening, not so the thinking behind it...Light is one of our most reliable stage actors...But she appears to be experiencing real discomfort getting through Mrs. Johnson’s humiliating confession, discomfort beyond the character’s own distress about the lies she’s told...There’s no context for Mrs. Johnson’s exposure of her deepest, most painful secrets."

“All the Ways to Say I Love You” was also reviewed by Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Matt Windman of AM New York, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Linda Winer of Newsday, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, and Robert Kahn of WNBC.


The show was also reviewed by 54 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

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

J, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You want a well-acted play."
Don't see it if…"You want something of importance. The show is narrow in scope and unimportant. The flow of the play is predictable with its ebbs and flows."
dianefe, ShowScore: 76
See it if…"You enjoy a well-told story." 
Don't see it if…"You expect traditional theater with characters who react to each other."
Jeff S, ShowScore: 72
See it if…"You're a Judith Light fan and want to see her rip through material." 
Don't see it if…"The quality of that material is important."

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