REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Attorney Street” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Nov 2, 2016
“Attorney Street,” written by Edgar Oliver and directed by Randy Sharp, opened on November  1, 2016 in New York City. “Attorney Street,” written by Edgar Oliver and directed by Randy Sharp, opened on November 1, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

4 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Edgar Oliver conducts the most extraordinary séances. The phantoms summoned by this one-of-a-kind monologuist are both vivid and elusive, as such manifestations must be...Self-examining memoirs are the basis for many one-person shows. But Mr. Oliver reshapes and reanimates this well-worn formula by infusing it with a sepulchral darkness. His style is sentimental gothic, and though it should be easy to caricature, it defies imitation."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Edgar Oliver's storytelling performances move in stages. First, they are hilarious...By the end of 'Attorney Street,' all its initial weirdness has evaporated, leaving only a sense of melancholy behind...The piece is a brief anthology of farewells, to a bakery in an earlier New York, to a lost poem, to a father he never knew. There's a feeling of suspended time...Don’t let this sadness keep you away. For those of us watching, Oliver's sorrow is always sweet."
Kathleen Campion
Front Row Center
ShowScore: 85
"Oliver tells the tale of 'Attorney Street' with disarming innocence, addressing the audience with a sweet familiarity...He is funny and warm, wide-eyed and thoughtful, charming and vulnerable. All that said, the evening resolves in a brutal sadness, as he concludes his primal wound has not, cannot heal...A supremely confident performer, with a patina of shyness about him, Oliver inhabits the stage completely...A genuinely special night of small pleasures in the downtown theater."

“Attorney Street” was also reviewed by Charles Bittner of Plays to See.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 4 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Ambitious, Quirky

Leo S, ShowScore: 74
See it if…"You like psychological exploration through storytelling."
Don't see it if…"You don't like one-man shows that make you think about the human condition."
Tom 6119, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You have never seen Edgar Oliver, enjoy looking at NYC through his eyes, like one-person shows." 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a play and not a one-man show." 
Brian 6121, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You enjoy the art of monologue and storytelling, memoirs, poetry."
Don't see it if…"You want to see a play with narrative and traditional structure."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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