17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 69.
The New York Times
"A sensitive but sometimes sluggish drama...There’s a languidness to the proceedings that had me slipping down in my chair...Sadness and frustration can make for a less than enthralling evening of theater. Nor is “Aubergine” wholly free of a preciousness that got under my skin...The monologues that pepper the text can be more disruptive than engaging, despite the excellent acting...Your affection for 'Aubergine' may fundamentally come down to how sentimental you are about food."
"At times, the play is insightful and moving, although Cho could make it even more so by taking a meat cleaver to all the fat...While director Kate Whoriskey has led the cast to credible performances of highly specific characters, the design is a lot more aimless... Between the smart acting, thoughtful prose, and underwhelming production, 'Aubergine' is the theatrical equivalent of a functional yet unmemorable meal: It might fill you up, but it is entirely devoid of flavor."
"'Aubergine,' a new play by Julia Cho, poses a unique challenge. The language is lovely, the dramatic structure is impressive and the polished Playwrights Horizons production directed by Kate Whoriskey is impeccable. But the play itself is a somber meditation on death and, as such, as relentlessly depressing as a three-day wake."
“Aubergine” was also reviewed by Briana Burnside of Entertainment Hour Blog, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Jennifer Farrar of The Associated Press, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.
The show was also reviewed by 91 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant
See it if…"You want a nonlinear exploration of the connection between food that sparks memories, wrapped around a story of a dying Korean parent."
Don't see it if…"If you like a linear narrative, a faster-paced show, or would be uncomfortable with the theme of hospice and death."
See it if…"You like the kind of plays Playwrights Horizons seems to do now. It's a Korean family so that is new on stage."
Don't see it if…"You want a moving, serious, intelligent story. This is choppy, with short scenes. A pastrami sandwich stupidly links it together. Forgettable."
See it if…"You like thought-provoking plays about family strife and coping with an ailing parent. Lovely acting, solid writing."
Don't see it if…"You don't like a nonlinear plot, or if you don't like monologue-heavy shows. Some parts were confusing and took awhile to be resolved."
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