REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Bears in Space” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Sep 12, 2016
“Bears in Space,” written by Eoghan Quinn and directed by Dan Colley, opened on September 11, 2016 in New York City. “Bears in Space,” written by Eoghan Quinn and directed by Dan Colley, opened on September 11, 2016 in New York City.


16 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 83.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
“After only a few minutes, you’ll find you’ve acquired the mind-set of a rowdy, sleep-deprived university student at 4 a.m., giddily sharing fantasies with fellow nerds for whom goofiness is next to godliness...'Bears in Space' allows plenty of room for deliberately uneasy improvisation, as if its narrators were always expecting to be caught with their trousers down...Considerations of things meta take a back seat to the straight-faced pursuit of silliness."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Quinn’s larkish comedy is basically down to earth; it wants only to amuse, and it does so very appealingly...This is not a one-star show; it’s a constellation where everyone gets a chance to shine...Amid the wacky side characters, dopey-clever jokes and sci-fi goofery, a few lessons are eventually learned about friendship and courage, but it’s all in silly, adorable fun. Bear it and grin."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 85
"Completely insane—and insanely enjoyable...The laughs, which defy explanation, are plentiful...The chemistry of the four leading men also adds to the enjoyment...That their ensemble work is so exactingly perfect is a credit to Colley's direction, which takes the silly material very seriously...It's unusual, sure, but 'Bears in Space' is also surprisingly relatable. There's a great big heart beating at its center."

“Bears in Space” was also reviewed by Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, and Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz.


The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 72.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Hilarious

Bibliobiophile, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You enjoy absurd humor and self-aware shows and want to see something lighthearted." 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a moving production. or are particularly keen on space being a part of the show. It's mostly bears."
Brett G, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You want an entertaining evening, an adult musical puppet show along the lines of 'Avenue Q, but much crazier. And King Joffrey being funny!" 
Don't see it if…"You want a big, serious production; don't like puppets."
Gil K, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You appreciate really creative staging and great acting. '50's sci-fi meets 'Avenue Q' with a heart. Refreshing, unique, endearing." 
Don't see it if…"You prefer more traditional/realistic storytelling and staging."

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