13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 87.
The New York Times
"Sublime. There’s no point trying to resist such sheer, distilled beauty...In its own way, this production is as primal and breathlessly seductive as the great director Peter Brook’s 'La Tragédie de Carmen'...Electrically choreographed by Bill T. Jones; the audience feels what the characters feel, on the rutted road to a harrowing catharsis...Smashingly effective...Mr. Doyle and his team go with the magnetic flow and personality-shaping detail of the original composition."
“A master of revelatory and efficient revivals of classic musicals, Doyle gives 'Carmen Jones' the stripped-down treatment, forcing us to think about the porous border between romance and terror…We're taken in by the joy and enthusiasm that radiates from the cast as they seamlessly pull these elements together to tell a good story….That level of can-do resourcefulness is what makes 'Carmen Jones' both refreshing and impressive. It's the performances, however, that make it unforgettable.”
New York Stage Review
"This vest-pocket production takes 'Carmen Jones' off the shelf and reveals it to be living, pulse-pounding, musically marvelous and altogether terrific...Passions are alive and well; and the cast...almost roar their way through the intensely passionate score...Those of us accustomed to Doyle’s style of accentuating musicals by stripping them down to essentials are aware of how monumental the results can be when he is at his best. He is here at his best...This is pure theatrical dynamite."
“Carmen Jones” was also reviewed by Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Richard Seff of On and Off Broadway, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Erin Kahn of Stage Buddy, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, and Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer.
The show was also reviewed by 92 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 87.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Dated
See it if…"You want to hear some of the most exquisite singing & see the most buoyant, vivid acting in the most imaginative theatre-opera mash-up ever.
Don't see it if… "You're not moved by the music of Bizet's 'Carmen' and/or you expect high production values. (Though Doyle's minimalist direction actually works!)
See it if…"You want to see a sparse but imaginatively staged production that features glorious voices filling a small space."
Don't see it if… "You can't tolerate opera or operatic adaptations."
See it if… "you want to see a performance that reaches for excellence and succeeds. Beautiful singing from the entire cast. Emotional and riveting."
Don't see it if…"You need props, scenery, and a big orchestra. But you'll be missing a thrilling experience."
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