REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties” Opened with a ShowScore of 77

Show-Score | Sep 13, 2018
“Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties,” written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on September 12, 2018 in New York City. “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties,” written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on September 12, 2018 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 73.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 90 
“If you’re wondering whether you’ll enjoy the revolution, Silverman’s 'Collective Rage' makes an excellent (and hilarious) test case...For all its political and aesthetic cred, the production is entirely a delight...A trenchant and snappy production; even the props get laughs. The best revolutions are, after all, clear of purpose and expertly timed...The same could be said of the cast, which radiates the kind of gusto that actors working with enjoyable material don’t need to fake."
Samuel L. Leiter
Broadway Blog
ShowScore: 75
"A unique feminist comedy leaning precipitously toward farce…Sure to gain attention from the gender specialists, it's cute and quirky but, despite the frequent bursts of laughter, somewhat shy of hilarious… Silverman's characters are more frustrated or disillusioned (with life, their mates, their careers, etc.) than furious at some identifiable systemic entity…Each actress offers a masterful performance that helps to cover the play's general lack of substance or focused point of view."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 80
“Silverman’s playful, bawdy, and episodic genderqueer/feminist/lesbian comedy...The five good actresses playing the Betties deliver some memorable moments of oddness and hilarity...When ‘Collective Rage’ ends, with a pairing-up that feels like the too-pat resolutions in Shakespearean comedies, Jen Silverman’s point becomes clearer. Each of the Betties has been in pursuit of happiness, which they were able to achieve only by changing their assumptions about life.”

“Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Nicole Serratore of Variety, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Hayley Levitt of Theatermania, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 101 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

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

shakes2000, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You are in the mood for a quirky, but relevant play that is both hilarious and poignant." 
Don't see it if…"You are easily offended by some explicit language or you are not in the mood for boundary pushing theatre."
Lori 7044, ShowScore: 86 
See it if…"You want to see excellent acting by five talented women, you like off-beat absurdist plays and inventive, clever staging. It is a lot of fun.
Don't see it if…"You are easily offended, if you are uptight about sexuality, or if you want a linear, logical plot. This play is zany, absurd, weird but fun."
glenn m 6154, ShowScore: 83 
See it if…"You want something fun with some clever social commentary.
Don't see it if…"You want a conventional plot-driven drama or have a low tolerance for farce."
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