REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Cost of Living” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Jun 8, 2017
“Cost of Living,” written by Martyna Majok and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on June  7, 2017 in New York City. “Cost of Living,” written by Martyna Majok and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on June 7, 2017 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 80 
"Slams the door on uplifting stereotypes...Majok has engineered her plot to lead naturally to moments of intense and complicated pungency...As long as the play doesn’t try to nail down its doublings, it remains immensely haunting. Bonney’s staging helps keep the tension aloft...When Majok aims for conventional cause and effect, that complexity suddenly flattens. 'Cost of Living' almost doesn’t recover. That it does is largely thanks to the cast, which is as particular and powerful as any now on a New York stage."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 75 
"A deeply human depiction of life with disability...The weakest aspect of 'Cost of Living' is that it never coalesces particularly well, the distinctly individual story lines feel like separate entities with a forcefully joined conclusion...But there's still a whole lot to savor, namely the way it doesn't condescend to any of the characters...Majok mines their senses of humor, diverse personality traits, and opportunities to be both likable and hateful...Sullivan is particularly excellent."
Samuel L. Leiter
Theatre's Leiter Side
ShowScore: 70
“Eventually, though, its well-meaning intentions run into obstacles that seriously handicap the goodwill it's so carefully generated…The ending is disappointingly awkward. Dramatic surprises are always welcome but they shouldn't seem forced or arbitrary…Majok's vivid dialogue, thoroughly seeded with profanities, flows naturally from the first-rate ensemble…Most memorable is the redheaded Sullivan, with her nasal, high-pitched, Jersey accent shooting a profane stream of verbal bullets.”

“Cost of Living” was also reviewed by Auriane Desombre of Stage Buddy and Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews.


The show was also reviewed by 73 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

Toelieb., ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You are ready for an in-depth look at the lives of people with disabilities, and the resulting challenges to their relationships."
Don't see it if…"You are squeamish and prefer light entertainment in the theater." 
Thank You Five, ShowScore: 77
See it if…"You want to peek behind the curtain of living with disabilities; to support a diverse cast of abled and disabled actors, all of whom are stellar."
Don't see it if…"Talky plays are not for you; you're in the mood for themes other than grief, loneliness, helplessness, and heartbreak."
Ken-G, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You'd like to see a diverse cast including two disabled actors portraying real-life issues of the disabled and their caregivers."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to see a play that explores problems without happy solutions."

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.