REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Days of Rage” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Oct 31, 2018
“Days of Rage,” written by Steven Levenson and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on October 30, 2018 in New York City. “Days of Rage,” written by Steven Levenson and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on October 30, 2018 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 60.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
“In some ways, Levenson’s disappointing play ‘Days of Rage’, is that good story, except turned inside out...The clash between heavy-handed satire and naturalistic conflict leaves ‘Days of Rage’ in a tonal muddle Levenson can’t resolve. The sexual turn that provides closure to many of the scenes begins to seem like a tic, and when that pales, the only option left is a generalized hysteria. At least the hysteria is effectively staged. The director Trip Cullman gets all the tempos right.”
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 60
“It's hard to make out what the playwright is trying to say with this lighthearted work trafficking in serious themes...It all feels like counterculture-lite, hardly anything to rage about. Cullman's assured direction makes the piece, flaws and all, occasionally enjoyable, and under his guidance the young performers deliver amusing turns. 'Days of Rage' is reasonably entertaining for much of its running time, but it could have been so much more."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 40
"The play quickly gets repetitive, and Levenson’s work lacks both period specificity and an ending. A perfect staging might paper over the gaps, but director Trip Cullman largely miscasts it and...delivers a production without a particle of sexual heat...The details of the play are so unconvincing and the characters’ choices so baffling that we can’t believe they’re realistically sitting on the couch, let alone showing us the true face of progressive hypocrisy.”

“Days of Rage” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, and Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer.


The show was also reviewed by 101 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 75.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Relevant, Absorbing

Dan Loves Theatre, ShowScore: 98 
See it if… "You want to see some of the best acting in the NYC theatre scene right now. Steven Levenson wrote a brilliant script. The set is incredible.
Don't see it if…"The Vietnam War era is not of interest to you. The show is very intense and can be over the top for those who are not prepared."
moonchange, ShowScore: 80
See it if… "You'd like to see a show that's pretty satisfying plot-wise that also incisively explores activism in the late 1960s, which resonates today." 
Don't see it if…"You would be depressed to see a show right now about activism that paints a pretty bleak picture of its efficacy."
Dan Q, ShowScore: 91 
See it if… "You like well-written theatre that challenges you. All performances are terrific, but Lauren Patten, in particular, is magnetic." 
Don't see it if…"Stories about Vietnam and/or youth revolt turn you off. This is challenging material that not all may be prepared for."

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