REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Derren Brown: Secret” Opened with a ShowScore of 86

Show-Score | May 17, 2017
“Derren Brown: Secret,” Derren Brown, Andy Nyman, and Andrew O'Connor, and directed by Nyman and O'Connor, opened on May 16, 2017 in New York City. “Derren Brown: Secret,” Derren Brown, Andy Nyman, and Andrew O'Connor, and directed by Nyman and O'Connor, opened on May 16, 2017 in New York City.


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

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
“An enthrallingly baffling one-mentalist show…Mr. Brown segues, with an Astaire-like grace, into more elaborate and improbable ruses. And he is upfront in telling you they are ruses. It’s in the second act that he seems to be plunging into the deepest recesses of his victims’—I mean, volunteers’—thoughts, with results that have you slapping your forehead…Throughout, Mr. Brown is calm, chatty, amiably insulting.”
David Gordon
ShowScore: 95
“An astounding piece of psychological theater, and not knowing anything about it makes the experience all the more mind-blowing…The first-act finale is as thrilling and mind-boggling as any of the great curtain-closers from the entire canon of American drama…Like all great illusionists, Brown is the perfect salesman…The two-and-a-half hours of ‘Secret’ fly by…It is bound to make audiences want to see it again, if only to pay attention to different moments."
Alexis Soloski
The Guardian (UK)
ShowScore: 80
“A diverting evening dotted with more than enough jaw-droppers to offset some familiar bits and a slight tendency to mumbo jumbo. Brown is a trained magician and obviously a whiz with sleight of hand, but his best work isn’t a matter of trickery or prestidigitation. The draw: his ability to read audience members and accurately predict their choices and actions…He’s a terrific hypnotist, too…It was a treat to feel baffled and bamboozled.”

“Derren Brown: Secret” was also reviewed by Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Paulanne Simmons of CurtainUp, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jenna Scherer of Time Out New York, and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 72 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 87.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting

Darrel, ShowScore: 78 
See it if…"You like illusion and magic and being entertained. Excellent command of the audience: you leave perplexed and puzzled, trying to figure out what you saw."
Don't see it if…"You expect traditional theater, not a Las Vegas-type act; surprised Atlantic Theater put this show on stage."
Theatre Reviews, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You would like to see a world-renowned mentalist trick, shock and amaze you. Derren is clever and engaging. Optional audience participation."
Don't see it if…"You specifically want to see a play or musical. This is an entertainment show. If you want all the tricks to be explained to you at the end."
Vicki 6143, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You enjoy sleight-of-hand performances. You can be blown away by the mystery of knowing about the audience with no contact prior to show." 
Don't see it if…"You don't believe in magic or mind reading."

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