REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Duat” Opened with a ShowScore of 70

Show-Score | Oct 26, 2016
“Duat,” written by Daniel Alexander Jones and directed by William Davis, opened on October 25, 2016 in New York City. “Duat,” written by Daniel Alexander Jones and directed by William Davis, opened on October 25, 2016 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 75
"Jones’s hearts-and-flowers-themed exploration of life and what lies beyond. This buoyantly didactic show takes gentle pains to remind us that our next breath could well be our last...This sui generis performance piece has been given a sumptuously homemade production under the direction of Will Davis...The sequence is defiantly unlike either of the other two parts in 'Duat,' yet it is also thoroughly of a piece with them...For Mr. Jones, there’s comfort in eclecticism."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 75
"'Duat' is a show unlike any other playing in New York...'Duat' brims with ideas, not all of them fully developed. Under the laissez-faire direction of Davis, the piece jumps between Jones' personal narrative to sections about Egyptology and pop divas...A lack of narrative clarity regularly leaves us feeling lost in Jones' expansive spiritual and intellectual kingdom...Still, the enchantment of discovering a world so big and unexplained is a feeling one rarely encounters outside of childhood."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"A luxury of theatrical overabundance. Writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones and his ’80s soul superstar alter ego Jomama Jones are serving up a kind of gourmet tasting menu—a flight of Joneses, or Jones three ways. Each section in the evening's triptych is in a genre by itself...After many pleasures, we finally move into the piece's most musical sequence and we are stunned by the talents before us...Jones is fully capable of measuring our hearts, but he doesn't. He lightens them instead."

“Duat” was also reviewed by Ran Xia of Theatre is Easy, Tom Wicker of Exeunt Magazine, and Marilyn Lester of Theater Pizzazz.


The show was also reviewed by 19 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 68.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

Suzanne Zee, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You are open to theatrical surprises. The first act is completely unlike the second. Both acts have beautiful singing and poetic writing." 
Don't see it if…"Continuity is important to your theatrical experience. There are three deeply varied and only nominally connected sections."
shakes2000, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You are interested in new queer work."
Don't see it if…"You do not enjoy new work that oftentimes takes dramaturgical turns that confuse and muddle the trajectory of the piece."
T 6235, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You like hearing from queer, non-white voices, if you enjoy compelling performances, or if you like being a little out of your comfort zone." 
Don't see it if…"You want your story to be completely resolved or if you don't like the breaking of the fourth wall or interaction with performers."

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