REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Feb 22, 2018
“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo,” written by Edward Albee and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on February 21, 2018 in New York City. “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo,” written by Edward Albee and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on February 21, 2018 in New York City.


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

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 90 
"Neugebauer's terrific production proves 'Homelife' to be an indispensably excellent work in its own right, and a suitable tribute to the playwright...The Signature staging has only a ghost to appease; it is much freer and funnier and thus more powerful...The same is true of the actors: They do not approach the play as an awesome classic but as a living organism. Mr. Leonard is very good...Finneran is spectacular."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"Leonard's soft, measured line deliveries betray Peter's effortless privilege...Finneran introduces a nagging dissatisfaction to this picture of bourgeois bliss...She interprets Albee's language with aching sincerity...Sparks makes a thrillingly unpredictable Jerry, accenting his performance with birdlike eyes and pointed modulations in his voice...Even if your mind drifts away during this short story masquerading as drama, you'll be jolted back to attention by the explosive final moments."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 80
"A superbly acted revival...A first-rate cast...The prequel provides further riffs on 'Zoo Story's' societal and personal themes, but in far less visceral fashion...Albee's decision to update 'Zoo Story' feels unfortunate; jarring anachronisms have the ironic effect of making the play feel more dated than it actually is...Nonetheless, it's a fascinating double bill...This staging benefits greatly from the terrific performances...Sparks is an acting tour-de-force that provides reason enough for this revival."

“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Helen Shaw of Time Out New York, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, and Aaron Botwick of scribicide.


The show was also reviewed by 123 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

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

aKa Ms. Smarty Pants, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You want to see the completed Zoo Story performed by top flight actors. If you only know it from college, you’re ready for Albee now." 
Don't see it if…"You need things on the light side. Albee provides black humor, but it’s all too real."
Scott Finkelstein, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You are a fan of Edward Albee's and the way that his play have a tendency of making a hard left turn at times."
on't see it if…"You dislike plays with a great deal of dialogue, even if acted very well."

Chenango, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You want to see three fine actors in Albee's expansion of 'The Zoo Story' and you enjoy slow unfolding as opposed to rapid development.
Don't see it if…"You want lean-forward-in-your-seat tension."

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