REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Everybody” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Feb 22, 2017
“Everybody,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on February 21, 2017 in New York City. “Everybody,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on February 21, 2017 in New York City.


12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 59.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 45
"Much painstaking rehearsal and synchronization of cues, for the tech crew as well as the performers, has gone into 'Everybody.' Yet it still feels like a work in progress, waiting to be sharpened into focus...Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins has made a virtue of his anxieties about identity in meta-theatrical plays that turn traditional forms inside out. Here, though, such self-consciousness curdles, despite some amusing 'who’s on first'-style circular dialogue on weighty subjects."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 45
"At turns ambitious, witty, and a bit dull...Solid performances still don't fully rescue the play from its didactic origins. Dress a medieval morality play up in 21st-century slang and it comes off sounding like a skit for incoming college freshman performed by the resident assistants of purgatory...Nothing in director Lila Neugebauer's high-design production quite rises to the tone set in those austere first 10 minutes, but it is often very impressive."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Apart from the cast’s charm and visual coups engineered by director Lila Neugebauer, the 100-minute experiment feels overlong and talky...Lord knows we don’t need a 'faithful' revival of this theatrical fossil, but I’m not sure this slangy, digressive gloss adds much substance. Stranded between cosmic earnestness and a collegiate urge to interrogate weird old texts, 'Everybody' has trouble holding onto a fixed identity."

“Everybody” was also reviewed by PJ Grisar of Stage Buddy, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.


The show was also reviewed by 69 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious

TR, ShowScore: 73
See it if…"You're interested in a modern spin on a didactic, 500-plus-year-old morality play. Content: good. Execution: trying on my nerves." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking for sheer entertainment (not very) or if you don't like to engage your mind much while watching a play."
Marcy, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You love a theatrical ride. More heady than emotional—writing/direction take you to unexpected places. Go there. Cast is superb, very talented." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want a semi-immersive experience. It's experimental, a bit avant-garde, and about death, morality. But if you let it, it transports."
Jen6044, ShowScore: 78
See it if..."You want a totally novel experience. Fantastic acting. Surprising. (Playbill given out after the show so no idea of what to expect.)"
Don't see it..."You don't feel like dealing with issues surrounding mortality. Or if you want to see a traditional play."
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