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

Show-Score | Feb 9, 2017
“Fade,” written by Tanya Saracho and directed by Jerry Ruiz, opened on February  8, 2017 in New York City. “Fade,” written by Tanya Saracho and directed by Jerry Ruiz, opened on February 8, 2017 in New York City.


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

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"When so much of the American discussion of privilege focuses on race, Saracho bravely writes about class...Some confusing and all-too-easy moments...Luckily, Ruiz's well-staged production helps us suspend our disbelief over these storytelling chasms. His staging is tight and efficient without smothering the performances of the two actors...Saracho's teeming intelligence and emotional sensitivity more than compensate for the occasionally awkward contrivance of her script."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"If the premise sounds like a sitcom pitch, at least playwright Tanya Saracho supplies plenty of wit and attitude...Saracho has a keen ear for delusions or hypocrisies...Despite Saracho’s smart, fluid dialogue and the tight staging by Ruiz, 'Fade' suffers from two-hander structural monotony: She’s having a crisis, he shuts off the vacuum, and they talk. Saracho also makes Abel far more sympathetic than Lucia, who ends up (predictably) exploiting his 'authentic' experiences."
Alexis Soloski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"A fizzy if somewhat formulaic two-character drama...Under Ruiz’s precise direction, their early interactions are calculatedly awkward...Saracho’s dialogue is witty rather than wincing. Less happily, she has a slightly lurid taste in narrative and a habit of asking characters to behave in certain ways not because their individual psychology demands it but to set up the next plot point...What’s left is a fairly predictable parable about trading ethnic solidarity for career opportunities."

“Fade” was also reviewed by Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, and David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited.


The show was also reviewed by 83 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

Benjamin 6134, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You want to see a Tanya Saracho play. She makes you think about the obvious in this sometimes funny show nicely produced by Primary Stages." 
Don't see it if…"You have a problem with the real-life drama of a modern women in the male-dominated Hollywood work place. Two characters make up this show."
Spinstripes, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You like absorbing stories about current issues. Phenomenal acting by Eddie Martinez, who created a beautifully real and complex character." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like to be confronted with race relations at the theater or if a two-hander isn't enough to hold your attention."
Norma, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"Contemporary dramas about socially and politically relevant themes are your thing. You enjoy shows about developing relationships." 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy two-handers. You need elaborate sets and costumes to make a play enjoyable to you. You can't deal with raw language."

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