REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Girls & Boys” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Jun 28, 2018
“Girls & Boys,” written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Lyndsey Turner, opened on June 27, 2018 in New York City. “Girls & Boys,” written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Lyndsey Turner, opened on June 27, 2018 in New York City.


21 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 75
"Carey Mulligan, one of the most compelling stage actresses of her generation...Mulligan is the entire cast, you are unconditionally hers...Kelly is one lucky playwright to have had her as his interpreter...A dark tease of a tale that never quite rises to its own, earnest ambitions...Kelly has written a careful and intelligent script that covers many bases but lands on few of them with full impact. It begins as a fond portrait of a love affair and ends as a cold assessment of a tragedy."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 80
"Mulligan delivers an unforgettable performance...For anyone interested in the art of stage acting, attendance is mandatory...Much of the piece is a long, at times rambling setup to a horrifically tragic conclusion at tonal odds with much of what's preceded it. But for all the flaws in the writing...the play nonetheless easily holds our attention for an uninterrupted 105 minutes. Much of the credit goes to Mulligan."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 85
"It's Mulligan's disarming performance, at once hilarious and absolutely tragic, that makes the events that take place so shocking...'Girls & Boys' is a memory play, and Lyndsey Turner's production is awash with them...It's an extremely funny performance, but even as she hits punch lines as though she's secretly been a comic for years, there's a lot going on behind her eyes, adding even more depth to the play's darker, more surprising second half."

“Girls & Boys” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, David Cote of The Observer, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Isaac Butler of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, and Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News.


The show was also reviewed by 66 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great writing

J, ShowScore: 89 
See it if…"You want to see a brilliant, layered, solo performance by Mulligan. She delivers laugh out loud moments as well as shattering your heart."
Don't see it if…"You don't appreciate one-person plays or the telling of a seemingly normal story that turns very dark toward the end."

Audrey 8056, ShowScore: 79 
See it if…"You want to see Carey Mulligan own a stage."
Don't see it if…"You're impatient with shows that take a while to get going, dislike one-person shows, have trouble understanding accents."
Robert 7049, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You like excellent, intense acting which is emotionally draining but compelling to watch. Mulligan is amazing."
Don't see it if…"You don't like bad language, you cannot handle deep emotional and grim subjects. This play is not for the faint-hearted."

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