REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Good Grief” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Oct 31, 2018
“Good Grief,” written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Awoye Timpo, opened on October 30, 2018 in New York City. “Good Grief,” written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Awoye Timpo, opened on October 30, 2018 in New York City.


5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"The very youthful profundity of such thoughts saturates this lyrical production, directed as a flickering string of moments by Awoye Timpo...In tone, ‘Good Grief’ brings to mind sentimental young adult novels of premature tragedy...In form, it is considerably more adventurous...'Good Grief' still registers throughout as an affecting study of the ambivalence of bereavement. And it is acted by a sensitive cast that finds the authentic emotion within even the most stylized scenes.”
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Watching the play is like flipping through TV channels, alighting on different shows, and being moved by each out-of-context scene...The physical aspects of Timpo’s staging are less strong...Luckily, despite this noir nonsense, the actors keep playing in a major key. Anyanwu’s point is that we can take pleasure and solace in memories, even when they’ve been brushed by pain. The designers may zero in on the grief, but the rest of the show keeps its focus on the good."
Robert Sholiton
Gotham Playgoer
ShowScore: 60
“It took me less than 30 seconds to take a dislike to the new play...Before the play begins, thick stage fog rolls over the audience...Bright lights...shine in people’s eyes...With all these distractions, this modest memory play about a young woman immobilized by grief almost gets lost in the shuffle...The acting is fine...Clearly, director Awoye Timpo is not someone who believes less is more. For me, the excesses of the production overwhelmed this slight play.”

“Good Grief” was also reviewed by Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review and Thom Geier of The Wrap.


The show was also reviewed by 18 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Disappointing

Susie 6156, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"Title says it all: a memory piece that is fluid & supple & honest. How we each deal with pain. Strong cast; Quinlan outstanding." 
Don't see it if…"Timeline may be confusing. Otherwise real & emotional appreciation/exploration on personal, accessible scale. If there’s a talkback, stay!"
Chenango, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You appreciate a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story that's staged with imagination and acted with honesty."
Don't see it if…"You want your plays quick, funny and forgettable."
Andrew 4, ShowScore: 90 
See it if… "Enjoy coming-of-age tales about children of immigrants dealing with belonging, first loves & first griefs & finding one's identity."
Don't see it if… "Don't like coming of age stories, stories about immigrant families from Africa, don't like bright flashing lights, non-linear tales."
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Good Grief
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