REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Hangmen” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Feb 6, 2018
“Hangmen,” written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Matthew Dunster, opened on February  5, 2018 in New York City. “Hangmen,” written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Matthew Dunster, opened on February 5, 2018 in New York City.


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

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Criminally enjoyable...And aren’t we happy that Mr. McDonagh, who of late has mostly been otherwise engaged with movies, has reclaimed his mantle as the great deceiver of contemporary theater?...Directed with gleaming precision and grinning relish by Matthew Dunster...A happy-creepy reminder that Mr. McDonagh can still work his double-edged, sinister magic on a stage, making breathless, alarmed, and deeply satisfied dupes of us all."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 85
"Under the fastidious direction of Matthew Dunster, the ensemble work is slickly well-oiled in the best tradition of barroom plays...Despite the howling laughter earned at the expense of these northern bumpkins and their semi-literate discourse, there’s a black storm cloud behind McDonagh’s surface wit...It’s a treat to watch these antagonists, played with excruciating edginess by Addy and Flynn, circling one another with murder in their eyes."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Fans of the Irish-English auteur will be reminded of the qualities that make his work pop. Nasty humor twines with sadism...Rather than pushing that potential into new territory, he falls into comfy conventions that he winks at, but which also function as excuses for a thin and implausible story. Dunster’s production adds to the sense of artifice, with lurching shifts of mood-lighting and a physical space that works directly against the attempted comic suspense of the play’s denouement."

“Hangmen” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater News Online, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Matt Windman of AM New York, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, and Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny

Linda 22, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You like Martin McDonagh’s dark comedies, full of twists and turns with fabulous characters. Totally engrossing and masterfully played."
Don't see it if…"You do not like dark humor and cannot understand heavy Northern accents from a very British cast."
Ellis Bell, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You like wonderful intelligent storytelling building to surprising climax. Vaguely menacing characters with naturalistic dialogue. Witty."
Don't see it if…"You have hard time discerning Yorkshire accents. Not lighthearted or fluffy. But humor punches through pathos."
Joe 5, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You love Martin McDonagh's quirky style of writing, like '3 Billboards,' in a tale about the last English hangman's life after hanging is ended."
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy the writing style of the author and are bothered by somewhat violent and crazy happenings."

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