REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Happy Days (TFANA)” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | May 5, 2017
“Happy Days (TFANA),” written by Samuel Beckett and directed by James Bundy, opened on May  4, 2017 in New York City. “Happy Days (TFANA),” written by Samuel Beckett and directed by James Bundy, opened on May 4, 2017 in New York City.


5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Pete Hempstead
ShowScore: 85
"Dianne Wiest is now re-creating her marvelous performance, full of humor and pathos...Director James Bundy lets Beckett's frequent stage pauses play themselves out, sometimes for a tad too long. Still, Wiest's humorous and poignant Winnie is one for the ages...It's the somber tone of this production that distinguishes it...Despite their infrequent interaction, Wiest and Conroy succeed in creating endearing chemistry onstage in marvelous moments of theater magic."
David Finkle
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 90
"Wiest comes out with flying colors...Much of the enormous challenge a performer faces is Winnie’s undeterred rambling. Holding interest has to be difficult, but it turns out to be a piece of cake for Wiest...I’ll go so far as to say that Wiest’s act two is the best interpretation of the heartily harrowing role I’ve ever witnessed. Wiest conveys the ravages of time superbly as well as disturbingly—in a play about nothing if not Beckett’s insistence that time gets us all in the lonely end."
Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80
"Life is terrible and yet, as played with ineffable gentleness by Wiest, whose alto flute of a voice has never seemed so gay and vulnerable, Winnie is no whiner...She finds laughs not only in the words but also in the gaps between...Great performances don’t on their own make definitive revivals. It’s not that there is anything notably wrong with Bundy’s dutiful staging...To the extent the production supports and frames Wiest so she can excel, it need not be better than it is. But it could be."


The show was also reviewed by 16 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Profound, Slow, Great writing, Intelligent

Martha H 6138, ShowScore: 82 
See it if…"You love words expressively spoken with color and timbre. You don't mind a long, deliberately redundant act sprinkled with humor."
Don't see it if…"You want a nice, neat package without unanswerable questions. You need movement. You hate Beckett."
Natalie 3, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You like Samuel Beckett plays. Dianne Wiest is really great in this one. She basically does a two-hour monologue and keeps you interested."
Don't see it if…"You don't like Beckett and are looking for more action in your plays."
Brett G, ShowScore: 65
See it if…"You want to see Dianne Wiest; she's the only reason to see this show. If you like Beckett, you'll like it. It is tedious—she speaks incessantly."
Don't see it if…"You don't like absurdist theater."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.

Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.