REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Harry Clarke” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Nov 22, 2017
“Harry Clarke,” written by David Cale and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on November 12, 2017 in New York City. “Harry Clarke,” written by David Cale and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on November 12, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85
“Crudup appears to be having the time of his life in a sly role terrifically suited to his gifts...One of the best things about the play is that for a long time it leaves us bamboozled into believing...Crudup has a natural sense of drama that needs no underlining. His vulpine charm makes it impossible not to like him, even as he grows alarming...The production, directed by Silverman, is just as masterly, playing quietly on the theme of making much out of little.”

Zachary Stewart 
Theatermania 
ShowScore: 80 
“Cale's ‘Harry Clarke’ feels a lot like a story we've heard before. Somewhat derivative, this solo play is nevertheless an undeniably entertaining meditation on identity and deception...Crudup is particularly convincing in both sexual and dialectical malleability, deftly juggling multiple accents...Silverman's unobtrusive staging puts its faith in Crudup and Cale's writing to hold the audience rapt, which turns out to be the right bet.”
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 65
“The charismatic, handsome actor exudes sex appeal, making his character's seductive talents fully credible. Crudup also delivers a tour-de-force performance; effortlessly delineating his multiple characters, switching accents at the drop of a hat and even singing...Unfortunately, his protean efforts are on behalf of a shaggy-dog story that, while it has its entertaining moments and wittily amusing observations, doesn't add up to very much...Crudup nonetheless makes it worthwhile.”

“Harry Clarke” was also reviewed by David Hurst of Talkin' Broadway, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, and Helen Shaw of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 58 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

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

MAUREEN H 6154, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You like Billy Crudup, who is excellent in portraying many characters with different accents, gender, age etc. Riveting!" 
Don't see it if…"You don't like one-man shows. I was thoroughly engaged and involved in the story."
Eleanor 2, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"A superb solo performance of character(s) is thrilling for you; Crudup captures the complexity of this love him/hate him man spot on."
Don't see it if…"You don't like one actor performances or want all the strings tied up neatly at the end of the drama."

Marilyn 22, ShowScore: 88 
See it if…"You appreciate brilliant acting and an entertaining picaresque tale."
Don't see it if…"You don't like one man shows or plays in which sex is a main ingredient. You want something a bit deeper."

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