REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Heisenberg” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Oct 14, 2016
The Broadway transfer of “Heisenberg,” written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, opened on October 13, 2016 in New York City. The Broadway transfer of “Heisenberg,” written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, opened on October 13, 2016 in New York City.


47 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 73.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"The sexiest couple on a New York stage just now...I groaned when I heard 'Heisenberg' was traveling to Broadway. I would never have predicted that it would seem even more vibrant and emotionally charged...The production’s creative team thwarts expectations at every turn...Mr. Stephens is an uncannily subtle dramatist who never wears his depths on the surface...He makes us see how conventional story lines fail to hold their shape when unspooled within the mess of human reality."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"If I understand the oblique title correctly, 'Heisenberg' is about how being with another person—being observed, at close range—can affect your direction...Mark Brokaw’s spare production seems even less imposing in the company's Broadway house, but that works to its advantage. Stephens’s carefully crafted 75-minute play has a sense of how little its characters matter to the universe. It makes that smallness feel liberating."
Hayley Levitt
ShowScore: 80
"In most narratives, the age difference alone would disqualify Georgie and Alex from potential romance. But Stephens plays by his own rules in this story...There's nothing to even vaguely suggest where we might be headed, but Parker and Arndt keep us deeply invested in each of their erratic movements...Stephens wraps the play in this metaphor of 'uncertainty'...He draws this parallel with a light enough hand that Georgie and Alex remain human beings and not mouthpieces for philosophical theory."

“Heisenberg” was also reviewed by John Clum of Theatre Reviews by John Clum, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Asya Danilova of On Stage Blog, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Vanasco of WNYC, Zachary Conner of Theatre is Easy, Tami Shaloum of Stage Buddy, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 132 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Quirky, Clever, Intelligent

TheaterBuff, ShowScore: 55
See it if…"You are a Mary-Louise Parker fan (I'm not). The play is flimsy, the premise unconvincing. Would a beautiful middle-aged woman pursue an older stranger?" 
Don't see it if…"You dislike seeing women as ditzy liars, which is supposed to be charming. Lonely people finding love is lovely, but this is unconvincing."
Mary, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see a story about the development of a relationship between two lonely people: a woman with mental health issues and an older man."
Don't see it if…"You don't like a two-person play with a meager set; the set consists of two tables and two chairs."
Christa 6089, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You are a Mary-Louise Parker fan. She is really great in this part."  
Don't see it if…"You are looking for a big production."

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