REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Homos, or Everyone in America” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Nov 7, 2016
“Homos, or Everyone in America,” written by Jordan Seavey and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on November  6, 2016 in New York City. “Homos, or Everyone in America,” written by Jordan Seavey and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on November 6, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

3 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 87.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A daringly frank, funny and affecting new play...The zesty writing, which is often choppy and fragmented but always natural, is given an energizing boost by the superb performances...The play’s complex structure can be a little jarring at first...May make audiences with no taste for the detailed discussion of gay sex—or any sex, for that matter—uncomfortable...But set aside the bedroom talk...and the play is fundamentally about the problems inherent in any romantic relationship."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 90
"This fascinating and fearless new play brims with universally recognizable emotions, even if they are dressed up in very culturally specific drag...With an eye for nuance and an ear for urban vernacular, Seavey explores the dynamics of modern gay life...The proximity of exposition to climax allows for some rather cruel foreshadowing...Thanks to airtight staging by director Mike Donahue, the play keeps it up until the very end...Even if we get lost, we always find our way back."
Sandi Durell
Theater Pizzazz
ShowScore: 85
"Gay equality in America is not a new topic in theater, but it’s brought to new intensity by playwright Jordan Seavey...The writing is laden with much wry humor...Urie maintains his boyish engaging charm...De Jesús, an equally fine actor, raises our compassion quotient. The writing style is fast, furious and frantic; scenes moving back and forth in time, somewhat confusing. The director, Mike Donahue, uses the small space to its max, which heightens the impact."

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 14 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

John Francis, ShowScore: 72
See it if…"Robin De Jesús' wonderful performance and a script with some interesting, if not fully formed, ideas." 
Don't see it if…"The show is uneven, the writing only flirts with ideas and doesn't quite tackle them. The staging also leaves many scenes totally obstructed."
Lloyd 6047, ShowScore: 84
See it if…"Urie and De Jesús are in great form as an intellectual couple—lovey-dovey, fighting, jealous, caring. Interesting, dialogue-driven script." 
Don't see it if…"Not interested in gay relationships at the start of the social-media age. Unusual performance space on narrow floor weaves between audience on risers." 
Gil K, ShowScore: 76
See it if…"Interesting story/writing. Urie is a natural, gifted actor. Funny, moving and thought-provoking." 
Don't see it if…"You don't care for gay themes. Uneven acting or writing. Staging tried to be clever but missed." 

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