REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Hundred Days” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Dec 5, 2017
“Hundred Days,” composed and written by The Bengsons, and directed by Anne Kauffman, opened on December  4, 2017 in New York City. “Hundred Days,” composed and written by The Bengsons, and directed by Anne Kauffman, opened on December 4, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

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

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A luminous musical memoir...Staged with resonant economy by the talented Kauffman, with sharp and subtle movement direction, 'Hundred Days' is cabaret as cri de coeur, and it is advisable to watch it with a handkerchief...The shift in focus from outside to inside clarifies and intensifies what was already an affecting piece...The Bengsons are stirring, and surprisingly witty, company. The Bengsons’s distinctive stage presence matches the story they tell."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 45
"Despite its rollicking indie rock- and folk-flavored score, it feels entirely like TMI...There's little dramatic tension derived from watching the couple making moony eyes at each other, and their profuse declarations of love become more than a little grating...All this is a shame, because their music proves consistently tuneful and engaging, even if the amplification often prevents the lyrics, so important to the storyline, from being fully understood."
David Gordon
Theatermania
ShowScore: 75
"More squarely concentrated on Abigail's journey now, which works because she is an extremely exciting performer. Her vocal work is overwhelming in informing the rawness of her character. With slightly less of an emphasis on Shaun's side of the journey, the story's arc as a whole feels not quite as well rounded as before...Kauffman and the Bengsons have created a universal story, recognizable to anyone who's ever loved and lost."

“Hundred Days” was also reviewed by Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and David Hurst of Talkin' Broadway.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 154 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Absorbing, Quirky


Betsy 5, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You like simple settings that enhance the storytelling. Lovely music and singing - all from the heart, reminding you that life is special." 
Don't see it if…"You want a lot of characters and a 'play'. This is more like a concert but one with great music."
Rachel 6234, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You like fun, folky music. The Bengsons are incredibly talented and fun to watch." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking for a play or traditional musical. 'Hundred Days' is very much a concert with some talking breaking up the songs."
Kate FC, ShowScore: 75 
See it if…"You like the idea of understanding the backstory of a folk punk relationship and the music it might inspire." 
Don't see it if…"You want traditional musical with dancing, changing sets, etc. This is basically in the style of a band's set."

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


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