REVIEW ROUNDUP: “I Was Most Alive with You” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Sep 25, 2018
“I Was Most Alive with You,” written by Craig Lucas and directed by Tyne Rafael,i opened on September 24, 2018 in New York City. “I Was Most Alive with You,” written by Craig Lucas and directed by Tyne Rafael,i opened on September 24, 2018 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 80 
"Chaotic yet profound...Aside from the beauty of the signing actors’ delivery, they provide, even for a hearing audience, a channel of information that sometimes feels deeper and more direct than the spoken one. Supertitles provide yet another. But it’s a lot of information to process, and the play’s fracturing of time does not make it any easier...It has always been Mr. Lucas’s gift to reveal the awfulness behind things that look charming and to make that awfulness compelling."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"A sensitive synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern sensibilities...The result is a drama that is about as messy as real life, but infinitely more interesting to watch. Director Tyne Rafaeli's sleekly staged production reels us in and keeps us hooked...A shadow cast of actors signs the script from a mezzanine...Dennison has choreographed this interplay with impressive synchronization...The beating heart is Harvard, who gives one of the most electric performances of the year."
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 45
"The playwright deluges the audience with so much relentless misery that we come to feel as victimized as old Job. Although the drama has admirable qualities, 'I Was Most Alive With You' is a trial to endure...It's an awful lot to pile into a single evening, and the playwright doesn't manage to finesse it into palatable form...It's a shame, because the production is elegantly staged...and superbly acted by an ensemble of hearing and deaf actors."

“I Was Most Alive with You” was also reviewed by Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, and Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour.


The show was also reviewed by 106 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

RubinBenedict , ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You like dark plays with moments of humor, you're interested in deaf, gay, mental health, or family issues, you think ASL is beautiful."
Don't see it if…"You are triggered by graphic depiction of self-harm, you prefer lighthearted shows, you are generally very sensitive to dark themes."

TheatreRatShowScore: 83 
See it if… "New plays about contemporary issues and the Deaf community interest you. R. Harvard is outstanding. Fully integrated ASL!
Don't see it if…"ASL distracts you. Lucas stuffs too many topics into play w/o going deep enough into any. Best moments are when the play goes deepest."
Marvin 2, ShowScore: 79 
See it if…"You enjoy well written and performed plays about the human condition and real world problems of a family."
Don't see it if…"Excessive problems experienced by one family seems overwhelming or impossible to you."

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