REVIEW ROUNDUP: “In the Body of the World” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Feb 7, 2018
“In the Body of the World,” written by Eve Ensler and directed by Diane Paulus, opened on February  6, 2018 in New York City. “In the Body of the World,” written by Eve Ensler and directed by Diane Paulus, opened on February 6, 2018 in New York City.


19 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 55 
"This is grim stuff...Ensler laces her tales with humor, gallows or otherwise...The play's intensely autobiographical self-focus will come off as liberating or oversharing...Rather than using Ensler's illness to illuminate the world's, it too often borrows from the world's suffering in an effort to legitimize her own...Ensler's disease would have been compelling enough on its own...The play itself, though, still ails; like most one-person shows, it needed a second opinion."

Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 55
"A harrowing evening, alleviated by the writer-performer's frequent doses of mordant humor. Unfortunately, the evening also comes off as self-indulgent, lacking the thematic depth that would elevate it into something more than an account of personal suffering...The piece is more effective when it strains less for poeticism...At times, the piece feels like an extended therapy session...Would have been more effective as a simple lecture."
Hayley Levitt 
ShowScore: 75
"Ensler's acerbic humor is one thing you get a feel for during her solo piece...Aside from a quick wit, Ensler proves her talent for building subtle emotional dynamics that give us the opportunity to laugh, not in spite of empathy, but because of it...When her body is engaged with the story, so is her audience. She's a warm, charming, grounded narrator...Like a mirror image of her own life, the story is choppy and off-roads more often than it stays any particular course."

“In the Body of the World” was also reviewed by Lindsay Timmington of On Stage Blog, Carol Rocamora of Theater Pizzazz, Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Helen Shaw of Time Out New York, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Stanford Friedman of Front Row Center, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, and Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly.


The show was also reviewed by 58 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent

Roseanne 6261, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You're a fan of Eve Ensler's work, women's or social issues. This is a beautiful story of Eve's illness fight and current state of the world."
Don't see it if…"You are sensitive to stories about cancer, third world struggles, or don't like one women plays."
Brendon NYC, ShowScore: 92 
See it if…"You want to laugh, cry, and be moved. Masterfully written and performed. Captivated from start to finish. Eye opening and leaves you thinking."
Don't see it if…"You dislike solo shows." 
Jillbaila, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You want to be challenged to think and feel at the theater. This is a difficult show to watch at times but it is so relevant."
Don't see it if…"You can't deal with heavy themes including cancer, rape, and abuse.
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