19 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.Jesse Green
The New York Times
The Hollywood Reporter
"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."
"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
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."
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."
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."
Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.