REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Indecent” Opened with a ShowScore of 85

Show-Score | Apr 19, 2017
“Indecent,” written by Paula Vogel and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on Broadway on April 18, 2017 in New York City. “Indecent,” written by Paula Vogel and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on Broadway on April 18, 2017 in New York City.


68 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 82.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"'Indecent' arrives on Broadway as one of the season’s most respectable—and respectful—plays...It is virtuous, sturdily assembled, informative and brimming with good faith...Yet the ardor that must have informed the writing and early performances of 'Vengeance' only occasionally blazes forth in 'Indecent'...For all its resourceful stagecraft, 'Indecent' can be deflatingly earnest in its dialogue and timeline exposition...There is little room for the subversive pull of conflicting subtext."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
"A riveting backstage drama...Thanks to Taichman’s impressionistic direction and David Dorfman’s stylized choreography, a troupe of long-slumbering Yiddish actors rise from the ashes and stiffly come to life to play their parts in this drama...We already know the outcome of their professional arguments. But such is the tension of the production, you want to stand up and warn this brave little troupe to catch that ship before it sails."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 95
"I was deeply moved by the play when it was at the Vineyard Theatre last year. On Broadway, with the same wonderful ensemble cast, it fills a much larger space without losing its essential intimacy. The script is Vogel’s, the staging Taichman’s, but the two are so lovingly intertwined as to be almost inseparable...Rich in sympathy and humor...An elegant tribute to things that vanish in the blink of a historical eye, 'Indecent' is a memorial that feels like a blessing."

“Indecent” was also reviewed by Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Dave Quinn of WNBC, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Michael Glitz of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Elysa Gardner of Entertainment Weekly, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Scott Harrah of StageZine, Christopher Kelly of, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Linda Winer of Newsday, Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Pete Hempstead of Theatermania.


The show was also reviewed by 300 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 86.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

Jenna the Musical, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You're interested in seeing a show that is more relevant now than ever to the arts and our political climate. Intense and thought-provoking." 
Don't see it if…"You're not in the mood for a heavy play that requires you to think, or if you're not interested in a rarely mentioned historical story."
PeterPeterTheatreEater, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You're interested in art and the fascinating legacies it can leave behind."
Don't see it if…"You're at all sleepy; this is a dark, quiet show that is very layered and moves rather slowly. If you aren't full of caffeine you may nap."
DEClarke85, ShowScore: 100
See it if…"You want to be treated to a master class in the sublime. This show is powerfully written, masterfully performed, and soul-stirring perfection." 
Don't see it if…"You hate thinking at the theater, don't like plays that challenge the audience, are offended by lesbian themes, or hate historical dramas."

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