REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Kingdom Come” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Nov 3, 2016
“Kingdom Come,” written by Jenny Rachel Weiner and directed by Kip Fagan, opened on November  2, 2016 in New York City. “Kingdom Come,” written by Jenny Rachel Weiner and directed by Kip Fagan, opened on November 2, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 56.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"A low-key but likable new comedy-drama...'Kingdom Come' often grows slack when we are listening in on the chats between 'Courtney' and 'Dom.' Like most such interactions, they are fairly banal...And Ms. Weiner and the director, Kip Fagan, cannot really surmount the naturally untheatrical nature of watching two people typing away at their computers...Both the play and its characters are livelier when they are having real human interactions...'Kingdom Come' ends on a moving note."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 35
"This internet-dating premise already seems dated—virtually any episode of MTV's 'Catfish' maps the same territory more entertainingly—and Weiner, a current playwriting student at Juilliard, doesn't take it in any surprising directions. Despite some perky comedy by Stephanie Styles as Layne's self-involved young coworker, it all feels pretty contrived, and as inert as Samantha in her bed."
Hayley Levitt
Theatermania
ShowScore: 45
"What the play does have the unique opportunity to offer, however, is three-dimensional characters who deeply feel the effects of both executing and being the victims of this kind of deceit. Weiner does achieve that task to a certain extent, but the play still begs more specificity from both Samantha and Layne...As the plot unfolds and no new details about the inner workings of our protagonists are revealed, not even Herlihy and Finn's palpable chemistry can keep us fully invested."

“Kingdom Come” was also reviewed by Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 48 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

Cara 6124, ShowScore: 81
See it if…"You've ever online dated—you'll commiserate with the awkwardness, loneliness, and search for self. Great cast." 
Don't see it if…"You've ever online dated—it might hit too close to home for those unlucky in love. And it brings to life some very real fears."
TheaterBuff, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You like a contemporary work about many hot topics. Obesity, internet dating, anxiety, loneliness, anonymity, technology dependence. Well-acted." 
Don't see it if…"You want realism. Many plot holes. Still, it's funny, clever, and charming. I didn't get bored; I enjoyed the performances. I like the black box."
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You find online dating humorous and strange; you are interested in how lonely people solve their issues; you enjoy male eye candy." 
Don't see it if…"You have no interest in the trials and tribulations of online dating; you don't enjoy intimate theater spaces and prefer showy big productions."

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