REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Kings” Opened with a ShowScore of 71

Show-Score | Feb 21, 2018
“Kings,” written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Thomas Kail, opened on February 20, 2018 in New York City. “Kings,” written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Thomas Kail, opened on February 20, 2018 in New York City.


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

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 60 
"Whenever it focuses on Sydney...'Kings' is entertaining and informative, if not surprising theatrically...Her story — the only one you care about — basically dribbles away after the debate...A plot in search of an emotion. Kate and Lauren...are improbable exaggerations, caricatures with no human shading. This makes for powerful oppositions and playable scenes but little investment...The gravity of the subject and the sitcom zing of the style make an uncomfortable combo."

Zachary Stewart

ShowScore: 70
"An exciting but messy world premiere...Kail leads the cast to performances that elucidate the script's wonkery...While the physical production underwhelms, Kail and his cast excel in crafting characters and relationship that feel genuine...Even as Burgess excoriates America's blinkered Brahmin class...she makes their rigged game seem quite understandable...Not just an exposé of Washington corruption, but a meditation on the myths we all tell ourselves so we can go to sleep at night."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 40
“A timely, relevant topic that well deserves to be examined, but this play does so in a manner that's more pedantic than compelling…Burgess is so intent on getting her messages across that she fails to provide much depth to the characters and situations...Dramatic revelations are continually given short-shrift…The direction by Kail proves more distracting than necessary…The theatrical busy-ness only serves to highlight the insubstantiality of the drama it's intended to enhance.”

“Kings” was also reviewed by Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, David Canfield of Entertainment Weekly, Martha Wade Steketee of The Clyde Fitch Report, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News.


The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

June R Ospa, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"If like political shows that bring the issues of today to the stage and shine a light on what's going on." 
Don't see it if…"You want lighthearted entertainment. This one makes you think and may add to the bummer days we are already experiencing."
Thank You Five, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You may want a peek into how the wheels are greased in DC." 
Don't see it if…"Politics does not interest you; you want something with action or bells-and-whistles."

Joseph 2, ShowScore: 70 
See it if…"You like well-acted political plays with good dialogue even when they cover overly-familiar territory."
Don't see it if…"You want sharp insight and a fresh perspective."

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