REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Latin History for Morons” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Mar 28, 2017
“Latin History for Morons,” written and performed by John Leguizamo and directed by Tony Taccone, opened on March 27, 2017 in New York City. “Latin History for Morons,” written and performed by John Leguizamo and directed by Tony Taccone, opened on March 27, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

23 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"It’s understandable if you mistake the chalky clouds in which Leguizamo moves throughout this harshly funny, surprisingly poignant one-man show for the smoke of firing synapses. Leguizamo is churning up hot waves of improbably connected ideas...As is also Mr. Leguizamo’s wont, he is translating thought into action worthy of an Iron Man competition...The show slyly poses sharp and timely questions of what culturally defines American identity and who has 'the right' to be here."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 70
"Often digressive and repetitive, the piece spews out information in a haphazard manner...Leguizamo doesn't blend humor and information as successfully as Colin Quinn...But he’s a far more dynamic comedic performer, using energetic body language and vocal inflections to make even his weaker material amusing. Leguizamo is such an engaging presence that he makes 'Latin History for Morons' enjoyable, although you may find yourself impatiently waiting for the classroom bell to sound."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 80
"A timely cultural and political critique, suggesting what could become a new direction for the talented performer...The family story is both funny and affecting and it gives something of a structure to the 90-minute piece...At its best, 'Latin History for Morons' lives up to the promise of its title...As if afraid to bore his audience, however, Leguizamo sprinkles the history with jokes. Some of them are smart...Some of them are dumb...Some are a missed opportunity."

“Latin History for Morons” was also reviewed by Raven Snook of Time Out New York, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Linda Winer of Newsday, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, and Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 70 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

StinkyLulu, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You want to experience a hilarious and poignant showcase of John Leguizamo demonstrating his mastery of his particular craft." 
Don't see it if…"You're not a Leguizamo fan; if you know lots about and/or have strong feelings about the historiography of Latinx Americas."
June R Ospa, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"If you like Leguizamo's style of humor. My husband and I do. And of course there's a lot of truth and honesty and heart in all he does." 
Don't see it if…"If you don't enjoy solo shows. But it would be worth it to see this one even if solo isn't your thing. It's quite engaging."
Donald 6082, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You are a fan of Leguizamo's. He is very funny, informative, engaging and a bit vulnerable here." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like stand-up comedy with an actual message."

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