REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Latin History for Morons” Opened with a ShowScore of 81

Show-Score | Nov 16, 2017
“Latin History for Morons,” written by John Leguizamo and directed by Tony Taccone, opened on November 15, 2017 in New York City. “Latin History for Morons,” written by John Leguizamo and directed by Tony Taccone, opened on November 15, 2017 in New York City.


49 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 70 
“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.”

Zachary Stewart

ShowScore: 80
“Class is in session...Our professor is the ever-animated Leguizamo, who jubilantly lectures, provokes, and amuses...We spend 100 minutes laughing at his antics... Leguizamo presents a show that is refreshingly un-PC. No tribe escapes Leguizamo's gleeful mockery...As thrilling as it was to behold him up-close, he seems more at home on Broadway...It never feels like too much...Sadly, we don't actually learn much about pre-Columbian America...There is still a lot of digging to do."
Steven Suskin
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 85
“Leguizamo is back, as smart, provocative and bracing as ever. And wise...He attempts to explicate 'Latin History for Morons'. The main moron being addressed, in this dazzling comedic-analytic-philosophic evening of laughter, appears to be Leguizamo himself...He effortlessly channels dozens of disparate characters...The actor still has the moves, and he doesn’t mind livening up the tempo now and then...The man knows his audience, and his Latin lesson is a treat.”

“Latin History for Morons” was also reviewed by Edward Medina of, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Roma Torre of NY1, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Canfield of Entertainment Weekly, and Barbara Schuler of Newsday.


The show was also reviewed by 206 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

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

BroadwayJay, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"If you are looking for a funny play with purpose and a message. John Leguizamo is a master of comedy and timing. A refreshing show for the times."
Don't see it if…"You are not into one-man shows or do not want to be challenged politically."
Betty 609052, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You like one man performances that are funny and purposeful; you want to see a father's heartfelt attempts to mentor his son."
Don't see it if…"You might feel lost with some of the references you won't understand and the bits of Spanish here and there if you don't understand Spanish."
Brett Mann, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"Leguizamo's comedy floats your boat. Have never enjoyed him or his one-man shows until this performance. Highly recommended, latino or not."
Don't see it if…"You're expecting just another stand-up routine. It's thoughtful & very well-written. History is revisited; you may even learn something new."

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