REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Oct 31, 2016
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Josie Rourke, opened on October 30, 2016 in New York City. “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Josie Rourke, opened on October 30, 2016 in New York City.


34 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 63.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 40
"Ms. McTeer and Mr. Schreiber come across as magnificent bulls who have strayed into a Limoges china shop...Directed by Josie Rourke, this latest 'Liaisons' falls into the trap of such broadness early and lies there, gesticulating madly, for more than two and a half hours. Occasionally something like real feeling raises its startled head — especially in the second act, when Valmont falls in love despite himself. But such twinges of emotion are more disruptive than illuminating."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 65
"Only intermittently compelling...With a bold design concept and acidly cynical staging, director Josie Rourke convincingly argues that this is the perfect time for a play about the twilight gavotte of a rotten aristocracy. It leaves us wishing that the cast could keep up with the tempo...In bringing so many artfully executed ideas to the design, Rourke has unfortunately neglected some of the basics that make this drama endurable. The performances range from stilted to hypernaturalistic."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Ghostly and sensuous revival of Christopher Hampton’s hit play (based on the 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)...Schreiber’s impassive libertine pairs nicely with McTeer’s vengeful, wicked widow. Director Josie Rourke opts for a languid pace as these two dance a minuet of wasted love and cruelty, a game in which death is the prize and the winner feels cheated."

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” was also reviewed by Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Matt Wolf of The Telegraph (UK), Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.


The show was also reviewed by 54 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Clever, Intelligent

Sophia C, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You like any of the lead actors. Funny, but very slow." 
Don't see it if…"You want something upbeat that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Excruciatingly slow at sometimes, too much fluff."
tapeworthy, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You want to see a great performance by Janet McTeer."  
Don't see it if…"A play about sex and revenge that isn't quite as sexy and raunchy as it thinks it is. At times falls flat, despite its best efforts."  
Sallie917, ShowScore: 68
See it if…"You love the actors, that is the only reason I can think of to see this play." 
Don't see it if…"You thought the movie was awesome. You'll be disappointed by the show. The characters in the play are not as evil and scheming as in the movie."

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