REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Linda” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Mar 1, 2017
“Linda,” written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Lynne Meadow, opened on February 28, 2017 in New York City. “Linda,” written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Lynne Meadow, opened on February 28, 2017 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
“‘Linda,’ directed with faltering intensity by Lynne Meadow, certainly doesn’t lack for gristly parts for actresses to chew and choke on…As the plot thickens to the point of clotting, you can’t accuse Ms. Skinner of not connecting the dots of either her themes or her story lines…But the cause-and-effect links are presented so baldly and explicitly, they might belong to one of Linda’s PowerPoint presentations.”
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
“A feisty feminist play…Well-cast and briskly directed by Lynne Meadow, the production is a bittersweet rallying cry for women who become invisible—and totally irrelevant—when they turn 50…The scribe is not only heartlessly funny, she’s also bluntly realistic, so it’s obvious that the moment of reckoning is coming for Linda...While the playwright’s second-act strategy for getting Linda’s mojo back is seriously flawed, the final scene is one fine piece of writing.”
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
“Penelope Skinner’s 'Linda' raises important questions with bracing rhetorical force, and Lynne Meadow’s MTC production has two huge assets: Walt Spangler’s stunner of a rotating set...and, especially, Dee’s superb turn as the title character, at once indomitable and vulnerable...Skinner pushes the story into ‘King Lear’ territory in the play’s second half, and the engineering is sometimes too obvious. But the play, flawed like Linda, demands to be seen.”

“Linda” was also reviewed by Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Roma Torre of NY1, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and David Gordon of Theatermania.


The show was also reviewed by 97 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

Beth S, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You are interested in looking at the roles women play in society; you are OK with plays full of unlikable characters; you like the author." 
Don't see it if…"You want a satisfying ending; you like fluffy or happy plays." 

Irene 6083 , ShowScore: 75 
See it if…"You have ever been in a position of being sidelined because of being a woman, or because you were of a 'certain age.'"
Don't see it if…"You are looking for light entertainment."
Frank 4, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"A new play about a woman's struggle in a man's world interests you. A strong lead character propels this play."
Don't see it if…"You feel you've heard this all before."

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