REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Lobby Hero” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Mar 27, 2018
“Lobby Hero,” written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on March 26, 2018 in New York City. “Lobby Hero,” written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on March 26, 2018 in New York City.


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

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"The combined wit and non-wisdom of these fallible (i.e. human) beings offers a fascinating reflection on those shaky internal compasses we call moral instincts. As to the ethical quandaries and quagmires in which these people are mired, they feel even more pointedly and sadly relevant than they did when 'Lobby Hero' was first performed...The performances here all so grounded that you never doubt their characters’ authenticity or sincerity."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"Under the sturdy direction of Trip Cullman, this is a strong inaugural production for Second Stage Theater at its new Broadway home...Even the ethically ironclad will find their moral clarity muddied by Lonergan's thoughtful human drama. 'Lobby Hero' is an unlikely candidate for a Broadway run, but this excellent revival makes a strong argument for its presence."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
"The play looks both kindly and critically upon the kind of characters Lonergan loves to write: working-class stiffs, generally decent people who are unexpectedly challenged by issues of ethics...Helmer Trip Cullman does his best work with small, tight ensembles like this one, so there’s no slack in the emotional tension and no escape from the sticky web that even nice people get tangled up in when they tell lies – especially the lies they tell themselves."

“Lobby Hero” was also reviewed by Boris Kachka of New York Magazine / Vulture, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Matt Windman of AM New York, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly.


The show was also reviewed by 158 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

Tony S 3, ShowScore: 84
See it if…"You enjoy great writing interpreted by some excellent actors. Michael Cera is outstanding in his role as the lobby security guard." 
Don't see it if…"You have long legs that don't fit into tight spaces. The newly renovated Hayes has some of the tightest spaces between rows. Crunch up!"
Thank You Five, ShowScore: 81 
See it if…"To go on a real journey with well-drawn characters. It's a talky play, but the plot elicited gasps from the audience more than once.
Don't see it if…"You want something flashy, with costume changes and set changes. You won't get that here."
JAMES L 6154, ShowScore: 93 
See it if…"You like any of the actors or playwright, or if you like comedy mixed with social commentary, that is seamless. The story is timely."
Don't see it if…"You don’t like 'talky' shows. It’s 4 actors talking, without much action. But what talking! And what acting! Great character development."

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