REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Love, Love, Love” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Oct 20, 2016
“Love, Love, Love,” written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Michael Mayer, opened on October 19, 2016 in New York City. “Love, Love, Love,” written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Michael Mayer, opened on October 19, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"This play rumbles with a sometimes too easy irony...And yet I have to admit I had a swell time at 'Love, Love, Love,' impeccably directed by Michael Mayer and featuring a nigh-perfect five-member ensemble...The greatest joy in 'Love, Love, Love' comes from the chance it affords its stars to conquer the aging process and to demonstrate how people change—or more to the point, remain themselves—over the years."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"Bartlett irreverently reveals human nature through the spectacle of perfectly awful characters getting away with everything. Some viewers might protest that his characters verge on caricature, but it is through the live combat of these artful stereotypes that generational drama becomes uproarious comedy. Certainly, it offers a particularly fun challenge to a creative team. Director Michael Mayer pushes the comedy to farcical proportions, especially in the riotous second act."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Although it may sound overly schematic in print, the psychocultural history mapped by 'Love, Love, Love' is filled with interesting detours and switchbacks, abundant humor and a refusal (mostly) to condemn baby boomers outright...Michael Mayer’s fine-tuned and nicely balanced production shows off five actors in top form...It’s a testament to Bartlett’s clever, incisive dialogue that such selfish, limited people should steal our hearts."

“Love, Love, Love” was also reviewed by Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jennifer Farrar of The Associated Press, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 122 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

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

To see or not to see, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"Interesting, thought-provoking play. It grows on you as you start thinking about it. Go see Zoe Kazan's performance."
Don't see it if…"Fake British accents annoy you. The lone Brit actor was spot-on, Zoe did a good job, the rest slipped in and out. Script needs improvement."
Emily T, ShowScore: 71 
See it if…"You are a fan of the cast. They are doing great work with the material given."
Don't see it if…"You aren't interested in family dramas or you don't like intermissions. There are two intermissions in this two-hour play!"
Kristin D 6144, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You're interested in a funny but also serious look at generational conflict, Boomers vs. Millennials." 
Don't see it if…"You are done with that conversation, or dislike dark comedy."

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