REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Man From Nebraska” Opened with a ShowScore of 72

Show-Score | Feb 16, 2017
“Man From Nebraska,” written by Tracy Letts and directed by David Cromer, opened on February 15, 2017 in New York City. “Man From Nebraska,” written by Tracy Letts and directed by David Cromer, opened on February 15, 2017 in New York City.


13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 68.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Though its words are well chosen and artfully placed, Tracy Letts’s 'Man From Nebraska' has a radiant respect for what cannot be said...An uncommonly gentle and compassionate work, which anatomizes characters and situations so classic that they are often dismissed as clichés...Very much of what happens in this production’s ephemeral pools of light feels uncannily like life itself, unaccommodating and bewildering, utterly familiar and gloriously inexplicable."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"A sensitive look at the limited time we have on earth and how that time is governed by the constant struggle between obligation and desire...Birney encases Ken in a cordial falseness, so that we are never quite certain that he means what he says, a trait that has fascinating implications for the end of the play...A combination of Letts' astute writing and Birney's sympathetic performance never allows us to completely discount his feelings, mired in privilege though they may be."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Letts can do grotesque and emotionally raw, but here he reins in his darkest dramatic impulses. The writing builds up a humane character study, but it rarely raises the room temperature...At its core, the play—handsomely staged by Cromer and scrupulously acted by a fine ensemble—is about choosing a path in life versus accepting what sociology hands you. That’s a perfectly juicy theme, but Letts makes it less a shocking journey to enlightenment than a dutiful stroll round the block."

“Man From Nebraska” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Feldberg of, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 54 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing

moonchange, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You're interested in a fascinating, incisive and unusual exploration of faith."
Don't see it if…"You're looking for something that will put you in a good mood. It's really thought-provoking and, as far as I'm concerned, pretty bleak."
Izagma, ShowScore: 72
See it if…"You enjoy existential stories about religion, relationships and lifestyle." 
Don't see it if…"You want a fast-paced traditional story and characters who are easy to predict and understand."
Buzzy, ShowScore: 55
See it if…"You want to see a Middle American man in a midlife crisis with little revealed about the nature of that crisis or its outcome." 
Don't see it if…"You expect a play that provides insight into religious belief or efforts to change your lifestyle—the main topics raised are unexplored."

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