17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.
The New York Times
"A heartbreaker for anyone human...The play, under Kauffman’s ideally detailed direction, is not out to answer any questions. In that sense 'Mary Jane,' with its ordinary name, is a character study, an Everywoman story..But 'Mary Jane' is nevertheless a very big drama, even if its conflicts are almost never between people. They are instead between Mary Jane and her unspoken ideas about life—that is, God. To me, this makes 'Mary Jane' the most profound and harrowing of Herzog’s many fine plays."
"Amy Herzog’s devastating new work...is must-see theater for anyone with a heart...Mary Jane is a person of many parts–and Coon respects and relates to them all...The beauty of the character and the wonder of Coon’s performance is that, through it all, Mary Jane succeeds in maintaining her upbeat nature, her life-affirming optimism, her wonderful sense of humor. Believe it or not, this play is full of laughs. They just happen to be on the morbid side."
Time Out New York
"There are no villains here, only people doing their best under sometimes crushing circumstances. All are rendered in lovely detail by Herzog and the five women of the cast, directed by Anne Kauffman with characteristic attention to the importance of offhand nuance...Herzog shows the strain of Mary Jane’s situation—layered with beautiful reserve by Coon—but she also succeeds in dramatizing kindness, attentiveness, honesty, connection."
The show was also reviewed by 90 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing
See it if…"You welcome a thought-provoking drama about a difficult topic played by good actors with a good script. Humor and edginess balance despair."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for high-voltage entertainment. These are very ordinary people in extraordinary and awful situations. Or if you need happy."
See it if…"You want to see five understated masters of their craft onstage together. Also, if you like to empathize and ask yourself, 'What would I do?'"
Don't see it if…"You need a break from family and situational dramas, particularly ones without a neat or clear ending. This piece carries emotional weight."
See it if…"You're looking for a mature, funny, absorbing drama about a somewhat dark subject. Reminds me of 'Rabbit Hole' in a great way."
Don't see it if…"Though the humor and writing skill cuts through the bleakness, people seeking to avoid the subject of sick kids, etc. should steer clear."
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