REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Mary Page Marlowe” Opened with a ShowScore of 77

Show-Score | Jul 13, 2018
“Mary Page Marlowe,” written by Tracy Letts and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on July 12, 2018 in New York City. “Mary Page Marlowe,” written by Tracy Letts and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on July 12, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

16 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Jesse Green 
New York Times
ShowScore: 80
"Gripping...Some of those moments flirt with inconsequence or facile symbolism...Another confidently expressive staging by Neugebauer, makes it coolly legible...On-the-nose moments...sometimes left me feeling that “Mary Page Marlowe,” however gorgeously acted, might not be hiding much of anything in the switchbacks of its distorted chronology. But with patience, and some unscrambling to restore the story’s natural order in your head, you may find a few powerful American themes arising."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 70
"Engrossing, if needlessly grandiose...Neugebauer impressively binds the six Mary Pages together in spiritual unity, with mannerisms and attitudes carrying through the performances...While Neugebauer finds some beautiful opportunities for the different Mary Pages to cross paths during the scene transitions, these echoes in time don't feel especially resonant ...Good enough for a summer evening at the theater, but not as extraordinary as it could be."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 85
"Director Lila Neugebauer, who brilliantly grasped the big theatrical gestures in 'The Wolves' at Lincoln Center, is just as scrupulous about defining small but definitive moments...The episodic structure is as integral to the play as its content. It’s up to us to fill in the blanks, because this is how life is lived, in little fits and starts that we later recall and either re-live in our minds or decide to forget."

“Mary Page Marlowe” was also reviewed by Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, David Cote of The Observer, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Jessica Derschowitz of Entertainment Weekly, and Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 76 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

Joey Franko, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You like shows that present themselves as a mosaic. You can’t see it clearly till you’ve seen the whole thing and stepped back a bit.
Don't see it if…"You want a clear straightforward play or plot or story line. It all comes together eventually...sort of. You’re left to put a lot together."
Scott Finkelstein, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"you enjoy great writing, great acting and a magnificent cast in an almost vignette style of story telling. A non-linear look at one life.
Don't see it if…"you don't like good drama told in a unique and innovative style or you have no interest in the personal journey of one woman."
Brendon NYC, ShowScore: 82 
See it if…"You're interested in stories that span a lifetime. The acting is excellent, and I liked the direction and the format of how the story is told.
Don't see it if…"You are expecting to see lots of stage time from specific actors. Everyone is fantastic but they only have about 2 scenes each."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


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