REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Meteor Shower” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Nov 30, 2017
“Meteor Shower,” written by Steve Martin and directed by Jerry Zaks, opened on November 29, 2017 in New York City. “Meteor Shower,” written by Steve Martin and directed by Jerry Zaks, opened on November 29, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 61.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65 
“Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs...But unless you’re Oscar Wilde, tiny wit bombs do not make a satisfying play…It would be more satisfying if Mr. Martin had found a way to maintain character integrity while developing his bigger ideas and also remaining funny...Mr. Zaks tries, turning out a production so bright and chipper you can hardly stop to worry about its contents. In the process, though, he sets the wrong tone — a sitcom tone, with everything but a laugh track.”
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 60
“A scattershot – and even scatterbrained – comedy of bad manners...The play’s shaky tonal shifts, pileup of non sequiturs and lurches from naturalism to absurdity render it strangely weightless...The actors, to their great credit, keep the mostly aimless proceedings at least watchable...Feels like a jumble of scenes, jokes and gags that haven’t been properly assembled into a cogent play. The laughs erupt, but there’s little aftereffect, as with meteors streaking across a blank sky.”
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 65
“Probably wouldn't be on Broadway without all the celebrities involved...Not only does it have a famous author, but it features a cast of four big names...Never pretends to be brilliant (and it's not), but it will make you laugh...It's like a Will Eno play, but funny. A lot of that has to do with the performances. Martin's humor is mildly amusing on the page, but hilarious onstage...An undercooked play, much of which feels like a live staging of Martin's ‘funny ideas’ notebook.”

“Meteor Shower” was also reviewed by Sandra Mardenfeld of Show Showdown, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Roma Torre of NY1, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Matt Windman of AM New York, and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 100 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

Suzanne 2, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see some excellent comedic acting and have an evening of laughs." 
Don't see it if…"You like straightforward plots and traditional comedy. It’s non-linear and absurd."

Member 71804914, ShowScore: 90 See it if…"You want to see a show that is really really funny with actors who do an amazing job with the material - it was truly hilarious!" 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a meaty show covering serious topics - this isn't that show."
Carol loves NYC, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like Saturday night live sketches after weekend update."
Don't see it if…"You don't have a sense of humor or don't want to pay for 90 minutes of a comedic and weird show."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



Read this next…