REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Miles for Mary” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Jan 23, 2018
“Miles for Mary,” written by The Mad Ones and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on January 22, 2018 in New York City. “Miles for Mary,” written by The Mad Ones and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on January 22, 2018 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Passive aggression, as a sly and infuriating art, has surely never been practiced as entertainingly...Both a happy product of and a ruthless portrait of the collaborative process. It also turns out to present a most ingenious acting challenge, in which rage and resentment may be expressed only indirectly...This production slides from surface comedy into an unexpected realm of emotional substance, where laughter increasingly comes with a catch in its throat."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"The hottest comedy in New York this winter. Anyone who has ever suffered through a staff meeting will immediately recognize the passive-aggression and petty slights that dot this 110-minute howler...The troupe benefits from the leadership of Lila Neugebauer, the most skilled director of ensembles working in New York today. The complexity that she and the company bring to every moment makes this rather bland high school office a treat to behold."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 80
"Spot-on, deadpan funny look at a year’s worth of planning committee meetings for a local telethon at an Ohio high school...It’s clear that the Mad Ones collaborate better than the half dozen members of the planning committee...'Miles for Mary' might ignite memories among theatergoers who have ever worked for volunteer organizations. It could even provoke recollections of their high school years, and the realization that their teachers and coaches must have been human beings."

“Miles for Mary” was also reviewed by Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Paulanne Simmons of CurtainUp, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles.


The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Absorbing

Mama Rose, ShowScore: 82 
See it if…"You want to see great ensemble of characters that are right on the money. Had its charm in the characters. Many archetypes I've met. Funny."
Don't see it if…"You don't want a comic reflection of those long winded, nothing happens meetings, where everyone is well intentioned, but ineffectual."
JAMES L 6154, ShowScore: 69 
See it if…"You’ve ever been on a decision by committee, planned events by group, appreciate satire, or REALLY don’t need a fast paced show."
Don't see it if…"You need action, don’t like wordy shows, expect a lot to happen, or need your themes spelled out clearly for you. They lost me early on."
moonchange, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You love great acting, great writing and a show that sneaks up on you (in a good way) in terms of everything it has to say."
Don't see it if…"You can't handle a slow burn. It ends up being super satisfying but if you're impatient, they'll lose you before they get there."

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