REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Miss You Like Hell” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Apr 11, 2018
“Miss You Like Hell,” written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Lear deBessonet, opened on April 10, 2018 in New York City. “Miss You Like Hell,” written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Lear deBessonet, opened on April 10, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 64.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 60 
"As long as it sticks to the story of a mother-daughter relationship...it is a powerful example of what musicals do best: explore the unprotected border where individual needs and social issues intermix...Too often falls short of its own ambitions...Too much time is turned over to diversions apparently meant to be distracting or, worse, heartwarming...Rubin-Vega, with her rough charisma, and Jiménez, with her blue-sky voice, generally make you forget all that."

Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 55
"This timely show addresses such hot-button societal issues...But in an effort to be as entertaining as impactful, it does so in a cutesy, cloying manner that undercuts the important messages being imparted...Hudes' episodic book shifts wildly in tone, consistent only in its inconsistency and lack of credibility, while McKeown's pop-rock score features unmemorable ditties...The 10-person ensemble works hard to bring heart to the material, and they often succeed."
Frank Rizzo
Variety
ShowScore: 60
"An earnest show that too often gets stuck in a traffic jam of multiple themes, characters and storylines...Overstuffed with ideas and incidents that don't add up to a sweeping, satisfying whole...The human touches of the mother-daughter dynamic are the most appealing part of the show...Low-tech to a fault...However, McKeown makes an impressive stage debut with music that is eclectic and appealing, though the lyrics are too often an odd mix of fleeting grace and awkwardness." 

“Miss You Like Hell” was also reviewed by Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Finkle of New York Stage Review, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, and Raven Snook of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 56 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

Robert 7218, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You like a well staged play with good acting, good directing, and excellent lighting. The daughter very good as was mother. Good support cast."
Don't see it if…"You don't like musicals that end sadly. This gets a little political but thankfully not over the top."

Ashowgoer, ShowScore: 74 
See it if… "You want to see a diverse cast in a musical about current topics like immigration and the Latina experience."
Don't see it if… "You’ve been underwhelmed by Hudes’s previous work, or dislike smaller music-theater pieces (eg, 'Band’s Visit')."
Kendra 6325, ShowScore: 79 
See it if… "You want to see an exploration of a complex mother daughter relationship touching on issues of immigration, self-harm, intimacy set to music."
Don't see it if…"You want some that ties together neatly or has easy answers."

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