10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.
The New York Times
“Eventful, often sweet but ultimately overwrought…Almost everything that happens after the disaster feels even falser than the onion…None of these changes have been justified in terms of character, only calamity. The story thus ends up shrinking…If there are stumbles along the way, there are also many felicities…The acting is terrific across the board, but you can probably sense the way Ms. Kennedy has overentangled her characters, like an anxious sailor making redundant knots."
“An earnest, somewhat boring slice of life…Then a shocking event closes the first act and completely changes everything…Injecting the play with a shot of adrenaline that carries it through to the end…This first-rate cast does its best with the sleepy, somewhat clichéd writing…If Edelstein's staging occasionally seems clunky...it is only because he is saving up his magic for the best part. That deus ex machina is really the most compelling reason to see the show. Seriously, it's incredible."
Time Out New York
“The prose is sometimes purple and the exposition is sometimes bald. Yet thanks to sensitive performances, Kennedy’s mechanics frequently work as designed, cranking up the stakes and delivering vivid emotional moments on cue…Kennedy is good at sensation scenes…The rest of the text is weaker, but director Gordon Edelstein is blessed with a cast that evokes authentic feeling. They dance us around in that old melodrama two-step: They cry, we cry, and we all feel a little better.”
The show was also reviewed by 116 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense
See it if…"You want to see brilliant performers working with a moving script in a powerful production."
Don't see it if…"You are prone to describing stories about women as 'precious.'"
See it if…"You like phenomenal acting, intriguing story lines with twists, and family dramas."
Don't see it if…"You dislike 'August: Osage County'-style family dramas, grounded in reality; dislike major shocks/unexpected turns."
See it if…"You like family dramas and are willing to give it some slack."
Don't see it if…"You don't like rooting for a show to succeed, only to be let down when it doesn't quite work."
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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.