REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Napoli, Brooklyn” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Jun 28, 2017
“Napoli, Brooklyn,” written by Meghan Kennedy and directed by Gordon Edelstein, opened on June 27, 2017 in New York City. “Napoli, Brooklyn,” written by Meghan Kennedy and directed by Gordon Edelstein, opened on June 27, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60 
“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."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 75
“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."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 65
“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.”
“Napoli, Brooklyn” was also reviewed by Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Carol Rocamora of Theater Pizzazz, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

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

Eli 7062, ShowScore: 95
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.'"
Morgan F, ShowScore: 88
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."
michael 6068, ShowScore: 65 
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."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


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