REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Of Human Bondage” Opened with a ShowScore of 86

Show-Score | Jul 7, 2017
“Of Human Bondage,” written by Vern Thiessen and directed by Albert Schultz, opened on July  6, 2017 in New York City. “Of Human Bondage,” written by Vern Thiessen and directed by Albert Schultz, opened on July 6, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

15 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.

Ken Jaworowski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
“Beautiful and bittersweet…Mr. Prest balances his darkly fascinating character’s mania with an underlying sense of goodness…Stuart Hughes and Sarah Wilson excel in the choicest supporting roles…At its best — and in this show, that’s often — ‘Of Human Bondage’ also manages to ask a few questions about art and ambition. But at its core, Maugham’s story is a call for compassion for ourselves, and a plea for forgiveness for the mistakes of our youth…An exceptionally empathetic production.”
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"It is wise of director Schultz to take a stylized approach to Thiessen’s dramatic adaptation...Although there are only 12 people in the cast, they embody many more characters than that, simply by changing their accents...Yet their performances are grounded firmly in reality, so the play remains emotionally engaging...Despite its necessary compression, this account of 'Of Human Bondage' does justice to one of the most intense she’s-just-not-that-into-you sagas ever written."
Howard Miller
Talkin' Broadway
ShowScore: 95
"Thiessen's adaptation of 'Of Human Bondage' may accentuate the melodramatic nature of the plot, but the acting, directing, and the production itself make for a positively exhilarating theatrical experience and a stellar entry to the Soulpepper on 42nd festival...Under Albert Schultz's direction, the cast as a whole is nigh unto perfect, operating as a tight-knit ensemble that brings to mind the glory days of the epic Dickensian productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company.”

“Of Human Bondage” was also reviewed by Beatrice Williams-Rude of Theater Pizzazz and Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 77 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 86.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

Theatre Reviews, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see a creatively staged adaptation with great acting and use of sound. You're interested in stories about human connections."
Don't see it if…"You find classic literature stories dated—not much negative to say about the production, but maybe the actual story isn't to your taste."
Rodash, ShowScore: 84
See it if…"You want to see an intelligent, creatively staged, well-acted adaptation of a popular novel."  
Don't see it if…"You don't like adaptations, or if you become impatient with characters who repeat the same mistakes over and over." 
CAROL H 612680, ShowScore: 91
See it if…"Finally Maugham's classic novel is brought to life with a play so creative and engrossing that 2 1/2-plus hours flies away pleasurably."
Don't see it if…"You prefer lowbrow entertainment or want a lavish musical."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


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