REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Oh, Hello on Broadway” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Oct 11, 2016
“Oh, Hello on Broadway,” written by and starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, opened on October 10, 2016 in New York City. “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” written by and starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, opened on October 10, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Stupendously entertaining...There are lots of bad puns on tuna and even more jokes that qualify as politically incorrect...Consider that as a trigger warning, if you must, but I find it hard to imagine anyone’s taking offense. That’s because, like most good theater, 'Oh, Hello' exhales the transporting joy of actors becoming someone else so completely and infectiously that on some level we become them as well and adopt whatever warped worldview they’re selling us."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 85
"Audiences will laugh uproariously at their clownish behavior...Under the direction of Alex Timbers, the jokes are sharper, the flow more efficient, and the design considerably more extravagant...Each performance features a different guest, giving Kroll and Mulaney an opportunity to improvise and riff—and they're often funnier doing that than when they're delivering scripted material...'Oh, Hello' turns out to be a bottomless well of funny."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 70
"Sloppy, silly, occasionally inspired...'Oh, Hello' might not be the show to win over new enthusiasts...There’s no defining theme to the show, and the humor is all over the map. The core component of their act is pure character comedy...Is the material of this show really that uneven, or is the production still evolving? With the duo’s improv skills and their packed houses, 'Oh, Hello' could develop into a production format that would be all its own—and genuinely original."

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” was also reviewed by Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Johnny Oleksinki of New York Post, Shani R. Friedman of Theatre is Easy, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Dave Quinn of WNBC, Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Linda Winer of Newsday, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Clever, Quirky

Marc 6152, ShowScore: 51
See it if…"You have nothing else to do, because 'Oh, Hello' is not funny and it's not even clear what it's trying to be." 
Don't see it if…"You expect comedy and humor from a performance billed to be funny. A confusing event occupying a Broadway house. Very odd."
Curious, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"You're a fan of Kroll, Mulaney, or both, or if you just want a fun character-driven comedy bit." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like either (or both) of their comedy styles."
Mary M 2, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want big, belly laughs. You want escapism. You just want to be entertained and have a fun night out." 
Don't see it if…"You want a drama. You want a plot. This is more stand-up comedy than theater. You dislike improv. You don't like off-color humor."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

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