REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Orange Julius” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Jan 23, 2017
“Orange Julius,” written by Basil Kreimendahl and directed by Dustin Wills, opened on January 22, 2017 in New York City. “Orange Julius,” written by Basil Kreimendahl and directed by Dustin Wills, opened on January 22, 2017 in New York City.


4 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 75.

Laura Collins-Hughes
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"Directed with ambition and uncertainty by Dustin Wills, it’s a muddled play that tries to tell too much...Nut is — like the playwright, and like the terrific Mr. Barbagallo — transgender. That is not the play’s central topic, but it is inextricable nonetheless as the action shifts between past and present...'Orange Julius' is interesting principally for its perspective, though Mr. Barbagallo and Mr. Payne are lovely together, and Mary Testa gives an appealingly down-to-earth performance."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 75
"Barbagallo is an affable and engaging narrator, which is a good thing because much of the story is delivered through direct address to the audience. Unfortunately, some passages get the balance between show and tell wrong...Luckily, this flaw in the script is mostly assuaged by Wills' illuminating and efficient staging...Despite the playwright's inability to fully embrace the form of playwriting, Kreimendahl delivers a sensitive and moving portrait of Julius and his family."
Suzanna Bowling
Times Square Chronicles
ShowScore: 80
"A quietly powerful piece that gets under your skin...The entire cast gives solid support to Mr. Barbagallo, who takes over the stage and makes us pay attention to detail. It is a powerful performance. Director Dustin Wills keeps our attention and Kreimendahl’s writing is strong with a much needed hint of wit. I do wish we knew more about Nut's substance-abuse issue...I also wanted to know more about a brother, who is spoken of in passing as if he is a footnote."

“Orange Julius” was also reviewed by Charles Wright of CurtainUp.


The show was also reviewed by 8 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing, Overrated, Absorbing

Alice 6297, ShowScore: 79 
See it if…"You're interested in the Vietnam War, psychological, trauma, Agent Orange, and the damage to vets and their families with notes on parent/child relationships." 
Don't see it if…"You dislike plays related to war, aren't in the mood for a serious play about mental and physical breakdown, or a transgender child and his father." 
TheaterBuff, ShowScore: 45 
See it if…"You can tolerate a bad script to see some solid acting. Garage door is well used. Some impressive special effects." 
Don't see it if…"You have no patience for an unintelligible mess. What was this play about? Hot topics without insight. Vietnam portions were especially cryptic."
Patrick 10, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like family dramas and a new twist on the Vietnam vet's return home. Masterfully staged on a beautiful set." 
Don't see it if…"New plays and playwrights try your patience."

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