REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Oslo” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Apr 14, 2017
The Broadway transfer of “Oslo,” written by J.T. Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on April 13, 2017 in New York City. The Broadway transfer of “Oslo,” written by J.T. Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on April 13, 2017 in New York City.


45 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 83.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"This rich drama of quixotic politics fills to the bursting point its capacious new home...'Oslo' has now become the colossus it was always meant to be, while giving an even sharper focus to the urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart...A marvel of both expository efficiency and exciting showmanship...'Oslo' features a vast cast of characters...Yet somehow, by the end, this production’s vital ensemble makes you feel you have come to know every single one of them."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"Gripping and insightful theater that is bound to make even the most die-hard partisans in the seemingly never-ending conflict between Israel and Palestine reevaluate everything they think they know...Director Bartlett Sher brings an austere touch to this production that keeps the show flying along at a cinematic clip...While the negotiation scenes are nail-biting, Rogers, Sher, and the cast create a genuine sense of camaraderie."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"A testament to the potential value of diplomacy, cooperation, mutual recognition of opponents’ humanity and—contra the now-trending WikiLeaks ethos—backroom secrecy...Distinguished ensemble cast...Nearly three hours long, the play demands attentiveness and works hard to achieve it. In its bittersweet final swell of hopefulness and humanity, it rewards one of our most endangered virtues, in theater as well as in politics: patience."

“Oslo” was also reviewed by Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Patrick Maley of, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Elysa Gardner of Entertainment Weekly, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Matt Windman of AM New York.


The show was also reviewed by 271 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

Lori 629934, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You're a fan of great theater and/or you're interested in the process leading to the Oslo Peace Accords." 
Don't see it if…"You have no interest in the subject."
JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 81
See it if…"You enjoy a well-done drama documenting a true, controversial moment in history. Detailed and enlightening, maybe longer than necessary." 
Don't see it if…"You're not interested in history plays. This one is very well-done but it does go on for three hours. Lots of detail to get through."
Nicole A, ShowScore: 71
See it if…"You have a genuine interest in the topic. Without a preexisting interest, it is really hard to get absorbed or invested in the play."
Don't see it if…"If you want a fast-paced, attention-holding play. It's a really long play and if you aren't that into the topic it can get really slow."

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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.