REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Dec 13, 2016
“Othello (New York Theatre Workshop),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Sam Gold, opened on December 12, 2016 in New York City. “Othello (New York Theatre Workshop),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Sam Gold, opened on December 12, 2016 in New York City.


18 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"Oyelowo and Craig enter the ranks of first-rate classical stage actors. I’ve never seen an 'Othello' as convincingly inexorable as this one...What’s so thrilling about this 'Othello' is that everything that occurs is so irrevocably inevitable...It’s a no-exit theater of war, invisibly stage-managed by a military underling with an instinct for human frailties...This incandescent production makes it possible for us to speak with rare understanding of this Othello—and this Iago—as they are."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 40
"Gold's lethargic production never delivers...We leave the theater completely unfazed and emotionally untouched...At least Craig makes a memorably sociopathic Iago: He reaches out to each of us in his highly personal soliloquies, nearly winning us to his cause...Oyelowo seems to be in an entirely different production...No matter how loud he gets, our minds still wander, unable to focus on a performance that masks sloppiness in volume."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"Gold knows when to increase the volume on his contemporary touches and when simply to trust the words. This isn’t a radical re-interpretation of 'Othello' so much as a fresh coat of paint and a strong, clear reading, never forgetting our present moment...The acting throughout is vivid, muscular and great on the ear. Craig and Oyelowo are superb together, and they give the language heft and fire...Oyelowo is the most physically imposing, emotionally stricken Othello in memory."

“Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)” was also reviewed by Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Diane Snyder of The Telegraph (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.


The show was also reviewed by 32 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

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

shakes2000, ShowScore: 93
See it if…"You want to see a clever staging of the show, with some masterful performances." 
Don't see it if…"You do not enjoy an 'Othello' with a slow burn during the first half of the show."
Vince 2, ShowScore: 68 
See it if…"You want to see the pretty boys. You are big on strident declaiming. You are open to an interesting contemporary staging."
Don't see it if…"You valorize acting, which causes you to suspend disbelief. This makes the story clear, but seems all bluster and testosterone."
jane 6048, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You know 'Othello.' This is a very good, modern-dress version. Daniel Craig is sly, quiet and terrific. David Oyelowo could have been more subtle."
Don't see it if…"You like powerful emotions overplayed. I thought the seating would be worse than it was. Front row has enough leg room; other rows, I don't know."
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