REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Our Lady of 121st Street” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | May 21, 2018
“Our Lady of 121st Street,” written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Phylicia Rashad, opened on May 20, 2018 in New York City. “Our Lady of 121st Street,” written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Phylicia Rashad, opened on May 20, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

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

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"A raucous, rough-edged revival...The cast offers a very rich, primary-color rendition of a complicated group of people. But good as they are, they too often seem to cut corners rather than hug the curves of the play’s contours. Ms. Rashad’s staging, blurry and amorphous, is responsible for that. It is often difficult to tell where the action is taking place...Still, no contemporary playwright is better at the long game of setting up jokes, and making them pay unexpected philosophical dividends."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 90
"The flimsy plotline is less important than its procession of darkly hilarious scenes...This superb production, staged to perfection by Rashad, provides a master class in how it's done...The characters unveil their hopes, fears and disappointments in a series of confrontations that are frequently as moving as they are riotously funny...Makes a strong case for the playwright as one of our most essential theatrical voices."
Steven Suskin
New York Stage Review
ShowScore: 90
"Guirgis is a true and pure present-day poet. When an impeccable production of one of his plays comes your way, grasp it...What a joy is 'Our Lady'...The magic comes, in great part, from the playwright’s character skills...Guirgis seems never to have written a standardized character...The language soars, over and over again, as the playwright unravels his story with small scenes...This is a playwright to savor, and we can only look forward to wherever he chooses to take us next time."

“Our Lady of 121st Street” was also reviewed by Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, and Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 79 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing

Wendi Roy, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You want to see a well-written, unique play about gritty life and relationships."
Don't see it if…"You want something that looks at life through rose-colored glasses."
Judith 6282, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You enjoy a fast-paced play made of up of multi stories that more or less get resolved. Good writing and acting so you don't lose track." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like fragmented stories but want a unified narrative. Won't like the raunchy humor and talk that bounces from person to person."
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 93 
See it if…"You enjoy fabulously acted shows which entertain, make you laugh, and present you a slice of life with its ups and downs."
Don't see it if…"You don't like fragmented stories but want a unified narrative. Won't like the raunchy humor and talk that bounces from person to person."
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