7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.Jesse Green
The New York Times
"The play restricts itself to being an atmospheric but insubstantial slice of dramatic life. In this staging, Kristolyn Lloyd gives a lovely, self-effacing performance as Pumpkin...In lieu of a plot, Morisseau presents us with a cast of full-bodied characters...The characters are a few players short of the swinging band this play needs. But under the confident direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the thesps have a good handle on their characters."
The Hollywood Reporter
"The thin storyline takes a back seat to the rich language on display; like many a jazz composition, 'Paradise Blue' doesn't cohere very well, but there are some dazzling solos...The play feels very much alive anyway, thanks to Morisseau's prodigious gifts for language and creating small moments that register with significant emotional impact...'Paradise Blue' may be an imperfect play, but it's receiving a nearly perfect production."
The show was also reviewed by 46 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Resonant
See it if…"You like powerful, detailed character-driven theater with extraordinary cast and great staging; explores a slice of a musician's life."
Don't see it if…"You don't like powerful, intimate theater, plays that are character driven and detailed, intense playwriting."
See it if…"You appreciate a well-crafted play that resonates to classic American theater by August Wilson and Tennessee Williams."
Don't see it if…"Familiar character types and situations will annoy you or classic theater pacing will bore you."
See it if…"You like gripping, naturalistic theater that works toward a transcendent climax."
Don't see it if…"You feel you can't relate to the struggles of 5 characters who live in a post-war Detroit neighborhood about to undergo enormous change."
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