REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Paradiso: Chapter 1” Opened with a ShowScore of 69

Show-Score | Jul 26, 2016

“Paradiso: Chapter 1”, written and directed by Michael Counts, opened on July 24, 2016 in New York City. “Paradiso: Chapter 1”, written and directed by Michael Counts, opened on July 24, 2016 in New York City.


Three critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 69.

Neil Genzlinger
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80
“An audience-participation experience that is part puzzle, part performance, part technological razzle-dazzle. What you get out of it will depend on what you put into it, and perhaps on whom you bring along...Mr. Counts has staged some extravaganzas in the past, but here he keeps things restrained, using a relatively small cast of actors. They’re all entertaining; the technological effects are pretty good; and surprises await those who can think quickly enough to find them.”
Joy Notoma
Front Row Center
ShowScore: 50
“I couldn’t help but wonder if they’re aiming too high. After all, the website calls it ‘the next level of the escape room drama, part immersive theater, part escape room, part existential experience.’ If that’s not a tall order, I don’t know what is. Just one of those things would have been plenty. But it seems like all we got was a clumsy stumble through of an overly ambitious undertaking, nothing more than a shallow mash-up of these exciting new genres.”
James Mattick
ShowScore: 70
“From the set props to the actors’ costumes, not forgetting to mention the gory and incredible moment of SFX makeup, ‘Paradiso’ is an aesthetic triumph. On the other hand, the puzzles and riddles that the experience is comprised of are mixed in quality...Ultimately, the experience of ‘Paradiso’ hinges on the group dynamic...With a group that doesn’t quite click, there is the possibility of leaving without a smile. Although it needs some fine-tuning, it is still a decent evening’s entertainment.”

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