REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Pass Over” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Jun 19, 2018
“Pass Over (Lincoln Center)”, written by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Danya Taymor opened on June 18, 2018 in New York City. “Pass Over (Lincoln Center)”, written by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Danya Taymor opened on June 18, 2018 in New York City.


5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Despite its grim relevance, 'Pass Over' creates a vivid world of injustice while riffing on earlier ones...This is daring dramaturgy, requiring the utmost in tonal control to keep it from tipping into righteous bathos. Danya Taymor’s thrillingly tense LCT3 production mostly succeeds. Technically, it is ideal...Within this prison, Ms. Nwandu has been careful to particularize and humanize her main characters so that the tragedy is not just theoretical or surreal."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 80
"The work proves a powerfully imaginative drama that will shake up audiences, instantly tagging the playwright as a significant new voice...'Pass Over' is more effective thematically than as drama. The dialogue at times feels aimless and repetitive...The narrative lurches confusingly, and some of the symbolism and its meanings prove elusive. But there's no denying that the work packs a powerful punch, one that's fully realized in this production, superbly staged by Danya Taymor."
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"An intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken...Taymor keeps the pace popping, so the moments when everything stops hit hard...She elicits heart-rending performances from Hill and Smallwood...and Ebert is careful that his symbolic characters don’t slip into cliché...Although much of its repartee is quite funny, 'Pass Over' is a tough show. It’s intended to challenge and cause discomfort, and a lot is left to interpretation."

“Pass Over” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap and Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 31 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

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

Kitty 6292, ShowScore: 91
See it if… "You like an absorbing drama about today’s racial issues with no easy answers, evoking Cain and Abel, Of Mice and Men, Little Red Riding Hood." 
Don't see it if…"You can’t deal with racial conflict."
Kim G City, ShowScore: 93 
See it if… "You want a show that symbolically speaks the truth of what it's like for young black men who are truly stuck. Run, don't walk to this show.
Don't see it if…"You don't like shows that deal with society's ugliness and shines a light on tough racial issues. This is art that reflects now. Right. now."
Theatre Reviews, ShowScore: 87
See it if… "You want to see a small play that is surprising and unexpectedly profound. It is short and the time flew by. Relevant examination of race.
Don't see it if…"You can’t tolerate excessive profanity including frequent n-word and many other crude expletives. You want to see something light and frivolous."

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