18 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.
The New York Times
“A thrilling, devastating and, yes, deeply unreliable look at recovery...The staging gives the illusion that something dynamic and new is happening...But I kept waiting for something bigger than fine stagecraft — and even Gough’s ingenious performance — to kick in...However valuable and accurate 'People, Places' is as a portrait of the addict’s nightmare, the play really wants to weigh in on a more fundamental issue about addiction and responsibility. And on this note it seems to waffle."
“A superbly astute theater piece...Herrin's invigorating production is unlike anything we've ever seen in terms of sheer creativity...When it seems like Macmillan’s about to take a dramatically easy route, he doesn't hesitate to throw an 11th-hour wrench into the works...This play is written with a complex understanding of real life...Gough's full-on performance is almost hard to watch at times because of this starkly authentic physical and emotional nakedness.”
New York Theater
“Gough’s is not the only extraordinary performance...All ten cast members do a spot-on job, and director Herrin puts them and the design team to great use, with some inventive moments of stagecraft that are downright thrilling...Some will see ‘People, Places’ with a running time of about two hours and a half hours, as overlong and repetitive. But I found it worth the wait for the penultimate scene...It was also one of the most moving scenes I’ve experienced this season.”
“People, Places, & Things” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 10 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 88.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Must see
See it if…"You want to see a masterful actor in her prime, a very talented ensemble, and inventive, engaging staging."
Don't see it if…"You don't like flashing lights, fast cuts, addiction as a topic."
See it if…"You are a fan of the National Theatre and enjoy a cutting edgy production that’s engaging and full of raw emotion. D. Gough is unstoppable."
Don't see it if…"You find avant-garde theatre confusing. And if the topic of addiction and self destruction upsets you."
See it if…"You want a truthful afternoon of wonderfully created and developed drama that gives voice to a character commonly deemed as disgraceful."
Don't see it if…"You are sensitive to blood/bright flashes of light or are uncomfortable with topics on drug reliance, broken families, and rehabilitation."
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