REVIEW ROUNDUP: “People, Places, & Things” Opened with a ShowScore of 86

Show-Score | Oct 26, 2017
“People, Places, & Things,” written by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Jeremy Herrin, opened on October 25, 2017 in New York City. “People, Places, & Things,” written by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Jeremy Herrin, opened on October 25, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

18 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 80 
“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."
David Gordon
Theatermania
ShowScore: 95
“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.”
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 85
“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.

MEMBER REVIEWS

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

Jeanmarie, ShowScore: 100
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."
Er S, ShowScore: 90
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."
Chazz P, ShowScore: 95
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."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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