REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Pipeline” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Jul 11, 2017
“Pipeline,” written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, opened on July 10, 2017 in New York City. “Pipeline,” written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, opened on July 10, 2017 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"Lacks the driving coherence of Morisseau’s earlier work. But it confirms her reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence. She bravely dives into the muddled shadows of social issues often presented in cold statistics and cleanly drawn graphs...'Pipeline' is more confused in its depiction of its characters’ confusions, and not every scene is equally resonant or convincing...Where the production excels is in portraying the bleak fatalism in which its characters appear to be steeped."
Hayley Levitt
ShowScore: 75
"Thorny debates within complex social structures are never lacking in Morisseau's work...The only pitfall is that the characters in 'Pipeline' take a backseat to the ideas they're there to present, giving the impression that we're hearing the voice of the playwright rather than her characters. However, it's hard to wish any of her monologues away— each one its own work of poetry...Blain-Cruz and her creative team lean into the lyricism of Morisseau's writing, even as plot starts to sputter."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 55
"Feels more like a sociology thesis than a play...The show has little dramatic urgency...While there are some powerful moments, 'Pipeline' overall fails to come to life...Morisseau seems to be reaching for a profundity that 'Pipeline' never attains. The stylistically awkward drama works best in its quieter, smaller moments...The ensemble delivers first-rate performances. But their efforts are not enough for 'Pipeline' to smack of little more than well-intentioned seriousness."

“Pipeline” was also reviewed by Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), and Robert Hofler of The Wrap.


The show was also reviewed by 63 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

Buzzy, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You read Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me;' this play is a dramatization of some his messages and it is just as insightful." 
Don't see it if…"You are not ready to have your assumptions challenged or ready to fully appreciate that everyone does not experience the world the same way."
Brendon NYC, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You want to see great performances in a well-polished production." 
Don't see it if…"Themes regarding race do not interest you."
Alex G, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You're interested in how race, gender and parenting play into our education system. Plus there's great performance by Karen Pittman." 
Don't see it if…"You're expecting a deep meditation or analysis of said topics."

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