REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Saint Joan” Opened with a ShowScore of 70

Show-Score | Apr 26, 2018
“Saint Joan (Broadway)”, written by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Daniel Sullivan opened on April 25, 2018 in New York City. “Saint Joan (Broadway)”, written by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Daniel Sullivan opened on April 25, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

19 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65 
"Although it’s a relief to experience a phlegmatic instead of a violent Joan, it’s also a perplexity because the choice robs her of psychology. A hero and genius she may be, but somehow also inert...Still, when the play reaches its tragic sixth scene all that withholding pays off...If the production as a whole made up for the diminished dramatics with ample attention to its intellectual grandeur, it might even have seemed bracingly modern. Instead it just seems modest."
Charles Isherwood 
Broadway News 
ShowScore: 60 
"It’s hard not to feel grateful for a chance to see a first-class production of 'Saint Joan.' Unfortunately, a dutiful gratefulness is about all the enthusiasm it’s possible to muster for the handsome and well-acted but stolid production...An excellent cast led by the absolutely radiant Rashad...Rashad is surrounded by a sterling cast of skilled stage actors...The debates are extended to inordinate length through eloquent but sometimes swampy verbiage. The play often sags under the weight of words."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Shaw’s urbane determination to give every man his say shifts the play’s focus from its central girl for long stretches of prolix philosophical and legal badinage; Daniel Sullivan’s baggy, plainly designed revival is nearly three hours long and feels it, right up to Shaw’s quirky and deflating coda. Despite a capable cast...'Saint Joan' doesn’t rise to meet the contemporary energy of youthful protest with which it coincides. It flickers with intelligence but doesn’t burn."

“Saint Joan (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Michael Appler of Fordham Observer, Greg Evans of Deadline, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Christian Lewis of Medium, Roma Torre of NY1, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 121 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 71.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great staging

EmilyT, ShowScore: 61
See it if…"You are interested in a different telling of this story. The trial scene in Act 2 is the clear highlight, but getting there is a struggle."
Don't see it if…"You can't sit through a very long, very dense play that constantly changes tones, especially once you get to that epilogue."
BonnieO, ShowScore: 78
See it if… "George Bernard Shaw, historical plays, and/or St Joan interest you. You like Condola Rashad. She's at her most powerful. You like to be swept away by words." 
Don't see it if…"You can't sit through a long show filled with lots of dialogue no matter how interesting & clever. You like more interesting sets."
Scott Finkelstein, ShowScore: 84 
See it if…"You enjoy an historical period piece with some great acting, even if it is a bit talky and long. Still an interesting night at the theatre." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like longish plays with a lot of dialog, if you are looking for pure escapism or you dislike historical period pieces."

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