REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sell/Buy/Date” Opened with a ShowScore of 81

Show-Score | Oct 19, 2016
“Sell/Buy/Date,” written by Sarah Jones and directed by Carolyn Cantor, opened on October 18, 2016 in New York City. “Sell/Buy/Date,” written by Sarah Jones and directed by Carolyn Cantor, opened on October 18, 2016 in New York City.


8 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Jones seems to slip into the soul of another person with the casual ease that most of us use to slide into a pair of flip-flops...Although the play’s subject matter is ostensibly dark, there is a lot of unexpected humor...Indeed, if 'Sell/Buy/Date' has a flaw, it is perhaps that the show is almost too entertaining, too slight, for the harsh subject underlying it...I do wish that she had delved a little deeper, and allowed the darkness of the details to come through with more grit."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"Her performances go beyond convincing mimicry to get at something every genuine theater artist strives to achieve: profound empathy...Director Carolyn Cantor has smartly opted for simplicity, allowing the production to speed along at a breezy 85 minutes while Jones does what she does best...Beyond policy considerations, Sarah Jones is making a special kind of theatrical magic in 'Sell/Buy/Date' by taking a difficult issue and putting multiple human faces on it."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
"Even as the show expands, darkening the content and making the subjects more pitiable, Jones never entirely loses that cutting humor...Each character that Jones inhabits gives her a hook on which to hang some damning fact about contemporary sexual mores...If the show does get a bit preachy at the end, it helps to remember that Jones is a political activist...The theater community has previously awarded her with a Tony, and now, as always, our sincere admiration and undivided attention."

“Sell/Buy/Date” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 41 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

Andrew 4, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You enjoyed 'Bridge & Tunnel,' like to see a major talent create a variety of characters, enjoy sharp social commentary about the future of sex work." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like one-person shows, can't sympathize with the plight of sex workers or take a joke about it, don't like shows resembling stand-up."
Kitty 6292, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You are wary of one-person shows but willing to give Sarah Jones a chance." 
Don't see it if…"You don't have a clue about modern media."
Robert 5, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see a fantastic actor morph into different characters and make it look effortless." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't interested in sex workers and those who employ them. If you loved Sarah Jones in 'Bridge & Tunnel,' you may be a bit disappointed this time around."

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