REVIEW ROUNDUP: “She Stoops to Conquer (TACT)” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Oct 17, 2016
“She Stoops to Conquer (TACT),” written by Oliver Goldsmith and directed by Scott Alan Evans, opened on October 16, 2016 in New York City. “She Stoops to Conquer (TACT),” written by Oliver Goldsmith and directed by Scott Alan Evans, opened on October 16, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Pete Hempstead
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"The jokes and one-liners in Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer,' a flagrantly silly comedy about love and mistaken identity, still hit the mark...Though it slouches for a few scenes in the beginning, the Actors Company Theatre production rights itself in the end and delivers some good old-fashioned hilarity. Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer' still packs a comical wallop, and the Actors Company Theatre proves it—no mistake about that."
David Finkle
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 40
"Yes, 'She Stoop to Conquer' deals in romantic silliness that Goldsmith gives the sort of oomph that requires inspired directing and playing to realize its full potential. That's exactly what fails to occur here. Though the actors strive mightily, that may be the problem: too much effortful thesping. But it's not their fault. Their unrewarding toil is a consequence of Evans's direction."
Samuel L. Leiter
Theater Pizzazz
ShowScore: 65
"The self-conscious antics are further heightened by the increasingly tired, Brechtian convention of having the cast remain visible on the sides as they wait to make their entrances. This isn’t the wisest of choices for a play whose plot may strain credulity but is kept alive by the warm-heartedness of its characters, in each of whom the audience must believe. Only now and then does anyone seem flesh and blood."

“She Stoops to Conquer (TACT)” was also reviewed by Charles Wright of CurtainUp, Jon Sobel of BlogCritics.org, and Chloe Edmonson of Off Off Online.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 48 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

Roger 6083, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You like period pieces, costumes, mix-ups, and convoluted plots. Funny. Excellent acting. TACT always has good productions. Goldsmith is important." 
Don't see it if…"You have a hard time with the English cadence of the 1600s. Kinda like Shakespeare (but not). Not for everyone although well done."
Richard 6212, ShowScore: 83
See it if…"Charming revival of Goldsmith's seldom seen Restoration comedy. Impeccable acting from the TACT ensemble." 
Don't see it if…"Farcical situations and broad comedy don't entertain you; you have trouble with multiple plot lines."
Mick San, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see Goldsmith's comedy performed by a fantastic cast, want to see a good show, or you want to laugh. Truly enjoyed it." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like a show of comedy, are expecting an elaborate set, or don't like the cast moving around the theatre."

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