REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Straight White Men (Broadway)” Opened with a ShowScore of 71

Show-Score | Jul 24, 2018
“Straight White Men,” written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, opened on July 23, 2018 in New York City. “Straight White Men,” written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, opened on July 23, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 75.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80 
"Under Ms. Lee’s direction at the Public, the play was shaggier and, paradoxically, more coherent; something about this knotty material, with its complex point of view and shifting tonalities, benefits from a crude attack. In the current production, I missed the brutality of the final confrontations, which now seem to pass in a haze of tough love. That said, 'Straight White Men' is still an exceedingly odd — and thus welcome — presence on Broadway. It remains undeniably powerful."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 85
"Together the actors illuminate the play with a combination of boisterousness and humor that still leaves room for the sadness simmering underneath...The play unfolds naturalistically, within a new device that feels unnecessary...'Straight White Men,' a smart, funny and affecting play that reaffirms Lee’s status as one of the most important playwrights working today, questions traditional notions of what a successful life might mean."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"'Straight White Men' isn't as class-blind as I initially thought. Rather, it is a hard look at the underlying assumptions of the American upper-middle class that disproportionately makes up Broadway audiences...If viewers really watch and listen, even the queerest, brownest, and femalest audience members might find they have more in common with straight white men than they would care to admit."

“Straight White Men (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Nick Maslow of Entertainment Weekly, Greg Evans of Deadline, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Roma Torre of NY1, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Matt Windman of AM New York, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, David Cote of The Observer, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 117 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 70.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

Alegra, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You are into contemporary straight plays like 'The Humans.' A richly detailed play with humor and darkness. Beautifully acted."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a logical or coherent ending. A profound show that makes some interesting points but comes off too abstract in the end."
Xenofira, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see a beautifully written play about how 3 brothers who are affected by white privilege." 
Don't see it if… "You're not interested in straight white men in modern America, gender diversity, family drama."
Mandy222, ShowScore: 77
See it if… "You want to support diverse and inclusive voices on Broadway, you want more theatres to try experimental work like this." 
Don't see it if…"You are easily offended by language or loud noises, gender diversity, or want something classic and straightforward."

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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