REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Teenage Dick” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Jun 21, 2018
“Teenage Dick,” written by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, opened on June 20, 2018 in New York City. “Teenage Dick,” written by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, opened on June 20, 2018 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
“Though the play lands somewhat uncomfortably in the gap between simulacrum and satire, it includes scenes that are moving, exciting and profoundly eye-opening for audiences just beginning to see disabled actors onstage...Whenever Lew’s update questions or complicates Shakespeare’s assumptions, it is riveting...When the play tries to shift gears into a high drama of violence and self-violence, it quickly overheats...Still, I found the play exhilarating.”
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Mozgala is a winner of a malcontent as the title character in 'Teenage Dick,' Lew’s sharp modern-day reinvention of Shakespeare’s 'Richard III'...Lew’s script is suffused with Shakespearean references, but you don’t need to brush up on 'Richard III' to get most of the jokes, which tend toward the raunchy. Director von Stuelpnagel is adept at toggling between humor and heartbreak, as is the impressively diverse six-member cast. Ultimately, however, Mozgala is the one who rules the stage."
Michael Sommers
New York Stage Review
ShowScore: 65
“A comical twist...Cleverly realized by its makers...For a goodly part of its 100 minutes, the play and snappy production are entertaining. Then abruptly and incongruously, everything slides down the drain into seriousness...No doubt the playwright intends to rock the audience with such a bitter ending, but coming out of nowhere as this conclusion does, the effect is more disconcerting than honestly dramatic...A cheerful little gloss on Shakespeare’s story that simply gets nasty."

“Teenage Dick” was also reviewed by Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), and Barbara Schuler of Newsday.


The show was also reviewed by 10 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

Dan 6319, ShowScore: 95
See it if… "If you like your theater fare to be equal parts funny, moving, and unexpected.
Don't see it if…"You don't like plays that make you think as you laugh."
Rena Plays, ShowScore: 90
See it if… "You appreciate updates of Shakespeare, in this case 'Richard III.'" 
Don't see it if…"High school settings set you off."
CAROL C 6124, ShowScore: 79
See it if… "You want to see a new twist on classic 'Richard III' - the more you know of the original the more you'll appreciate this version.
Don't see it if…"You aren't in the mood for a modern high school angst interpretation of the Shakespeare classic."

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