REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Tell Hector I Miss Him” Opened with a ShowScore of 71

Show-Score | Jan 24, 2017
“Tell Hector I Miss Him,” written by Paola Lázaro and directed by David Mendizábal, opened on January 23, 2017 in New York City. “Tell Hector I Miss Him,” written by Paola Lázaro and directed by David Mendizábal, opened on January 23, 2017 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 68.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"While it is populated by some sharply drawn characters dangling eccentricities and pathologies, and features some passages of biting humor, this darkish comedy-drama lacks focus and narrative drive...It comes to feel like a few short plays spliced together to form a full-length one, a collage that lacks an overarching design...Still, under the sympathetic direction of David Mendizábal, the ample cast brings defining individuality to their characters."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 75
"With a beautifully lyrical but unwieldy style, Lázaro explores an entire community...She impressively captures the essence of her subjects through raw and honest dialogue. Unfortunately, she opens so many doors in the first act that it proves difficult to close them all in a satisfying way in the second...Whatever Lázaro lacks in finesse, she more than makes up for by crafting believably round and dynamic characters...A sophisticated, brutally honest take from a promising young playwright."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 85
"There are lots of vivid characters and plentiful subplots in this colorful San Juan underworld — enough to keep director Mendizábal’s excellent ensemble on their toes and dancing like mad...Lázaro writes characters who live and breathe on their own...Individually and collectively, the inhabitants of this community are no cliched caricatures but characters with multi-layered dimensions. The idiomatic dialogue Lazaro puts into their mouths is as realistically filthy as it is fluent."

“Tell Hector I Miss Him” was also reviewed by Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Raven Snook of Time Out New York, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene.


The show was also reviewed by 11 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent

Vince 2, ShowScore: 60
See it if…"You don't mind that every character and every situation is exaggerated to keep us interested, resulting in the opposite." 
Don't see it if…"You value your evenings. Perhaps Lázaro will learn from this and we can go see her next play."
Brett G, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You want a dramedy with multiple story lines, a fine cast, and an interesting look at life in Puerto Rico." 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy profanity, want every story thread to have a clean ending."
Tim 6156, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You like theatre that explores worlds and stories that we may not hear about everyday, but still need to be told."
Don't see it if…"You don't like plays that are told through a series of vignettes, or don't want to see something that will linger with you afterwards."

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