REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Antipodes” Opened with a ShowScore of 70

Show-Score | Apr 24, 2017
“The Antipodes,” written by Annie Baker and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on April 23, 2017 in New York City. “The Antipodes,” written by Annie Baker and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on April 23, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Annie Baker’s in-all-ways fabulous new play...Ms. Baker delivers a complete and confident narrative...As directed with a time-blurring seamlessness by Lila Neugebauer, and acted by a perfectly blended ensemble of nine, 'The Antipodes' leaves you glowing with a wondering satisfaction. I mean the happy satiety that comes from being in the hands of a real right-brain/left-brain author who channels her ineffable instincts with a master artisan’s practical skills."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"You’ve heard Hemingway’s blunt formula for writing: 'All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.' Annie Baker’s characters more or less follow that advice in 'The Antipodes,' her latest intensely vivid hypnotizing act disguised as a play...This hermetic premise—executed with gimlet-eyed flair by director Lila Neugebauer—gives Baker (and the audience) permission to view narrative in all its tangled, self-consuming oddness. The cast is a dream team of weird-play wranglers."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 55
"Despite its amusingly pungent dialogue and the expert performances, 'The Antipodes' ultimately feels as stifling as being trapped in a conference room during an interminable meeting. Neugebauer works hard to overcome the material’s inherently static nature...Baker’s writing proves provocative and insightful. But she seems to be straining too hard here for a significance that feels unearned. This play about storytelling might have benefited from having an actual story."

“The Antipodes” was also reviewed by Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Aaron Botwick of scribicide, and Joe McGovern of Entertainment Weekly.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 52 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 68.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

jerry 3, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You are a fan of Annie Baker. This is not her best. Look up 'antipodes' in the dictionary before and after attending. I hope it helps." 
Don't see it if…"Two hours of talking in circles is not your thing. This is not easy theater."
argonaut, ShowScore: 96
See it if…"Knockout great. Pointed and humane, experimental and virtuosic, risky and graceful. It has so much to say about this moment. Go in unspoiled." 
Don't see it if…"Some will find it off-putting. But it's great to see a play that puts you through a common experience while nudging you out of groupthink."
Rodash, ShowScore: 65
See it if…"You are a devoted Annie Baker fan who must see her newest work." 
Don't see it if…"You like a plot and character development, or if you have trouble sitting for two hours without an intermission." 

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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