REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Babylon Line” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Dec 6, 2016
“The Babylon Line,” written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Terry Kinney, opened on December  5, 2016 in New York City. “The Babylon Line,” written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Terry Kinney, opened on December 5, 2016 in New York City.


8 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 71.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 45
"Though it offers choice examples of the off-kilter lyricism that is Mr. Greenberg’s signature, 'The Babylon Line' feels like a gifted writer’s notebook, stuffed with beguiling phrases and ideas still waiting to cohere into a compelling shape...The students are embodied by a mouthwatering cast, directed a bit fuzzily by Terry Kinney...Meta meanderings are typical of 'The Babylon Line'...While the most far-fetched of these are entertaining, they never take on much urgency."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"Greenberg is clearly interested in endings, and he gives us a grand one in this thoughtful and sympathetic drama...Director Terry Kinney crafts potentially explosive moments with care and restraint, allowing the tension in the room to build slowly and surely until we are fully invested...Greenberg sacrifices the tragedy of the moment for the comedy of the long perspective — and we are grateful to him for it."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 65
"'The Babylon Line' is by Richard Greenberg; barbed repartee, shiny epigrams, and baroque arias of loss and longing all come with the territory...Director Terry Kinney steers a fine cast to a nice balance of whimsy and wistfulness...It’s the plotting and momentum of the second act in which things grow fuzzy and attenuated...The digressive wrapping up of narrative threads in the last 20 minutes unfolds less like compelling drama and more like dutiful housekeeping."

“The Babylon Line” was also reviewed by Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 38 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

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

Linda 22, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You are interested in suburban lives and who is taking night-school writing classes to pass the time; Josh Radnor is the teacher." 
Don't see it if…"You do not care about suburbia and their trivial problems; you have never ridden on the LIRR; stereotypes bother you." 
Bill 8, ShowScore: 30
See it if…"If you love seeing Julie Halston and Randy Graff on stage."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for a play that has any meaning. Mr. Greenberg plays with language but makes no point except to remind us he is clever."
Bruce B NYC, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like plays by Richard Greenberg. You love Randy Graff and Julie Halston." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like dramas written with little puzzle pieces you have to connect together. It takes concentration and work." 

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