REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Boys in the Band” Opened with a ShowScore of 88

Show-Score | Jun 1, 2018
“The Boys in the Band," written by Matt Crowley and directed by Joe Mantello, opened on May 31, 2018 in New York City. “The Boys in the Band," written by Matt Crowley and directed by Joe Mantello, opened on May 31, 2018 in New York City.


29 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"A starry but disconnected revival...I wish I could report that this charismatic and capable team transported me vividly and uncompromisingly into the dark ages of homosexual life in these United States, and that I shuddered and sobbed in sympathy. But...the show left me largely impatient and unmoved...There is one superlative performance, however, that provides the show with its most genuinely moving moments. That comes from Mr. de Jesús."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 90
"Certainly director Joe Mantello’s smashing production of Crowley’s dark comedy sustains a savage humor from start to finish. More surprising, perhaps, is that the actors, under Mantello’s exquisite direction, probe the tender spots in Crowley’s time capsule of a play with a sensitivity that resonates even now...Mantello and his expert cast manage to make us see past the outmoded tropes to the wellsprings of truth from which they emerged."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"Director Joe Mantello excels at illuminating the subtle group dynamics of a party, in which stolen glances and stealthy exits are as significant as the dialogue. He doesn't neglect Crowley's language, though, which sounds as crisp as ever in the mouths of this excellent cast...'The Boys in the Band' finds its greatest resonance in its shrewd depiction of less spectacular dysfunction."

“The Boys in the Band” was also reviewed by Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Roma Torre of NY1, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Christopher Kelly of, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Scott Harrah of StageZine, Greg Evans of Deadline, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, and Jonathan Warman of Drama Queen NYC.


The show was also reviewed by 134 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 89.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

Malkie K, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You are a fan of ANY of the star-studded cast. If the history of the gay-rights struggle is interesting to you."
Don't see it if…"If you want to see a current commentary of gay culture portrayed on stage. Though still poignant, this play feels its age." 
Dan Loves Theatre, ShowScore: 98 
See it if…"You want to see an absolute masterpiece. The cast is perfect in every way. This piece is so important and although dated is still beautiful."
Don't see it if…"You are not prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster. This play makes you feel what these men went through everyday."
JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 96
See it if…"You have an interest in seeing what gay life was like in 1968 NYC. A near flawless revival. Expertly directed and acted. Stunning set and lights."
Don't see it if…"You can’t handle the heat. This is not a pretty party. This shows us the worst sides of who we were/are. Amazing clarity can burn."

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