REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Children” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Dec 13, 2017
“The Children,” written by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by James Macdonald, opened on December 12, 2017 in New York City. “The Children,” written by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by James Macdonald, opened on December 12, 2017 in New York City.


18 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 75.

Jesse Green
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85 
“Even though it is completely successful as an eco-thriller, bristling with chills and suspense, denuclearization is not its subject…Its true concerns…become so lofty and yet at the same time so essential that the play is as disturbing to replay in your imagination as it is to see in the first place...The naturalness of Mr. Macdonald’s stage movement in such a confined space is central to the containment of energy that makes the play thrilling.
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 85
“A simmering, ultimately searing drama by Kirkwood...Superb three-member cast...A quiet but exquisitely well-observed slice of life, set in an all-too-easily foreseeable future, when life itself has become, well, more thinly sliced...MacDonald calibrates the play’s subdued but unmistakable nuggets of conflict expertly...’The Children’ does dawdle a bit here and there...But the preciseness of the play’s naturalism is integral to its quiet impact, as well as its larger meanings.”
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 55
“A quietly upsetting drama...A play that oscillates between thought-provoking and boring...This play is not meant to address a single generation, but it is difficult to emerge from the show not thinking about the baby boomers...Macdonald places these unsettlingly real performances in a handsome production that sadly fails to grab hold of our full attention until about halfway through...Beautifully rendered, none of it adds up to the sustained tension that this play demands.”

“The Children” was also reviewed by Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Jil Picariello of ZEALnyc, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Botwick of scribicide, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and David Canfield of Entertainment Weekly.


The show was also reviewed by 93 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Absorbing

Benway, ShowScore: 60
See it if…"You want to see an interesting concept and occasional powerful scene or well-written monologue." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want the poignant subject dealt with rather blandly through a love triangle that diminishes the impact of the core point."
June R Ospa, ShowScore: 88 
See it if…"You want to see a beautiful production that takes a look at where our planet is headed. Important to see."
Don't see it if…"You want fun and uplifting play. This will leave you extremely thoughtful and full of questions about humanity."

Philip 6247, ShowScore: 70 
See it if…"A take on the creeping terror of a nuclear disaster might appeal to you."
Don't see it if…"Your preference is for a play that grabs you early, emotionally, by the throat, and won’t let go."

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