REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” Opened with a ShowScore of 70

Show-Score | Oct 2, 2017
“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” written by Scott Carter and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October  1, 2017 in New York City. “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” written by Scott Carter and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October 1, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 51.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"The surprises of this ambitiously conceived, modestly realized work are pretty much over once you’ve accepted its fanciful premise...Even when they’re over-emoting these characters seem to be mechanically ticking off boxes on a purgatory registration form, about not only their theories of Jesus but also their own hypocrisies...There’s only so much variation that can be wrung on the common knowledge-confirming, music-hall characterizations of these men."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 55
"Carter tempers his heady subject matter with lowbrow humor...Audiences looking for a debate of acid wit will be disappointed, especially as the play devolves into a group therapy session...Their soul-searching monologues are earnest and sincerely delivered by the performers, but they have the effect of making us feel like we're also in purgatory...Senior keeps the pain minimal with snappy pacing and straightforward design."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 55
"There's no shortage of cerebral fodder. Unfortunately, however, Carter has forgotten to infuse his windy discourse with sufficient drama. As a result, it mostly feels like a clever thesis written by an ambitious graduate student...The playwright's extensive comedy background is on ample display during the first part of the play...Despite more than a few examples in which the dialogue truly stimulates, ‘Discord’ sags under its own intellectual weight."

“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” was also reviewed by Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, and Helen Shaw of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 111 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 71.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

Izagma, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You are a fan of any of the men, like shows that tickle your intellect, or like religious discussions. There are minor weak slower parts." 
Don't see it if…"You prefer shows with lighter themes, you do not like religious or introspective discourse, or are not interested in any of these men."
Rick 9, ShowScore: 63 
See it if…"You enjoyed 'Small World' (the concept is similar) or you are fascinated by the thought of these three historical figures interacting." 
Don't see it if…"Fluffy dialog and eventually pointless discussion with no discernible conclusion disappoint you."
Rena Plays, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You admire plays like those by Stoppard that privilege philosophy over plot; you’re interested in the historical figures." 
Don't see it if…"You’re looking for a strong narrative through line or like your comedy silly." 

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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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