REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Harvest” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Oct 25, 2016
“The Harvest,” written by Samuel D.  Hunter and directed by Davis McCallum, opened on October 24, 2016 in New York City. “The Harvest,” written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by Davis McCallum, opened on October 24, 2016 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"The dialogue is rich in fine emotional nuance, and the direction, by Davis McCallum, is unfussy and focused...All the relationships in the play are drawn with care...Mr. Hunter, admirably, does not condescend to his characters for their faith...But there remains that problem of Mr. Hunter’s unwillingness to specify—or his characters’ cluelessness about—just whom they will be trying to convert...The primary plot strand ...didn’t exactly have me gnawing my fingernails in suspense."
Alexis Soloski
The Guardian (UK)
ShowScore: 80
"Hunter’s command of his style seems slightly less complete than in other plays – the focus is broader, the tone more varying, which are not at all bad things, though sometimes there’s a tendency to cap a scene too neatly in an effort to move on to the next strand of plot. But he offers rich and varied roles for his actors...This evangelizing drama may not end well for its characters (Hunter’s plays rarely do), but it is good news for its audience."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 40
"The play is slow-going and lugubrious, lacking sufficient dramatic tension to fully command attention. When the speaking in tongues is more compelling than the dialogue, it's a problem...Director Davis McCallum's muted, hyper-realistic production never fully comes to life. It's tedious for long stretches, and although several of the performances are outstanding, much of the dialogue is inaudible...'The Harvest' doesn't bear much dramatic fruit."

“The Harvest” was also reviewed by Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 39 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

Jeff S, ShowScore: 93
See it if…"You like Mr. Hunter's specific brand of pathos, heart, humor, and intellect."
Don't see it if…"You don't like character studies that drop you in a world for two hours vs. giving you a propulsive plot with a pat ending."
Sarah_Moore, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You're looking for a thought-provoking drama by one of our greatest contemporary playwrights." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like plays about big ideas or about young people or missionaries."
Robert 5, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You want to learn about evangelical missionaries in an intense ensemble piece by an important American playwright."
Don't see it if…"You are turned off by religion and if you like plays where motivation is made crystal clear."

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The Harvest
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