REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Jungle” Opened with a ShowScore of 89

Show-Score | Dec 10, 2018
“The Jungle," written by Joe Robertson and directed by Stephen Daldry, opened on December  9, 2018 in New York City. “The Jungle," written by Joe Robertson and directed by Stephen Daldry, opened on December 9, 2018 in New York City.


15 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"The show summons, with uncanny clarity, the vigorous chaos from which a provisional order gradually emerges...There is tension, of course, and apprehension and suspicion...But the clashes are often comic, and the pure energy of actors creating a world of people creating a world of their own is exhilarating...A work of absorbing theater, which uses the immediacy of that art to conjure the paradoxes and confusions of a world dealing with an unprecedented flux of uprooted lives."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 90
"A remarkable production...Shows what theater can do at its best to open us up to a world we otherwise ignore...The show makes clear the joy that some felt in this place that had become their home...Such exuberance, we learn, is provisional, abruptly interrupted by the grim reality of their lives, the present only an occasional respite from their gruesome pasts."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 85
"It's a stunning feat of design, but it's not the only aspect that makes this marvelously realized production...essential viewing...The work packs a powerful punch in the current political era...The play's writing sometimes lacks cohesion and feels manipulative, making it not always as artful as the production. But 'The Jungle' nonetheless registers with a throbbing authenticity only amplified by the superb performances of the large, multinational ensemble and the virtuosic immersive staging."

“The Jungle” was also reviewed by Nicole Serratore of Variety, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, and Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review.


The show was also reviewed by 20 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 91.

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

Amy 8104, ShowScore: 96 
See it if…"You like fast paced action/dialogue mixed with poignant portrayals of individuals lives. Great acting, writing, staging." 
Don't see it if…"You are not interested in a riveting show about refugees. Some seats seemed less comfortable."
BeatnikPlaywright, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You like agitprop, political Living Newspaper Theater. An unsparing nuanced look at the refugee crisis in Europe- and by extension here too.
Don't see it if…"Uncomfortable seats. Seriously. The only thing keeping this review from 100 were the benches that you have to sit on for 2.5 hours."

OnTheAisle, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You enjoy political and/or environmentally staged pieces. Very relevant and a good conversation started. Wonderful cast."
Don't see it if…"You can't handle being in the middle of the action. Check trigger warnings if you're sensitive."

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