REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Layover” Opened with a ShowScore of 72

Show-Score | Aug 26, 2016
“The Layover,” written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on August 25, 2016 in New York City. “The Layover,” written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on August 25, 2016 in New York City.


13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 63.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 35
"Has anyone ever enjoyed a layover? Either it is nerve-janglingly short or grindingly long. 'The Layover,' a disappointing new play by Leslye Headland, achieves the novel feat of being both at the same time. Running a little more than 90 minutes, it doesn’t succeed in bringing us deeply into the lives of its principal characters. And yet we don’t exactly leave pining for more of their company...Ms. Headland has muffled her comic verve almost completely in this play."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"A beguiling and unsettling new play…By adopting and then slowly subverting this well-worn genre, Headland slyly exposes just how toxic our societal narratives of ‘love at first sight’ and the grand gesture can be…Headland asks some very important questions about the incongruity between reality and the stories we tell ourselves…These questions will nag you as you leave the theater and beyond."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Trip Cullman’s gorgeous-looking and boldly acted production delivers the play in optimal form: racy laughs that suddenly trail into passages of eloquent pain and loss...True, the character contrivances required by her plot may rankle afterward—and might have been mitigated by retroactive exposition or a more fragmented performance by Parisse...But with Headland, even when the roof caves in, that seems part of the design—and the fun."

“The Layover” was also reviewed by David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.


The show was also reviewed by 46 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Disappointing, Intense

Sue 6125, ShowScore: 77
See it if…You want to keep an eye on the work of a young contemporary playwright.
Don't see it if…You are bored by trite dialog, and a prosaic plot.
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 71
See it if…You enjoy the film noir type of drama; a surprise ending; realistic situations and characters.
Don't see it if…You are impatient for action to occur; you don't like people who cheat on their S.O's; you prefer musicals.
J, ShowScore: 79
See it if…You're interested in drama, relationship development from start to finish, experiencing complex personalities & the wonderful Annie Parisse.
Don't see it if…You prefer a neatly wrapped story line with concrete answers; you live for a Cinderella story.

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