REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Low Road” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Mar 8, 2018
“The Low Road,” written by Bruce Norris and directed by Michael Greif, opened on March  7, 2018 in New York City. “The Low Road,” written by Bruce Norris and directed by Michael Greif, opened on March 7, 2018 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Norris and Greif pull off the not inconsiderable feat of keeping us fully, even breathlessly engaged, without presenting a single character who entirely captures our sympathies...Yet after a cliff-hanging first-act finale, the play seems to lose faith in its audience's capacity for inference...What keeps us from tuning out is the infectious energy of an ensemble that delights in its characters' displays of cupidity and stupidity, and the storybook ingenuity of the production."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"Wildly ambitious and endlessly entertaining...Greif and Norris present the first act with Brechtian flair, employing...broad stroke performances, and the kind of narration that rudely interrupts the action to teach us something. Yet just when we think we've figured this shtick out, Norris changes the game, especially during a jaw-dropping entr'acte that is the kind of inventive social critique that isn't so easy to dismiss...None of it would be possible without an immensely talented ensemble."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 60
"Norris doesn't fully succeed in weaving his expansive theatrical canvas. Although several episodes register dramatically or comedically, the proceedings are more often than not jumbled and confused. The play's themes regarding the rapaciousness of unchecked capitalism feel forced and repetitive...Greif does an excellent job of staging such a complex production...The fine efforts of everyone involved aren't enough to lift 'The Low Road' to the theatrical heights to which it aspires."

“The Low Road” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, and Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer.


The show was also reviewed by 74 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if…"You enjoy terrific ensemble acting and a contemporary and historical critique of capitalism. Great surprise in second act and fun to watch." 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy a critique of capitalism. If you are not in the middle of the theater hard to see. The play​ is too long and too ambitious."
Ashowgoer, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You’d like a big-cast allegorical play that takes current, topical issues and applies them to a different era."
Don't see it if…"You’re a big fan of Norris’ other plays. This is vastly different — a relatively unfocused, unwieldy, long mess."

Jacqueline Parker, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"You enjoy a show that keeps you engaged intellectually, if you're interested in history and finance. It reminiscent of 'Nicholas Nickleby.'"
Don't see it if…"Staying intellectually engaged for 2 1/2 hours is beyond you, or if you want/need a more straightforward storyline."

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The Low Road
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