REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Metromaniacs” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Apr 23, 2018
“The Metromaniacs,” written by David Ives and directed by Michael Kahn, opened on April 22, 2018 in New York City. “The Metromaniacs,” written by David Ives and directed by Michael Kahn, opened on April 22, 2018 in New York City.


13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 60 
"A play that squeezes contemporary English into pentameter couplets — and a story that doesn’t matter...Since all the characters speak in essentially the same form, there is no variation or, indeed, verbal distinctiveness. That leaves the cast, which is uniformly good, to build characters on top of the verse, instead of within it where characterization belongs. The result is rickety...Only in the second the couplets begin to give birth to satisfying story."

Zachary Stewart

ShowScore: 70
"Undoubtedly, many audience members will thrill at Ives's virtuosic wordplay...I chuckled too, but unmoored from real stakes, I found my mind floating out to sea. This is despite a zippy production by director Michael Kahn and delightfully physical performances from the cast. Everyone delivers the verse with crisp precision, so all the jokes land...It's all perfectly digestible, but tiresome on the taste buds...Ives wanted to create a fluffy gossamer entertainment, and he did."
Samuel L. Leiter
Broadway Blog
ShowScore: 85
"Ives, master of spinning rhymed couplets into verbal pirouettes, has radiantly rendered it into contemporary English…Kahn races his ebullient actors through the growing confusion, speaking the…rhyming verse with expert timing and razor-sharp diction...Act I suffers a little from a general tendency to push the comedy…In Act II, a more organic sense of character and situation emerges…But the chief attraction here is verbal, with Ives' incessantly clever rhymes and puns."

“The Metromaniacs” was also reviewed by David Finkle of New York Stage Review and Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review.


The show was also reviewed by 140 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

VSG, ShowScore: 89 
See it if…"If you are tickled by wordplay and want to see a tres silly piece that is guaranteed to lift you out of the current malignancy, go now."
Don't see it if…"If you abhor the farcical and the fey, and don't realize that a nonsensical plot exists solely as scaffolding for Ive's brilliant wordplay."
Mercutio, ShowScore: 91 
See it if…"You love poetry, farce, and a very silly love story. Definitely see it if you enjoy David Ives’ work!"
Don't see it if…"You’re looking for a truly historical play. This is a riff on an old comedy, with anachronisms galore."
Shira 6053, ShowScore: 85  
See it if…"You enjoy a fast paced farce full of clever rhyming couplets. The actors are great with the material. A fun frothy evening from David Ives."
Don't see it if…"You don’t want to focus to keep up with the quick dialogue or don’t enjoy wordplay. the mistaken identity fun was not hard to follow."

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