13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.Jesse Green
The New York Times
"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."
"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 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."
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."
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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