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

Show-Score | Mar 14, 2017
“The Moors,” written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on March 13, 2017 in New York City. “The Moors,” written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, opened on March 13, 2017 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 55.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"An alternately intriguing and irritating production...Questions tease and tickle throughout 'The Moors,' which as you may have gathered has a high whimsy quotient. But they never acquire much momentum in Mike Donahue’s production...'The Moors' may sometimes feel sloppy, but it’s smart. Watching it is a bit like having a conversation with an ardent and intelligent Brontë devotee, whose passion almost matches that of the pen-wielding sisters who inspired it."
Pete Hempstead
ShowScore: 75
"Jen Silverman's laugh-out-loud dark comedy gently spoofs the Brontë sisters while treating us to a humorous (and brutal) take on the instability of gender roles...Silverman and director Mike Donahue have created an atmosphere in 'The Moors' that is at once mysterious, menacing, and savagely funny...Despite a few drowsy moments and an odd fantasy sequence near the end, 'The Moors' delights with its insightful and subversive edginess."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 40
"Jen Silverman's misfire 'The Moors' does, in truth, take aim at an interesting target...But the play keeps sabotaging itself. When it tries to be mystical, its jokiness undoes it; when it tries to be warm and silly, the story's fog of cruelty chills the air. The play's lowest moments are—as is often the case these days—forced injections of magic realism...Despite some truly great actors in the cast, the tonally confused performances move at a crawl."

“The Moors” was also reviewed by Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Samuel L. Leiter of Theater Pizzazz, and Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 52 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 75.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Slow

Norma, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You have an interest in plays with a literary connection. You enjoy plays that surprise continually and have unexpected humor. I loved it!"  
Don't see it if…"You can't deal with horrific scenes. You have little interest in unusually written dramas in which poetry is used as a portion of the dialog."
J NYC, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You love the Brontë Sisters and Monty Python equally."  
Don't see it if…"You need everything in a play to add up."
Ricky D 6094, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You are into contemporary plays about loneliness that experiment with setting." 
Don't see it if…"Overindulgent, wordy shows put you to sleep."

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The Moors
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