REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Nap” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Sep 28, 2018
“The Nap,” written by Richard Bean and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on September 27, 2018 in New York City. “The Nap,” written by Richard Bean and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on September 27, 2018 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 65.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Delicious new comedy directed with an assured balance of blatancy and subtlety by Daniel Sullivan...Its success is achieved not by sustained assault but by dexterity, and by always keeping the other guy (in this case, the audience) off guard...The cast members shape their characters with just enough comic exaggeration to stay credible and also to suggest that not everyone is what she or he seems."
Michael Dale
ShowScore: 75
"Director Dan Sullivan's production is fine enough, though the pacing can slack at times when the funnier characters are offstage and the budding romance between Dylan and Eleanor takes over. 'The Nap' may play better in Bean's home country, where audiences members are more likely to have a familiarity with the sport, but even on this shore it's a genial diversion with many good laughs."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 40
"Could these characters be funny, at least until the play takes an ugly, humor-killing turn at the end of Act I? Perhaps, yet most of them are not: Aside from Conlee and Moore, the actors offer comic characterizations that feel as put-on as their all-over-the-map accents. A sprinkling of cute one-liners and two live snooker sequences in the second act provide moments of relief from the forced plotting and even more forced romance, which converge in an inane finale."

“The Nap (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Jessica Derschowitz of Entertainment Weekly, Greg Evans of Deadline, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Frank Rizzo of Variety, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.


The show was also reviewed by 216 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

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

Southern Biscuit, ShowScore: 91 
See it if…"You need a laugh, cause the colorful characters, especially darling Waxy Bush, will give you plenty in this beautifully constructed play.
Don't see it if… "British comedy is not your thing, or if you're not into laughing, or if you don't like theatre whatsoever."
Andie 7265, ShowScore: 75 
See it if…"You want to see a light, fluffy, entertaining show. Lots of good laughs! Great acting."
Don't see it if… "You want to see something more serious or with more meaning."
Genevieve N., ShowScore: 68 
See it if… "You enjoy British comedies and sports related plays. It’s a nice escape, and provides some genuine laughs."
Don't see it if… "You want a thought-provoking or interesting play. The ending is both predictable and kind of lame."

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