REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Parisian Woman” Opened with a ShowScore of 71

Show-Score | Dec 1, 2017
“The Parisian Woman,” written by Beau Willimon and directed by Pam MacKinnon, opened on November 30, 2017 in New York City. “The Parisian Woman,” written by Beau Willimon and directed by Pam MacKinnon, opened on November 30, 2017 in New York City.


27 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 49.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 40 
"A collection of every cozy cliché to be mined from the deep catalog of stories about powerful intrigues and human deceit...The setups are unlikely, the payoffs banal. Call it 'Dangerless Liaisons'...Things we need to know are posted baldly in dialogue like a weird Tinder profile. But then nothing in this play — not one line or ginned-up plot turn — feels real. That some of the cast members nevertheless do feel real is a tribute to the great mystery of stage performance."

Charles Isherwood

Broadway News
ShowScore: 60
"Thurman’s character never really seems to have much of a pulse, leaving the play with a glamorous void at its center...The appeal of the play, directed with a competent slickness by Pam MacKinnon, is its neatly laced-together plot, as well as, for Trump-o-phobes, Willimon’s many wry cracks about the state of the nation...Willimon’s sometimes glib cynicism eventually feels as obvious as the play’s more heavy-breathing passages...Only a mildly diverting evening at the theater."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 40
"A plot as flimsy as a house of cards...Unfortunately, 'The Parisian Woman' is dramatic junk food at its best moments. We gasp at the intrigue and laugh (with ever-diminishing relish) at the perfunctory jabs at the President. None of it really sheds any light on this juncture in our republic...This less than thrilling thriller is further hindered by some of the worst acting currently on a Broadway stage...Cheap cynicism masquerading as the truth."

“The Parisian Woman” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Joseph Cervelli of Theater Time, Christian Lewis of The Huffington Post, Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Michael Schulman of New Yorker, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Matt Windman of AM New York, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Nevins of The Guardian (UK), Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), and David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report.


The show was also reviewed by 110 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

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

Bibliobiophile, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You want to be enchanted by Uma Thurman in her Broadway debut and you don't mind current politics being thrown in to the mix."
Don't see it if…"You are bothered by story lines with adultery or portrayals of humans at their most flawed points. Or you want to see a very deep play."
Erin F 3, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You're into the sport of modern politics. The writer created House of Cards. This is definitely of the same tone." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like talky dramas or the exploration of the first world problems of the rich and wanna be famous."
Izagma, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You are a fan of Uma Thurman or Josh Lucas; if you are interested in politics or if you enjoy 'House of Cards.'" 
Don't see it if… if political satire is not your thing or if explicit sexual talk and unusual marital relationships offend you."

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