REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Price” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Mar 17, 2017
“The Price,” written by Arthur Miller and directed by Terry Kinney, opened on March 16, 2017 in New York City. “The Price,” written by Arthur Miller and directed by Terry Kinney, opened on March 16, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

28 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.

Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"Director Terry Kinney keeps us constantly pondering the connection between the past and the present in his straightforward production, which allows the playwright's words to come to the fore...Everything is highly realistic, especially the performances...'The Price' only begins to feel draining in its operatic second act...It all could easily become tedious coming from lesser actors, but it never does here. Instead, Hecht, DeVito, Ruffalo, and Shalhoub lead us in an emotional workout."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 85
"Still reverberates with meaning for the 2010s. Let’s just say that the dramatic themes and human conflicts are timeless. Kinney directs a superlative cast consisting of Ruffalo, Shalhoub, Hecht, and DeVito, who make this revival a treasured experience...Under Kinney’s measured direction, the recriminations really heat up in the galvanic second act, when kind Esther and adorable Solomon fade into the shadows and let the brothers fight their old quarrels until one or both of them falls over."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"It requires a level of focus that Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, directed by Terry Kinney, only sometimes delivers...The play winds up in the pocket of Danny DeVito, making his Broadway debut as a charming old ganef of a furniture dealer...After dominating the first act, DeVito mostly disappears for the second, and the revival’s energy flags without him. Only when he’s onstage does 'The Price' seem right."

“The Price” was also reviewed by Joe McGovern of Entertainment Weekly, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Richard Seff of DC Metro Theater Arts, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Roma Torre of NY1, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Feldberg of NorthJersey.com, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Hilton Als of New Yorker, and Alexis Soloski of The New York Times.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 115 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

Angelica 8, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You enjoy shows that explore different interpretations of the same events, human emotions and unresolved issues. Masterful cast." 
Don't see it if…"You want a fast-paced comedy (this has funny moments, but is a drama), dislike familial struggles and the 'baggage' that we all carry."
JimDM, ShowScore: 67 
See it if…"You're a die-hard Miller fan or love Tony Shalhoub (who fares best). Or are looking for an old-fashioned family drama."
Don't see it if…"You're expecting fireworks. The cast seems to still be finding their way late in previews, and it just feels a bit flat."
Donda, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You want to see a great American play performed by top-notch craftsmen." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking only for laughs."

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