REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Sep 12, 2017
“The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A,” written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on September 11, 2017 in New York City. “The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A,” written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on September 11, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

8 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A dark, didactic entertainment deliberately in the mode of Bertolt Brecht...This latest incarnation is light on its feet–quick, sharp and perfectly paradoxical. Barring a few clunking instances of cartoonish satire, Ms. Bonney’s production is as harrowing as it is witty...The cast brings humanizing shades of pain, greed and longing to symbolic figures, without ever tearing the play’s somber folk-tale fabric. And the songs strike a resonant balance between poetry and proclamation."
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"An expressionistic and politically charged exploration of class, family and violence, studded with jarring bursts of humor and song...Involved are bounty hunters, Hester’s prostitute BFF, a lovestruck butcher, an escaped convict and an invented language...That may sound like a lot—and it is. But although director Bonney struggles to establish a cohesive tone, 'Fucking A’s' alternations between pain and entertainment are never boring...The play leaves an indelible mark."
Elyse Sommer
CurtainUp
ShowScore: 80
"A production that works well on all levels. It's directed by Bonney with a sense for the rhythm that keeps it flowing. The cast, top to bottom, is up to giving fresh, meaningful life to this saga that's as relentlessly downbeat and bloody as any Greek tragedy...Brief bursts of foreign-sounding gibberish...don't add much to the play...This doesn't detract from the overall excellence of this production...Under Bonney's direction, all the actors are guided to fully inhabit their roles."

“The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Scott Mitchell of Reviews Off Broadway, Aaron Botwick of scribicide, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 50 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Intense

Albee_Addict, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You are interested in a play with layers that you can really dissect and still come away questioning." 
Don't see it if…"Abortion (the act or discussion) or blood make you uncomfortable, or if subtitles turn you off." 
MAUREEN H 6154, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You want to see an interesting take on class division, women's roles in society, and a dystopian future." 
Don't see it if…"You need to have a straight linear plot that makes complete sense." 
Roger 6083, ShowScore: 72
See it if…"You want a fresh take on Hawthorne's Hester. Lots of scenes and subplots. Christine Lahti is excellent." 
Don't see it if…"Sexual scenes and talk of women's private parts turn you off. Plot gets kinda silly; the ending is telegraphed and thus anti-climatic." 

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