REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Dec 14, 2016
“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” written by David Greig and directed by Wils Wilson, opened on December 13, 2016 in New York City. “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” written by David Greig and directed by Wils Wilson, opened on December 13, 2016 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 83.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"One hell of a tale…This gleeful import does transport you into infernal eternity. It turns out to be a swell place for a hibernal vacation…All the performers are dab hands with an assortment of instruments, musical styles and instant impersonations. They are also most companionable hosts in the specially outfitted pub through which they wander…It shifts seamlessly from robust silliness to sensual dreaminess, as the mind tends to through the course of successive whiskies."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"An unforgettable theatrical experience, driven by brave performances and resourceful staging…Greig's playful use of language and magpie instinct toward mythology results in an enchanting story that will stay with you for days after…Luckily, everyone in this excellent five-person cast seems perfectly at ease enacting whatever Greig has written while creating specific and consistent characters."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Perfectly enjoyable even without a chest-warming, peaty buzz…A witty send-up of literary theory and rom-coms that morphs into a real mini-epic of damnation and obsession, ‘Prudencia Hart’ keeps a fine balance between supernatural shocks and Fringe-like silliness. Wilson’s scrappy troupe tears around the room, pulling off audience-interactive shenanigans with adorable aplomb. They sing, they dance, and they risk life and limb on top of cluttered tables for our amusement."

“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” was also reviewed by Robert Feldberg of, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, and Tim Teeman of Daily Beast.


The show was also reviewed by 16 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

jufu, ShowScore: 76
See it if…"You enjoy Scottish puns and are looking for something relaxed and less formal, like traditional Scottish music styles and stories."
Don't see it if…"You can't understand Scottish burrs, expect something more atmospheric, or need plot in the second half. Warning: the center of the room is a splash zone."
jane 6048, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like charming musicals with immersive staging. It is spoken/sung with mostly understandable Scottish brogues." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want to be in the midst of the action. The entire room is used by the actors."
Jen6044, ShowScore: 66
See it if…"You want to see immersive theater. It is not a regular play. More like a story told in poem and song while you sit in a 'pub.'"
Don't see it if…"You want to see a regular play. The whole experience had a 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' kind of feel."

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