REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Suitcase Under the Bed” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Aug 25, 2017
“The Suitcase Under the Bed,” written by Teresa Deevy and directed by Jonathan Bank, opened on August 24, 2017 in New York City. “The Suitcase Under the Bed,” written by Teresa Deevy and directed by Jonathan Bank, opened on August 24, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 65
"While Bank didn't strike gold for the Mint with this particular discovery, there are some definite moments of luster...The first two pieces are charming, sentimental, and just a little bit boring in that way mediocre Irish plays tend to be...'Holiday House' sparkles with wit and intrigue...'The King of Spain's Daughter' leaves us unsettled and impressed...One of the Mint's goals is to highlight overlooked female playwrights, and with this somewhat sleepy and mismatched evening, it partially succeeds."
Jenna Scherer
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Director Jonathan Bank and his company shine in the collection’s dramatic installments...But the pace falters in 'Strange Birth,' a sweet but slight rom-com, and 'Holiday House,' a Noël Coward–esque comedy that droops where it should skip. In the Mint’s production, Deevy’s work feels old-fashioned in a way that is both comforting and a little sleepy. But she wrote with gently cutting wit and had a keen ear for dialogue."
David Finkle
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 80
"In selecting these pieces, Bank reports that he wanted to find continuity. It’s a wise approach, and one that seems to have led him to a profoundly universal theme: troubled love...If pressed to declare my favorite among them—not necessarily a crucial need—I’d say the first...With Davis supplying attractive sets and Varga finding the right costumes for the various across-the-strata characters, Deevy’s need to be recalled and honored is indisputably achieved."

“The Suitcase Under the Bed” was also reviewed by Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 113 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Intelligent

Heidi 6281, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You are in the mood for short pieces that are both funny and sad, you are keen on seeing little hidden gems, you like to see the woman's point of view." 
Don't see it if…"You only like contemporary works and themes, you prefer a single story line in your evening of theater." 
Mary GB, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You enjoy plays that provide interesting slices of Irish life; some themes were more eye-opening than pleasant, yet ring true." 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy one-act plays that can seem like fragments without a clear start or end; or you prefer more action." 
andyboy, ShowScore: 65 
See it if…"You're a fan of Irish playwrights and of the short-form one act. These are bite-size plays, respectably mounted, that don't always add up."
Don't see it if…"You don't like old-fashioned-style writing, slight plays about Irish life, or a smorgasbord of theatrical shorts."

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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