REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Treasurer” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Sep 27, 2017
“The Treasurer,” written by Max Posner and directed by David Cromer, opened on September 26, 2017 in New York City. “The Treasurer,” written by Max Posner and directed by David Cromer, opened on September 26, 2017 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 73.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"An emotionally dense play...Mr. Posner’s writing is often effectively double-edged, an amalgam of 21st-century casualness and cadenced lyricism. He is blessed in his director, Mr. Cromer...and his cast. Mr. Friedman is marvelous in evoking a rational man being steadily consumed by a cancerous guilt, while Ms. Dunagan’s shrewd performance fully justifies his jagged ambivalence...Mr. Posner...has a sharp and original ear for the tension between what is spoken and what is not."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"Posner dramatizes this all-too-common scenario with style and sensitivity, leading us to think about our own lives with uncommon clarity...Cromer's production is full of such subtle yet confident visual storytelling...We would be inclined to hate The Son were it not for Friedman's remarkably sympathetic performance...Posner has created a clear-eyed portrait of the tension between perception and reality that has harrowing implications for the way we age in America."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"'The Treasurer' ultimately feels emotional and personal, balancing the inevitability of Ida’s decline with unexpected swerves in the Son’s complex reactions. David Cromer’s precise, unsentimental staging gives the play the room it needs to breathe and the actors fill the space he gives them. I will not soon forget watching Friedman, a performer of uncanny ease, evoke the private hell of the Son’s devising, where his wounds are licked by gentle flames."

“The Treasurer” was also reviewed by Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Mark Weston of Culture Catch, Mark Dundas Wood of Stage Buddy, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.


The show was also reviewed by 60 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 75.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

Izagma, ShowScore: 70 
See it if…"You are interested in family relationships, specifically mother and son, or the possible economic and emotional complications of older age."
Don't see it if…"Dysfunctional family relationships make you uncomfortable, or how families evolve as parents get older is not interesting to you."
Jall282, ShowScore: 68
See it if…"Family drama resonates with you; you like realism and contemporary tales." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for a new way into a familiar story or look for more cohesive script writing."
Donda, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You like thought-provoking, darkly funny drama, incredible acting by Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan, and support young playwrights." 
Don't see it if…"The theme of caring for an elderly parent is going to upset you."

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