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

Show-Score | Sep 21, 2018
“The True,” written by Sharr White and directed by Scott Elliott, opened on September 20, 2018 in New York City. “The True,” written by Sharr White and directed by Scott Elliott, opened on September 20, 2018 in New York City.


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

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 75 
"Put some snappy dialogue, a bit of skulduggery and a stellar cast led by Edie Falco in one end and get a damn good time out the other...Whenever Ms. Falco is bringing these themes to the fore, especially in her scenes with rival politicians played by Mr. Fitzgerald and John Pankow, 'The True' is riveting...But in Polly’s more domestic scenes, with Peter and Corning, the play sometimes bogs down...The lack of drama — or rather the subduction of it — may be what’s most interesting here."

Jonathan Mandell

DC Theatre Scene
ShowScore: 70
"Falco can make almost any show more engaging than it would otherwise be, even a relatively sedate one like 'The True,' with scenes of arguments, strategy sessions and deal-making...Here, leading a spot-on seven-member cast, Falco is entertaining and believable...'The True' is more or less true...Such knowledge should help to win over theatergoers who are not die-hard students of politics to a play that they might otherwise see as largely uneventful."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
"In his laser-focused view, White shows us exactly how machine politics works without taking a moral position on the patronage system on which it’s based. His only false step is the character of Bill McCormick, a bland young man...Anyone who has ever been involved in a political campaign should find this play enthralling. Everyone else in the room can marvel at the ferocity of Falco’s performance and the passion of her character."

“The True” was also reviewed by Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Raven Snook of Time Out New York, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, and Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer.


The show was also reviewed by 37 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

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

Heather_O, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want a fast-paced wordy show that is about Albany politics in the 1970s but also speaks to the current political climate." 
Don't see it if…"The idea of seeing a play that revolves around a mayoral election sounds really boring to you, you want something slow/gentle." 
michael 7025, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You want to see a mesmerizing portrayal of a middle-class woman who happens to be a hard-nosed political adviser." 
Don't see it if…"You can't see beyond the subject of Albany politics to grasp the deeper meaning. The play says a lot but ends up just where it began."
ashowgoer, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You love the formidable Edie Falco and/or political plays (about interesting, old-fashioned politics and not the current climate)" 
Don't see it if…"Any talk of political wheeling and dealing either bores you or stresses you out."

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