REVIEW ROUNDUP: “This Flat Earth” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Apr 10, 2018
“This Flat Earth,” written by Lindsey Ferrentino and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on April  9, 2018 in New York City. “This Flat Earth,” written by Lindsey Ferrentino and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on April 9, 2018 in New York City.


12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 54.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"Very sincere and equally ungainly new drama. There is no denying the urgency of this work...Ferrentino is bravely attempting to contextualize 21st-century horrors within the sort of existential framework in which Thornton Wilder and Edward Albee specialized...The ambitious, potentially heart-stirring elements are all in place here. Yet they have been assembled with a disjointedness that taxes our belief. And the performances, perhaps inevitably, lack emotional continuity."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 40
"Despite noble intentions and sensitivity, 'This Flat Earth' proves an awkwardly written and thoroughly unconvincing drama that squanders the sadly ongoing timeliness of its tragic subject matter...For long stretches, 'This Flat Earth' meanders aimlessly in search of something resembling a plot. That would matter less if the dialogue were more incisive, but much of it beggars belief...The performances prove equally unmemorable, with the exception of the always reliable Gravatt."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 70
"Ferrentino is clearly committed to dramatizing social issues. But she doesn’t make the mistake of trying to explain an inexplicable event...Observations feel knowing and assured, made all the more credible because of a persuasive cast, the steady direction by Rebecca Taichman, and the playwright’s playable specifics for her main characters...The cellist scenes demonstrate the thin line that can exist between artful and arty, and 'This Flat Earth' occasionally goes over the line."

“This Flat Earth” was also reviewed by Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, and Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side.


The show was also reviewed by 172 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

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

CAROL H 612680, ShowScore: 82 
See it if…"You enjoy plays with great character development and watching how each character is impacted by a tragic event."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to think about sad things or you would rather see a musical."

Caitlin 1616, ShowScore: 80  
See it if…"You want to see a difficult subject handled with care by an incredibly talented cast. Ella Kennedy Davis is excellent."
Don't see it if…"Themes of school violence are difficult for you."
Kathleen W., ShowScore: 90  
See it if…"You wonder how the next generation is going to grow up in an era of violence and close-to-home tragedies. It's a heartbreaking story."
Don't see it if…"You are triggered or have some kind of PTSD from violence."

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