REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Three Tall Women” Opened with a ShowScore of 89

Show-Score | Mar 30, 2018
“Three Tall Women,” written by Edward Albee and directed by Joe Montello, opened on March 29, 2018 in New York City. “Three Tall Women,” written by Edward Albee and directed by Joe Montello, opened on March 29, 2018 in New York City.


24 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 89.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 90 
"A torrentially exciting production...Joe Mantello’s chic, devastating staging was worth the wait...'Three Tall Women' is rigorous but also generous, even loving, to its characters — and audience...That doesn’t mean this is a perfect play...Still, time has been good to 'Three Tall Women,' and Mantello’s production further burnishes its insights and confirms its originality...A play that despite its frailties and wrinkles has aged beautifully, into a burning, raving classic."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 90
"Albee’s late-career masterpiece...As performed by three sterling actors of three generations, Albee’s biting analysis of the dark undertow of human experience, the gradual awakening to the knowledge that life’s progress does not necessarily lead to serene contentment, has a bracing power that stiffens your spine, even as you blink away tears...Its beauty — for all its dark asperity it is a beautiful work — resides in the compassion with which Albee regards the woman at its center."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"I can think of few finer performances than the ones currently on offer at the Golden Theatre, where Joe Mantello has directed a superb revival of an extraordinary play...Detractors may contend that their idiosyncratic stage presences make it difficult to believe these three could really be playing the same woman, but those differences are the production's greatest strength."

“Three Tall Women ” was also reviewed by Christopher Bonanos of New York Magazine / Vulture, Greg Evans of Deadline, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Times, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Eric Blume of The Film Experience, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Matt Windman of AM New York, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 197 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 89.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

PC, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You want to see a legend (Jackson) on stage, doing fabulous work. The staging is also great." 
Don't see it if…"If you despise this piece of Albee. Otherwise, the acting alone is worth the price of admission."
Jack N 7138, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You’re a fan of Albee plays, or enjoy a classic 'life' drama. If you like to see stellar performances, or content that makes you think."
Don't see it if…"You don’t like dialogue-heavy plays, or dramas that make you think about your own mortality."
NYC Nancy, ShowScore: 97 
See it if…"You are a fan of either the great author Edward Albee or the brilliant actress Glenda Jackson. A theater lovers dream"
Don't see it if…"If you just go to the theater to be entertained. This is a funny, but very thoughtful play that requires the theatergoer to listen and think."

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