REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Time and the Conways” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Oct 11, 2017
“Time and the Conways,” written by J.B. Priestley and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on October 10, 2017 in New York City. “Time and the Conways,” written by J.B. Priestley and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened on October 10, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

20 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 65.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 55 
"A thoughtful revival of an ambitious, vexing, multilayered drama. Still, there’s a reason it has not appeared on Broadway since its 1938 premiere. Too often it feels like an elaborate mechanism for deploying once-fashionable cosmological ideas...Taichman’s lovely staging does what it can visually to correct this problem...All this loving attention to the play’s philosophical superstructure does little to alleviate the stiffness...Priestley and the production are working too hard."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 80
"A stirring, spiffily cast revival...Priestley draws his fracturing family portrait in delicate, compassionate and occasionally funny strokes, and the excellent cast, led by the director, Rebecca Taichman, draws us into their lives with a natural warmth and ease...For the most part 'Time and the Conways,' presented here with impressive polish, has weathered the years with impressive grace. Time can be cruel to people, but on occasion it can at least be kind to works of art."
Elisabeth Vincentelli
Newsday
ShowScore: 75
"Be patient with 'Time and the Conways,' because it takes a little while to get going. You will be happy you stuck around, though...Priestley’s carefully constructed play muses on the nature of time while painting a subtle, affecting portrait of the crushed aspirations of a certain English upper middle class. And the Roundabout stepped up to the plate with a sterling, subtly acted production...No matter your definition of time, the one spent at this show is well spent indeed."

“Time and the Conways” was also reviewed by Zachary Stewart of TheatermaniaJeremy Gerard of Deadline, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Wendy Caster of Show Showdown, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater News Online, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Matt Windman of AM New York, and Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 149 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

Mimi 6098, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You want great acting, compelling plot of (dis)functional family dynamics, and a wonderfully staged play." 
Don't see it if…"You are uncomfortable watching a family destroy themselves, or don't like good theatre."
John Francis, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You have an appreciation for fantastic older plays. Direction, design, and the performances lift this play and make it urgently resonant." 
Don't see it if…"If slow burn dramas are not your deal. The play takes it's time and requires to you listen."
Bec L, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You ponder questions about the time we have in this world."
Don't see it if…"You want something funny or quick-moving."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


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



Read this next…