REVIEW ROUNDUP: “To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway)” Opened with a ShowScore of 85

Show-Score | Dec 14, 2018
“To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway),” written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on December 13, 2018 in New York City. “To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway),” written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on December 13, 2018 in New York City.


27 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85 
"Mr. Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words...Very effective; Mr. Sorkin apparently trusted that the actors, working with Mr. Sher, would fill in the blanks, and they do...It’s what happens in the gap between the old and new storytelling styles, as Mr. Sorkin tries to kill two mockingbirds with one stone, that gives me pause."

Zachary Stewart

ShowScore: 55
"Situated at the precarious intersection of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, this story should feel dangerous and vital. The fact that it comes off as neither is an indictment of the playwright...Sorkin's choice to focus primarily on the trial leaves little room for Scout's rebellion against the expectations of her class and sex. Still, Scout's singularity comes through in the breathtaking performance of Celia Keenan-Bolger, an actor as intuitive as the character she plays."
Michael Dale
ShowScore: 80
"Sorkin gives the accused a stronger voice...Stiff and serious-minded, with a blunt honesty that plays humorously, Keenan-Bolger uses the slightest of physical and vocal variations to blend swiftly from child to adult. She is thoroughly believable and quite remarkable... Sorkin's text and Weller's acting skills clearly paint a picture of a man who believes his actions are a justified response to the abuse he perceives he receives from the educated and accomplished."

“To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Roma Torre of NY1, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, David Cote of Theater News Online, Elisabeth Vincentelli of Newsday, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Matt Windman of AM New York, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Greg Evans of Deadline, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal.


The show was also reviewed by 189 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 87.

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

Dani Ellie, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You read the book in high school, but aren’t particularly tied to the text. You’re interested in how we work through our memories."
Don't see it if… "You can’t get over adults playing children. You want a word for word copy of the book."
Patrick Kav, ShowScore: 89 
See it if…"You are a fan of Sorkin or Daniels. One of the greatest actors of our time and one of the most brilliant writers team up again."
Don't see it if… "You want to see the book onstage. It's not, but THAT IS A GOOD THING. Go in with a open mind and you'll get an amazing fresh look."
Jersey Girl, ShowScore: 88 
See it if…"You want to enjoy a memorable, beautifully acted and uniquely staged production of a timeless classic."
Don't see it if… You didn’t like the book or don’t enjoy long plays (this one runs over 2.5 hours)"

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