REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Too Heavy for Your Pocket” Opened with a ShowScore of 81

Show-Score | Oct 6, 2017
“Too Heavy for Your Pocket,” written by Jireh Breon Holder and directed by Margot Bordelon, opened on October  5, 2017 in New York City. “Too Heavy for Your Pocket,” written by Jireh Breon Holder and directed by Margot Bordelon, opened on October 5, 2017 in New York City.


7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 65 
"Stylistically old-fashioned, it feels as familiar and earnest as a pew. And yet its formal conservatism almost seems daring when paired with content that many may find, as I did, illuminating and moving...'Too Heavy for Your Pocket' dramatizes questions of class difference within the black community that rarely get broached onstage...When Mr. Holder gets too earnest about it, the play bogs down...Intermittently, a fine production, directed with verve by Margot Bordelon and handsomely designed."

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 75
"Better than any play I've seen on the subject, 'Too Heavy for Your Pocket' examines the role of class in our nation's civil rights struggle...All four actors deliver excellent performances...Director Margot Bordelon balances the conflicting tones of the play through an even-keeled production...We grow to love the four characters, which keeps us invested in a play that occasionally meanders to the point of dullness."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 65
"Even in the stronger second section of the play, Holder can over-sugar his characters—the domestic quarrels approach soapiness—and Bordelon has the actors perform broadly, which can be startling in a space as small as the Roundabout Underground. But Okafor has a beautiful quality of stern patience, which carries us through the more sentimental sequences. She seems to age before our eyes, her happiness turning into a deep, steady disappointment."

“Too Heavy for Your Pocket” was also reviewed by Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, and Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 20 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

CAROL H 612680, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You are interested in a strongly dramatic play about the personal effects of the civil rights movement on participants and their families." 
Don't see it if…"You have no interest in historical plays, set in the 1960s that are about civil rights."
Patricia 3, ShowScore: 79 
See it if…"You are interested in civil rights history from the personal perspective of those who took part in it; excellent acting, staging, and lighting."
Don't see it if…"You want a big production with lots of flash; this is not that."
Rena Plays, ShowScore: 83 
See it if…"You revel in great ensemble acting, each actor with an important emotional story line. You are interested in the history of the civil rights movement."
Don't see it if…"You don't have patience for character setup or shows with an intermission. You want a fluffy theater experience."
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