REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Travesties” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Apr 25, 2018
“Travesties,” written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Patrick Marber, opened on April 24, 2018 in New York City. “Travesties,” written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Patrick Marber, opened on April 24, 2018 in New York City.


15 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"A work to remember, or misremember, for years to come...This latest incarnation is the clearest of the liveliest. It should prove ridiculously entertaining for anyone with even a passing knowledge of its central characters...What makes 'Travesties' so deeply engaging and hilarious and touching isn't its flashy erudition but its author's rapt fascination with the workings of the human mind and its enduring relationship with art...The cast couldn't be much better."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 85
"The show's set advises us to please be quiet...But you can forget about that, because the sound of laughter can't be contained...This extravagant farce bristles with clever wordplay...Fun on its own etymological terms, this madcap comedy also tips its hat — a beat-up straw boater with a jaunty red hatband — to the spirit of revolution that galvanized Europe in 1917...Underneath the gem-like brilliance of its theatrical style, the play's dark subject matter emerges."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Devilishly clever...Artfully reassembles in an olio of genres-farce, spy story, seminar, musical, history lesson, absurdist prank-with mixed-in of culture high and low...The facets of Stoppard's jewel-like play are overwhelmingly brilliant...In Marber's well-judged and high-spirited revival, the result is inviting rather than snobbishly exclusive, and the structural and verbal dazzle are offset with subtle suggestions of elegy...It's a pleasure to engage with a production that does 'Travesties' full justice."

“Travesties” was also reviewed by Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Greg Evans of Deadline, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, David Finkle of New York Stage Review, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Matt Windman of AM New York, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 140 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Confusing, Funny, Intelligent

Amanda_with_an_a, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You like your comedy fast-paced, non-linear, and with a lot of literary and historical references. 
Don't see it if…"You want something easy and predictable."
Sarah J, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You want a cerebral discussion on the importance of art and anti-art in the face of political realities, but certainly not taken too seriously." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want to listen to LOTS of words; I almost think this play is better read than seen. The women are not as interesting as the men."
Marilyn 22, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You are versed in The Importance of Being Ernest, James Joyce, Dada, and Lenin. You revel in clever intellectual writing." 
Don't see it if… "You are not versed in the above and uninterested in the purpose/meaning/attitudes toward art. You prefer more emotional plays."

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