REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Vietgone” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Oct 26, 2016
“Vietgone,” written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, opened on October 25, 2016 in New York City. “Vietgone,” written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, opened on October 25, 2016 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80
"Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind, and while 'Vietgone' has many pleasures—including jazzy comic performances from an excellent cast, under May Adrales’ direction—it suffers from a lack of discipline...The flippant tone of 'Vietgone' does sometimes pall...The play ends with an immensely moving scene...The laughter subsides; the play’s flaws recede; and we are left with a resonantly ambiguous picture of the manner in which wars have an indelible impact on individual lives."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"Beautifully conveyed through director May Adrales' unapologetically theatrical staging, 'Vietgone' makes you believe that epic tales of heroism and loss exist all around us in this nation of immigrants...The personal nature of the play and a structural refinement in Nguyen's writing results in an emotional resonance unprecedented in his work...Nguyen's clear-eyed recognition of the realities of war is rare, refreshing, and definitely speaks to a dramatist who has matured…but not too much."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"The freshest, most exuberantly youthful piece I’ve seen at MTC in ages...Adrales’ high-octane staging moves so swiftly and surely, you may not initially appreciate the buckets of stagecraft she and Nguyen throw at us scene after scene...It's the immigrant narrative, but told with disarming frankness and humor—plus a roadside throwdown involving rednecks and ninjas. I cannot emphasize enough what a versatile and lovable cast this is."

“Vietgone” was also reviewed by Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Helen Herbert of Theatre is Easy, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 74 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

Lloyd 6047, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"War's tragic outcome seen from the perspective of a South Vietnamese helicopter pilot. The high jinks in the relocation camp could not be funnier. There's hip-hop, too." 
Don't see it if…"You're uncomfortable with denunciations of anti-war correctness."
Carolyn 6125, ShowScore: 81
See it if…"You like a new take on a love story using rap and comic book-style graphics. I enjoyed how the English language was 'inverted.'"
Don't see it if…"You are bothered by profanity and American stereotyping."
Bobby Baby, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You want to see an immigrant experience from a side you may not know, and have a good and moving time." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't ready to focus a little while watching and can't accept that it's not perfect."

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