13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.
The New York Times
"Dying is a stand-up routine in 'Wakey, Wakey,' the glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play by Will Eno. Portrayed with a master’s blend of pretty much every emotion there is by Michael Emerson, the monologuist at the center of this short, resonant tragicomedy is the M.C. of his own demise...The astonishment of Mr. Emerson’s performance is how universal and particular it is, saying that, yes, we all die, but we all die as individuals."
"His thoughts seem to wander every which way...but when you take a closer look, they're as focused as a laser beam...Even after Lisa enters the picture, Eno's dialogue remains stilted and aloof. It serves the play's purposes—and could not be given a more naturalistic performance than the one Emerson is delivering. But if you require peaks and valleys of drama to keep you engaged in a story, you may get sleepy within 'Wakey, Wakey's' microscopic modulations and extended silences."
"A work of humor, humanity and grace that makes you want to hug your lover, your neighbor and maybe an usher on the way out. It also offers a captivating, playful and deeply moving performance by Michael Emerson...Eno breaks the fourth wall but here he also suggests a wondrous fifth: a world beyond the memories of the past and the realities of the present and towards the inevitable adjustment nature demands. It’s a loving transition, theatrically told in a style that is Eno’s own."
“Wakey, Wakey” was also reviewed by Maya Phillips of Edge New York, Lindsay Timmington of On Stage Blog, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Elizabeth Wollman of Show Showdown, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of NorthJersey.com, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 43 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 71.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent
See it if…"You are stimulated by interesting dialogue and visuals despite feeling this is more of a monologue than a play."
Don't see it if…"You expect a real plot and don't like to think about sad things."
See it if…"You want to reflect on the meaning of life and death in an original way. A must see!!!"
Don't see it if…"You like traditional plays."
See it if…"You are particularly interested in meditations on end of life, enjoy plays that are partially about being a play, are OK with slow."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for action or a lot of character development and interaction, or if you dislike theater that breaks the fourth wall."
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