REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Women of a Certain Age: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Three” Opened with a ShowScore of 90

Show-Score | Nov 10, 2016
“Women of a Certain Age: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Three,” written and directed by Richard Nelson, opened on November  8, 2016 in New York City. “Women of a Certain Age: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Three,” written and directed by Richard Nelson, opened on November 8, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

8 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 86.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"The Gabriels are the tenderly wrought creations of the playwright Richard Nelson...As we listen to its members talk, even on trivial subjects like the decoration of cookies, we feel the far-reaching tremors of a scared country that has come down with a rattling case of identity crisis...Before you know it, this modest play has indirectly addressed matters both of the utmost immediate relevance—the election, the economy, the medical industry—and of cosmic implications."
Steven Suskin
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 95
"Playwright/director Richard Nelson ends his masterly trilogy, 'The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,' with 'Women of a Certain Age'...Nelson’s writing is skillful, insightful and steeped in heightened reality...The family—or, rather, the cast—is exceptional...Plunkett makes Mary so real and her problems so immediate that the actor and character seem the heart of 'The Gabriels'...The plays are not to be missed."
Jonathan Mandell
DC Theatre Scene
ShowScore: 60
"Most of the time I listened with impatience to this supposedly socially engaged family...I left feeling that the promise and process in which the plays were put together wound up at best a gimmick to market them. This is unfortunate because, if it weren’t taking place (and being written) on Election Day, I could better appreciate 'Women of a Certain Age' as a well-acted, gentle and insightful look at a family facing many struggles, emotionally and financially."

“Women of a Certain Age: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Three” was also reviewed by Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, and Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 8 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 94.

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

Robbie, ShowScore: 100
See it if…"You want to see an exquisite ensemble perform one of the most intelligent plays currently on the boards. This one is a gem." 
Don't see it if…"You can't focus on quiet moments or if you need scenery that is constantly moving. This is intelligent theatre!"
Maria 24, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You've seen the first two Gabriel plays and enjoyed them." 
Don't see it if…"You missed one or both of the other Gabriel plays because this one would be hard to follow now." 
Dennis B 6146, ShowScore: 92 
See it if…"You like realistic family drama done by a masterful cast who also cook dinner in real time." 
Don't see it if…"You want light diversion or big production values. But go anyway!"

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