REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Yours Unfaithfully” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Jan 27, 2017
“Yours Unfaithfully,” written by Miles Malleson and directed by Jonathan Bank, opened on January 26, 2017 in New York City. “Yours Unfaithfully,” written by Miles Malleson and directed by Jonathan Bank, opened on January 26, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 71.

Pete Hempstead
Theatermania
ShowScore: 60
"Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray do an admirable job portraying the seesaw emotions of the convention-bending pair, but Malleson's uneven script makes us wait until the final act for a dramatic payoff...The earnest plot, unfortunately, begs for a more comedic treatment. Director Jonathan Bank squeezes in a few chuckles now and then, but this is far from the smart comedy it could have been...Still, 'Yours Unfaithfully' offers keen insights into the destructiveness of jealousy."
Alexis Soloski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A refined, rueful and often shrewd comedy about polyamory, written decades before open relationships were quite so openly discussed...Under the polished direction of Bank, its arguments remain provocative, while its structure feels familiar, its tone decorous...It is often very funny; it is also very nearly a tragedy...What is extraordinary about Malleson is his ability to create characters who are capable of feeling several things at once, or who don’t really know what they’re feeling at all."
Sandy MacDonald
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Malleson’s bio suggests a life story considerably more colorful than the tidy marital drama that unfolds onstage...The script offers a scrupulous examination of two warring impulses: the urge to explore versus the instinct to nurture and protect. Happily, we’re spared the wink-wink prompts of farce, though Malleson does allude to an extremely vulgar adage of the day, sanitized here as 'Fresh kiss, fresh courage.' If only he had applied that tenet to his rather dry disquisition."

“Yours Unfaithfully” was also reviewed by Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Richard Seff of DC Metro Theater Arts, Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway, and Jane Dentinger of NY Theatre Guide.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 42 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

dianefe, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You like good acting, thoughtful plays, and a taste of forgotten theater from decades past."
Don't see it if…"You need action and are easily bored when dialogue gets preachy."
Lloyd 6047, ShowScore: 66
See it if…"Written in 1933, but never produced. Now we know why. Two and a half hours of explanations of why a husband and wife might want to cheat."  
Don't see it if…"Thank goodness Max von Essen was on the stage. He supplied needed spark."
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You enjoy old-fashioned shows which have intelligent plot lines and good acting. Had to keep reminding myself this took place in 1933." 
Don't see it if…"Old-fashioned shows are just not your thing. You need high drama and bad language to keep you interested."

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