Variety is mostly positive.https://www.google.com/amp/s/variety.com/2018/legit/reviews/american-son-review-kerry-washington-broadway-1203017628/amp/
The Hollywood Reporter is mixed, but leans positive:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/review/american-son-theater-review-1157904
Another mixed but leaning positive review from The Wrap:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thewrap.com/american-son-broadway-review-kerry-washington-steven-pasquale-jeremy-jordan/amp/
AM New York seems to be saying what most reviews are saying: Washington is phenomenal, the script is not one-for-the-ages, but it is a timely topic and worth seeing whatever its flaws:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.amny.com/amp/entertainment/american-son-review-1.22896845
Time Out gives it 3 out of 5 stars:https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/american-son-review-kerry-washington
LA Times: 'American Son,' with Kerry Washington, is a painfully topical, if imperfect, Broadway dramahttp://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/theater/reviews/la-et-cm-american-son-review-20181101-story.html
The Daily Beast is negative:https://www.thedailybeast.com/kerry-washington-and-the-wasted-potential-of-american-son-on-broadway
The Chicago Tribune is mixed, but ultimately finds the play worthy:https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/broadway/sc-ent-american-son-broadway-review-1105-story.html
Two reviews (3 stars and 2 stars): New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo and Elysa Gardner):http://nystagereview.com/2018/11/04/american-son-ripped-from-the-headlines/http://nystagereview.com/2018/11/04/american-son-modern-injustice-wrought-as-melodrama/
NY Times Critic’s Pick from Jesse Green:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/11/04/theater/american-son-review.amp.html
GeorgeandDot said: "Everything gets a Critic's Pick these days so that really isn't much of an achievement lol."I know. It only matters to me when it’s a show I love or want to see. Lol. At least this time, this critic’s pick was accompanied by a mostly positive review as opposed to those real head-scratchers where the critic’s picks are accompanied by mixed reviews. Lol. Sadly, I likely won’t make it to NYC before this and other plays (that I want to see) close.
The other agent was played by Eugene Lee (the actor, not the set designer).
I saw this last weekend and enjoyed it, but I had my expectations set by those who saw it earlier than I did. It's certainly nothing extraordinary, but it's engaging for its 90-minute run time. I'm glad it received some positive notices, but I understand the negative reviews, too.
Sara Holdren (Vulture) hated it.http://www.vulture.com/2018/11/theater-review-the-good-intentions-of-american-son.html
GeorgeandDot said: "Everything gets a Critic's Pick these days so that really isn't much of an achievement lol."That is absolutely not true. Your post reads more like it bothers you that this show received one because you don't particularly care for it. It's an engaging piece that benefits from its performances. Washington is doing great work here - I didn't have any doubts about her...she's a force to be reckoned with but Pasquale and even Jordan's performances really did surprise me. It was nice seeing them challenge themselves beyond musical comedy.
Mixed review from me as well, it was uneven and the ending was ..... just a poor choice. This will sell well of course because of the cast. But, Steven and Jeremy reallllly need to get back to musicals, that is truly where they shine.
Blue_Lotus said: "GeorgeandDot said: "Everything gets a Critic's Pick these days so that really isn't much of an achievement lol."That is absolutely not true. Your post reads more like it bothers you that thisshow received one because you don't particularly care for it.It's an engaging piece that benefits from its performances. Washington is doing great work here - I didn't have any doubts about her...she's a force to be reckoned with but Pasquale and evenJordan's performances really did surprise me. It was nice seeing them challenge themselves beyond musical comedy."It's an mildly interesting piece with a good message and some good performances, but it's not a particularly good play at all. Idk, but I believe critic's pick should be reserved for really exceptional works, not just the one's that are semi-competent.
Miles2Go2 said: "It surprised me that Jesse Green says in The NY Times review that Pasquale is for once ideally cast. Not so much because he appears to laud Pasquale’s performance, but because it seems like a backhanded complement. Is it generally considered that Pasquale has been mis-cast in his previous roles? I’ve only seen him once, but thought he was great in The Robber Bridegroom."Seriously did Jesse completely miss Bridges of Madison County?
I agree, that was a weird thing to say. I doubt he ever saw Bridges or Far From Heaven.
The weird thing about Jesse Green's Pasquale comment is that he really liked Bridges of Madison County and Pasquale's performance in it:"The leading performances, shaped by Sher to preserve a sense of character modesty within the vocal extravagance, are exemplary.... Barihunk Steven Pasquale, as Robert, who starred opposite O’Hara in Far From Heaven off Broadway last spring, and appeared in the first developmental production of The Light in the Piazza with her as well, at last gets a chance to be heard singing on Broadway. He was worth the wait.... surely any less beautiful production, with less glorious singing actors than O’Hara and Pasquale, would expose other flaws. But don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars."http://www.vulture.com/2014/02/theater-review-the-bridges-of-madison-county.html
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