Saturday, April 14, 2018

3 Things to Look for in Theater Reviews

When you are getting ready to see a Broadway play, it’s important to read through reviews. It may be what’s ultimately helpful for you to decide what show you want to see. There are a few elements to look for when reading Broadway play reviews.

Actor Performances
A good review is going to tell you about the various actors who are in the play. You should learn a little bit more about their experience, including some of the other plays they may have been in. This will help to give you a little more insight as to who you can expect to see on stage and whether it is worth the money.

A review should also identify if the actor is the primary for the role or if there was a stand-in. For example, if you are reading a review where the performance was a little off because there was a stand-in, you may experience a very different performance if the person who is actually cast for the role is the one on the stage when you go.

Time of Show
Although most theater performances identify the length of the show, it can vary significantly. Intermission may last longer than anticipated. Further, the person providing the review should give you some indication as to whether the time of the show was adequate. Some performances seem rushed while others seemed to go on forever. The pacing of a show can play a vital role in determining whether it was successful or not.

Overall Impression
A Broadway play is going to be a little different for everyone. Each person who goes to see it is going to have their own impression on the acting, the costumes, and all of the other components. However, the overall impression provided in the review should give you some indication as to whether it is something you will want to see.

It’s a good idea to read a few different reviews so that you can form your own opinion prior to going to see the show. It may also be what helps you choose one production over another.


  1. Three good ways to determine if you would like indeed. Best to read a variety and get different perspectives for sure, as we all have different likes.

  2. I have not been to a Broadway show in such a long time. I do like to read the reviews also.

  3. We've only been to one Broadway show ever. We didn't have time to check the reviews, so we asked the ticket seller for their opinion. They were spot-on!

  4. It's been years since I've been to a Broadway show. But, I usually don't read reviews until after the show/movie, because I want to form my own opinion first. In most cases, it's always different than the reviewer lol.

  5. RENT - one of my favorite shows ever... LOVED IT. Would love to see it again ... or any BROADWAY show for that matter :) Hope you are well

  6. thanks for the tips and tricks shared. every show i've been for so far {which isnt much, though i'd like it to be more lol} I've really enjoyed.

  7. I love reading reviews and I think they really count when it comes to theater because there are so many elements.

  8. I often listen to word of mouth but now that I know more about what to look for in a review will spend time doing that as well

  9. We read the reviews before we take the girls. We were going to take Mariah to one a few years back, but then read reviews that it had a few raunchy sex scenes, so we opted not to go based on the reviews.

  10. I don't think a bad review would keep me from going to a show if it were something I really liked.


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