Featured Member Reviews: Beyond Broadway

Show-Score | By Ryan McCarthy | Dec 27, 2016

Every Tuesday we're turning the spotlight on some of our favorite member reviews. Here are our picks for the week for some of the top Off and Off-Off Broadway shows, shows like "Sweet Charity," "Puffs," and "The Wolves."

With the madness of the holidays soon to be coming to a close, it might be the perfect time to unwind and check out a show that's a little more low-key (and let's face it, low-price tag) than the average Broadway spectacle. Here are our favorite member reviews for some of the most exciting and highest rated shows that are found off the Great White Way!

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Ashowgoer gave Oslo (Broadway) a 85

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious
July 20th, 2016

See it if You enjoy political/historical dramas/thrillers and are the type to read more about the suggested events after the play.

Don't see it if You dislike anything having to do with politics/war, or aren't drawn to historical works.

David Andrew Laws gave Sleep No More a 85

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Epic
July 17th, 2016

See it if you don't want to miss one of the most original pieces of theatre around. Truly, truly an immersive, inventive, and beautiful evening.

Don't see it if you crave too much structure. I sometimes found myself making up a story, then chastising myself for not being fully present.

TT gave Small Mouth Sounds a 95

Original, Delightful, Funny, Clever
July 21st, 2016

See it if You like clever original shows and be right there with the actors as tho you're in the room with them. All done without talking!

Don't see it if You're looking for a classic play on a classic stage. If you don't like theatre in the round, seeing the audience opposite you.

BrdwyBear gave Hadestown (Off-Broadway) a 95

Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Original, Great singing
July 18th, 2016

See it if you LOVE great theatre. It's a very old story but told in such a fresh, original way. I knew how it was going to end, but it still held me!

Don't see it if you are looking for big sets and large production values. This one is all about the story, the music and the performances. Small - intimate!

Kathleen W. gave David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet a 85

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Original, Entertaining
July 18th, 2016

See it if You like truly original work, really good solo performers, and a little improv.

Don't see it if You don't think people should mess around with Shakespeare.

Ninwall gave The Golden Bride a 89

Enchanting, Delightful, Original, Funny, Great singing
July 15th, 2016

See it if Captivating, energetic revival of a classic Yiddish theater operetta from 1923. Vocals were out of this world; cast exuded joy & delight.

Don't see it if There are English and Russian subtitles projected above; personally, this enhanced my enjoyment. Plot was pure silliness; a fun evening!

bob 29 gave From the Deep (FringeNYC) a 85

Brilliantly imaginative two hander linking disparate victims of terrorist kidnappings
August 13th, 2016

See it if You seek creative, richly imaginative, stunnigly well acted, original drama that is both intellectually stimulating & emotionally involving

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid a discomforting immersion into pain & fear. Still author Cassie Seinuk's brilliance demands and rewards our attention.

Edmond M gave NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! (FringeNYC) a 96

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious
August 18th, 2016

See it if You are fearless about confronting the legacy of racial prejudice in America. Or if you love horror films, or Neo-Futurists.

Don't see it if You think you run the world (no offence, Beyoncé). But even if that's you, you will learn something here.

Petewk87 gave Sense & Sensibility a 85

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Original
August 12th, 2016

See it if fantastic cast. clever take on gossip culture. incisively humorous and at times moving. creative and engaging use of movement and props.

Don't see it if the energy of some cast members can be a little too much/over the top at times. I love the Bedlam style, but that may not be for everyone

Valli R gave Butler a 90

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent
August 18th, 2016

See it if Very different take on Civil war subject. One of the best off Broadway plays around. If you like history, you'll really enjoy this one.

Don't see it if If American History doesn't interest you especially back stories of the Civil war

Emily S 6227 gave Small Mouth Sounds a 95

Enchanting, Exquisite, Hilarious, Profound, Great acting
August 15th, 2016

See it if You want to fall in love with a variety of painfully flawed characters and let them break your heart.

Don't see it if You don't like a meditative theater experience, or don't have patience for subtlety or slow progression in theater.

Angela Mansberry gave Sweet Charity a 95

Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Relevant
December 20th, 2016

See it if you want to see a wonderful score performed by a superb cast in a way that makes you feel for this classic musical in an entirely new way.

Don't see it if don't like musicals that have a darker side that makes you feel something or if you don't like choreography-heavy musicals.

C1986 gave Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (NYC) a 88

Delightful, Hilarious, Inventive, Energetic, Great acting
December 21st, 2016

See it if You love the Harry Potter books and films; you're up for an evening of pure silliness and laughter; you appreciate brisk, creative direction

Don't see it if You're unfamiliar with the Harry Potter universe - you won't get it! or if you're looking for serious drama

Jeff S gave The Wolves a 83

Absorbing, Refreshing, Great writing, Ambitious, Cliched
December 20th, 2016

See it if you like plays that really put you in an unfamiliar world and let you sit with really well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you want a satisfying whole and have no patience for emotional manipulation.

Mia Q gave Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey a 84

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky
December 25th, 2016

See it if you like Edward Gorey's work, are interested in a show about an eccentric artist/author's life, are interested in the life of a gay man

Don't see it if you don't like biopics or intimate venues. It's a charming show, well acted by 3 actors, in a nice, small theater.

Theatre Cat gave The Band's Visit (Broadway) a 83

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Refreshing
December 21st, 2016

See it if you like smaller musicals about human beings with complicated, if undramatic, lives. You like ensemble shows and great music.

Don't see it if you dislike ensemble shows and small stories. You need all the story lines to be wrapped up at the end. You don't like seeing the musicians.

Marcy gave Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes a 79

Everyone should see this show at least once in their life!, Goofy and silly, but still lots of fun., Entertaining and happy-making, The rockettes are better than ever, The 3-d videos, new sets and projections add a lot.
December 20th, 2016

See it if You've never seen the show, Radio City or the Rockettes live before, and just want to be thrilled by a talented cast and lots of spectacle.

Don't see it if Too cool for this type show, aren't impressed with precision dancing, want something serious. This is a VERY New York Xmas experience. Go 1X