AaronTheTheatreGuy

Granada Hills | 25-34 | Male
About:  I'm a Producer and Artist Manager with passions for theatre, music, people, and technology.
Reviews (55)
100
Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky, Must see

See it if you are intrigued by the concept of Sweeney Todd meets Natasha Pierre. Solid score, stellar performances by new actors on the scene.

Don't see it if you're expecting a spectacle, huge musical; or if you're strictly a core theatre repertoire enthusiast.

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65
Dated, Original, Relevant, Slow, Quirky

See it if you connect to the oddball musicals that are under performed. It feels much like a song cycle, with vignettes that run through it.

Don't see it if you're craving a clear story. While I was interested in the characters, I didn't get to know any of them as the moments were not connected.

49
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you're a hardcore sting fan, and have connections to Irish stories.

Don't see it if you're expecting grand, thought-provoking theatre. This was a bit of a disappointment.

78
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy attempts at re-imagining classics. Miller's script is in tact in a contemporary setting. An exploration of the darkness in people.

Don't see it if intense plays aren't your bag. Also avoid if you're expecting a traditional staging, which this is not.

95
Original, Riveting, Epic, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want a lesson in pushing the boundaries of a genre. There's a reason this musical was a sensation and made several actors famous.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy LGBT themes, or dark subject matter. Also must enjoy contemporary pop-opera style music and edgy subjects.

90
Great dancing, Enchanting, Delightful, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you love a great dance show, classic musical comedy, and catchy tunes. Well-designed, well-produced, great fun.

Don't see it if you want something edgy and contemporary. This is definitely a throw-back revival to musicals of the era with a fresh design.

96
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you relate to people with mental health challenges, enjoy contemporary scores, be ready to cry. One of the best contemporary works around.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with dark subject matter, or deep explorations of mental illness.

95
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Original, Great acting

See it if you enjoy new takes on theatre. Easily my favorite play of the season, with a quirky balance of humor and drama, great use of puppetry.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with adult language, coming of age stories, or explorations of dark material in a religious setting.

80
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you love Miller's plays or Ivo Van Hove's work. A cerebral approach to the material with thoughtful concept that doesn't always connect.

Don't see it if you seek traditional stagings. A minimalist production, and doesn't always suit having audience members on stage.

95
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy a good farce! A charming comedy with catchy tunes, and a clever design. Stand out performance by Jefferson Mays. Legit score.

Don't see it if you're expecting drama, or anything serious, for that matter. Also not your bag if you like contemporary, edgy scores.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of the hidden jems of the repertoire. Santino Fontana was amazing, and joined by James Earl Jones. Great Menken score.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy eclectic, scores, or are expecting a fully realized production. This is a staged concert reading, sometime with scripts used

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Modern Family. Cute show, great characterizations in a piece that could fall flat in the wrong hands.

Don't see it if off-beat humor or adult themes are not your bag.

70
Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky, Original, Funny

See it if you love country or banjo music. Really strong performances from the cast. Creative and compelling production design.

Don't see it if convenient story devices drive you nuts. Trying to avoid spoilers, but the resolution of the conflict left me wanting more and felt too easy

70
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Resonant, Slow

See it if you love Audra McDonald and tap dancing. Some charming performances and strong choreography carry this re-telling of the 20s story.

Don't see it if you're looking for a multi-dimensional book. The plot stumbles a bit and act two drags.

75
Entertaining, Dated, Raunchy, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a Kander & Ebb fan, and love Fosse choreography. A classic piece of theater and one of the longest-running shows in history.

Don't see it if gritty, period dramas with a lot of dance are not up your alley. Adult themes.

75
Delightful, Fluffy, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you like Peter Pan stories and Mia Michaels choreography. Beautiful set, lighting, and costumes, with a family focused book and score.

Don't see it if you're looking for intense drama.

79
Dated, Epic, Fluffy, Slow, Romantic

See it if you like a classic score, ballet, and beautiful choreography. A visually stellar production that is sweet and charming.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep story or contemporary feel. While new, this feels very classic aurally and aesthetically. Plot is a bit shallow.

65
For a previous production
Funny, Dated, Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you speak Yiddish, love romantic operetta. A charming story and score told completely in Yiddish with English supertitles.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows in other languages or don't enjoy classical music. This is very much an operetta with some charming performances.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Family friendly

See it if you like shows with kids, are a die-hard Andrew Lloyd Weber fan, or want to take kids to the theatre. Teaches the value of hearing youth.

Don't see it if you want something fresh and true to the film. The score felt derivative and Sierra Boggess, who I normally love, was miscast here.

70
Great writing, Slow, Epic, Profound, Disappointing

See it if you grew up loving this story and these songs. Also great performances by Burstein and Silber. Updated choreography was fun and appropriate.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new, short, or fluffy. Heavy story, and drags in places. Outside of the new choreography, not a big update.

90
Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you love Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, and upbeat dance shows. Also strong LGBTQ themes and catchy score. Great costumes and choreography.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with off-beat humor, strong language, or adult themes.

75
Romantic, Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you love old-school romantic comedy. This musical is a classic, charming, light evening of theatre. A strong throwback.

Don't see it if you are expecting a compelling drama. Visually beautiful, though not very inventive.

95
Clever, Great writing, Must see, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you love irreverent comedy. Such a witty book that manages to make humor out of the slightest of exaggerations.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by strong language or adult themes.

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Carole King's music or the music of that era. Great for people born in the 50's.

Don't see it if you're expecting a strong book or original score. This is a typical "songbook" style show that weaves a story between familiar tunes.

89
Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you have connections in any way with the LGBTQ community. A truly fresh look at the evolution of queer culture that brings the novel to life

Don't see it if you are not prepared for emotionally intense and sometimes uncomfortable theatre. Not for the faint of heart.

65
Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you enjoy new interpretations of old favorites. A solid attempt at a re-imagining with an interesting visual quality. Salamone was great.

Don't see it if you're a purist or expect grand productions in a black box. Macbeth's portrayal was a bit cardboard but the other actors made up for it.

65
Fluffy, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you crave visually interesting productions. This show was really pretty to look at, and had some stand out moments from members of the cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting gripping, original theatre. The book and score were formulaic, and while tuneful, not very interesting.

95
Enchanting, Hilarious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you enjoy masterful performances and are prepared to laugh. From start to finish I was enchanted by Tyson and Jones.

Don't see it if you are looking for grand theatre, or are uncomfortable with explorations of the aging, and their lives.

100
Clever, Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Original

See it if you want to see revivals redefined. Such an original interpretation of this material by Arden's team, with brilliant incorporation of ASL.

Don't see it if you're looking for a family show, or classic tunes. This is a heavy, hard-hitting show.

65
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Dated, Intense

See it if you connect with the film or the book, love Duncan Sheik's music, and love the 80s and thrillers. Very original visual design.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy horror, or have no connection to the era. The design only gets the show so far and the material is just so-so.

79
Fluffy, Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like songbook musicals, though it's not really. A fun, folk-inspired score that supports the central love story. Interesting book.

Don't see it if you're looking for intense drama, or clean lines and plots tied up with bows. There's a lot left to the imagination here.

70
Disappointing, Original, Intelligent, Romantic, Clever

See it if you like interesting takes on non-linear plots. This was a very interesting exploration of time in a musical I had never seen attempted.

Don't see it if you can't focus for the whole show, or are confused by moving timelines. You definitely have to stay engaged to enjoy it.

85
Clever, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you connect to stories from the 30s and 40s, love Kander & Ebb, or classic musicals. This was a solid revival with some old favorites.

Don't see it if dark, challenging material is uncomfortable for you. You will laugh, but you'll also cry, and see into the darkness in the human race.

75
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you have a connection to the material and subject matter, or are fans of Salonga or Takei. A valiant effort at exploring a tough subject.

Don't see it if you're just visiting. The score doesn't connect with the story sometimes, with a bit too much of a Disney feel in very serious moments.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy an offbeat, rare treat. The score is charming and the performances were very fun.

Don't see it if you don't like country-style scores, or adult humor. There's a bit of slapstick, and a bit of crude humor, which make for a fun evening.

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you love Cirque, spectacle, and special effects. Clearly developed through a Cirque process, and will attract an atypical Broadway audience.

Don't see it if you are rooted in the format of a typical Broadway musical. The "booklet" is a thread to pull the vignettes together with limited success.

89
During previews
Entertaining, Enchanting, Quirky, Great choreography, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the original or Webber in general. Great draw for fans of dance, with several SYTYCD alum. Mistoffelees was amazing!

Don't see it if you go to the theatre to hear great voices-mixed bag in the music department. Not much of a book, and not an inventive revival.

83
Great acting, Edgy, Heavy,, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like emotionally driven dramas or these actors. This piece had an interesting way of making the audience sympathetic to criminal acts.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with stories that address sexual assault or emotional abuse.

85
Masterful, Slow, Thought-provoking, Dated, Riveting

See it if you're looking for a Jessica Lange masterclass. A strong cast delivers praise-worthy performances in this Herculean drama.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. Quite long, but worth it in the end.

95
Gripping, Thought-provoking, Original, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you have a strong reaction to parental relationships. This is a look at dementia through the eyes of the victim unlike any I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you're going alone and aren't prepared to be moved. Very stark and tugs at the heartstrings.

75
Entertaining, Edgy, Original, Performance piece, Family friendly

See it if you love rhythms, physical humor, and performance art. Great percussion, fun design, and appropriate for all ages.

Don't see it if you are expecting musical theatre. There is no book or singing.

90
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like the film, Jesse Mueller, and Sara Bareilles. A witty book, catchy tunes, and a musical that feels very "singer-songwriter."

Don't see it if you're seeking a typical musical theatre score. This is contemporary folk in style.

80
Refreshing, Romantic, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Estefan, love songbook shows, or have a strong connection to Latin culture. This was better than your average songbook show.

Don't see it if you have no connection to the music or her career.

95
Important, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy stories of defying odds and overcoming oppression. A gripping drama that shines an important light in a dark corner of our history

Don't see it if you need a light evening of entertainment. This is based on actual accounts of Liberian women and leaves no stone unturned.

95
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original, Quirky

See it if you love puppets, grew up with Sesame Street, love adult comedy and self-reflection. An interweaving of numerous caricatures and stereotypes

Don't see it if you don't like adult humor and themes. Not for families or young children, but will leave you laughing for days.

75
For a previous production
Cliched, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you love songbook shows, love the four seasons, and that era of music. Fun, upbeat, and entertaining.

Don't see it if you're looking for an original show. This weaves together music of the Four Seasons with an interpretation of their story.

75
Slow, Romantic, Epic, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you're a big R&H fan, or love classic musicals. This is classic all around. Beautiful score, lavish sets and costumes, sweet, simple story.

Don't see it if you like short shows, or are looking for something original. This is a solid update, but doesn't really revolutionize the original material.

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Epic, Overrated, Great writing

See it if you have a strong connection to a particular member of the cast, or just can't resist hearing this score live.

Don't see it if you're a die-hard fan of the original. Underwhelming technically, and miscast. A difficult show to sing, and these singers missed the mark.

91
Clever, Fluffy, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a theatre fan! This show is a true homage to musical theatre and approaches the creation of the "first musical" in a hilarious way.

Don't see it if you're seeking serious theatre. You'll also appreciate this more if you're familiar with musicals. Not the best first show.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Original, Refreshing

See it if you're a Disney fan, and enjoy visually stimulating shows. The puppetry and costumes are fascinating and a great testament to Disney.

Don't see it if you crave realism in theatre. This show is abstract and full of imagination.