Adam 1281

Somerville

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Reviews (20)
85
During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny
August 14th, 2022

See it if you want to laugh & are intrigued to see what it's like for hypnotized audience members to perform improv w/a Whose Line legend!

Don't see it if you don't like improv comedy, with all its silliness and unpredictability.

90
Great acting, Refreshing, Delightful
July 14th, 2022

See it if you enjoy lively folk music, themes about the kindness of strangers, and jokes about small-town life.

Don't see it if -you need a deep character dive (it's an ensemble piece w/many narrative arcs.) -I *would* say some of the songs are a little clunky.

89
Delightful, Endearing, Impressive, Beautiful, Enchanting
June 13th, 2022

See it if you want to see two very impressive actresses sing haunting Scottish-folk songs w/just voices & live-looping, w/a whimsical storyline.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional big-theater musical with elaborate sets & costumes. Accents are sometimes hard to understand but also endearing!

65
For a previous production
EVA LUNA
Gramercy
Relevant, Slow, Great acting
June 12th, 2022

See it if You enjoy Spanish-language dramas that deal with politics, class and the media.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with Spanish subtitles (if you don't speak fluently). It's also a bit slow at times and maybe 15-20 min too long.

77
Pitchy, dawg, Well-acted, Ambitious
May 21st, 2022

See it if you like musicals w/unusual multiverse storytelling, and some often-inspired Company-esque existential lyrics!

Don't see it if you have high vocal standards - some of the (community-theater) singers are a bit pitchy, not to mention too quiet to be heard over the band

75
During previews
Talented child singers, Foul-mouthed, Clever
May 4th, 2022

See it if you enjoy silly, raunchy Jewish humor about self-acceptance andsome endearing (sometimes catchy) songs and performances from child actors

Don't see it if you want more substantive and polished musical numbers, or can't handle a fair amount of un-PC jokes about religion and wetting the bed.

69
Relevant, Intense, Unsubtle, Powerful
March 28th, 2022

See it if You enjoy plays that touch on topics of race, class and education, with powerful acting.

Don't see it if You want some nuance and depth to your scripts. This often hits you over the head with metaphors and explaining deeper meanings

82
Black No More
Midtown W
Great acting, Weak plot, High-energy, Entertaining
February 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy diverse music styles from hip-hop & soul to gospel & the blues, and thought-provoking social/racial satire.

Don't see it if you want well-resolved endings and/or expect it to be as cutting and unsentimental as the book. Plot could use some cleaning up!

87
Entertaining, Powerful, Ambitious
January 5th, 2022

See it if you like eclectic musical genres (soul, gospel, klezmer, pop) and a bittersweet story w/strong political themes re: race, class and religion

Don't see it if you like traditional big-budget musicals with big dance numbers and cheerful take-home messages. This ain't it!

65
Approval Junkie
West Village
Slow, Engaging, Pleasant, Indulgent, Thoughtful
November 21st, 2021

See it if you like one-person shows and following memoir-y journeys that use reflective humor to discuss traumas like miscarriages & anorexia

Don't see it if you want something with a lot of energy and zip. This has slow moments and, while poignant & funny, is often tedious in getting to its point

82
Kid-friendly, Musical, Crowd-pleasing, Entertaining, Majestic
November 10th, 2021

See it if you and/or your kids know the movie version and love the songs/story. It's very similar and is a faithful & lovely adaptation of the film.

Don't see it if you need something profound, deep or understated. This is not that!

91
Playful, Silly, Entertaining, Irreverent, Clever
November 8th, 2021

See it if you are a fan of irreverent comedic musicals like Avenue Q, or the comedy and social satire of South Park.

Don't see it if you're easily offended!

89
Profound, Poignant, Perceptive, Funny, Clever
October 28th, 2021

See it if you like thoughtful, perceptive, smart humor on politics, race, relationships and mental health.

Don't see it if you prefer more conventional observational humor or comedians that don't get especially serious.

88
Artsy, Playful, Mesmerizing, Kinetic, Upbeat
October 12th, 2021

See it if you are a fan of the Talking Heads, David Byrne, upbeat 80s New Wave, or just really talented musicians!

Don't see it if You need plot, or structure, or a more traditional Broadway musical experience. It's not that, but you'll be glad you went anyway!

85
During previews
Blue Man Group
East Village
High-energy, Cheeky, Irreverent, Quirky, Entertaining
October 12th, 2021

See it if If you like tecneo-vaudevillian performance art that's also making fun of performance art - on top of some genuinely enthralling percussion!

Don't see it if If you need plot in your theater shows, or anything semblance of solemnity or subtlety!

91
Poignant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
October 11th, 2021

See it if you like contemporary retellings of American history, especially with amazing musicianship, great harmonies and ambitious songwriting.

Don't see it if you don't like hip-hop or soul/R&B, or can't handle 3+ hours of dense, detailed music & occasionally overwrought singing.

81
Energetic, Heartfelt, Unfocused, Funny, Entertaining
October 11th, 2021

See it if you love Alanis Morrissette's songs! Anyone who grew up on her music will appreciate how these songs come to life in musical form.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot - It's a bit over-ambitious in trying to fit in many topics, from gay rights & BLM to suburban ennui.

89
Lovely, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting
October 11th, 2021

See it if you like contemporary folk-rock musicals with some hypnotically beautiful songs.

Don't see it if you can't handle a little sex and nudity in your musicals.

91
Rent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining
October 11th, 2021

See it if you love ambitious rock musicals about young adults going through difficult times. It's heavy, it's playful, and the music is absorbing.

Don't see it if you can't handle some thoughtful if irreverent humor about topics like AIDS, homosexuality and liberal politics.

86
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Catchy, Upbeat, Playful, Clever, Entertaining
October 11th, 2021

See it if This has a great mix of modern music styles woven into a unique, female-driven tale about the six wives of Henry XIII.

Don't see it if you're not into modern pop, soul, hip-hop and rock, or if you're not into an edgier and more contemporary take on 16th century history.