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Charlotte | Male
About:  A life-long theater geek who performed in musicals from elementary through high school and wish I could again. I even proposed to my now-wife right after seeing "Gypsy" w/Patti LuPone, so yeah, theater is in my blood.
Reviews (97)
Preview hamilton180
99
Intelligent, Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if Despite knowing OBC by heart, you think the show can still amaze and astound. It can and does. Massively heightened expectations exceeded

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic, b/c coming out to lobby after the show is v crowded. Other than that. No. No reason not to see it- It's Hamilton!

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97
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want a show that is both specific and universal, one that could be talking about your family and all families. And is damn entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like to be challenged in the theater or want simplistic plays.

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92
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You believe the show's message and examination of prejudice and group-think is just as relevant today as when it first came out.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of great writing and insight into human psyche

Preview blithe spirit
88
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if A funny farce with a plum role in its center in the form of Mme. Arcati. Cast her right and the show hits the mark.

Don't see it if OK it's not laugh-a-minute, and could be a bit creaky, but still worth seeing it. You'll at least leave in good spirits.

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82
Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You wanted the chance to see a trouper like Jackie Hoffman in a great comic performance. Bonus points for a fun turn from Lypsinka.

Don't see it if OK it's a bit long and a bit thin on the story side,. but the winning lead performances made up for that.

Preview the fantasticks
68
Banal, Overrated, Fluffy, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You have fond memories of Jerry Orbach, or enjoy occasionally clever word play in your lyrics. Or if corny is your thing.

Don't see it if You think subtlety is a good thing. I also didn't buy the back-and-forth romance at the center of the chestnut of a show.

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83
For a previous production
Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You have kids, or are fans of the Will Ferrell classic movie. It's pretty fast-paced so even youngsters should be entertained pretty well.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie, because really that's the whole point of the show, even if it isn't a scene-for-scene replay.

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89
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want an absorbing, smart, insightful evening of theater exploring life, death, disappointment, relationships and math. It's worth it.

Don't see it if Math and madness aren't really your ideal night out.

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89
Original, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You are looking for a moving, affecting story of family conflict, friendship and bonding w/animals. The puppetry here is truly amazing

Don't see it if You hate crying in public. Trust me, no spoilers, but it's gonna happen. It's called War Horse not Peace Horse.

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75
Dolly-esque, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Dated

See it if You enjoy hearing those classic Jerry Herman songs like Bosom Buddies, Open A New Window and the title song (natch.)

Don't see it if You are expecting riveting plot points. Guessing they probably felt a bit dated when La Lansbury spoke them way back when.

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94
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like slamming doors, stupendous farce, and great comic timing. It's an hilarious show; never gets old, as long as the actors are game.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to laugh, laugh or laugh again.

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86
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Clever

See it if You leave your expectations at the door (or airport lounge) and enjoy a new take on an old French farce. Fine comic timing helps it take off

Don't see it if Flighty farce isn't your thing, or a belief that the '60s and screwball comedy shouldn't be seen out in public together.

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49
Clunky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like Sting or The Police or if you have a lot of time to kill. Otherwise...

Don't see it if You like to be surprised by musicals' plots.. And if you want deja vu, just sub in the working class men of Billy Elliot for the men here.

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93
Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You've come to laugh at Chekhov tropes, or just want to laugh. It's a smart, well-written show. You don't have to know Checkhov to have fun

Don't see it if You take your Chekov very seriously, or are not a fan of Durang, as this is classic Durang at work here.

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88
For a previous production
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if The show still packs an emotional punch after all these years. It's steamy, brutal, serious fare. Casting is critical for a good show here.

Don't see it if The cast seems off, or if you think the movie version's focus on Stanley is how every adaptation should be handled.

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85
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of Brecht and Duncan Sheik (he did the new score).

Don't see it if You're looking for a light-and-fluffy comedy.

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90
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You've never seen this important piece of American theater history.

Don't see it if You don't like theater about important issues.

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94
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like insanely hummable tunes and terrific child actors!

Don't see it if You don't like shows with kids in them.

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87
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in an avant-garde and minimalist staging of an American classic.

Don't see it if You don't like Arthur Miller or you don't like updated classics.

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89
For a previous production
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You saw the movie and are intrigued into how it would translate to the stage.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie and you don't like diners.

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95
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Original, Resonant

See it if You want to see where it all began for Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Don't see it if You don't like great songs and amazing choreography.

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88
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You've never seen Albee's classic, biting show with great dialogue and characters.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for light comedy

Preview heidi
91
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like your valentines to be on the bittersweet side, but are a fan of great writing, this revival delivers laughs and insight.

Don't see it if Some dated references throughout a show throw you off.

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79
Absorbing, Indulgent, Original, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Really one of the experiences you need to see for yourself, a fun night of percussion and marshmallows, surprises and a spectacle of color.

Don't see it if You want dialogue and/or dancing. Or if you are color blind, I suppose

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76
Challenging, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like thoughtful, dark, dark comedies and don't mind the carnage. Twisty and engaging.

Don't see it if You have trouble with dead bodies, or dead cats for that matter, or are looking for light entertainment. This is not that.

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98
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want poignant, heart-breaking and ultimately life-affirming theater. So well-acted, with heartfelt lyrics that are of today and timeless

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. None. Ben Platt is supernova good, and every member of the small cast matches him

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90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want to see one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Love! Cross-dressers! Word play! It's all there to enjoy.

Don't see it if You get tripped up by Shakespearean language

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85
Original, Fluffy, Dated, Clever, Funny

See it if You like audience-participation murder-mystery comedy. And what's not to like about that combo? Practically the definition of crowd-pleaser.

Don't see it if Having some of the jokes be on the dated or clunky side bothers you, or if you are afraid of getting involved in the show.

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86
Original, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You can get past the title, it's worth it. Sharp political satire, funny songs and a good time, with nice dance moves by the company.

Don't see it if You can't get past the title,. Otherwise, you're in for an inventive, original night of theater.

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90
Refreshing, Fluffy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like having fun in the theater, buoyed by a great lead and some young kids who can really rock. You won't be disappointed.

Don't see it if You were one of the few who didn't like the movie that the show is based on. (Who are you people, anyway?).

Preview if then
81
Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are an Idina fan. The acting is good throughout, despite the shortcoming of the material.

Don't see it if You like songs that actually make an impact or resonate rather than ones that don't seem distinctive at all. The show is also cliche-filled.

Preview neverlandnew180
78
Banal, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You are dying for another iteration of the Peter Pan story, were a fan of the movie it is loosely based on and don't like surprises in shows

Don't see it if Oh look, another origin story for the genesis of Peter Pan. Predictable, unimaginative, with wan songs and performances to match I'm afraid.

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85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like to think, and be challenged, on a sharp take on race relations and reverberations through the years from A Raisin In The Sun.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend a couple hours thinking of race relations over the years. Look, there's a reason it won the Pulitzer and Tony.

Preview the elephant man
87
Touching, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a literate, moving and thoughtful night of theater. It''s a classic for a reason people. It's a poignant exploration of life.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged in the theater, or disliked it's previous stage versions.

Preview the normal heart
90
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy shows that haven't lost their power one bit. It's in-your-face message at the dawn of AIDS is as essential now as ever. Must-see.

Don't see it if You are intolerant, or are afraid of being challenged or lectured to in the theater.

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79
Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want inventive, wordless display of percussive theatricality (There, I think I made up a phrase.) They bang on everything., really.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for witty dialogue. Or any dialogue. Or if you have a headache. Definitely not if you have a headache.

Preview god of carnage
86
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are a fan of sharp, witty, well-drawn characters having at each other for the entire show. It's Funny, insightful, surprising.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in comically dissecting middle-class perspectives over the course of one evening

Preview fish
78
Seinfeld-lite, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Seinfeld/Curb/Larry David. It's a fairly funny spiel from David's mind stretched to play length. Mostly funny shtick.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the Seinfeld-type brand of humor or are expecting the 2nd coming of Jerry, George, etc. Or the 2nd coming of Neil Simon

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91
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Tennessee Williams at his best.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for riotous laughter.

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84
For a previous production
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You loved the classic Eric Carle book. Great for children and fans of exquisite puppetry!

Don't see it if You're not bringing young children.

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76
Naked, Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You're on a girls' (or guys') night out! (Be careful of the front row...)

Don't see it if You're offended by penises.

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88
Absorbing, Romantic, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You like swoon-worthy dancing and Gershwin tunes.

Don't see it if You want dialogue about thought-provoking issues.

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88
Original, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like whip-smart improv theater. It's a new show every time!

Don't see it if You like the same old, tired shows.

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92
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You're a fan of hilarious writing and acting!

Don't see it if You don't like fun.

Preview funhome1803
96
Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like smart musicals with a heart.

Don't see it if You're offended by homosexuality. Or funeral homes.

Preview curious
92
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like smart, funny, literate theater.

Don't see it if You don't like smart shows.

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89
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of great writing by August Wilson, as he explores Africa-American and masculinity themes.

Don't see it if Some of the lines seemed rushed in the production I saw but the overall power of Wilson's words still came through.

Preview beautiful
85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Ms. King's, or like Jersey Boys-style shows exploring an artist's career. Good tale of how she persevered as a solo artist

Don't see it if You don't like her music or '60s songs or Jersey Boys.

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86
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like powerful performances in a slimmed-down revival w/a revelatory leading lady, gospel-tinged songs and Jennifer Hudosn too.

Don't see it if You are looking for a night of light comedy, or didn't care for the movie upon which it is based.

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90
Refreshing, Hilarious, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Like Comden and Green's clever lyrics, Kristin Chenoweth at the very top of her game and just a fun, frothy, frentic time in the theater.

Don't see it if Older musicals aren't your thing. Not exactly the most surprising of plots but who cares.