Adam Wildavsky

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Ayn Rand fan, bridge player, skier, Lindy hopper, retired software engineer. global warming skeptic.
Reviews (44)
95
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great dancing, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if Ivan van Hove's staging is not to be missed. Everything about this production is worthwhile. It compares favorably to the great 2009 revival

Don't see it if The only reason to miss this is if you never enjoy musicals. An hour and 45 minutes with no intermission is too long for you.

Also Everything a Broadway musical should be. This show opened in 1957 but ... Read more Read less

67
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Overlong, Slow

See it if You are interested in the 1960's, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, and the ramp-up of the welfare state.

Don't see it if You're looking for a plot or drama.

Also Brian Cox did a credible job playing Johnson, but the play was not cri... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Banal, Clever

See it if You're a Chekhov completist. But this did not improve upon the original.

Don't see it if It bothers you to see men playing female characters for no apparent reason.

Also I saw this the same weekend as "Life Sucks", another reimagining of Ch... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy well-written plays. You appreciate a sophisticated approach to leadership.

Don't see it if You are impatient with cast members who occasionally forget their lines.

Also The entire cast gave strong performances. Robert Cuccioli was riveting... Read more Read less

77
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy musical comedy.

Don't see it if You care only for shows from Broadway's golden age. You're looking for strong, memorable melodies.

Also Excellent performances from David Schramm, Allie Trimm, Robert Picardo... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like to see Broadway spoof itself. You appreciate that not all claims of good intentions are sincere.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep take on homophobia or small-town attitudes.

Also Angie Schworer was a stand-out as Angie. It was great to see Shakespea... Read more Read less

22
Raunchy, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You have to see everything Nathan Lane participates in, no matter how painful. You relish scatological humor.

Don't see it if You're looking for something intelligent.

Also I despair for a world where people enjoy this play - it got a standing... Read more Read less

90
Socrates
East Village
Profound, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You have an interest in the life of the mind. You want to understand why philosophy is relevant to life. You love drama.

Don't see it if You're not at all curious about how the ancient Greeks created the basis for the modern world. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was enough for you.

Also In a strong cast, David Aaron Baker was outstanding as Anytus, one of ... Read more Read less

94
Profound, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You enjoy a study of the relationship between the individual and the state, a la Antigone.

Don't see it if You seek escapist fare. You think 100 minutes is too long for a play with no intermission.

Also A compelling illustration of some of the realities of life under a tot... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want an empirical demonstration of the importance of free speech, not just an academic exposition.

Don't see it if You believe that words have an intrinsic power to hurt, and not, as LB put it, that it's the suppression of the word that gives it its power

Also The show takes a different approach than the 1974 film. I enjoyed both... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Relevant

See it if You enjoy fun musicals and think it's possible to treat people well without being pummelled by social justice tropes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a return of Broadway's golden age.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by the intelligent treatment of business an... Read more Read less

74
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Quirky, Sweet, Entertaining

See it if You're an Ethel Merman fan, or a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, or you enjoyed "Book of Mormon."

Don't see it if You're looking for something deep.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You love a grand combination of music, plot, costumes, scenery, singing, dancing. You are curious about the sound of an unusual language.

Don't see it if You are Richard Spencer.

Also One of the greatest American musicals, reimagined in the language Shol... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Rostand or Shakespeare or intelligent Feminism.

Don't see it if You require a strong plot.

99
Carmen Jones
East Village
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Romantic

See it if You appreciate beautiful singing or you'd like a light-weight introduction to opera.

Don't see it if You are a grump.

Also An amazing experience. The audience gave a well-deserved standing ovat... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're a Jim Parsons or Zach Quinto fan, or you're interested in the effects of a culture that compels men to repress their sexuality.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about gay men.

Also Surprisingly undated for a 50th-anniversary revival. Intelligent, but ... Read more Read less

75
For a previous production
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intelligent writing, even if hidden under a layer of absurdism.

Don't see it if You don't care for exploations of the battle of the sexes.

Also I was torn as to whether to see this, but I'm glad I did. I do not car... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You want to see how an unusual staging can enhance our understanding of a beloved classic, or if you just want to have a great time.

Don't see it if You are a grump.

Also See this production post haste if you have a chance! It was easily the... Read more Read less

47
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You value clever acting and wordplay over integrity of theme.

Don't see it if You understand that there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Also Negotiation between a civilized party and one that uses violence as th... Read more Read less

9
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if You don't believe that any play could be as bad as this one is rumored to be.

Don't see it if You value your time or your sanity.

Also I didn't give it a zero because for some reason I stayed for the secon... Read more Read less

73
Clever, Funny

See it if You hang out at Central Perk.

Don't see it if You preferred "Seinfeld."

Also The original show was absurd enough that it's difficult to parody, but... Read more Read less

75
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are a "Seinfeld" fan or you enjoy smart comedies.

Don't see it if You're looking for Noel Coward, though that's an awfully high bar.

Also The latest chapter in the battle of the sexes.

70
During previews
Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You love the original play so much that you're willing to see it in any guise, or if you've never seen any Cyrano.

Don't see it if You are such a big fan of the world's greatest play that you'll feel deprived by all the missing scenes.

Also The music was forgettable for the most part, but some of the duets wer... Read more Read less

63
Experimental, Confusing, Clever

See it if You are on a date.

Don't see it if You want a traditional multi-character drama. While there are multiple actors and multiple characters the story focuses on an individual.

Also While it is experimental theater, as it is billed, it does have a stor... Read more Read less

91
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Chekhov or any classic Russian playwright. You'd like to see "Uncle Vanya" in a new light.

Don't see it if You prefer action thrillers or musicals.

Also A tour de force. Also great to see some familiar faces.

46
Slow, Excruciating

See it if You must see everything Metcalf or Lithgow appear in.

Don't see it if You seen enough portrayals of bickering couples who have difficulty communicating.

63
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You're enough of a fan of the U.S. Constitution that you don't mind seeing it co-opted for polemic purposes.

Don't see it if You do not reside in the Left's cultural bubble and realize that it might not be best for the government to act as a parent.

Also 1. Schreck gives a strong performance.... Read more Read less

84
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in entrepreneurship, the dynamics of workplace relationships, or the history of the newspaper business.

Don't see it if You cannot understand British accents.

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love great American musicals and don't mind a new take.

Don't see it if A change in emphasis would ruin your memories of this classic.

Also I did not care for the plot twist, but the dark element has been there... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are in NYC, or you have the means to visit! This is one of the best musicals of all time, in an outstanding production.

Don't see it if You're tone-deaf.

Also Kelli O'Hara was amazing. I'd love to see more opera singers on Broadw... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Quirky, Good characterization

See it if You are a fan of Mamet or community theater and you do not take yourself too seriously.

Don't see it if You want a believable plot.

Also Linda the custodian was a standout.... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You enjoyed HBO's "Sex and the City."

Don't see it if You dislike puns.

Also Kelly Ipema is marvelously talented. Some of her best work is channeli... Read more Read less

87
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy intelligent drama with a strong moral perspective.

Don't see it if You think 3-hour-plus play deserves more than one intermission. You dislike a playwright explaining what he's already strongly implied.

Also For those unfamiliar with the cultural milieu:... Read more Read less

66
Apologia
Midtown W
Clever, Cliched, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You like strong performances and tight writing.

Don't see it if You want an uplifting, entertaining, or educational plot.

Also The first act was painful, where we saw a hyper-intelligent woman toy ... Read more Read less

65
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are a Wagner fan or are interested in how otherwise intelligent people can pursue anti-Semitism or any form of irrational discrimination

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong plot with active, heroic characters.

Also The show tries hard to tell us something about tolerance for those who... Read more Read less

70
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Silly

See it if You are into silly premises. You agree with Johnny Carson when he said "Buy the premise, buy the bit." You appreciate satire.

Don't see it if You're looking for a good story.

78
Marlowe's Fate
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You've any interest in Elizabethan England, or in Shakespeare or Marlowe.

Don't see it if Conspiracy theories leave you cold.

Also Len Rella was a standout in a dual role as a hired assassin and as Ben... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Disappointing, Missable

See it if You are a fan of Tolkien or Lewis themselves, not just of their work.

Don't see it if You expect great insight into their friendship and competition.

Also The American waitress was annoying and only slowed an already torpid p... Read more Read less

100
Resonant, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You've ever enjoyed a musical.

Don't see it if You are tone-deaf.

Also The plot of this 1945 classic could have been ripped from today's head... Read more Read less

98
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great small musicals.

Don't see it if You're a grump.

Also A tour de force. Plot is important to a musical, and borrowing one fro... Read more Read less

69
Honeymoon in Vegas
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You're a fan of Tony Danza, or whomever stars in the revival.

Don't see it if You're looking for more than a passing fancy.

Also Worthwhile simply to see Tony Danza, who gave a perfect performance. I... Read more Read less

90
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the effects of competition on the human spirit.

Don't see it if You don't care for sportball and have no use for introspection.

Also Uses tennis as a metaphor - one can enjoy the play without being a fan... Read more Read less

100
Ferguson
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You like to make your own decisions about social and political issues or are interested in how art can reveal truth.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional entertainment or are happy living in a media filter bubble and prefer not to have to think for yourself.

Also A remarkable accomplishment. I've never encountered anything like it. ... Read more Read less

95
Bells are Ringing
Midtown W
Clever, Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You regret missing Broadway's golden age.

Don't see it if You are a grump.

Also This wonderful play is a period piece, set in a before-time when not o... Read more Read less