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Reviews (91)
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Simple, sad tale told in the wake of a school shooting, meandering writing, solid cast, good Brian Rojas, super Lee Brock.

Don't see it if Kinda slow, heavy-handed, only comes alive very late in the play in a scene with a mother of a dead student.

Great singing, Great acting, Overrated, Quirky

See it if ... stellar performances from a hard-working cast, a very few decent songs and jokes, energetic, campy, mindless, second-rate silliness.

Don't see it if Tacky, earnest college attempt, "Gee, emoji's, let's make a musical!" NY Times liked it, but they didn't have to pay for their ticket.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if Wise-cracks & Bway satire. Hail Lilli Cooper, Andy Grotelueschen, John Behlman.

Don't see it if Awful score, sloppy story-telling, disappointing. A few ideas improve the movie - but very few. But oh those funny funny lines.

Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Top acting, clear direction, full respect due a great play, held me every moment. Big Daddy & Mama especially strong in a strong ensemble.

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams or you can't find Brooklyn.

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Funny, painful, human, unrequited longing, regret, soul-searching and selfishness. Best new play I've seen in a long time. Superb cast.

Don't see it if It's very smart. Unusual writing, theatrical flourishes.

Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if To get acquainted with the science underlying climate change, it's consequences, and possible unlikely remediations. Ambitious. Important.

Don't see it if You're don't want to be moved to action in the face of the coming cataclysm and the evidence for it. Not a fun night in the the theatre.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if 1960's civil rights victories challenge the black "old guard" to accede to more aggressive tactics of the young turks. Well acted, designed.

Don't see it if Sprawling cast of characters, story spins down to cliche conclusions, play raises interesting questions, that go unanswered.

During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great star turns

See it if Theater-in-jokes, swipes @ reactionary red states, high energy ensemble, rip-roaring Beth Leavel & Brooks Ashmanskas, all polish & panache

Don't see it if You've never been in the high school drama club - moralizing a bit heavy handed, an after-school special.

Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Unusually intimate Chekhov. Adaptation simplified the play. Mostly terrific cast. In the round. Conversational.

Don't see it if Long slow passages. Dry hopeless Chekhov - much of the eccentricity drained off. A little spark from "Elena" wouldn't have hurt.

During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great writing, Quirky

See it if Classic reexamined, quirky casting, new country music arrangements, book played tough & earthy, environmental set, chili at intermission ...

Don't see it if Laurie weak central figure, nondescript singer-actress. Dream Ballet embarrassing. Unnecessary tampering with the Act II book.

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Lyrics book, clever nod to Shkspear; country western fun poured over traditional Bway songs; staging inventive; performers AAA+.

Don't see it if Very light-weight conceit, blows off the stage like tumble-weed, despite wildly imaginative performers and writers.

During previews
Days to Come
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Beautifully designed

See it if Hellman's lifelong theme, personal corruption & its effect on the community, in her 2nd flawed but compelling play, well-done Mint.

Don't see it if Period piece, melodrama, 1930s types (like a Warner Bros. movie). Modern politics & sexual mores, but old-fashioned theatricality.

Extraordinary, Great acting, Hilarious, Honest, Great writing

See it if Shocking in closeted 1968, this Off-Bway play comes back to 2018 life on Bway with a stage-full of famous, gifted, out-gay talent. Go!

Don't see it if "Camp"; affection between men; depiction of the vicious gay self-hatred that preceded Stonewall & the emergence of a gay community.

Great acting, Unique approach, Beautiful design, Intense

See it if O'Neill's Tyrones struggling to be a normal family. Unique unindulgent approach. Great Jeremy Irons & perfect Lesley Manville.

Don't see it if 3 1/2 hours of addiction & failure & recrimination. Longuers in the late second half, particularly when the sons are on.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched, Too sentimental, Good voices and arrangements

See it if Jewish and Gay themes; outstanding acting and singing; nicely staged and orchestrated.

Don't see it if Cliches/stereotypes. Misguided untalented book & music camouflaged by a talented cast, band & polished production values.

East Village
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Shaw w/out the songs. Super Vaishnavi Sharma (Eliza) w/a top cast. Language, class & gender issues clear. Intimate staging. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you like classical theatre, don't miss it. Hail Bedlam!

Slow, Great singing, Exquisite design elements, Disappointing

See it if You have interest in countertenor singers, the history of castrati, Handel music. Impeccable 18th Century setting, wigs and costumes

Don't see it if Uninvolving story despite the madness and the royalty; very hard-working Rylance; there is a LOT of countertenor singing.

Harry Clarke
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great lighting

See it if Dazzling performance from Billy Crudup; Alan C. Edwards' creative lighting adds movement & emotional intensity & narrative delineation.

Don't see it if Pointless shaggy dog story runs out of interest & credulity but always a great excuse for marvelous acting.

During previews
Upper W Side
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Pretentious, Misdirected

See it if Well-acted (Steven Pasquale, Michael Siberry!) elegantly designed, exploration of American greed.

Don't see it if Lots of characters, short scenes, epic themes. Brecht w/out humor & theatricality. Anti-Semetic for the controversy, phony significance.

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Outstanding design

See it if Top talent performs highlights from Hal Prince shows from the last 60 years. Tony Yazbeck is outstanding.

Don't see it if You're not a musical theatre buff. Or if you're expecting a witty, well- constructed overview of Prince's legacy ...

Also Mystified by what was chosen and what was excluded - were these Prince... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if Using take-offs of TV formats to keep us engaged, MMoore calls us to small individual acts of resistance to yield bigley results.

Don't see it if I'm many years a big fan of the audacious Mr. Moore. If you are not, stay away - as you might become one after this.

Bastard Jones
Entertaining, Bawdy, Raucous, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if Energetic, silly, vulgar. Likable cast & musicians, captured the story, cleverly staged, likable score. Lots of talent.

Don't see it if Runs out of steam, exhausting over-the-top-campy performances, endless dirty jokes, songs go on forever. Lose an hour.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Superb performances, Joyous, Sparkling

See it if Bette Middler leads a perfectly spun world of innocent comedy, music, dance and romance. top-flight perfect unforgettable entertainment

Don't see it if you only go to theatre for politics and polemics and visions of how horrid the world is ...

Also Donna Murphy brilliant at the Sunday matinees. August 12. If you can't... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if Yiddish Theatre history, Klezmer music, wonderful actors, visually compelling, dreamlike staging, new angle on 20th cent Jewish culture.

Don't see it if text sounds like a Wikipedia entry. Writing that was not clipped from historic sources was coy shallow and cliche. Missed opportunity.

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Wit, pain, profound observations on the human struggle. Elegant, quiet style contrasts conflicting passions. Michael Aronov, outstanding.

Don't see it if Long and thoughtful, difficult topics, Middle Eastern politics ...

Thunder Rock
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Super acting-design-direction, fascinating obscure 1939 American play ponders humanity's brutish resistance to progress. MPlayhouse scores!

Don't see it if Well-written, literate, relevant ideas may be too challenging for audiences who prefer cursing, violence, easy emotion & obvious humor.

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Uneven acting, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if Arthur Miller, important themes, powerful moments, Bedlam irreverence, immersive staging. Paul Lazar chilling as Danforth.

Don't see it if Bedlam quirkiness not always welcome, uneven performances, no chemistry betw the Proctors, longeurs in the intimate scenes.

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Ambitious, Banal, Great acting, Great staging

See it if NYC post-AIDs. Inspired direction with beautiful staging, rhythm pace contrast, quirky actors, story well-told. Part I superb; Part II not.

Don't see it if Gay cliches & exploitative emotional triggers ... Part II too much, predictable and indulgent.

Tech Support
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing

See it if Is it a time-travelling romance? An epic sweep on American feminism? A satiric look at the encroachment of tech on our lives? Sort of.

Don't see it if You like solid, smart, original, well-constructed plays - this was not.

Indulgent, Cliched, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Terrific actors triumph over an incoherent script. Writer's opportunity to have a good cast and an audience.

Don't see it if Who chooses the plays for these festivals?

Great songs, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You love the songs of Meatloaf well sung well played, high energy performances. Smoke strobes explosions.

Don't see it if You're not familiar w/the albums, like to be engaged by a story and characters. Choreography = aerobics class. Embarassed for all

The Prisoner
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Peter Brook story-telling at its most minimal and fable-like. Meditative and a calm unfolding. Solid cast and thoughtful story.

Don't see it if No magic, no pulse. Ideas and suggestions but no passion. Not hypnotic but sleep inducing. Not recommended.

Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if A respectful, unsurprising version of Godot - which is no small accomplishment. Favorite performance: Aaron Monaghan, as Estragon.

Don't see it if Act I, the direction far too dull for me. Then Act II was delightful, thought-provoking, heart-breaking. Odd.

During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Relevant

See it if Funny, heart-felt Michael Urie looking for pride, love and family, post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS. Never lagged 2 hrs. 40

Don't see it if Gay themes are not of interest to you. Revolutionary in its day, a friendly sitcom now.

During previews
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Misguided, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're curious to see dedicated NY theatre favorites trying their hand at Shaw.

Don't see it if awful misinterpretation & rewrite - the director has imposed some cockamamie idea that he doesn't even carry through - disappointing mess.

Great staging, Relevant, Must see, Ambitious, Poignant

See it if you love Fiddler, Yiddish or daring theatricality. Poignant, human, intimate; Shalom Aleichem characters returned to their native tongue.

Don't see it if you don't like reading super-titles in order to understand the text. Someone new to Fiddler might prefer to see the movie first ...

Also Bring tissues.

Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic, Beautifully designed

See it if The best of the witty, romantic, well-built golden age musicals. Sumptuous score. Beautifully designed. Cast solidly delivers.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical with neurosis, foul language, sarcasm, violence and sexually explicit situations. Ain't here.

Theatrical, Great acting, New interpretation, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Darkly humorous, fast-paced, larger-than-life characters, unusual take on O'Neill's somber classic. Denzel is a powerhouse on stage.

Don't see it if It is 4 hours of drunken down-and-outers dreaming and squabbling, in a squalid 1912 rooming house, poetic language, and a sad ending.

Also Director George Wolfe tried a new approach - and has found momentum in... Read more Read less

Relevant, Riveting, Epic, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if ... you haven't seen it before. Captures a recent time in America, with themes that continue to resonate. Andrew Garfield wow.

Don't see it if You expect the break-through it was when first presented. Without the shock value, it gets indulgent and self-conscious ...

Also Directed with a great deal of authenticity and character detail and, f... Read more Read less

Magnificent music, Disappointing, A few fine performances

See it if R&H magnificent score; Lindsay Mendez as Carrie funny, touching, vocally superb; Joshua Henry soliloquizes well.

Don't see it if Neither a new take nor an historic revival. Why produce Carousel at this time & then avoid the controversy around domestic abuse?

Also Another recent Jack O'Brien misfire ... No chemistry between the two l... Read more Read less

Great acting, Quirky, Poignant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Solo written by performer, unexpected humor & plot twists as a woman w/bi-polar disorder unravels. Spare & well modulated direction.

Don't see it if Not easy entertainment, much delusion and pain here, for grown ups only.

During previews
Riveting, Inspiring, Humorous, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Brave writing & performing, profound connection between the personal and the political, the fierce Ensler flame blazes on.

Don't see it if Unapologetic encounters with cancer and with horrific violence against women.

During previews
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Embarrassing

See it if You love Bedlam and want to support them, hell or high water.

Don't see it if You love Bedlam and would like to keep doing so. An indulgent, embarrassing mess, overly conceptual & dead on arrival.

Also Five of the best theatre nights of my life were Bedlam's productions o... Read more Read less

The Show-Off
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Good design elements, Badly directed

See it if Curious about early 20th cent. dramatist George Kelly and American theatre history. Annette O'Toole solid but misguided performance.

Don't see it if No humanity under the struggles & pretensions of middle class America 1920s. Empty performances, humorless pointless production.

For a previous production
Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Unique, Clever

See it if Relentless flood of site gags, prat falls, mayhem ... laughed myself hoarse. And suitable for the whole family.

Don't see it if you don't like knockabout physical comedy.

Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging, Zany

See it if Groucho meets Karl Marx, free-wheeling adaptation of classic Russian farce, screwball performances, Michael Urie merrily leads cast astray.

Don't see it if Not a serious bone in its body, if that's what you require.

During previews
The Traveling Lady
West Village
Missed opportunity, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You're curious about Horton Foote's theatre work and the veteran theatre names who are involved.

Don't see it if With one or two exceptions, acting is short on relationship, humor, pettiness, jealousy, yearning, sex and charm. Foote not well served.

Also A beautiful desperate young woman comes to a sleepy Texas backwater to... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Great honest, funny performances, clever plotting, smart dialogue and thoughtful commentary on marriage.

Don't see it if ... you're looking for an evening from the heart or from the guts. This one is from the head - and quite compelling at that.

The Golden Apple
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if beautifully realized once-in-a-lifetime production of 1954 American musical curiosity. Sumptuous score, well sung and danced.

Don't see it if symphonic music, sung-thru score, requires familiarity with the Iliad\Odyssey, literary satire, odd-ball characters for specialized tastes.

Also Mikaela Bennet, an undergrad at Juilliard (!) makes her professional d... Read more Read less

The View UpStairs
East Village
Quirky, Cliched, Campy, Indulgent, Great design

See it if Campy humor, gay history, energetic. Fun-house set and a few polished performers.

Don't see it if A revue of second-rate songs about the gay community with an unconvincing story and cliche characters to hold it together.