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Reviews (79)
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Cliched, Ambitious

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
Great star turns, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

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

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
Quirky, Great writing, Indulgent, Ambitious

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.

Great singing, Great writing, Raunchy, Hilarious, Clever

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
Beautifully designed, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

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 writing, Honest, Hilarious, Great acting

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.

Intense, Beautiful design, Unique approach, Great acting

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.

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

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.

Ambitious, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

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!

Disappointing, Exquisite design elements, Great singing, Slow

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.

Great lighting, Great acting, Entertaining

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
Misdirected, Pretentious, Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

Outstanding design, Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

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

Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

Indulgent, Great staging, Raucous, Bawdy, Entertaining

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.

Sparkling, Joyous, Superb performances, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

Ambitious, Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining

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.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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 ...

Dangerous, Exciting, Intense, Relevant, Great writing

See it if O'Neill rules. ALIVE theatre, passionate performances, political relevance, unique over-powering design. Cannavale commanding presence.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with 1922 stylized staging and language, verbose and noisy, obvious political themes.

Super set and costumes, Wonderfully old-fashioned, Witty dialogue, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Top comic acting by Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen. Worthy revival of Coward classic wit & sophistication. Luxe period design.

Don't see it if Your taste isn't for old-fashioned, three-act, clean language, charm, witty much ado about nothing much ...

Also Unfortunate performance from Bhavesh Patel in a role that should have ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if new take on loneliness and the meaning of partnership from a millennial POV. Funny, honest, uneasy. Strong ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you're not keen on millennial angst and the dirty language that comes with it.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if Curious about Letts before Osage County and an ensemble of fine performances (Nana Mensah, well done!)

Don't see it if Questions raised but not dramatically confronted. Last of the Red Hot Lovers as seen from Omaha. Unconvincing mid-life crisis play.

During previews
Great acting, Unique approach, Compelling, Unsentimental, Honest

See it if Unique unsentimental approach in the casting, acting, design & the strong emphasis on Tom as conjurer of the memory play.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with an exploratory approach to established classics.

Also Have seen half a dozen different productions of this play, at least, a... Read more Read less

Profound, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Bravura compendium of gossip & personalities of 20th Cent Bway but ultimately a profound acknowledgement of the light & the darkness of life

Don't see it if Theatre-lovers, miss this at your peril.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

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
Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

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
Disappointing, Confusing, Misguided, Slow, Ambitious

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.

Poignant, Ambitious, Must see, Relevant, Great staging

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.

Beautifully designed, Romantic, Enchanting, Great acting

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, Absorbing, Entertaining, New interpretation, Great acting

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

Intelligent, Ambitious, Epic, Riveting, Relevant

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

A few fine performances, Disappointing, Magnificent music

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Poignant, Quirky, Great acting

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
Intelligent, Intense, Humorous, Inspiring, Riveting

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
Embarrassing, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

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

Badly directed, Good design elements, Slow, Disappointing

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
Clever, Unique, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

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.

Zany, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

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
Missed opportunity, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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

Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

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

Great design, Indulgent, Campy, Cliched, Quirky

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.

During previews
Misdirected, Costumes not back from the laundry, Disappointing, Dazzling sondheim

See it if You worship Sondheim & can't get tickets for Sunday in the Park and Sweeney Todd. Good voices, appreciate seeing this rarely done show.

Don't see it if Inexplicable directorial and design choices. Songs cut. Book hard to follow if you're not familiar. Wasted George Takei. Director asleep.

During previews
Disappointing, Great leading man, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like Andy Karl. Main attraction - the clever recreations of film's repetitive sequences. Light entertainment w/a nod to life lessons.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie OR are expecting Bill Murray.

Also Feels like too many cooks. Music doesn't quite match the world of the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in supporting Nottage's development as a playwright. Important themes explored.

Don't see it if themes too big for Nottage to capture effectively in character and story, missing the detail & depth of the playwright's previous work.

Ambitious, Relevant, Theatre history, Slow, Intense

See it if interested in an historic 1862 American theatre curiosity and in an unsettling evocation of bigotry which resonates w/current events.

Don't see it if tough stuff to make the overheated melodrama convincing and neither the director nor several of the leads were up to it.

During previews
Quirky, Cliched, Touching, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if Wonderful performers, some heart-rending ballads, beautifully arranged music by John Kander.

Don't see it if Familiar coming out story with all sorts of thematic, character & theatrical tricks set to make it "different." Needs a lot of work.

Also Coming out story from the point of view of the characters in a midwest... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Inventive, Raunchy, Refreshing, Funny

See it if energetic, inventive, campy, slapstick, over-the-top, topical, scatalogic, held together by Steven Epp's bravura low comedy clown act.

Don't see it if not up for obvious comedy nor centuries old commedia characters & traditions. Can be over-long, repetitive, ran out of steam.