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Reviews (115)
During previews
Great writing, Indulgent, Disappointing
July 23rd, 2022

See it if Uneven, over-wrought production. Trailer trash on the Mississippi. Williams' passion & pain lost in shouting, caricature & a lack of focus.

Don't see it if Unsexy Mag, Big Daddy w/o agency, one-note Brick, Big Mama off her meds ... first time I ever rooted for Mae & Gooper to get the plantation.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
May 19th, 2022

See it if Sharp, often funny, uneasy, harrowing depiction of power mongering on a small American town council. Superb cast. Thought provoking play.

Don't see it if ... you'll get pissed off at the skewering (and then some) of white male supremacy and the American frontier myth.

Feel good, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining
May 19th, 2022

See it if You're in the mood to laugh, not a serious bone in its body. What if Verona's Romeo found his way to 1960s Bernadette of Bensonhurst.

Don't see it if Not the most polished nuanced performers, but they are game - and its an easy fun evening. Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!

Weak book, Banal, Creative staging, Talented energetic cast, Good score
May 5th, 2022

See it if Talented attractive non-stop cast, solid score, inventive staging, inventive Chip Zien ambitious musical look at life under the Third Reich.

Don't see it if You hope to experience the period and drama of a singing group who barely survive the Nazi's - not this cartoon of cliches & banalities.

Also Cut some of the songs, trim some of the others. Not sure the waiter nu... Read more Read less

Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Overrated, Strong design, Disappointing, Slow
May 1st, 2022

See it if Fans of the playwright and of Irish plays. Generally well-acted, well designed.

Don't see it if You expect the tension wit & surprise of McDonagh's other plays. Slow, obvious, unresolved, the humor heavy handed. Overrated. Sloppy.

Also Felt like someone imitating McDonagh - many of the familiar (overly fa... Read more Read less

The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Cliched, Unengaging, Slow, Excruciating
April 30th, 2022

See it if Anything to do with the holocaust, no matter how badly conceived and written, is worth your time and money.

Don't see it if This writer settles for pushing emotional buttons rather than crafting a play. Ruined a good story. Embarrassed for the actors. A shanda.

During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great staging, Great acting
April 19th, 2022

See it if Vital, surprising, hilarious, heart-wrenching sexy exploration of contemporary gay black experience. Pulitzer Prize, completely unique.

Don't see it if Explicit language and staging. Can be shocking and unsettling ... NOT a usual musical comedy, rather a creative expression on a theme.

The Baker’s Wife
Midtown W
Refreshing, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful
April 13th, 2022

See it if Shoe-string revival of a lost Stephen Schwartz musical. Timeless, whimsical, charming. Superb leads (Pinhasik and Parks), solid ensemble.

Don't see it if Old-fashioned, sweet, gentle, traditional ... may not be your cup of tea.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting
April 13th, 2022

See it if A contemporary vision of a hoary old chestnut. The excitement of language & spare theatrical effect. Intriguing cast. For theatre lovers.

Don't see it if If you expect XMen. Or if you don't know Cyrano ... much of the fun is the free-wheeling re-working of the original.

During previews
Great comedy writing, Quirky, Hilarious, Disappointing, Entertaining
April 13th, 2022

See it if For Billy Crystal fans. Hilarious old-fashioned Borscht belt stand-up comedy ... the one-liners were hilarious. Cast was wonderful.

Don't see it if The songs, which are good, seem unnecessary and repetitive. There is no conflict in the story, just a lot of kvetching. But I laughed!

Great leading lady, Great dancing, Insipid, Confusing, Cliched
April 13th, 2022

See it if Irish and African dancing, excellent ensemble, outstanding Joaquina Kalukango and A.J. Shively. Well-designed and performed all out

Don't see it if The book lyrics a complete shambles. Cliched characters. Illogical story. Missed opportunity.

Refreshing, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining
April 13th, 2022

See it if Fun, familiar, an old friend - done beautifully - a feistier Marian and a spectacular vocal and dance ensemble.

Don't see it if These happy, well-crafted classic American musicals from sixty years ago may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Becoming Dr. Ruth
Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining
December 29th, 2021

See it if Tovah Feldshuh was born to play Dr Ruth. Dr. Ruth was born to be played by Tovah Feldshuh. Fireworks all the way around.

Don't see it if Great theater. Subject may not interest you.

Great staging, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking
December 23rd, 2021

See it if Three energetic actors & a whirling plexiglass set enlivened this 3+ hour epic documentary of an American financial dynasty.

Don't see it if Provocative moments, but overall shallow, misinformation, unfocused ... acting went from indulgent to cartoonlike. Show didn't work for me.

Also Just what we needed - three hours of greedy Jews - a trope beloved by ... Read more Read less

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
December 16th, 2021

See it if Sorkin's version ponders living with decency in the face of a brutal,indecent world. Timely, provocative, moving, all I want theatre to be.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare, musicals ... you have some issue with Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Profound, Intense, Riveting
November 26th, 2021

See it if Deirdre O'Connell has made flesh the tape recorded words of Dana H. A bravura acting feat which has us hanging on every word.

Don't see it if For 75-minutes, one woman sits and lip synchs a recording of a harrowing true story. May not be your cuppa.

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining
November 21st, 2021

See it if A Bway rehearsal explodes as the black lead lady is treated no better than the demeaning stereotype she plays. Eye-opening but funny!

Don't see it if Not interested in the deep authentic performances, smart playwriting which make for an uncomfortable, thought-provoking "woke" evening.

During previews
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Refreshing, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting
November 14th, 2021

See it if 1610 farce freely adapted - fast pace, complex plot, mistaken id's, slamming doors, broad playing, it's easy to follow and enormous fun.

Don't see it if There are some moments that are in questionable taste. Otherwise Red Bull delivers a very entertaining evening based on a very old play ...

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Great staging, Great singing
November 14th, 2021

See it if Watch NYC's top musical theatre talent giving their all and then some to an unworthy vanity production.

Don't see it if Was this Hank Morris' revenge fantasy nurtured in solitary? "I'll get that S.O.B.! I'll write a musical!"

Also Distant dim suggestion of a Brecht-told tale about the American injust... Read more Read less

Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining
November 7th, 2021

See it if Old-fashioned Americana, but relevant themes of family & growing old. Patty McCormack steals it from a strong, polished cast. Great set.

Don't see it if Judith Ivey injured, out of the show. Her replacement was still on book.

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Great singing
November 7th, 2021

See it if Dylan's music, beautiful vocal arrangements and singing, wrapped in a grimy vision of 1934 depression America as suggested by the lyrics.

Don't see it if Why did critics rave for this cliched self-conscious humorless mess redeemed only by the music & an inspired Mare Winningham.

During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You've missed theatre magic: witty & provocative Shaw well served by great acting (Ziemba, Cucciolli, King), great design and direction.

Don't see it if Expert delightful Shaw on the monitization of sex & marriage & romance is not your cuppa tea, you want noise & action & sentimentality.

Intimate, Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 17th, 2021

See it if Personal account of growing up NY Jewish & the perils of romance outside the faith ... witty, well-paced & staged, engaging throughout.

Don't see it if Intimate, thoughtful, polished one-person show ... if you're looking for outrage or over the top theatrics look elsewhere.

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated
July 7th, 2021

See it if Saw last preview before Covid. Lupone, Matt Doyle(!), Sondheim, and a few funny riffs (the bachelor trio).

Don't see it if Theatre-people indulging. A concert to test the idea would have sufficed. Illogical, frantic, forced. And is Lenk the best NYC has?

Also Lenk's Being Alive can't hold a candle to Lupone's Ladies Who Lunch - ... Read more Read less

17 Minutes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious
February 2nd, 2020

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.

Thunder Rock
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
January 26th, 2020

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.

Great singing, Great acting, Overrated, Quirky
January 26th, 2020

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.

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Uneven acting, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
December 27th, 2019

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.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Hilarious, Great acting
December 3rd, 2019

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.

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Ambitious, Banal, Great acting, Great staging
December 3rd, 2019

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.

Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
November 3rd, 2019

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.

Tech Support
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing
September 13th, 2019

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.

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining
September 3rd, 2019

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.

Indulgent, Cliched, Confusing, Great acting
September 3rd, 2019

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?

Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow
August 12th, 2019

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.

Great songs, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Great singing
August 12th, 2019

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

Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
December 2nd, 2018

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.

The Prisoner
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious
December 2nd, 2018

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great star turns
November 5th, 2018

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, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense
November 4th, 2018

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.

Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking
October 26th, 2018

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
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Relevant
October 21st, 2018

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
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great writing, Quirky
October 6th, 2018

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.

During previews
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Misguided, Confusing, Disappointing
September 6th, 2018

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.

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great writing, Great singing
September 1st, 2018

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.

For a previous production
Great staging, Relevant, Must see, Ambitious, Poignant
August 21st, 2018

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.

During previews
Days to Come
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Beautifully designed
August 11th, 2018

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.

Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic, Beautifully designed
July 12th, 2018

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.

Extraordinary, Great acting, Hilarious, Honest, Great writing
July 3rd, 2018

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.

Theatrical, Great acting, New interpretation, Entertaining, Absorbing
June 8th, 2018

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