AEO

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (67)
44
Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want overblown excess.

Don't see it if Direction less than inspired.too much about too little.

Also Enough of this blind casting. I’m all for diversity and ethnic mixing ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious

See it if Seeing Laura Linney is worth any vehicle. Her performance is riveting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a thrilling evening of the great Elizabeth Strout novel. Basically it’s a proficient reading though lifeless.

95
Masterful, Edgy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Lynch fans will love old and new Talking Heads numbers. Beautiful production of favorites.

Don't see it if If you don’t like rock and roll or intelligent lyrics. If you’re not ready to sway with the crowd.

75
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if Very au current. AIDS involvement from the ‘inside’.

Don't see it if Showy with not always anything deeper than the obvious.

85
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You quest for an ambitious (2)evening(s) that quite successfully melds EM Foster’s work with a modern exploration of sex,politics, etc

Don't see it if You’re looking for the intellectual resonance of Kushner’s Angels in America. It’s smart but Kushner lite.

Also There is much to applaud in this often riveting sweep of gay history. ... Read more Read less

10
Banal, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if There is little here to interest anyone who appreciates Horton Foote’s legacy.

Don't see it if This production features a high school level of direction and acting.

Also Poor Horton Foote! I’m hoping it is this amateur version that trashes ... Read more Read less

80
Edgy, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if From tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow. Stunning acting and a story draws you in.

Don't see it if Fluid sexuality is assumed so be prepared for casual but truthful transitions.

63
Fairview
Brooklyn
Excruciating, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing, Clever

See it if It’s ambitious but muddled. There’s a cleverness but it’s lost in the undisciplined excursion into self absorption.

Don't see it if Can you sit almost 2 hours without intermission relief? It’s ambitions are frustrated by loose writing and tangential ramblings.

Also It’s all over the place. Some of it is brilliant, such as the talk-ove... Read more Read less

96
Riveting, Masterful, Confusing, Great singing

See it if This is an exquisite revolutionary interpretation of a classic musical. The staging is truly inspired with several brilliant, sexy singers.

Don't see it if If you don’t like your classics upended. The second act opens with a loud dissonance that may rattle your brain.

Also What’s brilliant is revelatory; what’s bad is excruciating. Act II upe... Read more Read less

20
Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if If you have nothing to do and plenty of time to do it. The performances are fun if hammy.

Don't see it if It an ugly looking show that’s rarely funny.

50
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if The usual high standards of Encores with great dancing and singing. Of course, the orchestra was outstanding.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a mediocre musical of middling merit.

87
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A terrific portrayal of an aging parent. Really gets it. And oh my, the acting!

Don't see it if You want simple Hallmark type portrayal of complex reality.

Also Elaine May is magnificent. This is a sensitive play of gray insight an... Read more Read less

48
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if Hard pressed to understand why anyone would sit through this exercise in high school theatrics.

Don't see it if If your apt had no heat. Honestly read a good book instead.

Also The audience tried to like this. Except for a few people judiciciously... Read more Read less

80
Good Grief
Gramercy
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if This stretches the bounds of theater with its time shifts. Pay attention!

Don't see it if It’s sort of slow and takes its time revealing the relationships and plot.

70
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if If you feel you’ve not seen enough ‘The Irish troubles’ plays, this is for you.

Don't see it if Too many characters +a live baby, a goose & rabbit. Rambling. We’ve seen this play so many times: OCasey, Catherine née Hoolihan. Enough!

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoyed the swiftly moving and deftly presented musicalization of a complex situation.

Don't see it if If you’re sick to death of Middle East politics.

92
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if This show is so much better than I remember when it first opened years ago. The writing is awfully clever and the entire cast is superb.

Don't see it if If you don’t like clever dialogue, simulated gay sex or LGBQ issue plays.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if A perfect production of a flawed play. Three superb performances.

Don't see it if You abhor Albee. Sure he’s pretentious and precious but thoughtful and provocative.

75
Great singing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You’re a Rogers & Hammerstein fan. This production is a very pale version when compared to The Lincoln Center production of 25 years ago.

Don't see it if If you remember the Lincoln Center ground breaking production of years past.

75
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if You relish a mind launch. This play is so intelligent and clever you scarcely have time to breathe.

Don't see it if A play that makes you think unceasingly

86
Clever, Great singing, Great staging

See it if The staging and dancing are extraordinary. Improves on Tommy Tune’s brilliant staging.

Don't see it if Remember hearing it was a disappointment. It’s not!

83
Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing

See it if This surprising musical has humor and heart. The complexity of the story grows and intensifies.

Don't see it if If you’re closed off to relevant current issues and don’t believe musicals can me complex and illuminating.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if This is a very smart show (and very funny too!). The scenes are cleverly constructed, each a small play unto itself.

Don't see it if If a strong narrative that haunts is not your cup of tea.

Also A brilliant first act. The second act somewhat disappoints, relying on... Read more Read less

22
Breeders
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You enjoy sophomoric dialogue, direction without any purpose and an ugly set.

Don't see it if Expect a modicum of professional theater.

67
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You want a challenging but misdirected interpretation of a classic.

Don't see it if You love Hamlet as written.

Also Also A strange conception. Some wonderful acting and some dreadful. Op... Read more Read less

96
Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you want to hit a mess of today’s issues in one entertaining evening. You will relate to well formed characters.

Don't see it if If reality is too threatening. I was reluctantly pulled into this accomplished musical but definitely was.

50
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Disappointing, Banal

See it if Great cast, unfortunately without benefit to the production.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting incisive drama about aging, family dynamics, responsibility.

60
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You’re interested in the new playwright in town or love things about Idaho.

Don't see it if If you want well written drama, stay away. The 3rd act (yeah, 3rd!) was excruciating.

Also A major disappointment. This guy seems to have read up on how to struc... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if This show has two brilliant performances and a sometimes interesting conceit of time shifting.

Don't see it if The writing intentionally disorients you, taking advantage of the audience by snafu.gold@gmail.com unreliable playwright.

10
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you have no interest in stimulating intelligent drama.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged or want coherent drama.

Also This pompous experiment is a disappointing failure. What a clever conc... Read more Read less

89
Indulgent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Cutting edge, absorbing pair of terrific actors

Don't see it if Wearying characters that demand you drink the koolaid.

Also It almost seems to invent a new genre. Where to place this exhausting ... Read more Read less

94
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Tracy Letts At his best. Witty and incisive dialogue. The war and incompatibility between the sexes never better portrayed.

Don't see it if The graphic sexuality was gratuitous and unnecessary and really compromised the actors.

75
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A very clever updating of a classic film. Overall smart musicalization transposed to the theater.

Don't see it if If you don’t like drag. The music is uninspired and sounds generic and never rises to the level of the lyrics.

85
Socrates
East Village
Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if If you like thought provoking drama that gets you talking after you leave the theater. Great acting and terrific set.

Don't see it if If a three hour historic drama is not your thing.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if If you always loved this musical but are tired of slavish reproductions trying to capture the original with Zero Mostel.

Don't see it if You don’t like ethnic (Jewish) theater or reading super titles.

100
Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if Here’s a classic refreshed and restaged that is a tribute to the beloved original.

Don't see it if Don’t go if you don’t enjoy classic musicals. It’s not avant-garde but it’s original in its brilliance.

88
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like brilliant dilemma and intelligent investigation.

Don't see it if You want an easy romp of a play.

Also This is demanding theatre that challenges the audience. I saw both a P... Read more Read less

95
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Surprise: intelligent twist on gay marriage

See it if Forget your preconceptions that this will be another gay fluff comedy. It's really smartly plotted with smashing acting w relevance

Don't see it if You've got all the [simple] answers. You may have to change your attitude about marriage equality.

Also I guess I wasn't expecting that this 'relevant' comedy would have some... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Ever so clever and thought provoking especially in these times of idiocy. A terrific trio of actors.

Don't see it if If you want a superficial take on fact based events.

98
The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if A complex situation about Albany politics seems like a no win evening. You will be definitely surprised & in for a thrilling theatrical eve.

Don't see it if You’re tired and prefer dinner and a nap

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Intelligent and absorbing show with demands on your mind.

Don't see it if If you want a no brainer

35
Romulus the Great
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious

See it if It’s ambitious, I’ll say that. Tries to make a fascinating period of history relevant.

Don't see it if It tries for comedy but seems nonsensical and farcical. It’s campy.

100
During previews
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Perfection! An unbelievable production that equals, no, exceeds the iconic brilliant original.

Don't see it if If you hate a flawless production of a revival.

Also I can’t recall a more stunning revival. I saw the original in the 1950... Read more Read less

90
Admissions
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Timely well plotted drama

Don't see it if If you are not prepared to alter long held convictions.

Also Well written. Much better than his execrable Bad Jews. The son who is ... Read more Read less

99
The Low Road
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if This is one brilliantly conceived production. As hilarious as it is intelligent. An intelligent weaving of economics and great fun!

Don't see it if You hated Tom Jones.

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You’ve waited to see the ultimate production of this iconic play.

Don't see it if Hate relevant absorbing contemporary theater.

20
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Anything gay is enough.

Don't see it if You find offensive cliches of gay life not worthy of your time.

Also This is a sad (in subject matter and execution) rant of a play. The le... Read more Read less

67
Afterglow
Midtown W
Sexy, Entertaining, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see cute naked guys more than provocative Theater.

Don't see it if You find hot naked guys objectionsble.

87
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see a real star in a real must see event

Don't see it if You like your musicals post 1960s. It's a real old fashioned paint by numbers fun.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy the very best, most intelligent lyrics, fast-moving, engaging musical history.

Don't see it if You've been under a rock or voted for The Creature.