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Reviews (79)
94
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
July 7th, 2022

See it if You love Sondheim but never really liked this show.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, demanding lyrics and fairy tales.

Also This was never before a Sondheim show I liked much. But this productio... Read more Read less

70
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting
May 20th, 2022

See it if You like thought provoking drama (and you’re a Tracy Letts fan).

Don't see it if You want a consistently intelligent play. It’s very erratic.

Also It’s clever but annoying. It’s well constructed but uneven. Letts’ pla... Read more Read less

98
Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
May 6th, 2022

See it if A relevant play even more riveting than when seen a quarter century ago!

Don't see it if If you like pat linear theater

Also It’s been 25 years since I saw the original and this ‘revival’ is more... Read more Read less

77
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever
April 6th, 2022

See it if You want to see a tour de force. Most inventive.

Don't see it if If you think you don’t like one-man shows

90
Exquisite, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing
February 27th, 2022

See it if You want to extraordinary acting, see this production.

Don't see it if If you’re not willing to make the effort to really listen. The dialect is authentic but difficult.

Also Alright, the play is very good but not great. It’s the acting that sho... Read more Read less

15
During previews
Banal, Excruciating
February 27th, 2022

See it if You get locked out of your apt and need a warm place to rest (or sleep). Kidding aside, it’s TV fare.

Don't see it if If you want a well written play, avoid this.

Also This is old TV situation comedy of the worst sort. Everything is obvio... Read more Read less

25
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing
February 9th, 2022

See it if You like uninspired music and lyrics. The operatic pretensions are excruciating. You like Ms Nottage’s writings, no matter the quality.

Don't see it if You dislike bad opera. A total failure unfortunately.

Also I’m a devoted fan of Lynn Nottage. Her range and brilliance from insig... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining
February 8th, 2022

See it if You want a show both funny and thought provoking. A stand up comic who digresses into serious relevance

Don't see it if You don’t think fascism can be hilarious.

Also I was initially reluctant to fall under Alex’s charm. But inexplicably... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Black No More
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing
February 8th, 2022

See it if You’re looking for a show that appears relevant (it isn’t). The music is wonderful, the lyrics are clever, the acting is exceptional.

Don't see it if The book is conflicted and self immolating. It doesn’t know where it stands. Trying to straddle the fence on racism.

Also The big weakness is the book. Wants to be woke but there’s an intrinsi... Read more Read less

95
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 9th, 2021

See it if This show is timely and captivating. Lynn Nottage has done it again. Best living playwright in America. Ruined, Sweat and now Clyde’s.

Don't see it if If you have your head in the sand.

72
Overrated, Edgy, Great acting, Clever
November 29th, 2021

See it if It’s a clever take on Waiting for Godot.

Don't see it if It strains to be too clever but the journey is eventually worth it.

94
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Delightful
November 29th, 2021

See it if Even if you saw the legendary revival years ago, this will not disappoint.

Don't see it if It’s a well made play, expertly in that genre.

44
Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Banal
February 26th, 2020

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

96
Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing
January 29th, 2020

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.

75
Ambitious
January 29th, 2020

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.

50
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Disappointing, Banal
January 3rd, 2020

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.

95
Masterful, Edgy, Great singing, Entertaining
December 24th, 2019

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.

60
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
December 11th, 2019

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

75
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Indulgent, Dizzying
December 2nd, 2019

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
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
November 25th, 2019

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.

85
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Clever
November 25th, 2019

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
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched, Banal
November 25th, 2019

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

10
Banal, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched
November 25th, 2019

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

89
Indulgent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 9th, 2019

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

80
Edgy, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny
November 9th, 2019

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.

94
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 14th, 2019

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.

63
Fairview
Brooklyn
Excruciating, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing, Clever
August 5th, 2019

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

75
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever
June 18th, 2019

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.

96
Riveting, Masterful, Confusing, Great singing
June 18th, 2019

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

85
Socrates
East Village
Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing
June 4th, 2019

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.

20
Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing
June 4th, 2019

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.

91
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent
June 4th, 2019

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.

50
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Banal
June 4th, 2019

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.

100
Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting
June 4th, 2019

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.

87
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant
December 1st, 2018

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

88
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent
December 1st, 2018

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

48
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating
December 1st, 2018

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

95
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Surprise: intelligent twist on gay marriage
November 16th, 2018

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

80
Good Grief
Gramercy
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow
November 15th, 2018

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.

90
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 13th, 2018

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.

70
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent
November 13th, 2018

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!

98
The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Great writing
October 11th, 2018

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
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing
October 11th, 2018

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.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent
October 11th, 2018

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

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

92
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing
October 11th, 2018

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.

35
Romulus the Great
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious
June 14th, 2018

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.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful
April 18th, 2018

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.

100
During previews
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing
April 18th, 2018

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

75
Great singing, Cliched, Disappointing
April 15th, 2018

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.

90
Admissions
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant
April 15th, 2018

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