AJM

New York City

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Reviews (41)
85
Great acting, moving, clever, highly entertaining, relevant, thought-provoking, absorbing, social justice message

See it if a one-person show about the calculated inequities aimed at African Americans in the criminal justice system appeals to you.

Don't see it if you don’t like one-person shows, you’re a racist or you’re not interested in plays with a social justice message.

Also This show was powerful, funny, sly and very entertaining, while at the... Read more Read less

45
A relevant topic, but a didactic and tedious presentation, slow, disappointing

See it if you know little or nothing about the current, dreadful state of the healthcare/health insurance industries in this country.

Don't see it if you hope to learn something new about our nightmare, health care/health insurance industries or are looking for lighter fare.

Also Sadly, I thought this ernest, well-intended show was mostly a waste of... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, ambitious, challenging, absorbing, devastating, great acting & staging, a must-see drama of this season on important topics but don’t expect an easy play

See it if you’re interested in a powerful, complex, moving & deeply disturbing family drama about female depression, suicide & substance abuse.

Don't see it if you’re triggered by themes of suicide, depression or substance abuse, can’t handle tough subject matter or are looking for light fare.

Also If you want to experience one of the best dramas of the season, go see... Read more Read less

68
Good use of multi-media and puppetry, story not fleshed out well enough, earnest but amateurish, disappointing but entertaining in parts, imaginative

See it if you’d enjoy earnest, creative but not always well articulated stories about episodes in black history.

Don't see it if you’re looking for sophisticated story telling, aren’t interested in the black experience, don’t like loud music or hour long performances.

Also This piece has a lot of heart and they were quite creative with what I... Read more Read less

80
Cartography
Midtown W
Timely, important topic, very good acting, didn’t hold together completely

See it if Non-linear. Interactive. Young refugees tell individual & collective stories about what it means to leave home behind & start a new life.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy non-linear or audience participation pieces. While engaging, it did not entirely come together as a whole.

Also Very good acting, but parts of this piece moved quickly, which, combin... Read more Read less

85
Very affecting, good acting and writing, smart, highly theatrical use of a tiny stage, a story of sadness and hope told with humor and empathy, feels like an indie movie come to life

See it if you would enjoy a sad/funny story revolving around the loss/disappearance of a loved one and some very good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if no frills theater or quirky, slice of life depictions of dysfunctional families don’t appeal or the loss of a loved one might be a trigger.

Also The tiny, bare bones stage might put you off when you first see it, bu... Read more Read less

95
Excellent acting by the entire cast. if you like horton foote, don’t miss this production., Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you know and like Horton Foote’s work or want to get to know it. This production’s a gem.

Don't see it if old fashioned dramas that unfold slowly and are heavy on characterization rather than action don't appeal or you’re looking for light fare.

Also The acting — especially by Aidan Quinn and Kristine Nielsen — was exce... Read more Read less

92
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great playwright (arthur miller!), excellent ensemble performance, engaging, thought-provoking, resonant

See it if you’re interested in a classic, American tragedy with creative, lively staging and excellent performances by the entire cast.

Don't see it if a 3-hr drama is too much for you or you prefer lighter fare. This is Arthur Miller, after all.

Also I thought the comedic elements at the beginning were very odd and out ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Entertaining, quirky, good acting, intelligent, well-written, features gender-switching roles

See it if you like historical plays about politics/the presidency/gender issues & would enjoy a fictional look behind the scenes of a real event.

Don't see it if you prefer your entertainment to be non-political.

Also This play takes place in 1979 and depicts how the erosion of American’... Read more Read less

65
A trite plot that has nothing new or compelling to say about the topics it takes on., Some good acting

See it if A play about talk radio, politics and sexual harassment that attempts to take on a lot of today’s important issues. Some good acting.

Don't see it if if you’re a Trump supporter and/or sexual harassment at work (or anywhere, for that matter) is triggering.

Also I enjoyed most of the acting and much of the dialogue wasn’t bad, but ... Read more Read less

90
Engaging, Highly believable depiction of childhood by adult, male actors, Energetic, Terrific acting, Refreshing

See it if Very well-acted, funny-sad story of a group of 9-year-old, Scottish boys in the summer of 1983 & the incident that changes their lives.

Don't see it if Scottish accents would be problematic or violence towards children is triggering.

Also The five, adult, male actors did an amazing and incredibly believable ... Read more Read less

85
Sailor (Dream Up 2019)
East Village
Lead actress and actor were particularly good, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy shows about love/relationships, challenging work situations, immigrants and the every day realities of living life.

Don't see it if you want light subject matter or high production values.

Also I had fairly low expectations of this piece and was very pleasantly su... Read more Read less

70
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Amusing; entertaining; insightful; poignant & thoughtful ending; mostly good, though occasionally way-over-the-top acting

See it if you would enjoy a small, mostly entertaining play about dating (in this case gay dating) and accepting the one you love.

Don't see it if you’re homophobic, prefer serious dramas or are looking for high production values.

Also Amusing and entertaining, but be warned that it veers, at times, into ... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Dated sitcom level of theater, amateurish, cliched, some laughs & smiles, some ok songs/singing, fluffy, predictable

See it if you are a fan of Rita Rudner and are OK with a sitcom type production like those you can see on TV any day of the week.

Don't see it if It’s an amateurish, vanity piece for Rita Rudner with only some funny lines & semi-decent songs. Belongs in a community theater.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Sad, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you like autobiographical, solo shows & coming of age stories. Cale plays all the roles, including his father, mother, brother & himself.

Don't see it if domestic violence, alcoholic parents or family trauma might be triggering for you or you don’t like one-person shows.

Also The writing and performance were both good and the music and songs add... Read more Read less

88
Handbagged
Midtown E
Absorbing, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher & her relationship with Queen Elizabeth & the Thatcher era in politics, in general.

Don't see it if modern, British history isn’t of interest. You don't like plays that break the fourth wall.

Also By juxtaposing two of the world’s most powerful women with so much — t... Read more Read less

87
In the Closet
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Well written & acted, Poignant, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy a moving depiction of what different stages of life can be like for gay men.

Don't see it if you’re homophobic or have no interest in the gay experience or issues related to aging or are looking for high production values.

Also This is a clever, well-acted, poignant play. Although it’s a story abo... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Intriguing, Multimedia art form, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Clever

See it if you’re interested in the unusual, in non-traditional puppetry and in innovative, thought-provoking theater.

Don't see it if It’s a short piece, around an hour. If that doesn’t sound like a substantial enough night out at the theater to you, you might want to pass.

Also Although, if you do pass, you will be missing a truly unique, theatric... Read more Read less

90
Fun, Ambitious, Clever, Good acting, singing and staging, Entertaining

See it if You like Sondheim. It was fun, entertaining, well crafted and well executed. Ignore the critics and go see it for yourself.

Don't see it if You don’t like Sondheim. Don’t want to see a terrific cast act and sing their hearts out.

Also Glad I ignored all the negativity from the professional reviewers. Had... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Overrated, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in women’s rights & learning something about the U.S. Constitution and can bear a story about intergenerational trauma.

Don't see it if dislike monologues, support Donald Trump, don’t want to hear a story about abused women, want a fancy set or light entertainment.

Also Heidi Schrek is charming but her earnestness eventually got a bit old ... Read more Read less

95
After
Midtown E
Well writtern, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you’re looking for a serious, well-written, well-acted play and are OK with the sadly topical themes of bullying and gun violence.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with issues like bullying or gun violence or are looking for light entertainment.

65
During previews
The Karamazovs
West Village
Interesting costumes but otherwise low production values, some good acting, some successful and some not terribly successful use of video, a well-intentioned and earnest piece but ultimately uninteresting and unsuccessful

See it if you’d enjoy a modest, well-intentioned, modern take on a classic with inventive costuming and earnest acting.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a traditional theatrical experience or multi-media experimentation doesn’t interest you.

80
Incantata
Chelsea
Excellent acting, good staging, ambitious, intense, profound, intelligent, idiosyncratic, highly referential, read the poem first

See it if a short solo performance of a challenging, idiosyncratic, highly referential, elegiac, Irish poem about love lost appeals. Not for everyone.

Don't see it if you dislike poetry, hard-to-follow material, short pieces, sad pieces, Irish accents, one-man shows or prefer more traditional theater.

Also If you know and like the poet’s work and don’t mind a lot of obscure r... Read more Read less

65
During previews
An indulgent vanity project, good acting

See it if you’d enjoy an autobiographical vanity project, emphasis on vanity, involving three generations of the same family.

Don't see it if an indulgent story about family dynamics, medical discoveries & disappointment in one’s own achievements — or lack thereof — doesn’t appeal.

Also While the acting was fine, the piece itself struck me as a real vanity... Read more Read less

90
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Well-written, intelligent, powerful, good acting, relevant, resonant, moving

See it if you want to experience an intelligent, powerful, timely, very human, character-driven, superbly written & beautifully acted play.

Don't see it if you want an action play, lighthearted fare or are triggered by gun violence or seeing a gun on stage.

Also This is a show about a school shooting and its aftermath that non-judg... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, great acting, relevant, hilarious, entertaining, touching, delightful

See it if you're a fan of either or both excellent actors and/or you want to see a touching story about aging and a father and son relationship.

Don't see it if aging or caring for an elderly parent are topics that are too difficult/emotional/triggering for you.

Also Although the legendary Len Cariou flubbed — but masterfully recovered ... Read more Read less

90
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Excellent acting. excellent writing. sometimes the irish accents made it difficult to understand the dialogue, absorbing, original, intense, heavy subject matter

See it if you appreciate good acting and story telling, engaging monologues and an intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action, are triggered by stories of sexual assault and emotional abuse or have trouble understanding Irish accents.

55
Some good acting & singing, Disappointing

See it if a sweet, earnest but thin on content and easily forgettable show sounds like a good way to spend your time.

Don't see it if I would recommend passing on this one.

Also The (mostly young) actors/singers tried very hard and some were partic... Read more Read less

94
Reparations
Brooklyn
Great writing & acting, powerful, intense, intelligent, thought-provoking, relevant, surprising

See it if you want a well written & acted tale of racism, sexual abuse & power dynamics that makes you think. Many unexpected plot twists and turns.

Don't see it if racism, sexual abuse or power dynamics are triggering for you or serious dramas don’t appeal.

Also Don’t want to give anything away (although, unfortunately, other revie... Read more Read less

85
Boogieban
West Village
Intelligent & thought provoking, Well written & powerful, Excellent acting, Good set and sound design, Very moving

See it if a somber, contemporary drama about the lingering, psychic wounds of war would interest you.

Don't see it if the awfulness of war & its effects on the bodies & souls of the men who fight them aren’t of interest or are triggering for you. Heavy play.

Also Both actors bring humanity and empathy to their roles and the bond the... Read more Read less

87
During previews
All the Rage
Midtown W
Great acting & clever staging, Funny as well as thought-provoking & heartfelt, Engaging & intelligent, Good storytelling, Entertaining

See it if a smart, tender, funny, philosophical, autobiographical, solo show about enlightenment & forgiveness would appeal to you.

Don't see it if abuse/trauma issues are triggering. You like a play with a linear plot that is resolved by the end. You dislike autobiographical solo shows.

Also Good-natured writer/actor Martin Moran gently but energetically weaves... Read more Read less

60
During previews
More rant than engaging monologue, Great acting, Relevant, Repetitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a very good acting job and a very heartfelt performance.

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in racial themes &/or don’t like being hit over the head with the point of a play. Too preachy and one-note for me.

Also I understand the frustration, sadness and anger of African-Americans o... Read more Read less

72
Well intentioned and earnest, yet doesn’t quite hit the mark; good acting; moral of the story: don’t drive drunk

See it if u like one-man shows & the topics of drunk driving, doing prison time, white privilege, racial inequality, guilt and forgiveness interest u.

Don't see it if u prefer light subject matter & high production values or plays about racism, violence, drunk driving or prison are triggering for you.

Also This one-man show of sorts takes place in a very small venue on a fair... Read more Read less

95
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Major kudos to the young playwright, Intense and moving, Powerful, riveting and disturbing, Great writing, acting and staging

See it if a poignant, engrossing, very well written, acted and staged family drama about anorexia interests you.

Don't see it if the topic of anorexia triggers you; you don’t like family dramas. This isn’t a light-hearted night @ the theater, but it’s a worthwhile one.

Also Excellent play. How good it was actually took me by surprise. And the ... Read more Read less

85
No One is Forgotten
West Village
Good use of a small space, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intense two-handers and are interested in a depiction of how being held in captivity affects the human psyche.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a linear plot or an upbeat night at the theater.

Also Intriguing concept for a play. Absorbing execution. Good set design/us... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Interesting story, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy an Irish version of a Greek tragedy set on a 20th century, rural, Irish farm.

Don't see it if you‘re looking for a contemporary or light-hearted play or a musical, have trouble with Irish accents.

Also Although this well-written play is a period piece, it’s themes — intol... Read more Read less

100
The butler’s song!!, Full of laughs, Must see!, What it lacks in production values it makes up for in every other way!, Great singing and acting

See it if Run — don’t walk— to see this!

Don't see it if Like I said, run — don’t walk— to see this!

Also One of the most delightful and funny theater experiences you are ever ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Hard to see now why this was a finalist for the 2008 pulitzer prize, The role of peter is miscast, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like two-handers and/or serious plays about complicated male/female relationships involving secrets and betrayals.

Don't see it if you want something light or uplifting or want to get the point of a play by the time it ends. War, death and betrayal are the themes here.

Also I saw the very memorable, 2007, Lincoln Center Theater production of t... Read more Read less

50
Vilna
Midtown W
Good acting in a not very good vehicle, Disappointing, Amateurish, Slow, Relevant

See it if you’re interested in the eternally important topic of the Holocaust and man’s ability to be profoundly inhumane to his fellow man.

Don't see it if I’m sorry to say that Vilna is a Vil-not.

Also The actors were all good, but the play was simply inadequate. As one c... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if It’s easy to believe that what you see onstage — or something very much like it — might have taken place during HRC’s 2008 Presidential run!

Don't see it if you don't like the Clintons or political/historical plays. You’re not looking for an intellectually challenging, theatergoing experience.

Also The acting was excellent, but I would expect nothing less from Laurie ... Read more Read less

80
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love revivals of great musicals & especially the music in this show. The songs are some of the best to be found in a musical of any era.

Don't see it if you’re hoping this production will re-create the inimitable magic of the movie version starring the charming Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison.

Also I liked Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins but felt that Laura Benant... Read more Read less