AJM

Manhattan

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Reviews (95)
70
Modern Swimwear
Midtown W
Surrealistic gimmick didn’t help play, Good acting and writing, Good set, lighting & sound design, Description of this play was misleading
January 22nd, 2023

See it if A drama about the troubled relationship of a wildly mismatched, young couple. This story is based on an actual event/crime.

Don't see it if troubled, romantic relationship/partner abuse subject matter would be triggering for you. You would be uncomfortable seeing simulated sex.

Also Billed as a psychological play about the cost of female ambition, that... Read more Read less

69
Song of Joy
Midtown W
Performed with warmth, energy & humor, Indulgent but hopefully therapeutic for actor, Adds nothing new to this genre, Actor is sincere & likable
January 22nd, 2023

See it if A heartfelt, coming-of-age story. Being gay isn’t easy in a traditional Indian family. Neither is being an immigrant in multiple countries.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the immigrant or gay experience. If you’re looking for something new in the gay, coming-of-age genre, this isn’t it.

Also Given his final speech, I imagine that performing this piece is therap... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Funny, Engaging, Puppets-with-a-serious-message, Quirky
January 21st, 2023

See it if A story of star-crossed young lovers and a future Earth destroyed by ecological disaster where humans have evolved into two warring groups.

Don't see it if you don’t like puppet theater. Prefer a traditional, theatrical experience. Find the topic of ecological disaster upsetting.

Also I found this very imaginative, puppets-with-a-serious-message play eng... Read more Read less

83
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Touching, Good acting & writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Darkly funny
January 2nd, 2023

See it if Darkly comic drama about skin cancer patients dealing w/nightmare of a disfiguring disease & their family members shocking lack of support.

Don't see it if you’re triggered by the subject of skin cancer or have had a bad, medical experience. Not an action play. It’s driven by talk.

Also At first, I thought it was peculiar to have a large, mirrored, back wa... Read more Read less

84
The Far Country
Chelsea
Somewhat abrupt ending, Intelligent & thought-provoking, Relevant, Moving, Good acting & writing
January 1st, 2023

See it if shameful story of how the Chinese - in pursuit of a better life - were detained & restricted from coming to America in early 20th century.

Don't see it if you don’t want to face one of the dark sides of American history and the literal ($$$) & emotional costs that restricted immigration caused.

88
During previews
Terrific set design and staging, Great acting, Lots of cursing in this one, Funny, funny, funny
December 12th, 2022

See it if Set in NYC, this is a darkly comic but also thought provoking tale about racism, real estate, revenge and redemption. Pulitzer Prize winner.

Don't see it if if u don’t like "slice-of-life" plays or find cursing - of which there is a lot - racist language, overt sexuality objectionable, skip this.

Also As NY Times Theater critic Ben Brantley said in his 2014 review of thi... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Ye Bear & Ye Cubb
Midtown E
Great acting, Silly and serious at the same time, Charming fun, Clever, Entertaining
December 11th, 2022

See it if Fun recreation of the lost, first American play. It’s only known about because there was a court trial over it and, thus, a court record.

Don't see it if Immersive, 4th-wall breaking theater. U need to pay close attention to understand what’s going on. If that’s too much effort, skip this one.

Also In this one, the first American play - performed at a tavern in Virgin... Read more Read less

95
Quirky, Wonderful cast, Funny, Delightful, Clever
December 4th, 2022

See it if Peter Pan’s supposed origin story. Whimsically told by a wonderful cast (w/several newcomers) on a simple but effective set. Lots of laughs.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater serious, sophisticated or profound.

Also To avoid any confusion and to be able to follow along a bit more easil... Read more Read less

79
Off Peak
Midtown E
Set uses actual metro-north railroad train seats, Good acting and writing, Intimate 2-hander, Funny but also thought-provoking
December 2nd, 2022

See it if 2-hander about a complicated, past relationship. Many might find it relatable. Both funny and thought provoking.

Don't see it if A talky, rehashing-of-the-past play. Lots of fast moving, topic changes. If you want action or a happy ending, skip this one.

88
Sandra
Gramercy
Great writing & acting, Absorbing & entertaining, Clever & suspenseful, Intelligent & intense
November 27th, 2022

See it if A suspenseful, twisty tale about a woman’s search for a friend who has disappeared - or did he? - which leads to her own self-reinvention.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, stark staging, mysteries, thrillers, are looking for something silly or light.

90
During previews
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Wonderful costumes & shoes, Good acting, set & stage design, Insightful writing from an 18 yr old coward
November 19th, 2022

See it if American premiere of a seldom staged play about equality in marriage written when Coward was only 18 and, clearly, wise beyond his years.

Don't see it if you don’t like period pieces, prefer lighthearted pieces & happy endings. This is talky play, not an action play.

Also This century old play starts out on a light note but soon turns seriou... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Emotionally raw, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
November 13th, 2022

See it if A confessional, solo play about victimhood & how complicity in oppressive, patriarchal systems allows them to continue. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don’t like monologues, plays based on actual, political events, discussions of class, privilege, difficult childhoods, sexual assault.

Also Playwright/actor Tracy Thorne gives a quietly moving, thought provokin... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Hard to see action on stage due to dim lighting, Great acting
November 11th, 2022

See it if you like Dickens, would enjoy an unusual, mood filled, solo performance of A Christmas Carol. The inimitable Jefferson Mays was excellent.

Don't see it if u want a more traditional CC, don’t like solo shows. Very dimly lit (deliberately) & hard to see unless you are sitting close to the stage.

Also As presented, this one-man show was intended to be an intimate one, bu... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Dizzying in the best way, Great cast with impeccable timing, Must see, didn’t stop laughing for 2 hours!, Amazing tony award winning set design
November 7th, 2022

See it if A who-done-it murder mystery where the audience doesn’t really care who done it. It’s the mayhem of this laugh riot play you come to see!

Don't see it if you dislike farce/slapstick, don’t like to laugh. But, seriously, who doesn’t like to laugh?

Also Easy to see why this won London's Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in... Read more Read less

82
The Unbelieving
Midtown E
Unconvincingly resolved, Some odd movement design/staging, Slender docu-drama, Good acting and premise for a play
November 5th, 2022

See it if Documentary theater about practicing faith leaders who no longer believe in God and are fearful of the repercussions of admitting to that.

Don't see it if you don’t like documentary theater, prefer action over talk, religion/loss of faith is a trigger for you or that topic isn’t of interest.

Also Based on interviews, this play uses the actual words of practicing mem... Read more Read less

90
Charming, Wonderful music & singing, Beautiful writing & acting, Haunting, Tender & touching
November 3rd, 2022

See it if Story about a father & son both looking for connection, love & understanding. Deep humanity was on display in the folk songs & monologues.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a traditional theatrical experience or something silly or light or don’t like folk music.

Also Excellent writing, singing and acting in this moving story of longing ... Read more Read less

98
Shared Sentences
East Village
Great writing, acting & staging, Absorbing & entertaining, Intelligent & thought-provoking, Powerful & moving, Relevant
October 30th, 2022

See it if you want to learn about the impacts of incarceration on families and loved ones. Based on true events.

Don't see it if you’re looking for something light or aren’t interested in this topic. There are a number of funny moments, but this is a weighty piece.

Also Terrific writing and acting on a spare but effective set. Enough about... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Didn’t deliver what it promised to, Misleading premise, Missed opportunity to inform & educate, Slow, Disappointing
October 29th, 2022

See it if you’re interested in a two-hander about a teenage, love story set in 1938 in an American, pro-Nazi, summer camp.

Don't see it if the supposed premise of this play is barely recognizable in the actual play. Save your money and your time. Skip this one.

Also From the show, “Set on the cusp of World War II, this boy-meets-girl c... Read more Read less

89
During previews
A slow burn, Intense, Well acted, Great writing, Thought provoking & insightful
October 27th, 2022

See it if Albee’s searing, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about existential dread & its destabilizing effects set in the world of country club WASPs.

Don't see it if you prefer something silly/light. This show is meant to disturb & to make you think. You must pay close attention to get the most out of it.

Also See this if you want to understand why Albee is considered a great pla... Read more Read less

95
The How and the Why
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting
October 27th, 2022

See it if relationship between 2 generations of women scientists & their differing opinions about women’s reproductive behavior & how best 2 live life

Don't see it if you don’t like two-handers, intimate venues or spare sets, are uninterested in female/feminist subject matter, prefer happy endings.

68
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Good stage design, Good acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched
October 26th, 2022

See it if you would like a story about the rift between a Chinese father & his Chinese American daughter & the secret that is the reason for it.

Don't see it if you prefer linear dramas, aren’t interested in stories about Asian culture or are looking for something silly or light.

Also I didn’t find this play particularly original and I didn’t buy some of... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Strange, experimental, pretentious, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing
October 19th, 2022

See it if you like experimental theater and Chekhov. Appreciate the abstract.

Don't see it if prefer traditional theater. This is definitely not that.

Also This was billed as a “wildly playful piece about the elusiveness of me... Read more Read less

89
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
October 19th, 2022

See it if you would like a drama set in 1945 about tragedies/traumas large & small and the things we do and the way our minds work to help us survive.

Don't see it if you don’t like 2-handers, a mostly monologue drama, are triggered by disappointment, trauma or sexual assault, prefer lighthearted pieces.

Also A very moving and thought provoking piece about the things people do t... Read more Read less

95
Simply magical, Must see, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful
October 15th, 2022

See it if Thrilling, amazing and deeply mystifying. Ari Wind is a charmer and a world-class entertainer. This one is a must see.

Don't see it if you don’t like the practice / art of magic.

60
During previews
Old fashioned, uneven performances, Not funny, slow, boring
October 13th, 2022

See it if you’re a Shaw fan or like old fashioned plays about women's place in society.

Don't see it if you’re expecting to see a comedy. Very few people were laughing the night I saw it. This one is all talk, no action, so keep that in mind.

Also I am not familiar with the original Candida, but I found this updated ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Funny but not as good as i’d hoped, Disappointing
October 11th, 2022

See it if you’re NOT a Republican or are a Republican who can take a joke. Lots of jokes about the awfulness of the Former Guy.

Don't see it if you’re a staunch Republican. Female performer tried way too hard & it showed. Often found myself forcing a laugh. Expected more from this.

94
Entertaining, Screwball spoof, low budget but gets it right, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful
October 9th, 2022

See it if Very funny, musical parody of the 1st season of the Netflix show “Stranger Things”. You will get the most out of this if you have seen that.

Don't see it if if you didn’t like “Stranger Things”, didn’t like the 80s, don’t like parodies, don’t like musicals, don’t like to laugh.

Also Loved Barb! Loved the monster! Dr. Brenner was a hoot! Great set and g... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Smart, dizzying, edgy, entertaining, funny
October 8th, 2022

See it if Smart, fast-paced, darkly funny take on elite college admissions & the intense competition among minorities to be admitted to “The College”.

Don't see it if the fast paced, teenage girl dialog can be challenging to follow at times. If you don’t enjoy dark humor, this play isn’t for you.

Also The name of this thought provoking play is both its driving force and ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, sad, sobering, moving.
October 7th, 2022

See it if a serious & disturbing look at how race, class & a dysfunctional family/childhood affect 2 brothers who do what they have to do to survive.

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted pieces and happy endings or find plays with family tensions triggering or upsetting.

Also Written 20 years ago, this two-hander felt sadly relevant to today’s t... Read more Read less

76
Ink'dWell
Midtown E
Needs editing, good acting, slow, intense
October 1st, 2022

See it if you would like a slowly unfolding family drama/tragedy/mystery about mental health, secrets and grief.

Don't see it if suicide, mental health, depression or family dysfunction would be triggering.

Also The acting was good, but this play is too long. I saw the 1st preview ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Spoken dialogue combines beautifully with score, This is a concert, not a full broadway production, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing
September 21st, 2022

See it if a play within a concert re-tells a Greek myth about extraordinary sibling devotion, a brutal act & the terrible vengeance it results in.

Don't see it if you dislike indie rock music, violence and bloody retribution or aren’t open to a different type of theatrical/musical format/experience.

Also I went in not knowing exactly what I would encounter and, happily, I f... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
September 19th, 2022

See it if Terrific revival! Joyous, upbeat, fun, energetic & relevant. Cast, direction, set & costumes all wonderful.

Don't see it if you’d have problems with gay/transgender/drag depictions on stage or dislike big, brash, over-the-top musicals.

Also Can’t imagine anyone not liking this energetic, joyous show! The issue... Read more Read less

78
Good acting, direction and set design, Disappointing, Quirky
September 16th, 2022

See it if you’d enjoy a satire/farce about political meddling by USA/CIA in Chile in 1973.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater serious, aren’t interested in political/spy themed plays or are against criticism/satire of the US government.

Also Not sure a play about American arrogance and interference in the polit... Read more Read less

55
During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Good acting by the younger couple, Indulgent, Disappointing
September 10th, 2022

See it if you’re interested in a play about young lovers from opposite sides caught in the middle of a war.

Don't see it if a play about war would be disturbing or you prefer lighthearted pieces and happy endings.

Also The pairing of a light-hearted, older couple singing karaoke tunes abo... Read more Read less

78
Burbank
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 9th, 2022

See it if you like intimate plays with bare-bones staging about historical events & people, in this case Walt Disney and the strikers opposing him.

Don't see it if you’re looking for big production values or something silly or light. This does not present a rosy picture of Walt Disney.

75
Doesn't live up to the book or movie. good acting.
August 30th, 2022

See it if A great book & movie about guilt & redemption, but this play has too much narration & not enough dramatization. Good musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if you were a fan of the book or movie, you might be disappointed by what's more of a recitation of the story than a fully realized drama.

Also This reductive stage production lacked the richness of both the book a... Read more Read less

88
Los Otros
Midtown W
Thought provoking, moving, simple & beautiful., Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing
August 28th, 2022

See it if two actors/singers deliver monologues - spoken & sung - in vignettes depicting how they each grew up & their lives eventually intersected.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a big, flashy musical with a large cast. This isn’t that. It’s an intimate musical with a spare set & a small, live band.

65
During previews
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Good acting, set design & lighting but too long and rambling. needs work.
August 6th, 2022

See it if You will need a lot of “patience” to sit thru this. Started off promising but became rambling, as if playwright didn’t know how to end it.

Don't see it if you are looking for a tight, well-written, coherent play.

Also 1hr. 45 minutes. No intermission. With all the good/great play materia... Read more Read less

88
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Intense, absorbing, ambitious. disturbing. intelligent. challenging in a good way.
July 24th, 2022

See it if A dark, psychological tale & unusual coming-of-age story. A daring, original musical. Disturbing but also entertaining & thought provoking.

Don't see it if Warning: this is NOT a feel good musical. It is not silly, romantic or light. Expect to see violence, murder, insanity & mayhem depicted.

Also This was a fascinating and memorable night at the theater. The very ta... Read more Read less

84
A good example of why well written stories never go out of fashion. very good set design, costumes & acting.
July 22nd, 2022

See it if Good community theater. Powerful, affecting story of the tragic costs of repression on families & society. Wonderful set, costumes & acting.

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted pieces and happy endings or find plays with profound family tensions triggering or upsetting.

Also Go see it. Well worth the time.

90
Chains
Midtown W
Must see. intelligent. relevant. wonderful writing and acting. excellent set, costume, lighting and sound design.
June 26th, 2022

See it if Wonderful and enjoyable on so many different levels. Very relevant theme due to the current “Great Resignation” in this country.

Don't see it if if you don’t like period, British or morality plays or are looking for something light or fast paced.

Also In addition to the wonderful writing and acting, kudos to the set, cos... Read more Read less

80
Strong acting, but this stream-of-consciousness monologue will not be easy night at the theater for many.
June 24th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of James Joyce’s Ulysses and would enjoy a well acted monologue of Molly Bloom’s interior life.

Don't see it if If you dislike one person or stream-of-consciousness shows or shows with sensual/sexual content. Unless you’re already acquainted with Molly

Also Bloom and her monologue or are willing to familiarize yourself with he... Read more Read less

78
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Very good acting, interesting story, moving at times, uneven acts
April 30th, 2022

See it if a Holocaust themed family drama involving fortuitously preserved letters from the time & how they eventually come to light is of interest.

Don't see it if a Holocaust themed play might be triggering for you or you just have no interest in that subject matter. This is not a light hearted piece.

Also All the actors did a very good job, but I felt there were issues with ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Relevant, good acting, disappointing
April 17th, 2022

See it if you would like a poetry/movement/music ensemble performance, both painful and uplifting, on the topic of black women's lives.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy poetry; aren’t interested in the black, female experience; and/or are triggered by stories of abuse or violence.

Also This was a seminal, feminist show in its day and was hailed as "a land... Read more Read less

45
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Tedious, uninteresting, outdated, good set
April 5th, 2022

See it if Didn’t enjoy this and honestly can’t say who would. So many problems with it. Felt like a vanity piece to me.

Don't see it if Very simplistic, outdated material. Dialogue often delivered too fast & hard to hear. Characters often hard to distinguish from each other.

84
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Well-acted, intelligent, thought provoking, relevant, engrossing
March 22nd, 2022

See it if Disturbing politics of US role in Afghanistan during Russia's occupation is set-up for complicated relationships between the 3 characters.

Don't see it if Not interested in socio/political or parent/child relations/conflicts. 1 hr + 45 minutes. No intermission. Not a light, fluffy play.

85
During previews
Well-acted. lots of cliches in this one. needs some work. the ending was abrupt and awkward., Entertaining, Funny
February 25th, 2022

See it if you’d enjoy a dramady about trying to find your place & do good in a challenging world, even when family, lovers & friends don’t understand.

Don't see it if you prefer serious dramas or musicals.

85
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clyde’s costumes!!, Great acting, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining
January 13th, 2022

See it if Fast paced. Dark but funny. Even when it seems like the devil’s got ya, with some imagination & guts you just might escape an unwelcome fate

Don't see it if you’re looking for a serious drama, have no interest in stories about ex-cons, not into raunchy comedy or need an intermission.

95
WIT
East Village
An incredibly brave and affecting performance by the lead actress who also has cancer, A small scale production that doesn’t feel lacking thanks to crisp, inventive staging, Must see production of a universally acclaimed play, Great acting, Riveting
January 9th, 2022

See it if A powerful story about the limitations of intellect when facing death. It’s an experience that reminds you what theater is for.

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted pieces and happy endings or find plays about illness/cancer triggering or upsetting.

Also “Wit” won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As playwright Margaret Ed... Read more Read less

80
Rescue Rue
Gramercy
Family friendly, Good singing and acting and effective use of a small stage., Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
December 11th, 2021

See it if a sweet, charming, fun-filled musical w/puppets about an abandoned dog’s journey to find a loving, new owner would appeal.

Don't see it if you don’t like puppets or musicals or dogs or musicals about dogs or prefer your theater serious, sophisticated or profound.

Also Although this is a family-friendly musical, many in the audience were ... Read more Read less