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Manhattan | Male
About:  Been involved in theater for years -- writing, composing, performing and producing. Currently, I enjoy sharing my opinions with anyone who cares. Cheers!
Reviews (57)
87
During previews
Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if looking for edge

Don't see it if you suspect something called "Slave Play" is not for you. Duh!

Also The first part is totally hilarious; the second, a group scene, suffer... Read more Read less

70
The Talmud
Brooklyn
Gorgeous, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a dance/spoken-word piece mixing 2 cultures

Don't see it if you need your performance-art to have depth

Also Both Jewish and Chinese cultures are known for offering wisdom for lif... Read more Read less

77
During previews
All the Rage
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if into a show by a dynamic, personable performer

Don't see it if if Spalding Gray era storytelling, even if greatly enhanced, is not for you

Also Jumping between emotional situations and cleverly designed settings, M... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a decent, charming at times production of a rarely seen play

Don't see it if you seek an interpretation that is either classic or edgy; this is mildly in-between.

Also a lovely troupe of female actors converts genders and pronouns, but as... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if into a fresh take on race and theater

Don't see it if allergic to Shakespeare or race issues

Also Keith Hamilton Cobb created a strong show that fits his talents. This ... Read more Read less

90
Flamboyant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like shiny things and perseverance

Don't see it if hmmm... let me think

Also A good jukebox musical wonderfully mixing the personal with the glitz.... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing

See it if can enjoy a confused production

Don't see it if sessitive to cohesiveness

Also This was misguided from the first scene - the hungry people want to ki... Read more Read less

70
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Romantic, Fluffy, Dated

See it if if you missed Rita Rudner; if into some fluffy fun.

Don't see it if you would avoid dinner-theater.

75
During previews
Safe, Quirky, Great staging

See it if into a good, updated classic.

Don't see it if the old language bothers you.

Also This is notably a mixed-race company, but the only blind-casting here ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if into a strong, poetic if underdeveloped allegory about the black experience

Don't see it if allergic to WTF shows; this is, to a degree, performance art.

Also An allegory comparing the black experience to being in a penal colony,... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a somewhat successful comedy where gumballs are being dropped on Mr. Wilson for art sake.

Don't see it if you want too much

Also Clever at times and lacking focus at others, this is ultimately worth ... Read more Read less

79
Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into an epic, a seamlessly woven tale of China in 1922 and 2010, and future Brooklyn.

Don't see it if looking for something simple...

Also An admirable effort that leaves some issues unresolved. What is the de... Read more Read less

69
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Dated

See it if into re-living what was fresh 20 years ago

Don't see it if you can watch Vanya on 42nd Street instead

Also This was off from the first moment - what was supposed to be a casual-... Read more Read less

85
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if into a current musical about personal experiences and inner voices

Don't see it if uncomfortable with blatant gay sexuality

Also This is a fabulous meta-musical about writing a musical; all while fig... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if into a stripped-down satisfying version of this modern classic

Don't see it if you have a thing against Sondheim

Also Accomplished small production except for the mismatched voices on Unwo... Read more Read less

60
During previews
The Bigot
Midtown W
Banal, Great acting, Dated

See it if into a good production of a play you might have seen on Lifetime years ago

Don't see it if looking for anything edgy

Also Four lovely actors doing their best with this by-the-numbers serviceab... Read more Read less

95
Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if open to a bold, dark, creative interpretation of this beloved classic

Don't see it if a dark revamp will give you nightmares

Also Unbelievably brilliant; almost perfect pitch (the dream dance felt str... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Quirky

See it if into a well-executed non-linear one-man show about his multiple unusual border crossings

Don't see it if you dread one-person shows

69
During previews
Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if curious what an improv group (*) might do to the Bathsheba story; much energy, many clever moments, but...

Don't see it if ... easily frustrated by lack of a dramaturg - dialog at times lacks focus, action lacking motivation.

Also * Despite Improv feel, this is attributed to a single author. She does... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great staging, Intense, Great acting

See it if An interesting take on a modern classic; some intense situations, and as a whole -- a relevant interpretation.

Don't see it if At times, the accents make this hard to understand, and perhaps as a result -- there are slow moments.

85
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if seeking a wonderfully entertaining show - funny, poignant to a degree. Good old Gurney was given a worthy staging here.

Don't see it if If Gurney does not make you laugh, if you have no familiarity with WASP attitudes.

88
Thud! (FringeNYC)
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if can appreciate a successful mash of drama and slapstick

Don't see it if (I thought it was just great)

75
Wigs (FringeNYC)
East Village
Confusing, Intelligent

See it if while the 2 girls are lovely, they skip on first establishing good connection with the audience, so the final effect is not as potent.

Don't see it if you are not into "performance art"

95
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if human. This was the most "all there" show I saw this festival, not shying from being overtly sexual, consistently entertaining.

Don't see it if non-vanilla sex is offensive to you.

87
Absorbing, Funny, Original, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a storyteller journey through the music of the 90's and 00's, peppered with personal and scientific tidbits.

Don't see it if you just want to know how to make it into a band; this will be, potentially, in a future show...

68
During previews
Mothers
Midtown W
Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a play seemingly inspired by the question - should we even bring children to this horrible world?

Don't see it if expecting a cohesive play

Also In the first half of the play, which ... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a good production of a faulty play about Scottish boys and swings

Don't see it if impatient

Also highlights include a lovely dance around the swings and the actors' ad... Read more Read less

80
Must see, Resonant, Uneven

See it if into an uneven yet must-see revival of an iconic musical

Don't see it if avoiding dark matter

Also An interesting revival - it is uneven, offering moving moments and gre... Read more Read less

80
During previews
See You
West Village
Totally unconventional, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a very different experience

Don't see it if seeking traditional storytelling

Also Five young people in search of themselves; they interact with each oth... Read more Read less

69
Great acting (at times), Slow, Confusing

See it if a completist of Tennessee Williams or Absurdist Theater

Don't see it if impatient

Also There were 2 major issues that screamed "misguided" here - ... Read more Read less

65
Out of Water
Chelsea
Enchanting, Disappointing

See it if into a charming-at-times children musical

Don't see it if expecting something BRAZILIAN or grownup entertainment

Also The story of a boy and his fish-friend going through a list of fears i... Read more Read less

69
Little Gem
Chelsea
Great acting, Banal

See it if into a monologue-play about predictable predicaments

Don't see it if expecting fresh

Also Moving moments and nice interactions were too few to make this an inte... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Uneven, Indulgent

See it if into a sparse poetic relationship play; highly uneven

Don't see it if impatient with poetry

Also The two talented performers shine when expressing their sensual or war... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great staging, Great acting

See it if into an unusual revamp of a modern classic.

Don't see it if allergic to old melodramas even when revamped.

Also Great acting and direction, yet despite the first-rate talent, the pla... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Contrived, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if into an uneven but challenging play about a doll-maker and a woman seeking a replica of the baby she had lost

Don't see it if sensitive to making sense

Also In between poignant moments and some laughs, we also get some eye-roll... Read more Read less

75
Dying City
Midtown W
Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a superbly acted, somewhat-satisfying play

Don't see it if expecting something easy

Also Great production; the play itself mostly keeps you interested, and the... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Indulgent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if want a taste of across-the-pond, plus Podrick Payne in gym shorts

Don't see it if allergic to thick accents and audience participation

Also Some softening of the accept could have been considered as this seems ... Read more Read less

45
God of Marz
Midtown W
Interesting premise, Indulgent

See it if into seeing a few lovely people squeezing some laughs from an interesting yet wasted premise

Don't see it if well...

Also Oh - the irony of a play that takes itself to Mars to go nowhere... Th... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if interested in a creative, hip interpretation of the Scottish Play

Don't see it if unable to do your homework and reacquaint yourself with the play

Also Much of the fun here is deciphering the clever departures from a class... Read more Read less

71
boom
Midtown W
Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if can appreciate a good-enough if uneven contemporary play, a mixture of a realistic-style with wacky outbursts by 3 talented likable actors.

Don't see it if over-critical of new work by small companies

Also The premise and resolution are significantly better than the middle, a... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Great singing, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you are forgiving

Don't see it if want more than half-baked

Also A series of vignettes with stories, music, and puppetry -- some lovely... Read more Read less

75
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if want to see what the fuss is about

Don't see it if allergic to plays-by-the-numbers even if excellently done

Also An epic production of the highest quality, but it feels like lets-just... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if into absurdsit comedies

Don't see it if can't handle some yawns

Also Overall worth watching for brilliant comic acting and a big reveal. Th... Read more Read less

69
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Dated, Disappointing, Clever

See it if interested in a new staging of a classic, John Doyle style. Excellent performances, sparse creative staging.

Don't see it if impatient. The work tends to repeat its points (dollar bills, again?) so yawns are inevitable.

70
During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if ...you appreciate the language and flow of LaBute and want to experience it excellently done.

Don't see it if ...you will be disappointed by work that is clever but tame on making a point.

70
The Whore From Ohio
West Village
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you want to get to know or see more from the genius author

Don't see it if impatient when an ambitious production struggles with difficult material

72
Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if looking for a well-acted intimate play

Don't see it if the structure of "something weird happens in the 1st half and we learn what it is towards the end" is too slow for you

89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if a new angle on what "rape" means, presented with a light touch, is for you. I especially liked the second half.

Don't see it if you hate nuance.

70
Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if interested in light discussion about democracy, with audience participation, cutesy interruptions and the occasional use of dolls

Don't see it if you might be critical of a somewhat unfocused event where after a few questions the speaker assumes he made a dent in your perception.

80
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Quirky, Great singing

See it if clever, electronic-music-and-estrogen-rich riffs on Medea turning into a passionate protest is for you

Don't see it if you prefer standard cabaret