Al

Manhattan | Male
About:  Waiting patiently for the revival of Moose Murders.
Reviews (127)
80
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you barely eke out a living or if you care about people (whether African American or otherwise) who barely eke out a living.

Don't see it if you prefer plays about affluent people or WASPS -- this is the opposite of an A.R.Gurney play.

70
Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Confusing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like shows that you can enjoy by letting them just wash over you and not sweating the somewhat confusing details.

Don't see it if you prefer a straightforward linear story with character arcs.

90
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you've ever fantasized about how your life would have turned out if you'd made different decisions.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that are slow.

75
MOPE
Midtown W
Raunchy, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like watching shows about losers at the end of their rope.

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid full frontal male nudity.

80
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you enjoy non-traditional productions of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you haven't seen The Tempest before -- this one's a little hard to follow.

90
Yen
West Village
Riveting, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you enjoy gritty shows. This one is about two feral teenagers living without supervision in an abandoned apartment in a housing project.

Don't see it if your favorite cable channel is the Hallmark Channel.

Also If this were a movie it would be rated R. There's a lot of very crude ... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like shows about historical figures in general or are interested in Martin Luther in particular.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that consist mainly of academic discourse.

60
Dated, Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you want a fairy-tale musical, suitable for the whole family,

Don't see it if you want something edgy or with a non-fantasy storyline.

75
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Delightful, Absorbing, Romantic, Sweet

See it if you want to watch a downtrodden (but quirkily endearing) woman try to pull herself up by her bootstraps. Or if you just love Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the downtrodden, in the quirkily endearing, or in Sutton Foster.

Also Sutton Foster is the entire show. The rest of the cast – with the exce... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you like feel-good shows. This one portrays Israelis and Arabs playing nicely together.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that explore heavy concepts.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you appreciate humor, originality, quirkiness and charm. Take a date, take your kids, take anyone who likes to smile.

Don't see it if you want a storyline, character development or anything of substance.

70
Poison
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you'd like to watch a couple, years after their divorce, try to deal with the tragedy that precipitated the divorce.

Don't see it if you dislike slow shows. This is two people on a virtually empty set talking about the past -- and pausing a lot.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you would enjoy a drama about race relations in South Africa in 1950 -- this one starts slowly and builds to great intensity.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding South African accents.

90
A Life
Midtown W
Absorbing, Subtle, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy slow plays that give you time to think about (and savor) what's happening.

Don't see it if you dislike plays with minimal action, even if the scarcity of action is critical to the play's theme.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like gay-themed relationship plays.

Don't see it if you dislike stories told non-linearly.

65
Attorney Street
West Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Great writing, Lyrical, Slow

See it if you like autobiographical one-man shows.

Don't see it if you want more than a series of unrelated vignettes, no matter how beautifully written or engagingly performed.

80
Hilarious, Delightful, Absorbing, Quirky

See it if you're up for some scripted comedy mixed with a little improv and with a dusting of NYC attitude on top.

Don't see it if you prefer to take your comedy in a conventional play, with proper character development and a plot.

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Spectacular

See it if you like over-the-top spectaculars, or you like acrobatics, or you're on a date, or you're taking the kids.

Don't see it if you want conventional theater, with characters and a plot and dialog. Or if you have a strong dislike for steampunk.

Also The VIP package may be worth the price. It comes with great seats, fre... Read more Read less

90
Sell/Buy/Date
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like one-man shows. Sarah Jones can do accents better than Meryl Streep.

Don't see it if if you need the show's content to be at least as good as the acting. The sex-worker theme was interesting, but not riveting.

Also Full disclosure: I've been a big fan of Sarah Jones since she did "Bri... Read more Read less

45
Maestro
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you like biography shows. This one is about Leonard Bernstein, covering both his career and his personal life.

Don't see it if you have no interest in listening to Bernstein's music. Much of the show is concert with an occasional break to talk about Bernstein's life.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Rent or if you enjoy shows about struggling artists or about real people (in this case, Jonathan Larson).

Don't see it if you dislike low-budget shows with minimal sets or with small casts where the actors play multiple roles.

85
Raunchy, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you like edgy theater. This show explores race, sexuality, and the intersection of the two.

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid nudity, masturbation, oral sex, repeated use of abhorrent racial slurs, and/or sock puppets.

85
Delightful, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you enjoy whimsically told tales of personal experiences.

Don't see it if you prefer stories with lots of action, big casts and hugely dramatic conflict. This show is quieter and more charming than those.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Mesmerizing, Great direction, Relevant

See it if you enjoy quiet shows that portray ordinary people living ordinary lives -- this show is somewhat similar to The Humans in that regard.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action or perhaps a crisis that the characters need to resolve -- this isn't that kind of show.

Also The actors do not speak very loudly. If you are sitting in the 4th row... Read more Read less

95
Caught
East Village
Clever, Original, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate plays that defy categorization. This one fits into no standard genre.

Don't see it if you dislike plays with unconventional structure.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you've seen all the Harry Potter movies.

Don't see it if you haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies. Many of the in-jokes require more than just having read the books.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Broadway and have experience with (or an interest in) London's West End.

Don't see it if your NYC theater interests are limited to Off- and Off-Off-Broadway.

Also I particularly enjoyed the parts of the exhibit that contrasted Broadw... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like autobiographical one-man shows, you like quirky people, and/or you enjoy backstage anecdotes.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like to see shows that are staged in an unusual manner.

Don't see it if you dislike shows with an incoherent plot.

Also This was a dreary show, made slightly less dreary by some interesting ... Read more Read less

75
Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the pros and cons of an open marriage.

Don't see it if you want a play with a lot of energy. This one is mostly people involved in an open marriage calmly discussing their feelings.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you like family dramas. This one is about the dysfunctional relationship between an adult woman and the invalid mother with whom she lives.

Don't see it if you dislike dark shows and/or shows with twisted humor.

95
The Dork Knight
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy movies and/or would enjoy an endearingly told story of a geeky young man's coming of age. You needn't have seen the Batman movies.

Don't see it if the Batman theme is a turnoff you won't be able to overcome.

75
The Present
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Unevenly paced

See it if you like Chekhov or Blanchett or family dramas.

Don't see it if a dynamic middle and end don't compensate for a slow beginning.

Also The first half of the first act was slow. Too slow. But the rest of th... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like jazz and/or are nostalgic about 1940's hipsterdom.

Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional show with story line, character development and an arc.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you want a well-acted and interesting play about spoiled and mean-spirited people in 18th Century Paris. Adapted from a 1782 novel.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see this Christmas story performed by a talented actor doing approximately 20 different roles from the Dickens classic.

Don't see it if you want something original. One-person performances of A Christmas Carol are not uncommon. But see my additional notes below.

Also The production itself was excellent, but there are additional reasons ... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Relevant, Uneven, Predictable

See it if you want to observe the lives of the "forgotten class", whose votes so overwhelmingly affected the 2016 Presidential election.

Don't see it if you dislike stories about people living unhappy lives.

80
During previews
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Energetic, Dark, Great staging, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like rock musicals or dark shows or if you have a carnival fetish.

Don't see it if you dislike shows without a substantial storyline, no matter how creatively presented.

75
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Moving, Dated

See it if you like extremely moving stories -- this one is about a married couple and the progression of their lives after they divorce.

Don't see it if you dislike stories that don't end happily, stories that are told completely through song, or stories that are AIDS- or gay-themed,

90
Riveting, Nuanced, Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to be a fly on the wall, watching a family doing their best to cope with life's problems.

Don't see it if you dislike quiet plays.

85
Rent Control
Queens
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you can relate to the rent-controlled vs. free-market rent disparity, you've used Airbnb, or you know what it's like to be poor in NYC.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or dingy theaters.

85
The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in little-known historical figures.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with large budgets.

Also This one-woman show uses four performers, in rotation. Sylvia Milo per... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you suffer from depression, or know someone who does, or just want to understand depression better.

Don't see it if you dislike shows about mental illness.

Also Despite the topic, the show is not a downer. Instead, it holds out hop... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Original, Tedious

See it if you are a teacher, or have ever served on a committee, or have ever had sensitivity training, or are a mental health professional.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with high-stakes conflicts and/or which move quickly.

95
For a previous production
Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you want a show about 9/11 that is, believe it or not, a feel-good show. There's a lot of human interest here and even some romance.

Don't see it if 9/11 is a trigger for you.

Also These comments are for the D.C. production.

70
The Encounter
Midtown W
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if you like stories that are told in a clever way or if you are an anthropologist or a sound designer.

Don't see it if you need stories to have significant content.

65
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Fluffy, Quirky, Banal, Overrated

See it if you like quirkily charming low-budget shows.

Don't see it if you don't regard a small amount of charm as adequate compensation for a complete lack of substance.

70
Empathitrax
Soho/Tribeca
Uneven, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you've ever wanted a greater emotional connection with your significant other, or ever taken a prescribed drug for a psychological disorder.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows about interpersonal relationships.

Also The theater was very cold -- the temperature was at most 65 degrees an... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you can relate to the issues and the daily lives of high school girls.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of what high school had been like, or if you have trouble with rapid-fire dialog.

75
A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Charming

See it if you are entering (or once entered) middle age, or if you simply enjoy well-crafted plays.

Don't see it if you prefer modern plays.