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New York City

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Reviews (25)
66
Vietgone
Midtown W
Ambitious, intriguing, somewhat disappointing

See it if you'd like to see an ambitious attempt to dramatize a true story from the American past about immigrants from Vietnam.

Don't see it if . . . forget this "Don't see it if" part. Just read what I say below, if you're interested.

Also Playwright Qui Nguyen has a very interesting story to tell. It's about... Read more Read less

26
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you like 100 minutes or so of overamplified banality, this is for you.

Don't see it if you don't like 100 minutes or so of overamplified banality, this is for you.

70
Better than other doyle productions

See it if you like the show or the source material. I liked this more than other John Doyle productions I've seen. The cast is strong.

Don't see it if you couldn't stand the original. I preferred Fantasia (replacement in the original) to the much-praised Cynthia Erivo. Still, this is good.

62
Confusions
Midtown E
A very mixed bag

See it if you are a big fan of Alan Ayckbourn's work.

Don't see it if you blow hot and cold on Ayckbourn. This collection of one-acts is not his best or even close. Performances are uneven from play to play.

62
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Absorbing, schematic, ambitious, disappointing

See it if you're interested in ambitious new plays including ones that may not fully succeed.

Don't see it if you're bothered by writing that seems schematic, plot developments that feel inorganic, and characters that feel like constructs.

77
1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Absorbing, entertaining, fun, uneven staging

See it if you enjoy seeing classic musicals and don't mind too much if the production is unevenly cast and has some staging problems.

Don't see it if if you don't like 1776 or if you're sure that you can't stand the idea of modern dress or multi-racial casting in this particular show.

84
Angel Reapers
Midtown W
Original, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like unconventional theater, more focused on movement and imagery than dialogue (although there is dialogue and song).

Don't see it if you demand straightforward storytelling and you need comedy, or at least some comic relief.

79
Women Without Men
Midtown W
Absorbing, smart, insightful, touching,

See it if you like to see non-flashy little-known slice-of-life plays from the past, plays that are solid but not necessarily earth-shattering.

Don't see it if you demand brilliant acting in every role. Some of the acting is so-so. But overall it's good enough, and the play is well worth a look.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You're a fan of Shakespeare and great acting and great songs probingly interpreted but not necessarily perfectly sung.

Don't see it if You're greatly bothered by imperfect singing or not interested in an evening of Shakespeare monologues interspersed with Broadway songs.

87
Night is a Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like edgy drama that some may find unsettling, and you're not put off by writing that goes a bit poetic sometimes.

Don't see it if you hate edgy drama that is somewhat unsettling, or you're put off by dialogue that doesn't always sound like the way people really talk.

30
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid, Inane

See it if you enjoy shows that are such a mess that they end up being kind of fun.

Don't see it if you have no patience for clichéd, banal, anachronistic writing, inane attempts at humor, and lyrics full of false rhymes.

97
Resonant, Riveting, Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if I never know how to predict who will like a show. This is a show that I completely loved. That's all I can say.

Don't see it if If you hate musicals that deal with deeply unhappy, troubled people, stay away (although some of it is simply charming, sweet and funny).

77
Desire
Midtown E
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You love Tennessee Williams, although perhaps not if you love his work to the point of feeling that it should not be adapted freely.

Don't see it if You get disturbed easily or if you only enjoy purely "up" shows.

54
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Mildly amusing at times but not much there

See it if you enjoy satires that stay on the surface and have no real teeth.

Don't see it if if you prefer comedy and satire that either present characters with some depth and layers or at least has some real bite.

69
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Pretentious, pretentious, pretentious and pretentious

See it if you want to see a show determined to prove that if a story is worth telling, it's worth telling in the most pretentious possible way.

Don't see it if Hey, I've already answered this! Seriously, it's a good story. The production is all about bells and whistles. Unnecessary.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like to see rarely performed Shakespeare in a strong production.

Don't see it if you don't like this play or you don't like Shakespeare performed in modern dress.

90
Signature Plays
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're fascinated by theatre of the recent past, especially the more offbeat and experimental kind.

Don't see it if you get bored easily or you find experimental theatre silly or dull.

27
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Banal, frustrating, disappointing

See it if you're not bothered by plot holes, acting of the sort that gives acting in musicals a bad name, and mostly annoying choreography.

Don't see it if you are bothered by plot holes, acting of the sort that gives acting in musicals a bad name, and mostly annoying choreography.

74
Great writing, Intelligent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you've never seen The King and I before.

Don't see it if you're picky about revivals of musicals you love and know very well. Perhaps this will improve with cast changes. I found it problematic.

57
During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Absorbing, likable, well-meaning, banal, uneven

See it if a charming cast, good intentions, some pleasant music and a modestly interesting if predictable story sound worthwhile to you.

Don't see it if you strongly prefer that songs employ perfect rhymes and you're bothered when songs mostly restate the obvious with banal lyrics.

18
Interminable, inept, overrated, dull, wasteful

See it if if ... if ... I don't know. Clearly, some people are enjoying it, but rarely have I been so mystified as to why anyone would enjoy a show.

Don't see it if I'm tempted to say if you have good taste and intelligence, but that's just silly. If you do see it, get a good discount!

95
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like plays about the stresses of modern life with exceptional acting.

Don't see it if if you're tired of plays about the stresses of modern life, no matter how well acted. ;)

52
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Mild, pleasant, bland, inoffensive, nice

See it if you like sweet, pleasant romantic stories with a minimum of angst.

Don't see it if you're bothered by a lot of indicating in the acting, and music that doesn't seem to mesh with the period and the characters.

77
Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if I don't like to predict how others will feel. I will just say that if you did not like Everyday Rapture (I didn't), you may like this.

Don't see it if If you only want to see Sheri Rene Scott in a musical, you may be disappointed. This is not a musical. ;)

35
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Poorly-written, well-performed, overextended, overamplified, unfunny.

See it if It seems that a lot of people do like this show, including some people whose taste I respect. So I think it's unpredictable.

Don't see it if You're greatly bothered by false rhymes, especially in songs that are supposed to be clever.