Alan X

Los Angeles | 50-64 | Male
About:  I don't like brief introductions. I don't like introductions at all. Don't introduce me. But I'm OK with 'overtures'. Make an overture, go ahead. But don't hold it against me if I don't agree with your favorite show. I won't hold it against you if you don't agree with mine. What is it? Well, a show ... Read more Read less
Reviews (48)
89
For a previous production
Just kidding!, Great singing, Profound, Epic, Clever

See it if You enjoy parody, hilarity, frivolity, escapism, farce.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything even remotely serious.

Also Things go far more wrong in "The Play That Goes Wrong" than you can ev... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Big, Old fashioned, Star-driven, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Bette Midler's grand return to musicals (probably for the final time).

Don't see it if You want to see more faithful revivals that don't depend on the appearance of a single individual..

Also Midler's voice sounded almost great at the preview we saw, but even ot... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Busy, Autism spectrum, Ambitious, Technologically advanced

See it if have any vested interest, emotional or otherwise, in social media as stylized musical entertainment.

Don't see it if you are social media challenged or prefer conventional musicals.

Also It's a blend of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time," "Next... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
European, Parental ptsd, Withdrawn, Oh-so-so-so, Great singing

See it if Your idea of fun is the Umbrellas of Cherbourg seen through the lens of the undisclosed offspring of Matilda's parents makes you horny.

Don't see it if You're expecting any kind of theatrical magic: It's based on a very cinematic movie that's best experienced in that medium.

Also Philippa Soo, one of "Hamilton's" few non-winners, jumped ship to lend... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Fluffy, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you didn't mind it the first time and it's not gonna be the same big garbage dump set

Don't see it if you don't care for Andrew Lloyd Webber at his most indulgent.

92
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you liked the original and enjoy dramatic ways to re-tell stories

Don't see it if edgy material makes you uncomfortable.

80
Quirky, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging, Funny

See it if you enjoyed the film or the Roald Dahl story.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a school full of kids supervised by a man in drag.

92
Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the next evolution in staging, scenic design and projections.

Don't see it if stories involving autistic characters are unappealing.

89
Romantic, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Exquisite

See it if you like new takes on older movie material, outstanding choreography and direction

Don't see it if stuff set outside of the U.S. bothers you.

69
Bland

See it if you want to see Casey Nicholaw almost pull it off. You like child-driven stories and immortality lessons.

Don't see it if if you've had enough of "Finian's Rainbow" and "Brigadoon" type shows.

80
Great scenic design, Underrated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Bruce Willis live, on-stage, in person! And one of the great performances by an actress that's a master at her craft.

Don't see it if convincingly violent special effects bother you, or you're expecting "Sleuth".

66
Star-driven, Mametesque, Smarmy, Obdurate, Omg!

See it if you like pretentiousness and aging actors meandering all over the stage to read the teleprompters.

Don't see it if you enjoyed David Mamet plays before he turned from a liberal to a conservative. (i.e. all the good ones).

Also "I'm not your puppet, Pam!" Al Pacino famously said to director Pam Mc... Read more Read less

84
Disjointed, Absorbing, Extra, extra long, Dysfunctional family, Morbid,

See it if you care about one of the great classic tragedies of American Theatre.

Don't see it if you don't want to be depressed and get out too late to eat.

Also Like The L.A. Times' McNulty said, they all know their lines, but didn... Read more Read less

73
Fluffy, Quirky, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like wedding comedies with or without music or are a fan of either Tyne Daly or Harriet Harris.

Don't see it if you want anything deep or meaningful. It's like the logo, a cake too big for it's own platter about to tip over from all the sugar.

Also The scenic design is terrific, a two tiered hotel ballroom and rooms w... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the CONGA and big splashy musical bios

Don't see it if you don't like Latin/Rock/Pop music or have an aversion to a terrific night out

Also This spectacular show, with a story that may seem done before is actua... Read more Read less

89
Raunchy, Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like autobiographical rock musicals (but it's fictional), Tony caliber performances and astonishingly good book writing.

Don't see it if cross dressing makes you queasy or at sensitive to VERY loud music and now the very brightest, most assaulting lighting design ever.

Also Saw this on tour with Darren Criss. Exemplary in every way but one. Ca... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you care about future generations and how they perceive the world around them. This won the Tony Award for Best musical over "Wicked".

Don't see it if you can only associate puppets as being 'kids stuff' This won the Tony for Best musical over "Wicked" remember.

Also Not enough can be said about the incredible experience of siting throu... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Masterful, Great staging, Overrated, Epic

See it if you want to know what all the fuss is about

Don't see it if if you're not crazy about the aisles being flooded with cast members

Also The adjectives list must be expanded. I didn't want to use masterful, ... Read more Read less

96
Entertaining, Epic, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're pre-disposed to enjoy anything Wizard of Oz oriented and spectacle.

Don't see it if big spectacles (and power ballads) aren't your thing.

Also "Wicked" fills out the long awaited third musical to have the most dev... Read more Read less

82
For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in something very different--and FAST paced and enjoy historical accounts.

Don't see it if you're not curious about what happened to all those planes in the air that couldn't land on 9/11 or hate actors playing multiple roles.

86
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like your shows way outside the mainstream.

Don't see it if you only want to see traditional musicals.

Also The more I think about this show the better I like it. I have to admit... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Refreshing, Hilarious, Funny, Dizzying

See it if I you like send ups and parodies and Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't care for frothy fun

81
Delightful, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like drag shows and good music.

Don't see it if transgenders make you uncomfortable.

Also I don't know what it's like without Billy Porter as the lead in his To... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Riveting, Intelligent, Edgy, Clever

See it if Funniest show since "Book of Mormon."

Don't see it if You are sensitive to language and/or humor.

91
Norma desmond, Must see, Intense, Star-driven, Absorbing

See it if You care about one of the great acting performances given twice now by Glenn Close in a role perfectly suited to her talents

Don't see it if A touch of the morbid bothers you

Also Have to agree with the Times on this one. You have to be in the same r... Read more Read less

66
Flat, Yiddish german, Subtitled, Dated, Banal

See it if You care about Yiddish theatre IN Yiddish

Don't see it if You don't want to read subtitles

Also It's gloom and doom for the innocent story is "The Drunkard" in Yiddis... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Moving, Hilarious, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if Whether or not you're familiar with the film, this is a very special and profoundly moving experience.

Don't see it if you object to shows with otherworldly elements and messages all good people can learn from.

Also "We didn't think they could make this work" said one half of the coupl... Read more Read less

88
Live-streamed, Better-than-expected, Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful

See it if the idea of a cross between "Green Acres" and "42nd St." is one you find appealing and like old fashioned shows done well.

Don't see it if you couldn't get into "Hamilton" (meaning inside the theater, not the actual material) or find musicals in general to be corny.

Also "Holiday Inn" must be the only show where two leads have their wedding... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Resonant, Romantic, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like small, intimate musicals

Don't see it if you need more than a music box that holds only two candies.

80
Cute, Great dancing, Fun, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like tap, tap and more tap--on tap!

Don't see it if if light and frothy isn't your thing.

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like Stephen Sondheim but with less psychobabble and more laughs

Don't see it if you're not fond of English accents and musicals.

91
Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the definitive production of this ever staged.

Don't see it if you think some shows are too big or too showy.

97
Greatness in general, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if if you like top-notch everything (but the slimmed down sets of a staged concert--but they don't matter that much).

Don't see it if you don't care about your theatre history.

92
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like to really chew on some what great 'what if' questions in history.

Don't see it if you couldn't care less about the royals or iambic pentameter.

88
Twisted, Sick, Obscene, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like material that really pushes the envelope (if a film, this would be an NC-17 for sure), terrific performances and suspense..

Don't see it if if you thought "Fun Home" made you uncomfortable. This makes "Fun Home" seem like G-rated fluff.

Also Oh boy... I never thought a playwright could 'go there' in something e... Read more Read less

89
Ingenious, Disco-dependent, Clever, Hilarious, Parody-perfect

See it if You enjoy parodies such as "Airplane". making fun of old fads and can't resist naughty nuns with deadpan deliveries.

Don't see it if have no sense of humor, expect anything other than fun for fun's sake or are a curmudgeon.

Also Even the drinks have themes, I had a Towering Inferno. The cast has th... Read more Read less

93
Refreshing, Fluffy, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful

See it if you don't mind a big, splashy Vegas-type show that's actually designed to be seen in the lounge.

Don't see it if you don't like Tony Danza or you just want to thumb your nose at the rave that Ben Brantley gave this.

Also Oh I have a lot more to say. There's an outstanding overture, witty, f... Read more Read less

88
Dizzying, Great staging, Masterful, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if you are female of any age over 8, know any female over 8, enjoy timeless, critic-proof classic musicals, and intimate romance and BIG sets.

Don't see it if How could you not be curious, it's "Phantom of the Opera!" the longest running show in history.

Also No wonder most women like it, it's a Harlequin romance novel come to l... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Great acting, Refreshing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if See it even if you didn't like it in any of its previous incarnations this is the definitive version. Won for scenic design over "HAMILTON".

Don't see it if you can't stand charm, effortless storytelling and inventive staging.

Also I'm one of those who'd seen other revivals. It was always 'nice'. And ... Read more Read less

93
Great writing, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You enjoy any incarnation of South Park or the work of it's creators and/or have a strong desire to laugh your ass off.

Don't see it if You are easily offended (but don't worry, the Mormons don't seem to be), or religion is a very touchy subject.

Also Book of Mormon is The BOM! Literally! Scathing indictment of organized... Read more Read less

50
Overrated, Indulgent, Epic, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you must or can easily be fooled into thinking you enjoyed something because you paid so much to see it..

Don't see it if you enjoy entertainment because whatever this 3 hours + endeavor is, it's not entertaining.

Also I know I'm in a minority here, but TV ads for this show have people co... Read more Read less

89
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in what all the fuss was about when this won Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play.

Don't see it if You don't like drama or works from Masters like Arthur Miller.

Also "The direction is the star" wrote Charles McNulty of the L.A. Times ab... Read more Read less

50
Relevant, Absorbing, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't expect much from something that won a Best Play Tony. It's an average family drama/comedy

Don't see it if you find plays easily over-hyped to within an inch of their pretentious life by critics and Tony voters.

Also "The Humans" got most of its attention and accolades because it defies... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you like the music of Carole King told in a juke box way.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything ground-breaking.

81
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you're very, VERY open minded, enjoy chamber pieces and experimental themes.

Don't see it if you're easily offended or are uncomfortable with extremely sensitive and mature subject matter that's shockingly intimate.

Also If you're not fond of theatre in the round, this is the staging in tha... Read more Read less

89
Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You liked the film and musical comedy

Don't see it if you want more meaty material.

86
For a previous production
Overrated, Fluffy, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like familiar juke box musicals with popular tunes

Don't see it if You're looking for substance.

100
Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You care anything at all about theatre.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see "Hamilton"