Alexander 7333

Brooklyn

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Reviews (47)
74
Old-fashioned, Fun, Delightful, Cliched

See it if you like meredith willson music, sung and danced beautifully, and don’t mind a flawed book

Don't see it if a flawed book will ruin your experience. this one is imperfect and too long, but when they start singing, the issues evaporate

66
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Ought to be better, Fluffy, Cute

See it if You need to see Annie Golden. You want to see the great supporting cast shine. You love the idea of a Blaxploitation spoof.

Don't see it if You expect a great performance from Golden. Or a book that's smart or funny enough to make the concept work. Or a score as good as BMC's.

Also Lots of potential, and some good moments, but doesn't work as a whole.... Read more Read less

85
Futuristic, Different, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like modern takes on musicals about high school issues. That line in the ads “Dear Evan Hansen meets Little Shop of Horrors” is spot-on.

Don't see it if You don’t want a story about teens, told with teenage language and style. It brought me back a couple of decades (in a fun way!).

Also Saw this off-Broadway at the Signature Center and can’t believe how mu... Read more Read less

40
Trite, Boring, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an amazingly talented cast amazingly underused, or you *REALLY* like atmospheric background music - Sheik's is amazing.

Don't see it if you value decent plot or decent songs. The book and lyrics are laughable.

Also What a missed opportunity. This story has potential and WOW this cast.... Read more Read less

72
Wild, Underdeveloped, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you want a bit of downtown flair uptown, you don't mind seeing something thoroughly underdeveloped – so much unrealized potential here!!

Don't see it if you dislike gross-out or weird humor, or rough-around-the-edges pieces. this is still a few workshops away from being where it should, sadly

88
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Entertaining, Spooky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you're willing to be entertained by two strong actors who keep you fully engaged for 80 minutes

Don't see it if you need big production values. This is a winning, scrappy production that reminds you of the essence of theater (in a good way!)

Also I chose to go because I love the J&H story, and ended up being won ove... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Quirky, Needs revision, Self-indulgent

See it if You *must* see a Guare play. You want to laugh (but not too much). You're OK with absurdist style.

Don't see it if You want plot points to be tied up (incl. heavy issues). You can't stand self-indulgence–he even gets an out-of-his-league girl.

Also Act I works great as a funny farce with some pathos. Act II loses a to... Read more Read less

55
Gatz
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Epic, Great acting, Excruciating, Pretentious

See it if you want to talk about how "marvelous" it was at a cocktail party or something

Don't see it if you expect it to add much to the text or deal with heftier ideas. can't nearly justify 8-hr run time (really 8.5 bc of sloppy house mgmt)

Also the emperor's new clothes, plain and simple

83
Absorbing, Hilarious, Masterful, Quirky, Enjoyable

See it if you want to be absorbed by a master storyteller and comedian for 80 minutes

Don't see it if you aren't ok with brutal honesty about a man's experience of fatherhood (among other things), or want a full-fledged broadway show

72
Absorbing, Heavy-handed, Quirky

See it if You like Brecht, like Raúl Esparza, or basically want to be told Trump is bad (duh)

Don't see it if You prefer your plays meaty or your social commentary subtle

Also Impactful and mostly engaging, but easily forgettable.... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Profound, Emotional, Impactful

See it if you like Fiddler, and especially have ancestors who came from Eastern Europe and spoke Yiddish. Cannot believe how emotional this made us.

Don't see it if You don't already know Fiddler well, or don't care about the plight of refugees, then and now.

74
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You care about government, politics, women's rights

Don't see it if You'll be bothered that it's a little rough-hewn

Also At its best moments, this show is exceptional and moving -- and it's w... Read more Read less

62
Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You neeeeed to see Armie on stage. He was fine, and I must say Paul Schneider was excellent in an (perhaps intentionally) underwritten role.

Don't see it if You want especially convincing acting or drama, or substantive points to be made about race, gender, sexual orientation, and privilege.

Also There's very little "there" there. The play has essentially one point ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want some laughter in your life. I just couldn't believe how FUNNY this was.

Don't see it if you want something serious, or deep, or even with good music. But man, all those jokes made it a good time still.

63
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Overrated

See it if you know and like the material already, or have a general proclivity for operatic pieces

Don't see it if you want more than *just* great singing -- the material feels dated and the plot is unconvincing between the songs

90
Transfers
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like acting. Unreal performances on this stage. By the end, you'll know and feel deeply for the characters in a visceral, human way

Don't see it if You like to poke holes in backstories or details -- there are a few you could find, but the acting is good enough to cover for them

78
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a play that examines the many issues facing modern Muslims in the Western world. You like family drama, religious-tinged or not

Don't see it if You need things neatly tied up. The play open up a lot of boxes but closes very few (though still manages to be interesting and engaging)

Also Was surprised to see production values that felt much lower than the s... Read more Read less

92
The Total Bent
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if You like Stew, riveting rock musicals, or good music in general

Don't see it if You need a strong book and story

40
Hundred Days
East Village
Great staging, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You wish the average concert had more melodrama, or you're obsessed with Jo Lampert

Don't see it if You're not interested in a self-indulgent concert/musical/thing that doesn't amount to much of anything

75
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Cliched, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You want a classic-style musical with energetic swing music

Don't see it if You want something interesting, unexpected, or otherwise new

90
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You love musicals and want a barrel of laughs

Don't see it if You don't like theatre in-jokes or silly shows that don't take themselves too seriously

50
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Slow

See it if You love Bette

Don't see it if You want something that doesn't feel dated and slow

60
Amelie
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Exquisite, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You want to hear Philippa Soo sing

Don't see it if You want to see a good book musical

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like a modern romcom with pathos

Don't see it if You want a big, "classic" broadway show

92
Challenging, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best-written play in years. You want to be thoroughly immersed in a world different from your own, with real characters.

Don't see it if You need clear narrative structure or flashy action. You don't want your perspectives challenged.

Also This was amazing. Really a master piece from Arbery, and executed near... Read more Read less

62
Style over substance

See it if you need to see anything someone on the creative team does. You want to see Jeff Daniels as Jeff Daniels.

Don't see it if you want a nuanced exploration of the issues at hand, or a theatrical experience with depth.

Also Was very excited going in, but despite the wonderful cast and excellen... Read more Read less

83
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Complex, Impressive

See it if you want to see a new talent burst onto the scene with confidence and a distinctive, compelling musical voice.

Don't see it if you're going to be offended by frank, sometimes vulgar talk about queerness and blackness, or upset by a work that's rough around the edges.

Also This work isn't 100% polished, but damn it's good. The highs are high,... Read more Read less

83
Big-hearted, Winning, Great acting, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if you want a funny night out with a big heart and amazing star turns by the leads; Brooks, Beth, & Christopher are all absolutely exceptional.

Don't see it if you want something heavy, deep, or subtle. This has a message, but you can see it from a mile away. Still, super sweet and tons of fun.

19
During previews
Pathetic, Excruciating, Lazy

See it if .......I truly can't think of a reason. You'll be disappointed if you're a fan of the movie and if you're not.

Don't see it if you want thought put into your theatre. I love funny, silly, lowbrow stuff, but this was just sloppily, lazily put together.

Also The design and special effects are kind of cool, but the book is lumpy... Read more Read less

44
Superhero
Midtown W
Insulting, Wasted potential, Half-assed, Ugh

See it if you need to see everything by any one of the many white men on the creative team (even if it feels like they threw it together in one day)

Don't see it if you want something that appears to have any amount of effort, nuance, or thought put into it. had low expectations, but it really is bad

Also how does something this underdeveloped get produced at this level? and... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Misguided, Embarrassing

See it if You absolutely NEED to see anything someone in the cast or creative team touches

Don't see it if The above doesn’t apply to you

Also What a misfire. Even the lighting and sound design was a mess. The lea... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Transporting, Heart-wrenching, Intense, Beautiful, Great design

See it if you care about, or even simply want to know more about the plight of refugees. If you are interested in exceptional, new theatrical design

Don't see it if You don't care about refugees or need to see a standard, happy-go-lucky proscenium show

Also Really worth a visit. Wow. The text is weaker than the design and perf... Read more Read less

57
Cliched, Fluffy, Great singing, So bad it’s good

See it if you like cheeky variety, show-style jokes or NEED to see Ruben and Clay (cracking more sad jokes than singing songs)

Don't see it if You want something well-directed, full of songs (there really are surprisingly few) or won’t be able to laugh at the corniness of it all

65
For a previous production
Clever, Cliched, Great staging, Vapid

See it if you like slapstick--doors slamming, set malfunctions, etc.

Don't see it if You want "smart" slapstick with characters that are more than 2-dimensional (or any further substance). I felt like I was at a theme park...

74
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Heavy-handed

See it if you want a play that deals ably with the intersection of blackness, whiteness, policing, coming of age, and parenthood (among other topics!)

Don't see it if you want to avoid uvenen acting, a text that can get pretty heavy-handed, or heavy subject matter

Also text is heavy-handed. kerry washington giving a demanding role her all... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if A show about feeling unsure of yourself, as a teen especially, will resonate

Don't see it if Peppy numbers overflowing with teen spirit will wear on you

Also Liked this more than I thought I would, and it absolutely made me feel... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if You like Justin Peck, R&H, beautiful operatic singing, musicals with emotional heft, and simple but elegant stage design.

Don't see it if You want a “light” story, you can’t deal with having your classics changed at all (even if it makes them more interesting).

Also In addition to Joshua Henry’s masterful performance, the racial tensio... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if you like Mike Birbiglia and want to see his best 80 minutes yet; you've ever had a kid

Don't see it if you're sensitive about parental abuse or abandonment--those issues were handled less delicately than I thought they should have been

84
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like Coney Island; you’re up for a small, abstract play touching on multiple themes—millennial inertia/indecision most effectively imo

Don't see it if you need a very literal or linear piece; you need lots of action; you need every loose end tied up or every theme explored very thoroughly

Also yes, the text is a bit unfocused, but there’s plenty to like, and the ... Read more Read less

35
Kings
East Village
Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if You want to see screen actors flounder on stage

Don't see it if You want an issue play that has any amount of depth or thought-provoking capability

Also Eisa Davis, bless her, is the one bright light in this poorly conceive... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You know the show already and want to relive it, or want to see the creative staging

Don't see it if You expect engaging songwriting or characters you care about

92
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to feel like a kid again and be engaged and enchanted by a "big" Broadway musical

Don't see it if you hate fun, or want something highbrow and artsy

83
Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if You want a breezy, enjoyable take on the classic

Don't see it if You're expecting something innovative or super-serious

85
Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want an engaging, uplifting human-interest story

Don't see it if You want a traditional, "big" musical

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if You are a human with any amount of empathy and emotion. Wow this was a tour de force.

Don't see it if You hate good storytelling

100
John
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Profound

See it if You want subtle, exceptional theatre that makes you think and leaves you wanting more

Don't see it if You need lots of action

100
Significant Other
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You like a romcom with pathos

Don't see it if You want a big, "classic" broadway show