Alfie 6302

Manhattan

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Reviews (117)
72
Slow, Fragmented, Good staging, direction, Ambitious

See it if Nicely choreographed, disciplined, "avant-garde modernism." Enthusiastic precision performances.

Don't see it if This is the kind of thing you'll like if you like this kind of thing. Somewhat self-indulgent and impenetrable.

85
Excellent performances, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Crisp, fast-paced, intelligent, well-directed, funny. Moves well. A worthy performance.

Don't see it if Somewhat mismatched styles, with acting that ranges from the near "Elizabethan" to the near "hip hop."

80
During previews
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Wide-ranging

See it if Miss George Carlin? See Colin Quinn. A refreshing change from the All-Trump-All-The-Time nightly talk shows, but just as fast & funny.

Don't see it if If you don't agree with his values and are looking for trash talk.

40
Frantic, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Old school musical, without much substance, but full of high spirits. The title tells all -- a farce about missing contents.

Don't see it if Some plays are not worth reviving. Feels dated and ditzy, and falls flat.

90
During previews
Great writing, direction, Powerful, intense, Raw

See it if Except for the nothing-ever-changes ending, a powerful, intimate theatrical experiece, a la Tennessee. Must see.

Don't see it if You don't want to be disturbed, upset. You're a bit prudish.

90
Brilliant, Huge, Powerful, Masterful, Confusing

See it if Brilliantly directed, staged, acted. A must-see. Even odd "gender-neutral" casting decisions didn't diminish the better performances.

Don't see it if There's a reason Shakespeare's Histories aren't performed as often as his Tragedies and Comedies. You need a scorecard to follow the action

70
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Cliched, Well-acted

See it if War is hell, don't you know, making victims of the innocent. Strong statement of the irrationality of it all, in a good solo performance.

Don't see it if Overly familiar for those who've seen or read Paths of Glory, The Good Soldier, Red Badge of Courage, etc.

30
Incoherent, Unintelligible, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if If you like the trappings of theatre of the absurd, with no discernible point, multiple incomprehensible dialects, and uneven acting.

Don't see it if even if you have nothing else to do. Confusion reigns. At the end, audience members turned to each other and shrugged

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Fine acting, Intense, Slow

See it if Dystopian setting that hit many of today's hot buttons, with special focus on fundamentalist religion. Well-structured, linear storytelling

Don't see it if Don't, if social issues aren't your thing and, especially, if you are a defender of the faith.

92
During previews
Clever, Inventive, Insightful, Multi-faceted, Funny

See it if Inside an exceptionally bright, tortured, complex, funny man, driven by artistic ambition, destroying the love he so desperately needs.

Don't see it if You don't like or can't keep up with intense, convoluted, fast-paced, and not entirely linear storytelling.

85
During previews
Intelligent, Insightful, Clever, Good acting, directing, Funny

See it if Modern-day Checkov, about a young woman breaking the bonds of convention. Quirky, compelling, witty, well-acted throughout.

Don't see it if You've had your fill of feminist plays for the moment, and would rather see the Gazillion Bubble Show.

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Well-acted, Dated, Well-written

See it if you like "classic theater," with a feminist perspective. Poetic language, actors proclaiming lines, playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the female protagonist is also a religious charlatan whose antics have a unpleasant impact on people's lives.

40
Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, A few good performances

See it if You think you'd enjoy watching an annoying teenager's slow, erratic, shrill, and painfully repetitive descent into madness.

Don't see it if You want a clear "voice," meaningful insight into characters, and believable character portrayal.

95
Clever, Zany, Nonsensical, Very funny, Fun

See it if An action-packed, fun-loving spoof of nothing serious, with terrific physical and mental gymnastics and acting for uproarious comic effect.

Don't see it if If you don't like the Marx Brothers, Ritz Brothers, the Seven Santini Brothers, or you've fallen down and can't get up, see something else.

75
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Uneven, Intelligent, Good acting

See it if interested in the Shakespeare/Marlowe controversy (is there one?). You're not bothered by anachronisms, as long as they're fun.

Don't see it if too few players filling too many roles is a confusion, and you seek solid, convincing detail to help you decide the answer.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Excellent acting, Excellent writing, Excellent direction

See it if You enjoy entering worlds you'll never experience first-hand. You crave non-stereotypical characters, brilliantly played, with no cliches

Don't see it if You don't like one-person, multi-character plays, or plays about Nazi maltreatment of their victims.

40
Dated, Disappointing, Aimless

See it if you're comfortable with a mix of disparate ideas and elements (Jewish ethnicity, gay bias, and other unrelated stuff), set to music.

Don't see it if you want to learn something about Harvey Milk or the political and social issues of the day.

50
During previews
Clever concept, Slow, Aimless, Banal

See it if Actors spotted around bar, interspersed with audience. Tries for free-wheeling bar talk, with actors seeding themes, creating conflict, etc.

Don't see it if Full of sound and fury. Some bright people, but subjects/characters of limited interest, awkward rants, uneven acting, goes nowhere.

65
Energetic, Intense, Amusing, Entertaining

See it if You like one-person, anecdotal, memoir-style theatre. A rebellious youth, lived on the wild side.

Don't see it if you're looking for something more universal, with more of a takeaway than a series of interesting anecdotes.

65
Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Good staging, Uneven acting

See it if Good acting talent, but the lead went overboard. Attempt to pin the lead's writer's block on the Holocaust was less than believable.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with irrational outbursts, lack of control, and unmotivated behavior.

60
Slow, Dated, Banal

See it if An earnest production, but mostly of historical interest. Does not hold up for characters, insights, plot.

Don't see it if Seemed more like a snippet than a fully developed one-act play.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if Staging is remarkable, lead actors extraordinary, and the story will rip you to shreds.

Don't see it if The story will rip you to shreds.

15
Loud, Aimless, Slow, Confusing

See it if An angry, annoying, confusing yell-fest of unsympathetic characters going nowhere with considerable energy and sadistic fervor.

Don't see it if Like good surrealism? (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Trial, Invitation to a Beheading, Diary of a Madman) Sorry, this won't do it for you.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Tightly plotted, Riveting, Well written, acted

See it if Intelligent, compelling, surprising, suspenseful experience, brilliantly written, staged and acted, with a new, teenage star. Go. Now.

Don't see it if You have a low threshold for tension or you're not ready to graduate to real theater.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, staging, direction, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Flawless characterizations, performances. Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, stinging, adult drama, and surprisingly funny. The real thing.

Don't see it if You want sitcom humor, nudity, foul language or violence. This is engaging, uncomfortable interaction, and the talent to cut deep.

85
Intelligent, Good directing, Fine acting, Clever

See it if Female actors excellent; mixed bag of male, some quite good. Worth seeing for historical perspective.

Don't see it if Quite talky, and a disconcerting mix of acting styles

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if Strong, one-man performance. Compassionate, but with a specific political message: pro-reparations.

Don't see it if One audience member, probably pro-Trump, walked out. In general, the apparently anti-Trump audience gave the show a rousing reception.

98
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Powerful, insightful, disturbing, moving, uplifting theatre. A one-man show, as well-written and well-performed as any I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You do not wish to be awakened.

98
During previews
Great play, Great performances, Powerful, Riveting, Must see

See it if People connected by their unfulfilled, intertwined lives. Compelling characters, intense portrayals. If you like great acting...

Don't see it if Very intense, explosive relationships in seemingly humdrum lives. You may like something lighter, more uplifting. Note: hard to hear.

10
Intense, Slow, Loud, Awkward

See it if Can't think of why. Weak Strindberg, not saved by the direction and acting. LOTS OF YELLING, for emphasis. Not one credible moment.

Don't see it if you possibly can.

70
Well-written, Well-staged, Stylized, Simplistic

See it if Think Chinese opera without music, focused on theme of honor, with some anachronistic language. A few very good performances.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a morality play, complete with overacting.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if Some good writing and acting saved the day. But trying to incorporate several viewpoints made it something of a structural mess.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with experimental theater.

65
Pleasant, Good singing, Unsurprising

See it if Presumably a window into the changing role of women through pop music. Not convincing, but an excuse for a talented revue of famous tunes.

Don't see it if Perhaps unfair of me to score a Wed matinee musical review. Not my kind of thing, but some people seemed to enjoy it.

75
Frenzied, Incoherent, Ambitious, Raunchy, Worth seeing

See it if You need noise, strobes, confusion, incoherence, sex, and scatology to prove (if you didn't know) that heroin addiction is not a great idea.

Don't see it if You dislike plays with incoherent dialect, yelling, nudity, and where you are splattered with (mock, I hope) bodily fluids and solids.

60
During previews
Outspoken, Self-evident, Well-paced, Intense

See it if the theme of single girl/married man promises any surprises for you. Seduced and abandoned. Men only want one thing (hint: it's sex)!

Don't see it if you're a bluenose, easily offended by sex talk from a woman who's been done wrong.

75
Sublime, Ridiculous, Out of control, Brilliantly written, directed, acted, Erratic

See it if A wild ride, with strobic flashes of brilliance and silliness. Themes and theatrics galore, and the terrific parts are terrific. See it.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with the unconventional, and you don't like to be stretched. You thought it was a show for kids.

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Slow

See it if If you haven't seen it before, you gotta. If you have (I have 2x), much of the surprise is gone. But still great for newbies, young or old

Don't see it if You've seen it a couple of times before or if you're looking for plot or meaning. It's a visual treat.

60
Entertaining, Pleasant, Slow

See it if Pleasant guy, and one really mystifying trick that's played out in several variations. The show needs more variety.

Don't see it if You may like more funny patter or greater showmanship.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Good acting, Fast-paced

See it if Great young cast brings contagious fun and enthusiasm to the stage. Well directed and well played.

Don't see it if you're looking for less than youthful exuberance.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Excellent direction, Excellent writing, Powerful

See it if Steel yourself for red-hot, riveting theater. Pure writng and a first-rate, exquisitely timed ensemble performance.

Don't see it if if you have trouble with regional British dialect, or have no interest in the dynamics of male groups.

45
Awkward, Stylistically uneven, Mismatched acting, Intelligently written

See it if If you want to learn a bit about Ancient Rome and don't mind sitting through 2 hours of not-ready-for-prime-time acting and directing.

Don't see it if you'd rather see a bad play well-acted than a good play poorly acted. True, not everybody, but enough to undermine the entire production.

90
Innovative, Fine acting, Excellent direction

See it if You want to go to another dimension of theatre. Although you might not get it all, it's worth a try. Tour-de-force of choreographed acting

Don't see it if Uncharted territory... not your usual evening of theatre. Ingenious, enigmatic.

70
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Confusing, Slow

See it if Clever premise, promising actors, but a bit sloppy. Characters lacked motivation, switched beliefs, had memory lapses, and lines were miffed

Don't see it if If the Elizabethan era is not your thing, you may lose interest. And if you insist on believability, you're in for a tough ride.

70
For a previous production
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like Vonnegut's brand of simplistic scifi, this time dividing society into those who kill and those who don't.

Don't see it if Vonnegut trying to be Shaw, but didn't capture the intellectual and social issues. The overacting alarm sounded whenever the lead onstage

60
Indulgent, Confusing, Awkward

See it if Very broad comedy, spottily funny. Some promising ideas that could have benefited from a heavy rewrite and better comic delivery.

Don't see it if If you find it exhausting "getting" the jokes but not finding them funny.

40
Cliched, Awkward, Self-indulgent, Unfunny

See it if If you want to hear what one bad date has to say her bad dates. Spoiler alert: happy ending. Highlight: upbeat hit songs on the soundtrack.

Don't see it if Her talent is not revealed in this performance.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Surprising, Great writing

See it if Like GBS? Feeling feministic? Then you'll enjoy this amusing, cleverly written, well-packaged moral lesson with decidedly modern overtones.

Don't see it if You favor action over words and ideas. You don't like period pieces.

95
During previews
Great directing, acting, Masterfully written, Compelling., Don't miss it!

See it if Hold your breath...great theatre from start to finish. A powerful, gripping modern classic.

Don't see it if you're emotionally fragile or insist upon color-blind casting.

70
Entertaining, Intelligent, Good writing, Relevant, Funny

See it if you enjoy The Moth enough to extend the stories into novellas. Good insights, humor, use of language. Intelligent and entertaining.

Don't see it if one-handers leave you cold, and you are discomfited by entering deep into someone's troubled psyche.

40
Confusing, Self-indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Meandering explorations; an over-the-top one-person performance; unfulfilled hints of deeper meaning. A deep dive into the abyss.

Don't see it if You seek clarity, coherence and structure, something that sounds less improvisational and more structured.