Alfie 6302

Manhattan

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Reviews (138)
30
Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
Awkward, Labored, Confusing, Confused

See it if You might like the gratuitous nudity (male only). Or young actors acting their hearts out for you. Or your fruitless search for any meaning.

Don't see it if Too many awkward moments, laughs that don't come, props that fail. On the bright side, there's plenty of room for improvement.

78
Mil Grus
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Think Commedia Dell'Arte meets Blue Man Group. Slow until you get its rhythm, then funny and charming. A lot of audience interaction.

Don't see it if Meandering, aimless, maybe pointless fun is not your thing. Be prepared to participate at least a little.

90
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if A spirited, modern take on the ancient legend. Literate fun with four fine players.

Don't see it if You want something flashy.

60
Provocative, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Enviro messages sung by a woman in a lurid sexual get-up sent mixed signals. The left brain didn't know what the right brain was doing.

Don't see it if You want to understand what you're watching. But you may treasure some of the bizarre memories.

80
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Rap-pera, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Lotsa talent, but more a narrative than a play. Singing/dancing good, music/lyrics less so. The dancers never stop moving furniture around.

Don't see it if Rap or opera or narrative not your thing. Don't expect acting or character development -- it's more "philosophical" than that.

70
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in hidden stories of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany. And well-acted for what it is.

Don't see it if a dramatic story told in a not very dramatic way.

35
Disjointed, Slow, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if Shakespeare deserves better. Blame the director for garbled deliveries, bad acoustics and genereally getting in the way of clarity.

Don't see it if Mostly unintelligible hint of what LLL is about, while some sadly rendered pop tunes further confused. Large, mostly unnecessary, cast.

45
Derivative, Slow, Impenetrable

See it if If you insist on seeing this, probably best to read the CliffsNotes version of Julius Caesar in advance.

Don't see it if If you didn't squirm at Brando as Marc Antony, this won't bother you a bit, even with cellphones, radio bulletins, and NY accents.

45
Self-indulgent, Derivative, Confusing, Banal

See it if Its heart was in the right place with its anti-racist sentiments, if that's what it was about. Well, some of it, anyway.

Don't see it if Felt like it was written by committee, with a claque of their friends yucking it up to show the rest of us where it was supposed to be funny

40
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Perhaps someone interested in clinical psychology.

Don't see it if Very aptly named, particularly the "for myself" part. Lacking in dramatic impact, and very, very (did I say very?) repetitive.

88
The Bigot
Midtown W
Stretches credibility, Funny, Intelligent, Well-directed, Well-acted

See it if Fun, touching, important sentiment, but wishful thinking. Well worth seeing for its uplifting message and some perfect-pitch acting.

Don't see it if A bit goody-goody, but it's heart in the right place. But maybe yours isn't.

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
ColorStruck
East Village
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
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
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
Apes at Play
East Village
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
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
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
Beloved
Midtown W
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
Pie Shop Play
East Village
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
MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me
Upper W Side
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.

75
The Contours of Heaven
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, High energy, Visually ambitious, Good staging, Clever

See it if A lot of news and music nostalgia for Baby Boomers, from the perspective of US and Canada. Even fun for the later generations.

Don't see it if You're looking for any deeper meaning. Rather a series of snippets and blackouts -- fragmented but fun.

80
Funny, Fragmented, Intelligent, Frenetic

See it if Monologist with a big personality. Powerful, appealing, and sometimes surprising political and social views.

Don't see it if Energy level is intense -- and exhausting. More thoughtful than the usual stand-up fare. Maybe not as funny as you'd like.

80
Irreverent, Funny, Zany, Wacky

See it if Take a break from the depressing news of the day with Police Cops' brand of wild, clever and often meaningless drivel. Laff out loud

Don't see it if You just can't let go.

90
Anna Karenina: a riff
Soho/Tribeca
Good acting, Good writing/directing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Surprising approach to this classic tragedy. Fresh and funny, without losing insight into Anna and others. Did I mention clever music?

Don't see it if Skip it if you have no interest in literature or are entirely unfamiliar with the Russian mood. Well worth a 5-min review of Cliff Notes.

80
Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Well-acted, Talky, Cryptic, Passionless, Intellectual

See it if you're interested in the history and characters of early Russian communism.

Don't see it if Came away feeling I wouldn't pass the final exam.

75
Quirky, Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if Interesting insights into an arcane culture. Performed with style and wit.

Don't see it if The humor is not familiar, and the style is somewhat rigid.

85
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Like things unconventional, mid-stretching, intelligent but fun? Hear Baba rap. Great stuff: like juggling with your mind.

Don't see it if You know everything about everything. But you don't have to like rap to like Baba.

60
Cynical, Episodic, Slow, Good acting, Intelligent writing

See it if If you want to see the dark side of maternity, you've come to the right place. Written by a depressive on a bad day.

Don't see it if You like linear, plot or character-driven theater. This is a diatribe.

65
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like a kind of tell-all, memoir-style one-woman show.

Don't see it if You're looking for something shocking or particularly scintillating.

75
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Confusing, Well-acted, Sensuous, Poetic

See it if Lovely, tender, sensitive, with confusing time leaps. Portrays a relationship between people bound together by love and tragedy.

Don't see it if Someone reviewed it as raunchy. I say it was a passionate relationship between two star-crossed lovers.

72
Electronic City (2019)
Upper W Side
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
Red State Blue State
West Village
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
The Wrong Box
East Village
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
Hurricane Party
West Village
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
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
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
Liliya
Gramercy
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
Alexandria
West Village
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
Less Than 50%
Midtown E
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
The Beyonce
Midtown W
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
Police Cops
Midtown E
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
Marlowe's Fate
Midtown W
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.