Ali G

New York City

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Reviews (190)
69
During previews
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Dates, Overdone, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Really want to see large impressive sets moved around. Opposite of those companies that accomplish so much with little.

Don't see it if Want to be involved with people or story. Want something fresh and current

83
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Exciting take on the play. Well acted by entire cast.

Don't see it if 3 hours long bothers you.

81
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Intense

See it if So Entranced by the music, that took me a while to be involved in nuanced story. Well written, excellent acting-particularly brothers

Don't see it if Want simple singular story and clear bad guys ( although there are some here).

80
Charming, Funny, Clever

See it if Charming fun evening. Some portions hilarious. Be sure to leave time to see art exhibits in same building

Don't see it if You don’t go to Queens . Want more developed production.

75
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Educational, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Charming Baba again showing his talent but not as developed as some of his other Guides

Don't see it if Do not like Rap or one man shows

84
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Fun and fascinating. Brilliant evocation of Bella while never wearing a dress. History lesson- some I did not know ( or maybe just forgot)

Don't see it if Do not like one person plays.

Also Wish way parts could be more developed or explained. Why did she hate ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Witty thoughtful show about place, expectations and disappointments. Portions were overdone and the girl was too cool and savvy for her age

Don't see it if Uncomfortable about interracial gay couple.

48
Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You know little about the artists and do not mind poor quality “audio visuals” and an annoying lecturer. I could not wait to Escape.

Don't see it if You expect excellent ( or at least, decent ) quality visuals in a production about artists. Dislike annoying repetitive commentary.

Also I almost always love lectures and interesting information. This howeve... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant acting but heartbreaking, a bit confusing and sad. Lots to think about.

Don't see it if Looking for upbeat happy play

79
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting, thought provoking show, but sometimes I could not follow the differences among the arguments proposed

Don't see it if Do not like Intense intellectual exercise.

65
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Disappointing, Fluff, Charming

See it if Charming, sometimes funny show but nothing new. A pretty girl that talks and talks about self without realizing most have suffered worse

Don't see it if Looking for meaning, drama or great theater- not even that funny.

64
Repetitive, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Like quirky ,absurd, almost slapstick production with a few ( too few) good moments. Even the swearing is repetitive.

Don't see it if Like Chekhov or expect insights

75
Aggressive, Inconsistent, Edgy

See it if Loved the original But will not mind dark disturbing changes , particularly in second act.

Don't see it if Loved original and do not like disturbing changes.

90
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Like well acted presentation of a unique woman and insight into the sad, painful and also humorous reality of Negro Baseball Leagues

Don't see it if Want a usual big Broadway show. Shows the injustice and pain more effectively than many of the angry shows.

82
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Original, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Like Innovative technology and effective original staging. Fascinating to watch how done.

Don't see it if Expect a typical puppet show or traditional theater.

67
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny

See it if Explicit, raunchy funny situations, punctuated by a few some special moments of insights. Not clear what play wants to do or be

Don't see it if Object to excessive obscenity and over the top sexual situations.

75
State of the Union
East Village
Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever

See it if Charming piece of post WW2 political maneuvering— funny how relevant now. Good acting

Don't see it if Somewhat slow until Mary comes on scene. Certain portrayals are excessively subservient and objectionable

85
Spaceman
East Village
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Outstanding unusual theater, brilliantly acted. Never lagged- Just wish it did not turn into love story at end

Don't see it if Do not like one person show. Looking for something relaxing

82
Whirlwind
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Thoroughly enjoyable show. Well written, good acting and not preaching. But will never look at ducks same way again

Don't see it if Looking for big Broadway production.

50
During previews
Talented musicians, Indulgent, Confusing, Poor acting

See it if want evening of excellent music and don’t care about script, acting or story. Interesting visuals- but for many, not clear what or why.

Don't see it if You are a Toscanini fan and want to learn about him.Instead, poorly portrayed “one liners,”absent of any of Maestro’s charisma or passion.

75
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Funny, Uneven, Intelligent

See it if Like intelligent humor.First hour very good-sometimes brilliant—but last 15 minutes falters badly.Suggest contest for better State 1 liners

Don't see it if Hold strong political beliefs and cannot take any criticism of them , however accurate

85
During previews
Great singing, Intelligent, Great dancing

See it if Intelligent nuanced story with excellent singing. Two of numbers were special enough to go just for them. Believable characters

Don't see it if Expect big production numbers. Issue with hearing some of characters

79
Disappointing, Cliched, Humorous

See it if Somewhat humorous cliche retelling of old story. Unusual only in its taking place in Ghana.

Don't see it if Looking for theater to say or do something innovative. Disappointed that overly cliched and no “ special” moment

79
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You are a Channing and/or Dancy fans. Intelligent, often funny, play.

Don't see it if Second half somewhat a cop-out and confusing .Pertinent relevant topic- but not adequately explored.

75
During previews
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Early preview. Potential but needs to be tightened up. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if Currently slow with too many stated but not adequately developed issues/ themes.

85
Educational, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Funny well acted 2 character play. Educational and enjoyable.

Don't see it if Only want big Broadway productions- otherwise, cannot think of a reason.

60
During previews
Slow, Well intended, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Don’t mind lots of potential, performed with great earnestness but never quite makes it. First act particularly weak.

Don't see it if Don’t like basically one person shows. Very relevant material but done much better elsewhere

82
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well acted play and intellectual commentary- although in some places I wished there was either less Mishnah commentary or more explanation

Don't see it if Madoff and his motivations disgust you. Or want more straightforward exposition

77
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Well done story about women I had not known about.

Don't see it if Never really get to identify with one of leads— not sure if s rift or her personality. Nor is the reason for the infamous raised arm clear.

80
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Quirky well acted play.Fun. All actors very good

Don't see it if Want something some standard

70
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Intelligent overly long well acted play that, despite pretense, is not “new”. Self indulgent

Don't see it if You do not want another play about the HIV crisis and relationship angst.

Also Special Warning: the 2 intermissions are only 10 minutes each But the ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if Very funny ( oddly, maybe too many jokes) story about recognizable people/problems. Considerable nudity- some unnecessary for story.

Don't see it if Nudity ( mostly full male) on stage bothers you.

Also Liked show but it would have benefited from a few less jokes, more cha... Read more Read less

79
All the Rage
Midtown W
Storytelling, Funny, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Like sweet memoir with theme of hope and forgiveness.

Don't see it if Meandering memoir. Sometimes not clear what is point, other than the value of forgiveness.

80
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Like Shaw. Good acting, although I have seen several of them do much better.

Don't see it if Expect more development and nuance. Cleopatra particularly weak- does not show Development from girl to Queen ( except for costume).

Also What is with that strange set?! Boat wreck or left over from Peter Pan... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Funny

See it if Funny charming intelligent rapper/comedian. Some parts much better than others- but that is nature of freestyle. Best when just talking

Don't see it if Don’t like rap at all. Prefer more scripted presentation

70
Loud, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Really like the songs and don’t mind excessively loud singing, stupid story, surprisingly weak dancing and repetitive special effects

Don't see it if Would like to understand the words, continuous loud noise bothers you. Some of the leads deserve better.

85
During previews
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Intelligent well acted show about important topic

Don't see it if Want happy Broadway production

78
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Overly long, Raunchy, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Funny raunchy entertaining- sometimes repetitious and unnecessarily long. Two loong intermissions, likely for selling more drinks

Don't see it if Over the top and lots of barely covered bodies bother you. Annoying excessively long intermissions— one should be enough.

90
Charming, Well acted, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Want an extremely enjoyable evening out. Funny and totally charming. All actors excellent

Don't see it if Want serious thought provoking examination or exposition of issues.

77
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Exhausting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Like High energy production of story. Clever staging.

Don't see it if Interested in moral issues and theology of story . Instead cardboard cutouts. Frenetic pacing throughout- exhausting to even just watch.

70
Plano
East Village
Weird, Funny, Edgy, Confusing

See it if Well acted, sometimes funny but weird, odd, confusing. How ? Why? What? At first edged and intriguing but then “ enough already”

Don't see it if Want a clear, plot, story or purpose

69
During previews
Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Relevant

See it if Potentially fascinating subject with often engaging actors

Don't see it if Go elsewhere if want nuanced discussion of issues or couple that solves their problems.

72
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Want to say that you saw everything by this author. Amusing but often overworked and confusing as what was intended. Second half better than

Don't see it if Expect good comedy or alternatively thought provoking theater.

72
During previews
Intelligent, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if Like LaBute’s work- as this is consistent with other pieces. LaBute touches important issues and feelings, but then shys away.

Don't see it if Don’t like monologues-two of pieces are monologues by not terribly sympathetic people.Object to women being portrayed as silly or dumb

84
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if Wish to experience Absorbing theater with outstanding performances concerning relevant issues.

Don't see it if Space is difficult and often uncomfortable.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Outstanding

See it if Touching thought provoking theater at its best

Don't see it if Can not think of a reason— except ladies room line situation is a Disaster.Come o—surely there is a way for less bars and more stalls

74
The Bohemians
East Village
Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if Like cliched situation comedy of young couple with obnoxious parents and absurd characters, and do not mind uncomfortable basement theater

Don't see it if Do not like overacted cliches one actress used voice is continuously shrill and grating. Not clever enough for farce.

87
Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky, Clever

See it if Totally enjoyable experience. Fun, silly and tasty— with some explosions of comic brilliance.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare “ straight”.

50
During previews
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Amateurish

See it if Show drops or improves the very bad accents. Lead excessively stiff and wooden. Only female lead believable- she deserves better.

Don't see it if Dislike that a potentially interesting story is poorly told. Jumping back and forth in time is confusing and serves no purpose. Bad acting

Also Unnecessary savaging of historic characters for no purpose. Accents so... Read more Read less

84
Beep Boop
East Village
Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Like unusual charming shows. Likely the single hand segments best of all— some hilarious. Hint: do not sit in first row- harms some effects

Don't see it if Looking for traditional Broadway or one man show( plus there are 2 people)