Ali G

New York City

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Reviews (227)
76
Disappointing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Overrated
December 28th, 2022

See it if Interesting show, some excellent performances, raises issues that deserve more thought and exposition

Don't see it if Even if you love Jess Ferguson, his performance is so over the top as to be annoying. Can not tell if fault is in script or just him

Also Best performance is narrator.

86
Quirky, Silly, Hilarious, Funny
November 6th, 2022

See it if It is totally silly and over the top and we loved it. Sometimes you really need to just LAUGH

Don't see it if Looking for serious drama or a message — this is NOT it

85
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 4th, 2022

See it if Like well acted plays about relationships and the silence between generations. Sometimes humorous. Often relevant.

Don't see it if I greatly enjoyed everything about it- but some people initially found it confusing.

83
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if Excellent music. Thoughtful and often humorous telling of the stories of two generations.

Don't see it if Don’t expect a big production musical. Two actors only- doing alternating monologues

81
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Good music, Entertaining, Clever
September 24th, 2022

See it if Excellent band and music. Outstanding performance by Kofy Brown.

Don't see it if More of a concert than a play. Acting and dancing very variable: sometimes good , other times lame or nonexistent.

Also For a play about the close relationship between two sisters: yet no fe... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Good dancing, Indulgent, Disappointing
September 14th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of Irving Berlin — even his minor works. Entire cast is very ernest and works very hard.

Don't see it if You expect to see the best of Berlin. Many of the songs and dances were similar in tone and style. Repetitious. No magic moments- one close.

79
During previews
Intelligent, Confusing, Absorbing
August 28th, 2022

See it if Some segments riveting: others less so. Mostly well acted. Intense

Don't see it if Beginning section repetitive and unnecessarily violent. Problem sometimes hearing what said because of background noise.

Also Not sure if tie in explanation for the relationship works time wise ( ... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
August 28th, 2022

See it if Fascinating to see the rigid social and ethnic structure that existed before and continue afterwards. Actors playing father and Hussien VG

Don't see it if Some actors weaker and parts too cartoonish. Beginning showing the two boys were friends overly repetitive. Main character hard to like.

84
Relevant, Funny, Intelligent, Clever
August 10th, 2022

See it if Like intelligent funny comedy. About a lot more than just abortion.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable hearing about the female body.

80
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Intense, Disappointing, Great acting
July 21st, 2022

See it if Want to see one of the “theatre events”of year. Great acting. Very effective use of video screen.

Don't see it if Excessively long, violent and histrionic plays are not your thing . Parts just confusing.

Also Surprised how detached I became from many of the characters. Best part... Read more Read less

78
During previews
HEART
West Village
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting
July 14th, 2022

See it if Appreciate a well acted one person show about finding self, love and acceptance.

Don't see it if Do not like one person shows especially when basically a monologue. Dislike repetitive whining about search for acceptance by others.

Also Strangely Dated—at least in Greenwich Village NYC and other venues whe... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing
July 14th, 2022

See it if You know the play well and really like offbeat interpretations. Some good moments but generally uninteresting. Many left at intermission.

Don't see it if You expect this to be up to the level of Elevator Repairs other interpretations— it isn’t

Also Why the long introduction monologue at beginning- on and on and on . U... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Clever, Delightful
July 7th, 2022

See it if Delightful show. Every performer talented but especially enjoyed the ones playing the librarian ( and several other parts) and the queen.

Don't see it if If you want to stay in a bad mood. This is not a show that is deep and profound (although it does deal with some important current problems)

80
Chains
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing
June 28th, 2022

See it if Well acted , well written period piece.

Don't see it if A bit slow and repetitive.

66
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Uneven, Overly pc, Quirky
June 25th, 2022

See it if Outstanding performances by women playing Richard( Yes, a woman) and Margaret.

Don't see it if At times seemed to be a unintended Brooks parody. Several of the actors miscast. Some of speeches were in sign language only-disorienting

Also Why were portions are totally in sign language - with no transcription... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
June 9th, 2022

See it if Brilliantly acted monologue.

Don't see it if I had trouble with how high energy/high strung it was throughout. Thought I loved the monologue — but maybe I am now too old

85
Fun, Entertaining, Delightful
June 3rd, 2022

See it if Want a delightful light hearted evening out. At times silly - but consistently entertaining

Don't see it if Looking to ponder and examine major issues or gain new insights

73
Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing
May 24th, 2022

See it if Like Sentimental soap operas. Sometimes humorous but misses its potential.

Don't see it if Want something clever and insightful.

84
Magical, Charming, Quirky
May 23rd, 2022

See it if Beautiful different musical— admittedly I did not always understand what was happening- but I always enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Want traditional musical.

78
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense
April 13th, 2022

See it if Like intense drama— most dealing with important issues. Energetic dancing- one of the hardest working casts on Broadway

Don't see it if Some portions too long and drawn out . Uneven acting. Difficult to understand some of actors.

70
Disappointing, Difficult, Great acting, Intelligent
February 9th, 2022

See it if Like excellent acting even if you can not understand much of what is being said. Also make sure you read playbill for definitions of words

Don't see it if Have trouble understanding very thick accents. Play is dated and motivations sometimes absurd.

86
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting
January 27th, 2022

See it if Intelligent engrossing well acted play. Was never bored even though 3+ hours

Don't see it if Want something light.

80
Avoid understudies, Riveting, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Outstanding and unique show. Fantastic cast and dancers EXCEPT try to see it with regular cast. I saw not great understudies in 2 main roles

Don't see it if Understudies in main roles. Unlike shows with understudies equal or better than leads they replaced, these were miscast and inadequate

79
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny
November 30th, 2021

See it if Want a light hearted fun night out. Broad Comedy

Don't see it if Do not go if you are looking for something profound and serious.

84
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Confusing, Absorbing
November 28th, 2021

See it if Outstanding acting by persons playing sister and her husband. Engrossing and intense. Never bored

Don't see it if Can not tell if defect is in actor or writing but brother so immature, that he would have been kicked out of junior high. Parts confusing

Also I was asked afterwards by several people to explain portions. Sometime... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Clever, Quirky
November 19th, 2021

See it if Excellent cast, often humorous with a short dance episode that is WOW(wish more of it). Relevant topic but stories do not always make sense

Don't see it if Want clear exposition — in particular, end is absurd and not consistent with situation.Difficulty at times making out what is being said

86
Persuasion
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious
November 16th, 2021

See it if Bedlam does it again! Charming , well acted. Female lead particularly excellent. Shows do not need elaborate sets and staging.

Don't see it if Prefer elaborate sets and staging. Because some of actors play multiple roles - possible confusion if have not read the book

85
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fun, Great singing, Great staging
November 16th, 2021

See it if Like a great fun romp. Great dancing. Totally charming camp.

Don't see it if You want serious theater.

90
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 16th, 2021

See it if Brilliantly acted saga of the Lehman family. One of the most engrossing and best theater I have ever seen.

Don't see it if Prefer big stage musicals . Put off by its 3+ hour length— that would normally be a killer for me but my attention never lagged.

64
Approval Junkie
West Village
Disappointing, Self indulgent, Entertaining
November 16th, 2021

See it if Like earnest, sometimes funny, stories of growing up as a girl/woman. Often told in excessive detail. I kept thinking (wishing) it was over

Don't see it if Want originality or insights. Recalled memories of that family member/friend who related every single saying/event of her “brilliant” child

80
Upsetting, Great acting, Edgy
October 29th, 2021

See it if Well acted exposure of the different prospectives about the 1992 events in Los Angeles. Clear parallels to many of the tensions now existing

Don't see it if Disturbing videos and upsetting stories.

68
Indulgent, Clever, Disappointing
October 12th, 2021

See it if You enjoy cabaret and single performer shows.

Don't see it if Expect a performance in which almost believe that Judy has returned

83
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever
October 12th, 2021

See it if You like well written, intelligent pieces, that raise issues. Insightful and humorous.

Don't see it if Looking for lots of action or big production - there are four actors but they never talk with eachother.

81
Dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Ambitious
March 7th, 2020

See it if Interesting story about a woman who deserves to be better known. Female supporting lead especially excellent

Don't see it if Over 2 hours long. Second half not a good as first, ending with dated melodrama.

83
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
March 6th, 2020

See it if Engrossing production.well acted. Rose Byrne especially good.

Don't see it if Do not like minimalist productions.

68
Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Self indulgent, Clever
February 22nd, 2020

See it if Clever lyrics but excessively long (2 hours) .Deals largely with negative aspects ( adultery, drugs etc) and not tradition or “Jewish” theme

Don't see it if Want insights or more than mere sometimes clever wordplay. Could/ should be much better. Some songs go on and on and on.

68
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious
February 5th, 2020

See it if Like disjointed frenetic paced nostalgic visit through 1945-1969. Possibly better if you are involved with Canadian hockey and issues

Don't see it if Prefer insight or get confused by rapid changes of accents. Prefer longer sections of key songs of time and not in costumes that seem parody

69
During previews
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Dates, Overdone, Indulgent, Disappointing
December 6th, 2019

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

85
Educational, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
November 25th, 2019

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.

83
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 23rd, 2019

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

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

60
During previews
Slow, Well intended, Confusing, Disappointing
October 26th, 2019

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

81
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Intense
October 25th, 2019

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).

82
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
October 21st, 2019

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

80
Charming, Funny, Clever
October 19th, 2019

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.

77
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 16th, 2019

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.

75
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Educational, Entertaining, Ambitious
October 7th, 2019

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

80
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful
October 7th, 2019

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

Don't see it if Want something some standard

84
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
October 3rd, 2019

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

70
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting
October 2nd, 2019

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

81
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
September 29th, 2019

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.