Alice 6297

New York City

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Reviews (99)
100
Effective set & staging, Focused direction, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if U want to see a fast paced linear hilarious comedy with perfectly casted actors. U like Claude Solnick’s plays & this one is the best so far

Don't see it if U dislike comedy. U expect play to have a social or historical comment like a few of Solnick’s past works.This one breaks the mold. Funny!

Also I saw the 1st show & was highly impressed by the polished quality.... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great cast & team, Entertaining, Contemporary, Not ordinary but extrodinary!

See it if U want to see realistic portrait of NY life about ordinary people in an uplifting musical that is superbly acted, sung, directed & supported

Don't see it if If U are not a musical fan. U want lavish productions. However, U must see this if U value entertainment & talent. Keen Company delivers!

Also This show aces great musical theater in its polished simplicity delive... Read more Read less

98
Refreshing, Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if U are fascinated by JFK/Kennedys in a new take from an artistic angle mix with controversy & spiritual inquiries that makes a good drama.

Don't see it if U have no imagination about art as a creative & soul searching process that can go beyond stoic factual realm. U want fancy set with budget.

Also What is riveting about Claude Solnick's fine scripts is the. consisten... Read more Read less

98
Provokes thought & talk, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if U want an intelligent story about work relationship issues relevant to the #metoo hot topic. U want to see talent with small budget.

Don't see it if U ignorantly judge play quality not by content but by theater neighborhood, theater size, lavish sets, & comfy seats. Judge by work quality!

Also It is refreshing to see a play that is relevant to current topic but d... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious!!!

See it if U love hilarious comedy especially mobster related. U like The Sopranos, Shut Up, Sit Down, & Eat, Tony & Tina's Wedding, & Shear Madness.

Don't see it if U can't appreciate satire, spoof or parody type of comedy. (Despite the raw surface humor, the play has nuances of deeper messages.) Go see

Also Like a drumroll this show starts with great cool music & actor Louis G... Read more Read less

100
Educational/inspirational, Great music & band, Riveting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if U are interested in shameful American history of slavery & discrimination. U like folk opera about love & hope;enjoy overcoming odds.

Don't see it if U can't deal with topics of slavery & discrimination. U can't appreciate early African American music. It's a good play. Go .

Also An educational play fitting for Black History Month to remind us of th... Read more Read less

100
Great writing & directing, Funny, Riveting, Resonant, Great acting

See it if U want a real story about life, family, & caregiving that will resonate with anyone who have cared for a loved one. Superb script & acting.

Don't see it if U can't deal with aging, family duty, & have no empathy for the elderly & caregivers. This play will make you compassionate & human again.

Also I am SO impressed with Off The Wall Productions (Carnegie Stage, Pa.) ... Read more Read less

99
Sentiments from the soul, Stories from the heart, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if U want to see a charming actor/writer in a GOOD solo comedy show that echoes heart & soul sentiments about being of Sicilian heritage & MORE

Don't see it if U are adverse to solo acts. U want grand Bway sets. This show is funny but has big range & this actor is engaging & likeable. Go see at once

Also I enter the artistically prominent 13th St. Repertory Theater thinking... Read more Read less

97
Resonant, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if U like current events relating to politics & media news in the form of a light hearted musical with good writing, acting,music.& staging.

Don't see it if U are a hard nose Republican or Trump supporter. Regardless of political leanings, this is a polished good musical comedy that entertains.

Also I find this show excellent & enjoyed it. It's core story about a since... Read more Read less

90
Needs refinement, Great acting, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if U want to see an unusual original script with great ideas & a cast that is mostly good. Be tolerant of early performance flaws, Needs Rework

Don't see it if U do not like religious & moral elements in a play. U can't follow back & forth time switches. U have no patience for frequent set changes.

Also Acting good especially the kids. A beautiful script with tangent story... Read more Read less

70
Has a message but play needs rework!, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow

See it if U like sad love stories that have been done a zillion times. U can relate to grief & regret. U have incredible patience for the first 30 min

Don't see it if This is not a joyful holiday show & has a sad ending. Actress gushes boring details for 30 minutes before drama sets in. Needs Rework!

Also This is a play with good intention but terribly executed from script, ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if U are interested in understanding the reality of an evolved modern China & its citizens in a nexus of issues & relationships to America.

Don't see it if U are close minded about all things foreign & don't desire to learn from other realistic perspectives about nationalism, culture, & family.

Also This is a brilliantly written dark comedy that is both enlightening & ... Read more Read less

94
Good directing, stage design, & costumes, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Love satire/comedy with good dialogues & distinct characters portrayed by good cast. Like old American plays with good period set & costumes

Don't see it if U don't like revival of dated period defined plays because U unfairly judge them with today's perspective without appreciating their value.

Also Peccadillo Theater Company does not disappoint with the revival of Ame... Read more Read less

100
Great directing & staging, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if U appreciate a well crafted script about politics that is enhanced by great Directing & creative staging A talented cast brings it to life.

Don't see it if U dislike subject of politics. U prefer straight drama; this has humor galore. U prefer Bway sets; this is low budget but so creative.

Also Leegrid Stevens wrote an exceptionally intelligent script exploring Am... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Relevant to current republican socio-economic eugenic health reform bills to exploit & degrade seniors & the poor!, Good acting although uneven, Dated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if U want a straight Brian Friel play (not his best) without updated enhancements to smooth rough edges or breathe fresh air into a dated play.

Don't see it if U dislike plays with old fashioned educated style dialogue or difficulty hearing English & Irish accents. U know nothing about Irish history

Also Play used Irish history of early agrarian reform to contrast the socio... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Perfectly polished--flawless!, Great singing/acting/creative team!, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if A Must See! Easily the BEST musical I have seen in 2017 equal to Cagney which also began at awesome York Theater. Shakespeare will like this

Don't see it if U do not like modern fun adaptations of classic Shakespeare work (Measure For Measure) turned into a Western musical comedy. U must see this

Also When the team consist of passionate perfectionist talents like David F... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if U like fun & are open minded to see what else Michael Moore can do on a Bway stage that is not his usual turf. U can respect different views

Don't see it if U cannot tolerate the right to free speech & different political viewpoints but this show has so much more interesting entertainment.

Also Regardless of political leaning, many will agree that Michael Moore ca... Read more Read less

69
Uneven quality throughout!, Delightful idea!, Needs speech coach!, Terrible miscasting!, Needs editing!

See it if U like original country music & an old fashioned wholesome show in a modern adaptation of Love's Labor Lost. U know it needs major rework.

Don't see it if U have no patience for overlong scenes & lengthy lyrics that are boring. Hate unclear enunciation of dialogue & mumbled lyrics or Miscasting

Also This show is a creative delightful Idea but is ruined & pulled down in... Read more Read less

69
Failed satire!, Good costume designs!, Loose plots!, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if U are curious about Millenials & podcasts. U support new works & new artists & forgive their inexperiences. Costumes are good throughout.

Don't see it if U dislike inexperienced work. U are turned off by a play written & made clearly for the under age 30 market which is not business smart!

Also This is a confusing play with no real subject & lots of loose plots th... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Needs reworking!, Riveting, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Love Somerset Maugham's classic story & want to see the first ever stage version presented by a well respected Canadian theatrical company.

Don't see it if U dislike drama that is sad. U have no patience for a long epic story that needs to be edited for stage. U want fancy sets & costumes.

Also I hate to find flaw in such a great Maugham classic finally presented ... Read more Read less

20
Offensive!, Flawed direction/staging!, Flawed script, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if U want to see banal senseless uncreative story that seems to contradict the writer's intentions to satirize values of different classes.

Don't see it if U are bothered by depraved perverted use of animal cruelty/abusive killing as the denominator for a sick so-called dark comedy that is cheap

Also Torben Betts wrote an unimaginative script that is flawed, troubling &... Read more Read less

100
Masterful musicianship & musical arrangement!, Great acting/singing!, Great staging, Relevant, Enchanting

See it if U like folk music. Want to know Guthrie's bio. Learn about American history/events that influenced a great simple man to protest peacefully

Don't see it if U dislike musicals. U have no sympathy for universal suffering. U support capitalist exploitation. One can learn sensitivity seeing Show.

Also This is one folk musical spectacular (in talent!) that is impressive. ... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Entertaining, Great teamwork!, Great dancing!, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if Like lively funny musicals with tuneful music & great choreography. Enjoy fluffy fantasy story with historical elements & positive message.

Don't see it if Dislike musical comedies & fantasy storyline. Prefer modern day setting shows that are serious dramas.

Also This show is a barrel of fun starting with the fantasy story of Bella,... Read more Read less

4
Too much violence & profanity! waste of funding!, Dislikeable female cast, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if U r curious of a show about all female cast taking back a stage from a male cast.U r not offended by excessive violence & profanity

Don't see it if U expect more traditional Henry V Play within this play. U value your time because for me, this play did not make sense & felt torturous!

Also I honestly hated this play even though I know the time that all theatr... Read more Read less

98
Great acting/singing/music/orchestra, Great staging, Romantic, Must see, Entertaining

See it if U want a beautifully written musical that will jazz U up as well as move U. Energetic cast & wonderful orchestration. Bway bound material!

Don't see it if U dislike musicals & simple costumes & minimalist set. However, U will really miss out on a great entertaining time!

Also Sweetee is a better than average musical; it has a fantastic script/st... Read more Read less

98
Blazing a trail for asian american artists & promoting healthy racial conversation,, Original, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U want to laugh & have a good time, U are open minded about learning about growing up in other ethnic cultures via humor. U like fun parody.

Don't see it if U dislike comedy. U don’t care about other cultures except your own. U view Asian artists as unacceptable for mainstream & marginal.

Also If U don’t get the title, “Zombie Asian Moms” from the beginning when ... Read more Read less

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U want to be captivated by a 1st rate solo act that is well written & superbly acted & relevant to current America. Has solid humor to boot!

Don't see it if Close minded extremist on either side of social, political, & cultural spectrum unwilling to respect different points of view. Have no humor

Also I see 2-4 performance events a week but even though many are good, I h... Read more Read less

100
So on target!, Feel good show, Great creative team, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if U want to forget everything negative & see a musical that will bring you to a happier place feeling good long after U leave the theater!

Don't see it if If U don't have the open mind & wisdom of a real theater fan to take a chance on a smaller budget work & new talent! U are missing out! Go!

Also The greatest pleasure of a seasoned theater enthusiast is discovering ... Read more Read less

97
Dark comedy, Enthusiastic acting, Thought provoking, Great writing, Relevant

See it if U want to see a rarely done universal topic of domestic violence vs. males using a story angle from African American culture to widen lens.

Don't see it if U are uncomfortable with subject of abuse. U are sensitive or offended by Black women roles that portray aggression & violence. U want Bway.

Also A high score is given because play highlights socially relevant issue ... Read more Read less

100
Powerful theater!, Great creatives & cast!, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see

See it if U appreciate 1st rate drama from Pulitzer winning playwright, seasoned Direction, passionate cast & talented support team in an A+ revival.

Don't see it if U prefer fluffy shows. U can't deal with racial & segregation facts in American history. U dislike period plays. This one is worth seeing!

Also This is a must see acclaimed theatrical gen in a great revival done wi... Read more Read less

13
Minor music!, Use better judgement & remove offensive racial slurs!, Dated shallow script, Hurtful!, Disappointing

See it if U are friends/family/associates of this work. U are okay with mediocre script, forgettable music, stereotype roles & senseless racial slurs.

Don't see it if U value respect for people of all backgrounds. U believe God is about love & theater & artists should promote tolerance & healing NOT hate.

Also I saw the preview & was disappointed this mediocre revival play even w... Read more Read less

100
Substance & content!, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if U want to be excited by excellent theater again! U want a brilliant script that is relevant & well directed with A+ acting.

Don't see it if U are afraid of religious & racial topics, dislike using your mind & heart to absorb serious drama. U want silly frivolous entertainment.

Also A Brilliant Star on the horizon: brilliant playwright Steven McCasland... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Relevant, Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if U like flowing dramatic plays with layers of plot, intrigue, secrets, & relationship issues. This one deals with online social media dangers

Don't see it if U are not interested in family dramas & teenagers playing with online chats. U prefer comedy or musicals.

Also This is a must see modern melodrama with superb script highlighting th... Read more Read less

9
Alienates audience, Pointless revival, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if U are friends/family of show's team. U are so bloody bored that U will see a pointless play that you can't understand the spoken words!

Don't see it if U want to understand anything. U value your time & U don't want to get dizzy & tired from the crazy hyper physical energy wasted on stage.

Also I am shocked that The Irish Rep will put on such a low quality intelli... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Great stage set, Cheap humor, Quirky, Cliched

See it if U want anything with a holiday theme title. U want to see a loosely based Grinch absurdist story with adult contents. Not for under 17!

Don't see it if U expect quality & class for a holiday show. It is also not a complete comedy for there is a dark undertone that is incongruent to "joy"!

Also The bright Stage Set is great!This is a quirky weird so-called comedy ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
A conscience awakening journey!, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if U are interested in the history of American West expansion told by Buffalo Bill Cody in a mythologized show with Indian ghosts giving facts.

Don't see it if U eschew subjects of American greed/arrogant power/violation of human rights causing tragic tolls & fail to see metaphor to present crisis.

Also Bravo to Director Alex Roe for reviving the ever resonant & relevant p... Read more Read less

100
Great direction & staging, Hallmark performance!, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if U want to see a very original script full of intelligent insight into life & the world with epic performance, great Direction, & staging.

Don't see it if U do not like poetry, philosophical commentary, or solo shows. U rather not ponder & just want fluffy entertainment.

Also A masterful show about 1 man's experience from a successful life struc... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Needs rework to decide track, Fair first playwriting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if U love Lisa Lampanelli & want to see her & 3 other ladies in a first time play written by Lisa about women's relationship with food.

Don't see it if U expect usual Stand Up Comedy routine or Lisa in a solo performance. U are tired of food & weight issues & not ready for 90 minutes of it.

Also Lisa did a fair job as a 1st time playwright with the subject of food,... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Narcissistic showcase rather than a developed play, Credit for energy & pretty costumes, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if U are friends/family of the show's team. See 2 energetic twins sing & dance wearing nice costumes in a tired tale that failed to impress.

Don't see it if U expect innovative ideas because except for a surprise unintended comical spin of roller skating , there's no fresh take on creativity.

Also This show said it all within the first 20 minutes about twin sister va... Read more Read less

92
Realistic, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if U want a realistic drama that includes subjects of identity, substance abuse, sexual content. adoption, maternal emotions, & queer life.

Don't see it if If you are not mature enough to see realistic depictions of drug abuse, sexual & nudity content or are uncomfortable with queer topics.

Also A relevant play that shows the raw reality of substance abuse which we... Read more Read less

100
Good original script!, Ihighlights disability compassionately!, Intense, Must see, Great acting

See it if U want an unusual original play that has something to say about life choices with the finest acting & compassion for the mentally disabled.

Don't see it if U want a quick play that offers a simple story without finesse simply to cater to short attention spans. U can't appreciate dialogue.

Also A creative linear story with wonderful layers of plots & twists that m... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Good standard english adaptation of a classic!, Lovely choreography!, Poetic beauty!, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if If U like great ancient classics from other cultures & willing to accept their unique difference from Western style. U adore romance.

Don't see it if U are set to limit your intellectual, artistic & literary range to just Western styles of entertainment. U cannot appreciate poetry & beauty

Also This is an ambitious standard English adaptation of a Tang Dynasty Chi... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U like good storytelling by a good writer & can enjoy a solo versatile believable actor who portrays all the characters in this play.

Don't see it if If U are not keen on one actor plays. U are not interested in Puertp Rican related stories or the Bronx. U prefer changing stage sets.

Also This is an entertaining show featuring one actor as the narrator/all c... Read more Read less

63
During previews
Unbelievable characters!, Indulgent boring script!, Too little substance to hold attention!, Banal, Cliched

See it if U only want to see Nancy Opel regardless of what kind of show. U just want anything with music & some mild humor regardless of quality.

Don't see it if If U expect substance, originality, creativity, believable circumstances, credible characters, better lyrics, & better costumes for the lead

Also This is a poorly rendered script limitedly based on one rich spoiled w... Read more Read less

59
Boring!, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if U want to waste money on a boring generic musical with uninteresting book, score, & lyrics. U wonder why it ran for 14 yrs? I think tourists

Don't see it if U have SO many better & cheaper choices in current off Bway musicals. U have expectations about a good musical because this is Disappointing

Also Wicked became popular riding The Harry Potter frenzy about sorcery sch... Read more Read less

92
Original!, Deliberate silliness!, Good singing/acting/dancing!, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U want to be entertained by a farcical musical that have plenty of zany characters & crazy antics but actors all good. Like Elvis themes.

Don't see it if U demand traditional high theater standards because this is deliberate silliness just for fun-nothing serious. Try it just for fun.

Also U must see this show with one purpose in mind--to have a silly fun old... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Creative concept!

See it if Want to be surprised by a creative concept realized in a well written & well acted play. U are a Beatles fan & liked their Nowhere Man song.

Don't see it if U are not interested in the Beatles or demand accuracy of events. I think even non Beatles fans will enjoy this refreshing idea for a play.

Also Accolades must be given to gifted playwright Claude Solnick for his un... Read more Read less

98
Platinum quality!, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if U appreciate classic A. A. Milne play done with intelligent direction & superb acting. U like British drama & good dialogues.

Don't see it if U dislike dated period settings or revival of classics. U cannot understand educated British accents easily. U want a musical.

Also This is a riveting play that deserves a standing ovation. The Mint The... Read more Read less

95
Great direction/staging/tech support, Riveting, Great acting, Must see, Delightful

See it if U appreciate Russian classic adapted brilliantly into English & a focused presentation done with a small budget but a big sincere heart

Don't see it if U do not care for great Russian classics and story set in 1850's. Prefer modern day topics or big budget productions. This is a must see gem

Also Good things come in small packages. Don't be fooled by simple packagin... Read more Read less

94
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if U want a most unusual subject about voodoo & family relationships strained by tradition in a new age. U want well acted intense drama.

Don't see it if U are uncomfortable with subject of sorcery. U just want light hearted comedy or musical type of show.

Also A revival play from 1970's presented as Negro Ensemble Company's 50th ... Read more Read less