Andrew 4

Rocky Hill | 50-64 | Male
About:  If I could see a play or musical or some sort of theater piece every night of the week, I would. Some weeks I do. I write theater reviews for the national website examiner.com, covering Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (the beautiful Berkshires), and usher at nearly all of the nonprofits in N... Read more Read less
Reviews (623)
92
Noises Off
Midtown W
Hilarious, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love to laugh, you appreciate an intelligent farce that stretches it's traditions to the max to become a farce's farce, nonstop action

Don't see it if Farce is not your thing, you don't appreciate slapstick, you can't find the value in stretching farce traditions, you're a curmudgeon

86
For a previous production
War
Upper W Side
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you like an unusual tale that reveals itself over course of the play, appreciate knotty issues such as war children and interracial families

Don't see it if you don't like thinking or paying attention, you are impatient with plot reveals, don't believe soldiers can father children out of wedlock

97
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you like gripping, dramatic theater that holds your attention in a refreshing staging that captures the power of the play,

Don't see it if you need 100% realistic sets in order to enjoy, don't like to pay attention to language and little details

94
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like innovative theater that grips you from the first note, want to be caught up in a fairly accurate historical story, great music

Don't see it if you have trouble concentrating closely and want musicals be fluff, plan to go in hating the show

76
The Accidental Pervert
West Village
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you like an unusual confessional about how an obsession nearly destroyed the actor's life, amiable host, serious underpinnings

Don't see it if you expect something quite substantial, don't like miniscule audience participation, want more thorough plot line

84
Please Continue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy challenging theater, history of psychology, Yale history, human behavior, historic scandals, clever playwrighting

Don't see it if repulsed by fraternity sexual misbehavior, flawed main characters takinge advantage of others, object to human psychology experiments

61
Confusing, Dizzying, Hilarious, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy something unusual, experimental, inventive; you appreciate excess, you care more about presentation than narrative

Don't see it if You need narrative structure, you expect logic and sense, too much physical theater turns you off, you can't let things go

95
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein and classic musicals from the 50's, you enjoy lush scores and great singing, lavish costumes,

Don't see it if Rodgers and Hammerstein turn you off, you hate musicals from the '50's, you're a curmudgeon

80
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Original

See it if you're a Linda Lavin fan (who is dazzling), you enjoy Jewish family comedies, you enjoy quirky plays that take off in unexpected directions

Don't see it if you're expecting a sustained, laugh a minute comedy, you're not a fan of Jewish humor, love affairs between older people turn you off

86
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of C.S. Lewis's work, enjoy works that present the devil in satirical form (ie. Damn Yankees), are a serious Christian

Don't see it if things about hell and the devil either turn you off or scare you, you don't appreciate clever satire, C.S. Lewis bores you

90
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Edgy, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if People willing to encounter thrilling, exciting theater, who enjoy good writing and love watching a cast mesh with excellent performances

Don't see it if You want everything handed to you on a silver platter. Does require a bit of thinking to ultimately make sense of everything

97
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate satire, enjoy South Park, enjoy LGBT humor in a religiously satirical light, want to laugh uproariously

Don't see it if you take religion seriously, you take your Mormon religion, you object to swear words, espcially the "F" word.

77
Angel Reapers
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Visually thrilling, Fascinating

See it if You are a fan of contemporary dance, are a bit curious about the Shakers, like stories told thru dance and exciting images

Don't see it if You expect shows to be meaty and content-filled, you expect a clear through line and is easy to follow, are bored by chanting and ritual

91
During previews
Buried Child
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you're a Sam Shepard fan, like gritty theater, like Ed Harris and Amy Madigan who are excellent, enjoy powerful, mind boggling productions

Don't see it if you don't like to think while you are at the theater, want everything handed to you by the playwright on a silver platter,

92
Thank God For Jokes
East Village
Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like comedy developed from real life, told in warm and funny stories, by a pleasant appealing personality, enjoy laughing

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see an Irish poet's take on Antigone, stirring Greek drama with excellent cast and Irish accent, good sense of Greek stageing

Don't see it if you don't like Greek drama or are tired of Antigone, don't like a lot of declaration rather than direct action,

82
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you like coming of age stories, interested in the playwright's teenage years, like stories set in boarding schools, great acting debuts

Don't see it if you expect consistent characterizations, last minute unfair twists, are a fan of Robert Sean Leonard

79
Washer/Dryer
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if you like good natured comedies that try to reflect modern conditions, you wish you had a washer/dryer, you respect diversity in theater

Don't see it if you want meaning or a message, domineering mother and gay swish cliches anger you, extenuating situations bother you

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Profound

See it if you want to be astonished by staging and performances, you are a fan of the book, you want to see something unique but understandable

Don't see it if Too much color, light and visual effects bother you, you don't like coming of age stories, cruelty to animals bothers you

92
Ambitious, Masterful, Resonant, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the music, if you'd like to see an innovative take on the musical, you think ASL is an exquisite, dance-like communication

Don't see it if the original turned you off, you don't like loud music, you find double casting and abstract staging too confusing

87
The Changeling
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy discovering classic plays that are seldom revived, appreciate Jacobean era plays filled with melodrama and blood-letting

Don't see it if plays several hundred years old don't interest you, you don't like seeing blood on stage, you're not a fan of Shakespearean era drama

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great dancing, Great music

See it if you like Gloria Estefan and enjoy a Latin beat, you like some extraordinary choreography, and want to be absorbed into the music

Don't see it if you are looking for a strong story or like characters depicted with great depth, or if you don't like Latin/Cuban music and style of dance

90
Hand to God
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy intelligent theater that enables you to think, you like being pleasantly astonished by excellent playwrighting, staging and acting

Don't see it if You are closed to new ways of thinking, you take your religion too seriously, puppets scare you, onstage suggestions of sex repels you