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)
69
Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like satire, esp. about well-meaning but clueless, privileged white folk, want to support a Native American playwright, like 1-acts

Don't see it if you tire of one-joke concepts that get stretched too far or didn't like long sketches on Carol Burnett, shows with no plot or resolution

86
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like chamber musicals with clever plot & structure & 2 amiable leads, musicians doubling as ensemble, stories about "schlubs" succeeding

Don't see it if small musicals are not your thing, you get confused when band members play many roles, can't relate to a loser who does the right thing

Also Be careful not to sit on the side sections close to the band (its on e... Read more Read less

81
The Chinese Lady
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Ponderous, Funny

See it if fan of writer Lloyd Suh, want to encourage Asian-American writers & performers, learn about history of Asian folk in sideshows, clever set

Don't see it if don't like idea of people put into sideshows, time jumping plots, 2-character plays with one gone for most of play,

87
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you LOVE Cher & curious about her background, want to relive her great songs, Stephanie Block & Jared Spector great acting.glitz & gloss

Don't see it if not a Cher fan or don't know of her, hate bio-juke box musicals, over-the-top costumes, flimsy, superficial book, no revelations, TV dances

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Indulgent, Intense

See it if fan of Beckett, to hear it in Beckett's Irish, encounter a new staging, feel the frustration & boredom of the characters, confront darkness

Don't see it if not a Beckett fan, expect a plot & conventional characters, want action more than talk, want realistic setting, no patience for the unusual

82
During previews
Good Grief
Gramercy
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Touching

See it if enjoy coming-of-age tales about children of immigrants dealing with belonging, first loves & first griefs & finding one's identity

Don't see it if Don't like coming of age stories, stories about immigrant families from Africa, don't like bright flashing lights, non-linear tales

86
The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Falco, interested in politics (esp. Albany), the limited roles for women in politics mid-40's-60's, true stories

Don't see it if not a fan of political plays, even if true, frustrated by the rules women had to play by if they wanted political influence in the past

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Unexpected

See it if you're fan of McTeer, curious about Bernhardt & Rostand, learn about creation of Cyrano, as well as Sarah being first woman to play Hamlet

Don't see it if Don't like backstage plays or scenes from classics performed in the midst of the play, not a fan of McTeer, expect to see a strict biography

78
Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Clunky, Predictible

See it if want to see a rare Williams play, fan of some of the cast, enjoy all-women cast in story about female friendship, interesting acting choices

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Williams--esp. a play not received positively, have difficulty keeping your attention focused, don't like sad plots

80
During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Cliched

See it if if you like musicals, shows about people connecting in the Big City & a look at marital relations, four great young performers & optimism

Don't see it if Don't like musicals about the difficulty of marriage in NYC, simplistic cliched plots, friendships between gay men/straight women & optimism

Also The music and lyrics by Adam Gwon are pleasant and occasionally spell-... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Fireflies
Chelsea
Ambitious, Clever, Cliched, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you've seen the earlier play in the Love trilogy, interested in the Civil Rights era & role of women at the time & in the black community

Don't see it if don't like one act-2 handers or domestic dramas, or plays about the empowerment of women & the civil rights movement--don't want to say more

79
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Insipid, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you like the Kong story, gigantic puppet that can do almost anything, creative use of projections, excellent puppeteers, musicalized

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or King Kong, not fond of plots with musical numbers sandwiched in, expect memorable music and clever dances

Also While the musical portion is unimpressive, the use of the puppet Kong ... Read more Read less

72
Hurricane Party
West Village
Absorbing, Cliched, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if to discover a new writer & company, you like straight-forward plays & plots with folk marooned in a single location as secrets get revealed

Don't see it if not a fan of scenarios with characters forced to shelter together or melodrama, expect more elaborate stage effects to convey disaster

86
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of Shaw, like great ensemble action, enjoy an unusual but legitimate setting, like intelligent comedies

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shaw's, don't like Shaw abridged or set in an unexpected location, don't need reminders of the Blitz or World War I

81
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedies, want to learn a bit about snooker, like plays with multiple plot twists & a good ensemble, like the writer's past work

Don't see it if don't like frivolous comedies or being "snookered" by a playwright, not a fan of plots about gambling & throwing games, not a romantic

77
Sweet, but banal, adaptation of fan favorite novel

See it if you enjoy discovering new musicals, fan of Joe Iconis, enjoy young casts, reliving high school days, outcasts becoming heroes, mix of music

Don't see it if don't like loud music or screaming teen audiences, shows about high school, sci-fi plots, or expecting to see a "Dear Evan Hansen"

83
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Rewarding

See it if for something a tad different, intimate, revealing & funny, you're a fan of Heidi Schrek, current politics & emergence of young women

Don't see it if you don't like memoirs, breaking of the fourth wall, plotless shows, discussions of how women are ignored & young women becoming leaders

Also This show is much more fun and meaningful than any description can pro... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Intense

See it if you're a fan of McPherson or Dylan, like dark plays, great atmospherics, beautiful singing, seeing Dylan's work reflect on situations

Don't see it if Dark, gloomy plots are not your thing, don't need reminders of the Depression or many characters to follow, don't appreciate Dylan's music

Also Unusual vehicle, not quite a musical, more a reflection of life in the... Read more Read less

66
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Derivative

See it if you want an old-fashioned story-type show with enthusiastic cast, a few production numbers & reassuring ending, nothing offensive

Don't see it if you want something new, clever, memorable, don't like cliches, bad jokes, stock characters, mediocre dancing, predictable plot

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Dated, Indulgent

See it if you're an Irving Berlin fan & want to hear his music & learn about his life (superficially), enjoy Felder's type of show

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Berlin, don't like ragtime, movie music of the 30's & 40's, or music of Broadway in the 30's-50's, or 1 person shows

70
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the cast or the playwright, you enjoy quirky comedies about contemporary women's lives & sexual, personal discoveries

Don't see it if you're not a fan of quirky comedies in which all characters are named Betty, showcase lesbian behavior, discuss female body parts

74
During previews
Days to Come
Midtown W
Ambitious but flawed attempt to revive rare hellman play

See it if you're curious about an early Hellman "failure" & her attitude toward union vs mgmt issues, great mix of characters with touch of melodrama

Don't see it if you expect more fireworks in a Hellman play (unless you can wait for a too-jam packed last scene), not a fan of creaky plot manipulations

91
Carmen Jones
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you are curious about how Bizet's music works in this context, want to hear great music, see fine perfs & be absorbed by plot.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Bizet's music or repelled by idea of it being used in a Broadway style musical, don't like 95-minute shows, no programs

87
Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like 1-person shows, are a fan of Carey Mulligan, interested in clever staging, appreciate intense, unexpected endings

Don't see it if not a fan of Mulligan, 1-person shows or mysterious "jumps" into character's memory, can't abide a little slowness to get to rich denouement

76
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like the Go Go's music, zany plots, some creative dancing, talented singing actresses & an up and coming comic actor

Don't see it if you don't like frothy, mindless musicals, not a fan of Spamalot or Something Rotten, don't like depictions of LGBT's or sexual references

62
Natural Shocks
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Dishonest, Banal

See it if you follow playwright Gunderson, like 1-person shows & are patient with ridiculous melodrama on a current topic, are ok with lying narrator

Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows & little action, perverse foreshadowing, hate lying characters in service to a social causes, strained situations

Also Exasperating evening, nothing turns out to be true, meant to hit the a... Read more Read less

80
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Funny, Refreshing, Slow

See it if interested in work by Indian-American writers & actors, like family sagas about tradition vs. new culture, relevant yet heartwarming tale

Don't see it if Don't care about Indian-Americans culture & assimilation, don't like large family sagas, don't want reminders of tragic current events

84
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you're a fan of Stoppard, enjoy heady plays with themes & secrets, good ensemble acting, questions of sex & relationship, funny as well

Don't see it if You don't like Stoppard's use of big words & concepts which can hide the basic plot, talk about the mind vs machine, coincidences

72
During previews
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if interested in the 2 Koreas, like love stories between troubled folks, internet and app-based stories, chorus to add/break tension

Don't see it if don't like a chorus that prolongs the narrative for no purpose or care for either North or South Korea, dishonest or fearful protagonists

89
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if for the darker elements inherent in the show & the level of sexual tension, small cast & score set with country twang, closeness to action

Don't see it if you want traditional version with full orch. and chorus, don't like "immersive" sets or plot changes, or the ballet as modern dance

84
During previews
Eve's Song
East Village
Unusual, quirky, fable-like, stirring, funny-shocking

See it if you can accept play's style & quirkiness to get at underlying meaning, enjoy funny family dynamics, appreciate irony & fable-like structure

Don't see it if you're turned off by slightly odd style to get at truths, unwilling to play by play's rules, don't like sense of dread played out in comedy

92
Sesar
Midtown W
Startling, rich, revelatory, remarkable, exquisite performing & writing

See it if you like 1-person shows about father-son relationships, learning from Shakespeare, Asian culture, dynamo acting and splendid stage effects

Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, some multi-lingual dialogue, not a fan of Shakespeare in particular Julius Caesar, don't like paying attention

79
Ambitious, Great singing, Refreshing, Funny, Shocking

See it if you enjoy 2-person musicals, stories about gay couples in pre-Stonewall era, songs in Great American Songbook style, delicious twist endings

Don't see it if don't like 2-actor musicals despite a live band, don't like plots about gay life in NYC in 60's & 70's or unreliable narrators, hate twist

88
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if to catch the great Elaine May in a rare stage gig, for fans of Lonergan & the cast, inc. director Cromer, for a funny, if tragic, story

Don't see it if don't like plays about Alzheimer's disease, don't like light dramadys, expect to see Cera in starring role, don't like revivals

Also May is absolutely marvelous, as she depicts her character's ongoing de... Read more Read less

70
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you're an opera fan, esp. Wagner, curious re: history of Bayreuth & King Ludwig's role, & the Wagner's anti-semitism & Cosima's influence

Don't see it if you're not an opera fan or of Wagner specifically, have trouble with anti-Semites as main characters, don't like surreal situations

Also The production is ultimately quite rewarding even if Wagner himself is... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Renascence
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you like Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry set to a symphonic style score, learn about her early life & a great perf from Hannah Corneau

Don't see it if don't like somewhat esoteric, ethereal productions, expect songs to push the production forward rather than for atmosphere or commentary

Also A fantastic mixture of music, poetry and dance featuring an energetic ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you're a fan of the Harry Potter books, you like epic theatre lasting a whole day, inventive stagecraft, special effects & a touching story

Don't see it if your're not a Potter fan or never read the books, two part events don't interest you, dislike special effects, or think this is a kid's play

Also Stunning theatricality, the English cast is absolutely marvelous, the ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
On Beckett
Chelsea
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Honest, Revealing

See it if you're a fan of Beckett, want some insight into performing him from a noted interpreter, fan of Irwin & how clowning aligns with Beckett

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Beckett's sometime obscure language or of 1-person shows, not a fan of Irwin & his reliance on stock clown behavior

83
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of any of the cast, like plays that touch on hot button issues like "alt-facts," curious about role of fact checkers

Don't see it if you're not a fan of comedies, expect more meaty material for the talents of the cast, don't like plays that touch on current issues

79
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Short plays aim to show breadth of gurney's talents

See it if you enjoy evenings of 1-acts & odd, raucous humor, mourn the loss of WASP culture, like loopy but tragic characters, see Gurney's last play

Don't see it if you don't like one-acts or bizarre situations & humor, don't like the same actors in different plays, are a member of failing WASP culture

76
Wild Abandon
Chelsea
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if to discover an emerging playwright, like solo shows with live music, discussions of mother-daughter issues, career concerns & self-discovery

Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, memoir-style explorations of personal growth & familial relations, character trying to work out issues with music

78
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you're a fan of the film or the stars, curious about Brian Adams as composer, like fluffy rom-coms, fine singing, modern fairy tales

Don't see it if don't like too much cuteness, rom-coms, predictable plot, low stakes, glorying of prostitution, forgettable music, or the film

Also Samantha Barks is too lovely to be an on-the-street hooker(high class ... Read more Read less

80
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Irish plays, stories about struggling brothers, the continuing impact of "The Troubles," good acting esp. John Keating, new writer

Don't see it if Irish plays are not your thing, don't need to be reminded of the IRA, etc., not fan of slower character studies, onstage violence or accents

62
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're curious about early LGBT history in England & the summer "walk" at Blackpool Sands, want to see a show from Britain with English cast

Don't see it if don't like single room set for many rooms, lengthy blackouts without music, anachronistic references, varying acting styles or tidy endings

88
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you have an interest in WW1, see a terrific actor who plays all parts & limns war action, an absorbing filial love story, shattering climax

Don't see it if you don't believe 1-person shows can be absorbing, don't enjoy war stories or uncomfortable with suspenseful foreshadowing

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Hilarious, Intelligent, Touching

See it if you're a fan of Birbiglia & curious about his recent life, you enjoy his hilarious take on modern urban & family life, you want to laugh

Don't see it if funny stories about 39-ish married guy are not your thing, don't like one person shows or evenings that resemble stand up more than a play

81
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the cast who do terrific jobs, want to see funny show with "hidden" serious undertones, want to see something unexpected

Don't see it if you're expecting a tirade about male privilege, don't like men behaving like children, can't deal with a truly exasperating character

82
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you're interested in Coney Island history & the creative process in making movies, honest look at how someone can be scammed and rise again

Don't see it if Coney Island, making movies and misbegotten love affairs don't interest you, don't like stories that hint at denouement out of sequence

80
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting

See it if you're interested in historic preservation & the struggles gay couples faced in the mid-20th century and in the midwest, see gays as heroic

Don't see it if don't like LGBT history or care for the rights & comfort of gay folk, don't like static action (3 men in chairs throughout)

75
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if interested in rare revival of 50's play based on 1 of first female autobios & subject of ambitious woman frustrated by society & church,

Don't see it if don't like linear plots with actors in multiple, indistinguishable roles, don't like minimal sets & drawn out incidents or musings on sin