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)
51
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if interested in Studio 54 history or Rubell & Warhol shown on stage, fondly recall disco era as age of innocence, see Darko & Trask's latest

Don't see it if expect disco music or deep characters & honest history, care about dark side of 54, expect Trask to offer a Hedvig quality score

Also This is like a children's version of the disco era, simplified, wholes... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if fan of Tracy Letts, Tatiana Maslany, Blair Brown or any of the cast, enjoy concept of multiply-cast main character & creative time jumps

Don't see it if don't like non-sequential tales with 6 actors playing title character at various times or plays requiring one to think to fit it together

79
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're interested in LGBT issues, especially transgender issues, like stories about makeshift families and seeing diversity onstage

Don't see it if Not comfortable with LGBT issues on stage or with a transperson in a major role, have trouble with babies talking out loud, resent diversity

78
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the creation of a suspenseful, foreboding atmosphere & magic, easily distracted by well-refined tricks that can sometimes awe

Don't see it if you want magic shows to have lots of magic & less distraction, don't like lengthy anecdotes that postpone the magic, don't like being fooled

86
During previews
Skintight
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of Idina Menzel, enjoy the work of Joshua Harmon, like family plays with gay characters & father-daughter relationships

Don't see it if don't like plays about complicated family histories and gay relationships, not a fan of exasperating characters or partial male nudity

78
Ambitious, Clever, Great dancing, Innovative, Dark

See it if enjoy dance used to tell a story, with live musicians, like outstanding dancers led by Tony Yazbeck. & created by Susan Stroman as a romance

Don't see it if Don't like stories told entirely in dance with hardly any dialogue, expect singing in musicals, not a fan of Tony Yazbeck, not a romantic

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Cliched

See it if you like Irish plays, seeing a playwright in her NY debut: a tragic predictable tale of a long-suffering wife & mother figuring out her role

Don't see it if don't like talky plays with two actors playing the same character, frustrating back and forth dialogue, element of the supernatural

72
During previews
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Banal, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Gurney & never seen this play before, support TBTB's mission and programs, enjoy pop culture references

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Gurney, don't like comedy that is not really funny, expect livier, peppier shows

79
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Funny, Ambitious, Flimsy, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy comedies with gay humor & thoughts on writing, curious about Williams & Inge's friendship, like quick moving plays,

Don't see it if uncomfortable with gay humor & situations or speculation about Williams & Inge's relationship, unbalanced casting

Also Set is clever....have not seen Terry Teachout's play on the same subje... Read more Read less

72
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Odd, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy new plays and support new female writers, interested in concerns of young teens, enjoy innovative casting & unusual digressions

Don't see it if you don't like female nudity on stage, young teens played by much older women, linear plots interspersed with odd musical numbers

74
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Cliched, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Amusing

See it if you enjoy musicals with pop-rock scores about families with LGBT & religious issues, sweet cast with hearts in the right place

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or stories with favorable gay content, don't like pop-rock scores, not a fan of new musicals

87
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you like plays about gay men, interested in how TBITB would play 40 years later, see an all-gay cast, like gay humor & recall a sad history

Don't see it if you don't like plays with gay content & witty, lacerating dialogue, an all-gay cast or relevance to today bringing up painful memories

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Touching

See it if you're a fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy plots that occur over 50+ years, like comedies with a serious heart, enjoy tales set in rural England

Don't see it if you don't like plays set over multiple years or touching comedies that aren't hilarious, actors in multiple roles is confusing,

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Shaw or Condola Rashad, enjoy witty but lengthy discussions on faith, devotion and religious politics,

Don't see it if you don't like lengthy, talky shows, have no interest in Joan of Arc or the religious and political arguments of the time or male power

87
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of the playwright, enjoy slice of life comedies with salty language, deliciously decadent characters & unexpected heart

Don't see it if you don't like plays with multi-cultural characters who don't make the best choices or large casts that make you wonder where plot is going

82
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Ambitious, Clever, Sweet, Heart-rending, Great acting

See it if For a portrait of autism through eyes of someone with autism, for good but troubled people connecting, enjoy live musical accompaniment

Don't see it if You're easily confused by imaginary characters, disturbed by autism depictions on stage & loud live music, or emotional manipulation

89
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like witty, smart dialogue, mistaken identities, judgmental fathers, all the tropes of French farce, actors having fun,all in verse

Don't see it if you don't like plays entirely in verse, not a fan of verbal-style farce, don't like contemporary takes on old plays or convoluted plots

Also David Ives is a national treasure with his verse adaptations of forgot... Read more Read less

80
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Basil Twist & Berlioz's Symphony, want to see a wild concept realized, curious about puppetry used to make abstract images

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional style puppet show, not a fan of the abstract, not into color and light spectacles or plotless shows

Also This show is both exquisite and frustrating at the same time. It is wo... Read more Read less

81
Enchanting, Disappointing, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein, like clever dancing, want to hear Fleming sing, fan of this show's songs, curious about stagngi

Don't see it if you expect an innovative approach, looking for warmth and connection, expect Mueller to act like a lead, don't like large scale musicals

Also There are many lovely things about this production, such as the costum... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Transfers
West Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new plays touching on controversial issues with unexpected twists, commentary on failed education system, great young actors

Don't see it if you don't like controversial issues depicted on stage, you believe that the American education system is fair to all,

82
During previews
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Discomforting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Lynn Nottage, concerned about the ivory trade & big game hunting, like viewing an actor's amazing physical transformations

Don't see it if you would not be happy with a somewhat repetitive narrative or a rather glum story that is hardly hopeful

82
Later Life
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Touching

See it if you are a fan of Gurney, you enjoy light comedies that contain an underlying thread of seriousness & believe love late in life is possible

Don't see it if Gurney's WASP, upscale characters do not appeal to you nor do cerebral comedies, you don't like plots about people too set in their ways

72
Three Wise Guys
Midtown W
Ambitious, Interesting, Serious, Cliched, Atmospheric

See it if to see the final show of the closing TACT Theater, fan of Damon Runyon stories & '30's New York atmosphere, see new adaptation of 2 stories

Don't see it if you expect a laugh out loud who, if you don't enjoy ponderous but amusing work, not a fan of TACT

Also I wish TACT had gone out with more of an impressive, memorable final s... Read more Read less

76
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if to learn about the aftermath of school shootings & some of academia's failings, see a good father-daughter play & role of music in a life

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of school shootings, the grieving process or insensitive parents, don"t like plays featuring adolescents

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if follow 3 adult children suddenly orphaned & their relationship with their sister who has Down Syndrome, & discover secrets held from them

Don't see it if don't like presentations of of a mental incapacity on stage or family plays that bring up growing-up issues & offer inconclusive resolution

Also The actress playing the daughter with Down's Syndrome actually has Dow... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if Melissa Errico fan, curious about the musical and like some of its songs, have never seen the "straight" (non-Connick) version

Don't see it if don't like shows about reincarnation, expect elaborate dancing & sets esp. for flashback sequences, repetitive, too congested

78
Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great magic, Fascinating

See it if you like magic and delight in being fooled, want to see innovative tricks, enjoy the company of 1 person on stage and audience participation

Don't see it if not a fan of magic, expect a lot of special effects, not a fan of audience involvement,

88
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy discovering forgotten plays of quality & the Mint's productions, interested in historical political themes

Don't see it if you're not a fan of older plays that have not enjoyed modern popularity, not interested in issues of 100 years ago

71
First Love
West Village
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you follow playwright Charles Mee, enjoy surreal setting & absurd dialogue charting course of a relationship seeing senior citizens in love

Don't see it if not open to depictions of senior citizens in love, prefer realistic, linear plot lines, don't enjoy 2-handers or satire

87
Teenage Dick
East Village
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like comedic riffs on Shakespeare (Richard III set in high school), support diversity in theater (esp. disabled), like acerbic humor

Don't see it if you don't care for any Shakespearean satires, don't like plays about high school, uncomfortable with disabled characters

Also Greg Mozgala and Shannon DeVido are marvelous!

73
During previews
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Ensler or feminist work, you enjoy an all-female cast, you enjoy lengthy monologues & partial surprising nudity

Don't see it if need to know what is going on, cannot relax & allow ideas to wash over you, don't like one person mini plays or feminist theory

79
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of the film, you've heard music from the show & liked it, you're curious about how the show would be staged. like Disney shows

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Disney shows, don't like shows that are too sleek & mechanical, didn't like the film, all this sappiness is too much

Also There are, however, some isolated moments of ingenuity in the show, su... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great music, Clever, Innovative

See it if you like classical music live on stage, curious about Tchaikovsky & his patroness, enjoy mix of music, solo dance, solo voice & play

Don't see it if don't like plays pausing for classical music interlude or based on letters between parties no interest in composer's chamber music or songs

Also The performance by the onstage chamber trio is remarkable. This unusua... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great costumes, Great staging

See it if you love classic musicals, enjoy sumptuous costumes, fan of Norbert Leo Butts & Diana Rigg, large orchestra, great dances

Don't see it if not a fan of lavish musicals, don't like subtle but significant changes to traditional ending, expect more involving main characters

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if you're an O'Neill fan, enjoy great acting, for a clear understanding of a classic play, feel the New England setting & the caustic wit

Don't see it if 3 hrs, 20 mins seems too long for you, O'Neill bores you, hopelessness upsets you, don't like a lot of repetition for character development

83
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you're a fan of the playwright, curious about Detroit's jazz clubs & ambitions of black people in late 40's with great character profiles

Don't see it if you have no interest in Detroit or African-American history, don't like jazz, uninterested in sharp, authentic performances

93
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see fantastic acting, delicious humor, in a slyly mysterious but rewarding plot, precision staging, a beautiful set and Glenda!

Don't see it if you're not an Albee fan, you don't like plays that have slightly unusual plots or 1 hour 40 minute intermissionless shows

Also One of the most exquisite productions of this play, and one of the mos... Read more Read less

88
Stomp
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like creative dance & the sound of basic metal objects banging together, imagined a broom as a dancing partner, appreciate percussion

Don't see it if you don't like plot-less, voiceless shows, loud banging noises disturb you, dislike precision movements or having to keep eyes on stage

91
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Stoppard or Hollander, like intelligent & absurd vocal farces, curious about DADA, Lenin & Joyce's time in Zurich

Don't see it if you're afraid of intellectual wordplay, verbal farces are not your thing, uncomfortable with British witticisms and puns or Stoppard

Also Hollander is exquisite, his facial expressions are priceless. Director... Read more Read less

54
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of Churchill, enjoy group-created plays, seeing actors play multiple roles, learn about the interregnum,

Don't see it if Have trouble following multiple characters played by same actors, unexplained scenes in darkness, lots of religious & political detail

73
Kafka's The Trial
West Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like clever adaptations from novels or have an interest in Kafka, want to see the work of a new company, enjoy harrowing tales

Don't see it if you have no interest in Kafka or his bleak take on society's manipulation of its people, don't care about a new company testing its wings

71
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Banal, Quirky

See it if you like discovering new musicals, a fan of Daphne Ruben-Vega, enjoy small-scale shows, simple characters, & politically-relevant situations

Don't see it if Not a fan of intimate musicals, uncomfortable with immigration issues, don't like overuse of coincidence & too nice to be real characters

83
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare done traditionally, want to see a production of Lear, like the actor Anthony Sher & English actors' voices

Don't see it if 3-1/2 hours is too long to sit, you can't understand the Bard's English, find it difficult to keep track of actors in multiple roles,

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you're a fan of the play or the cast, you are curious about Roy Cohn, the AIDS crisis, gay self-acceptance, Mormonism & self-empowerment

Don't see it if you don't like 2-part 8 hour plays, are uncomfortable with plots about gays or AIDS, you once admired Roy Cohn, don't like surreal elements

Also Terrific production that just sweeps you right along. Garfield's trans... Read more Read less

74
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd have liked to have grown up living above a library, enjoy people sharing family stories, like one act, one person shows at 80 minutes

Don't see it if You're not a fan of one person shows, want meaty shows that cover critical issues, don't like autobiographical or family history plays

78
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Irish ghost stories, character-based plots that can be quite funny, great ensembles, delicious plot twists, fan of Conor McPherson

Don't see it if you are a fan of Mathew Broderick who disappoints significantly, don't like plays about the devil, have trouble with thick Irish accents

76
Bobbie Clearly
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Incomplete, Quirky

See it if you like sagas of midwestern small towns spread over multiple years about a murder by a 14-year old boy & its aftermath, to see town react

Don't see it if you are expecting answers to its mysteries, don't like quirky characters that make fun of such locales, can't relate to troubled young folk

72
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like stories about couples coming to grips with their lives, plays about camping out in the woods, tales that offer hope amidst disaster

Don't see it if you don't like gentle slow-moving shows, plots about couples dissatisfied with their lives who have problems communicating

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you are interested in Irish plays & history, want to learn more about Synge, Yeats & Lady Gregory, hear grand Irish accents

Don't see it if you don't like one act plays especially an evening of them, have no interest in Irish theatre or history, or don't like Irish humor

91
Yerma
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like tense, dynamic acting, older classics adapted to up-to-the minute environments, unique stagings that will be recalled for years

Don't see it if you don't like blunt, devastating plays that focus on a womans' descent into maddness, messy surreal sets, & people withholding information