Andrew55

New York City
About:  Long time theater worker and co-host of Stage Whisper Podcast
Reviews (112)
86
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
May 27th, 2022

See it if you love a great story with great heart but also family drama, and a simple show all together. Also if you appreciate off-off Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like Off-Off Broadway shows, small intimate settings, shows still being developed, family based shows, Jewish drama/comedy

Also This is one of the better written shows I've seen all year! I found my... Read more Read less

98
Fat Ham
East Village
Funny, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious
May 27th, 2022

See it if you want to see one of the best shows of the season, want to see a great interpretation of Hamlet, want to see a new perspective in theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like black/queer theatre, don't like reimaginings of Shakespeare, don't like strong language, or modern works.

Also THIS SHOW IS AMAZING!! Don't wait any longer, get your tickets now to ... Read more Read less

90
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
May 27th, 2022

See it if you like profound and intense dramas, appreciate great drama, like racial and socio/political dramas, love a great off-Broadway show

Don't see it if you don't like dramas, don't like shows that challenge your beliefs or ideas, don't like shows that can make you uncomfortable

Also This was a brilliant production, simply brilliant. And in my opinion, ... Read more Read less

84
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining
May 27th, 2022

See it if you like new works, enjoy a new shows that mix old and new ideas, time periods, styles, etc, enjoy off-off Broadway Theatre

Don't see it if you don't like off-off Broadway theatre, are easily offended, don't like shows that mix time periods, don't like simple shows.

Also This was a very interesting show! It followed the story of the three y... Read more Read less

91
Great writing, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Clever
May 26th, 2022

See it if you like off-Broadway musicals, like mildly raunchy shows, like clever lyrics and snappy dialogue, appreciate a good story.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, are easily offended, especially by dirty jokes and adult language, don't like simple shows.

Also Welcome to the musical theatre Sarah Silverman! This is a fabulous sho... Read more Read less

85
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
May 26th, 2022

See it if you appreciate a great procedural drama, like Asian based drama, like plays, love a well developed show.

Don't see it if You don't like plays, don't like procedural shows, don't like shows in multiple languages, don't like shows with swearing.

Also I had the privilege of attending the opening night of this show. And w... Read more Read less

86
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
May 25th, 2022

See it if you are a huge Golden Girls Fan, love a great quirky show, love a fantastic almost cabaret like puppet show.

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional theatre, don't like off-off Broadway theatre, and especially don't see if you don't like the Golden Girls.

Also If you are a Golden Girls fan then this is the show for you! Is it che... Read more Read less

87
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting
May 25th, 2022

See it if You like slow burning dramas, appreciate a great set, love to see great acting, love a good play.

Don't see it if You don't like plays, slow burning dramas, the works of David Mamet, shows with thick accents.

Also This was a pleasant surprise in the Broadway season. I had my reservat... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining
May 25th, 2022

See it if you love a great off-off Broadway show, love great writing and great acting, like shows that are in a very intimate setting.

Don't see it if you don't like off-off Broadway shows, don't like small theatres, don't like modern issue shows.

Also This was the final show for me of the 59E59's VOLT series, and for me ... Read more Read less

85
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing
May 25th, 2022

See it if you appreciate well written plays, great dramas, wonderful multiple story lines, incredible sets, great three act shows.

Don't see it if You don't like longer dramas, off-Broadway shows, shows dealing with war and refugees, shows that jump around different times.

Also This was so much fun to see! The story was so unexpected. As you walk ... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
May 25th, 2022

See it if you want to see a masterclass in acting, want to see a reimagining of a classic work, appreciate increible theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like plays, modern interpretations, simple shows, British accents.

Also This was my first time seeing Cyrano de Bergerac, and I was not disapp... Read more Read less

95
POTUS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious
May 25th, 2022

See it if You want a great comedy and to laugh your face off, love a great comedy that makes you think, want to see a stage full of amazing talent

Don't see it if You don't like plays, feminist shows, raunchy comedies, comedies that make you think, slap stick

Also This is the best comedy of the season, and possibly of the last few ye... Read more Read less

88
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
May 25th, 2022

See it if you like an impressive set, want to see an absorbing play that will shock and confuse at first, but then enlighten and entertain.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays, shows that you have to work at to make it make sense, or shows that are borderline absurd.

Also This was a trip for me! Before I get into the show itself, I want to s... Read more Read less

75
New Golden Age
Midtown E
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking
May 25th, 2022

See it if You appreciate decent off-off Broadway plays, like dystopian themes, shows that deal with socio and political topics.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing works in progress, don't like off-off Broadway shows, dystopian shows, shows that challenge your beliefs.

Also This was a very intriguing show. I saw this on the same day that the m... Read more Read less

90
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious
May 25th, 2022

See it if you love great playwriting, love a great dark comedy, want to see a fantastic show with a deep twist, appreciate British Humor

Don't see it if You don't like plays, don't like dark comedies, not a fan of mysteries, don't like British stories or wit.

Also This is a show that I have highly been anticipating ever since it anno... Read more Read less

97
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious
May 25th, 2022

See it if you love ambitious new works, edgy new musicals, shows that deal with socio, political, religious, and racial dynamics among others.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, strong language, adult content, adult subject matter, modern story telling and shows.

Also Fresh off its run at Playwrights Horizons, the Pulitzer Prize winner f... Read more Read less

80
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Absorbing, Confusing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
May 25th, 2022

See it if Great dramas about WWII, particularly about the lead up to the Holocaust, appreciate a well written drama, like a good story.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy shows, shows that can be a little confusing, shows that may still be in the works, or off-Broadway shows.

Also This was a great way to kick of my viewing of 59E59's VOLT series. The... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Clever, Overrated, Funny
May 25th, 2022

See it if You like the comedy of Billy Crystal, appreciate great character actors, like shows that entertain but don't challenge or make you think

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, don't like to pay expensive prices for decent Broadway theatre, simple but funny entertainment.

Also This show was probably the biggest disappointment of the 21-22 Broadwa... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
April 26th, 2022

See it if you like Shakespeare, want to see a new take on a classic work, like ambitious works, enjoy intense dramas.

Don't see it if you don't like reinterpretations of classic works, don't like violence and blood, don't like special effects, don't like shakespeare

Also This really was a very interesting interpretations of Shakespeare's Ma... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
April 26th, 2022

See it if You love well performed drama, like iconic works, deep and controversial topics, a powerful timely story.

Don't see it if You you don't like shows about sexual assault and pedofilia, heavy dramas, don't like plays, intense shows.

Also What an incredible show! I am so, so glad that I finally got to see th... Read more Read less

72
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Clever, Ambitious, Delightful
April 26th, 2022

See it if You like fun stories from yesteryear, enjoy one man shows, like off-off-Broadway shows

Don't see it if You don't like less polished shows, off-off Broadway Shows, stories from the 1920s, or one man shows.

Also This was an interesting show for me. One man presents an entire play h... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Clever
April 26th, 2022

See it if you are a true fan of the theatre, like a quick witted show, like shows about ambition, enjoyed the cult classic, indie film Camp.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about aspiring people, don't like off-Broadway shows, don't like "drama among friends" shows.

Also This was a show that took me a second to warm up to at first, but once... Read more Read less

100
Intense, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing
April 26th, 2022

See it if you want to be moved by the shear power of musical theatre, love historical shows, want to see brilliant dancing and characters.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, accents, historical shows, intense shows, dramas.

Also This is one of the best shows of the season. I'm not sure exactly what... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
April 26th, 2022

See it if you like off-Broadway shows, like political dramas, love a well written, well performed show, like a good historical show.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller theatres/shows, don't like shows that deal with female anatomy, war, or strong language.

Also This is a very wonderful well written show that explores the idea of f... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious
April 26th, 2022

See it if You want to see brilliant movement, hear equally brilliant stories, witness raw and beautiful storytelling of/by performers of color.

Don't see it if You don't like higher art shows, shows that challenge you or make you think, shows focused on people of color, movement based shows.

Also This is a beautiful and brilliant show, that is needed and wanted on B... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
April 26th, 2022

See it if You want to see incredible acting, want to go on a journey and truly feel something, love a great story of growing old and those around us.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that move somewhat quickly, don't like shows where actors play multiple parts, shows that make you think.

Also Debra Messing is absolutely brilliant in this show! She ages 90 years ... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
April 26th, 2022

See it if You like simple, captivating stories. Like good off-broadway shows. Like social commentary shows.

Don't see it if You don't like slow burn, simple shows, with minimal physical action. Don't like a show with a lot of dialogue. Don't like social commentary

Also This is a fabulous show! The power of it lies in its simplicity. Wheth... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
April 26th, 2022

See it if You love good story telling, want to see a master playing multiple characters, like one person shows, appreciate a good coming of age show

Don't see it if You don't like one person show, shows dealing with racial/social issues, off-broadway shows, coming of age tales.

Also This is a brilliant show! Felicia Curry gives an absolutely brilliant ... Read more Read less

75
Enchanting, Great staging
April 26th, 2022

See it if you like performance art similar to Cirque, like creative story telling, beautiful dancing and movement

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional shows, movement based shows, bi-lingual shows.

Also This is not your typical Broadway show. It is not a musical nor play. ... Read more Read less

90
Help
Chelsea
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious
April 11th, 2022

See it if you want your ideas, intentions, and ethics to be challenged and discussed. Want a great socio/politico drama. Like unconventional works.

Don't see it if You don't like unconventional works, don't like shows about race or race relations, don't like long monologues.

Also This was an absolutely incredible show! This was a show that was both ... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
April 11th, 2022

See it if you want a gripping drama, like a good slow burning show, enjoy irish works

Don't see it if you don't like off-off broadway theatre, slower shows, irish dramas, accents, heavy subjects.

Also This was a brilliant show and a wonderful debut of Everything's a Six ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
To My Girls
Midtown W
Funny, Great writing, Great acting
April 11th, 2022

See it if you like dramas on the lighter side, like a good social show, like shows that deal with gay issues, like off Broadway

Don't see it if you don't like smaller shows, shows that deal with gay issues, fast talking shows, social commentary shows.

Also This was a decent work all in all. From a design standpoint the work w... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever
April 11th, 2022

See it if You like plays, dramas, shows very heavy on dialogue and debate, political theatre.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy political theatre, dramas, critical race theory, plays.

Also This is a masterful work that show the power of local government. So m... Read more Read less

87
During previews
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
April 11th, 2022

See it if you love musicals about important social issues, love shows about latin culture/issues, like off broadway shows, like a good story

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, socio/political story lines, off Broadway shows, issues surrounding the LatinX Community.

Also This is a timely and very important story that should be shared and to... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
April 11th, 2022

See it if you want to have your view or ideas challenged, want to be reminded of the controversy that still exists among us, like dramas

Don't see it if You don't like nudity, don't like dramas, don't like social dramas, are uncomfortable with slurs or hate speech.

Also This is a fantastic revival of an amazing play! Going into this, I tho... Read more Read less

80
Songs About Trains
West Village
Edgy, Clever, Great singing
April 11th, 2022

See it if You like unique off,off-Broadway shows, like simple stories, like folk music, and honestly like trains.

Don't see it if You don't like small theatres/productions, folk/bluegrass music, don't like disconnected story telling.

Also This was an interesting performance piece. It is as the title suggests... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing
April 11th, 2022

See it if You like clever interpretations of classic Greek Mythology, like smaller musical shows, like strong Feminist shows, like a good quirky show

Don't see it if You don't like smaller musicals, smaller productions, slap-stick humor, strong female characters.

Also This was a surprising and delightful show. When I went the understudy ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Harmony
Financial
Great acting, Resonant, Great singing
April 11th, 2022

See it if you want to hear an untold story about victims of World War II, hear some of the best singing by a men's group, you like smaller shows

Don't see it if You don't like historical shows, don't like musicals, don't like music with lots of harmony, don't like smaller productions

Also This is a decent show that tells the little or unknown story of the Co... Read more Read less

80
Discus
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Clever
March 29th, 2022

See it if you like classic Greek tales told in a modern way, like a good love story, appreciate a smaller theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like off-broadway shows, modernized works, sexualized shows.

Also This was a fantastic production. The classic tale of Apollo and Hyacin... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Great writing
March 29th, 2022

See it if you appreciate a good one man show, like good story telling, enjoy a good socio/polical play, enjoy light hearted dramadies.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about prison, socio/political shows, one man shows, off-broadway shows, basic technical production.

Also This was a very interesting show. The story itself will be enough to c... Read more Read less

75
What You Are Now
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever
March 29th, 2022

See it if you like smaller works, off broadway shows, newer works, shows dealing with trauma.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that aren't fully polished, don't like shows about immigration, don't like smaller works, don't like slow burn shows

Also This was an interesting show by the Ensemble Players Theatre. It deals... Read more Read less

88
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
March 29th, 2022

See it if you like the music of David Byrne/ the Talking Heads, like concerts/performance art, like great lighting effects, good music, clever staging

Don't see it if You only like traditional theatre, don't like the audience to be dancing and partying around you, want a simple or obvious story.

Also I must say, I get it. I get all the hype around this show. I was skept... Read more Read less

90
7 Minutes
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing
March 24th, 2022

See it if you like anxious dramas, like plays about unions and work related issues, like a face paced show, like off-Broadway

Don't see it if you don't like process shows, shows about labor and unions, shows in the round, smaller theatres

Also This is a great show that addresses the purpose and need for Unions. T... Read more Read less

90
At The Wedding
Upper W Side
Quirky, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Funny
March 24th, 2022

See it if you like modern romantic dramedies, like smaller theatres, appreciate good writing with intrinsic thoughts behind them. Would like a laugh.

Don't see it if Don't like stories about lost love or missed opportunities, don't like modern works, don't like fast talking shows or organic shows.

Also This is a true delight that for the most part speaks exactly what we a... Read more Read less

90
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Riveting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing
March 21st, 2022

See it if you appreciate great socio/political plays, like great writing, like heartbreaking tragedies with a good moral lesson at the end.

Don't see it if You don't like socio/political works, don't like works concerning war/religion, don't like modern plays, dramas, or small theatres.

Also This is yet another example of brilliant writing!! The story is so gri... Read more Read less

78
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting
March 21st, 2022

See it if You love the music of Nina Simone, enjoy an intimate cabaret style show, like a good civil rights themed show.

Don't see it if You don't like biopic shows, don't like cabaret shows, don't like jazz or the music of Nina Simone, don't like modern works.

Also This is a lovely evening out. The show features several highlights of ... Read more Read less

100
Suffs
East Village
Resonant, Profound, Must see, Great singing, Great writing
March 21st, 2022

See it if you want to be moved, educated, and entertained about issues as important today as they were when they were being fought for 100 years ago.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals/operettas, don't like women's history or feminist issues, don't like issue shows, don't like off-broadway shows.

Also This is a gripping and powerful show. The powerhouse cast already pack... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Must see
March 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see one of the greatest plays to hit the stage this season, like racial dramas, like modern works

Don't see it if you don't like racial works, modern shows, some nudity, verbal audience reactions, brilliant writing/performance

Also This show is beyond amazing! I don't have words. There literally are n... Read more Read less

95
Man Cave
East Village
Intense, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious
March 18th, 2022

See it if you like great writing, enjoy witchcraft, love a wonderful off-off broadway show, love a good story with heart!

Don't see it if you don't like dramadies, bilingual shows, or off-off broadway shows, not a fan of witchcraft, or are triggered by violence or drugs.

Also This was an exceptional night out. I stumbled onto this show thanks to... Read more Read less

95
Notes From Now
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging
March 18th, 2022

See it if you love musical reviews, want a show of the times, looking for a show commenting on the now, want a nice balance of humor and drama.

Don't see it if You don't like showcase shows, don't want to talk about current issues, don't like newer works.

Also This is a piece that we've all been looking for. It's a brilliant musi... Read more Read less