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Reviews (210)
79
Entertaining
January 27th, 2023

See it if you want to see a show that will be nominated for several Tonys. See it if you like a show with a good message.

Don't see it if a loud orchestra bothers you or if you are expecting the best show on Broadway this season.

Also Matthew Lopez and Amber Ruffin did a great job on the book. Christian ... Read more Read less

69
Uninteresting, Slow
January 22nd, 2023

See it if you want to see a terrific Jeremy Pope. How he can cry like that at every performance is a wonder. See it if you are an art lover.

Don't see it if you want a play that will keep your interest.

Also The first act is very slow. The second act gets more interesting but n... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining
November 7th, 2022

See it if you want to laugh out loud and be touched at the same time. So funny, yet tender. Marvelous cast.

Don't see it if you don't want to enjoy yourself for 2.5 hours and see the next show to win lots of Tony Awards.

Also Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, Steven Boyer, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milli... Read more Read less

79
Parade
Midtown W
Great singing and acting
November 6th, 2022

See it if you want to hear lovely voices and see some fine performances and learn about anti-semitism in the early 1900s.

Don't see it if you want an old-fashioned, feel good musical. Don't see it in the first couple of rows as the scenery will spoil your view.

Also I don't understand why they made a stage upon a stage. Those of us sit... Read more Read less

70
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Too long
October 31st, 2022

See it if you want to learn about the writing of the Declaration of Independence and support transgender, non-binary, and people of color.

Don't see it if you want an absorbing show that will keep your interest for three hours. Repetitive lyrics need to be chucked as well as some scenes.

Also Even though, there were four substitutes for minor parts, everyone in ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Wanted to enjoy it more
October 29th, 2022

See it if you come from Haiti and want to see a show that will connect you with the island.

Don't see it if monologues aren't your thing and you don't like folk music. Don't see it if you want an absorbing story.

Also The show concerns a father and son talking separately about their live... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Should i have just watched the movie?
October 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see fine acting and a play that will leave you thinking.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through two long acts, some shouting instead of normal talking, and some parts that need cutting.

Also I wish there was some type of discussion afterwards. There was so much... Read more Read less

81
Upsetting, Thoughtful
October 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to understand how a disabled person (physically and mentally) think and act

Don't see it if you cannot handle depressing shows or have recently lost a loved one.

Also This is my second time seeing this play. I saw it a few years ago, so ... Read more Read less

60
Not worth the money, Disappointing, Dated
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you must see every musical on Broadway.

Don't see it if you want a good or great revival. The show is dated. The stereotypes of Jewish people are not funny; the dance numbers are not creative.

Also The Tony voters were right in not giving Jane Lynch a Tony nomination.... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Fat Ham
East Village
Great staging, Funny, Clever
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to laugh out loud. See it if you know the plot and the famous lines from Hamlet and want an updated version of part of the story.

Don't see it if gay characters aren't your thing or if you only like "pure" Shakespeare.

Also Since I was bothered by the stereotypes in Mrs. Maisel, I think some b... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
May 15th, 2022

See it if you like a show that makes you question people's actions, enjoy dissecting family relationships, and how fame and greed act as motivators.

Don't see it if you prefer comedic plays or fluff.

Also All the acting was excellent, but kudos to Fang Du as the translator. ... Read more Read less

94
Great singing, Funny
May 8th, 2022

See it if you want to see one of the top musicals this season.

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket.

Also The cast is hilarious. The first act is perfect. The second act is fin... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing
May 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see a play that the critics raved about.

Don't see it if sexual abuse bothers you.

Also I wanted to walk out. The play is slowly paced. I was not engaged thro... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
May 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see excellent actors at their best. The terrific staging and lighting add to the production.

Don't see it if you want a new point of view on an important topic in today's news.

Also Unfortunately, I already know that there are white people like those p... Read more Read less

94
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Funny
May 1st, 2022

See it if you want to see a musical that is nothing like you have seen before and if you can feel others pain. See it before it wins all those Tonys.

Don't see it if cannot relate to the gay black experience, or if you only like feel-good happy musicals. Don't see if a simulated sex scene bothers you.

Also This is the toughest review I have ever written. The show is indeed a ... Read more Read less

98
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Must see, Exquisite, Delightful
March 28th, 2022

See it if you have been married, are married, or are thinking about getting married. It is the best show of the Broadway season.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh or don't enjoy fabulous singing and acting or if you are a purist and think only a man can play the lead.

Also Patti LuPone shines. Christopher Fitzgerald, Jennifer Simard, Bobby Co... Read more Read less

87
Suffs
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Clever
March 28th, 2022

See it if you want to learn in an enjoyable way about the suffrage movement. You will be surprised how much you don't know.

Don't see it if musicals based on history are not your thing.

Also The show is a bit too long, but it keeps your interest. It is funny at... Read more Read less

86
Some parts terrific; other parts . . .
March 21st, 2022

See it if you want to see an ensemble that deserves a Tony. The dancers and singers are marvelous from the Barber Shop singers to the young kids.

Don't see it if you have ever seen Robert Preston in the role of Harold Hill as you will be disappointed no matter how much you admire Hugh Jackman.

Also Mr. Jackman certainly is a fantastic dancer, but he isn't enough of a ... Read more Read less

34
The Life
Midtown W
The poor reviews are justified
March 19th, 2022

See it if you must see every show ever written.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. The music is lovely, but it drowns out too many of the words of the songs. The rhymes are predictable.

Also The costumes are mediocre. The voices are nothing special. Queenie, th... Read more Read less

65
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
I disagree with the critics
February 18th, 2022

See it if you enjoy lovely singing and beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if you want to feel a connection with the characters. The story doesn't explore enough of their feelings to make you feel for them.

Also The end is predictable. I wish I had seen the original play. I think I... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Disappointing
February 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see some fine actors strut their stuff.

Don't see it if you want a play with a new idea. I've seen this scenario before. Yes, the play is done well, but there is nothing enlightening here.

Also The story is an often told one. Also, it takes a while before you can ... Read more Read less

86
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Relevant, Delightful
February 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see Josh Henry at his best. Great costumes, a relevant story, and some marvelous tapping.

Don't see it if you need a musical where you know every song or if you have no sympathy for how blacks were/are treated.

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
February 6th, 2022

See it if want to learn about anti-semitism and what it is like to be a Jewish in this world. See it if the mistreatment of Jews is important to you.

Don't see it if you cannot sit three hours in a theater or you feel a connection to LePen.

63
Overrated, Disappointing
December 18th, 2021

See it if you need to see a Tony winner. That is the only reason I can see to see it.

Don't see it if you want an absorbing story with songs that make you soar. I found Hadestown was nothing special. I don't know what the fuss is about.

95
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite
December 18th, 2021

See it if you love musicals that tug at the heart. You cannot not cry at certain parts. You will remember this story for years.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals that tell a story that isn't totally happy, or if you just have no feelings about others.

75
Disappointing, Ambitious
December 18th, 2021

See it if you must see every musical there is and enjoy Dylan's songs.

Don't see it if you want a musical that stays with you. I found the story forgettable.

90
Relevant
December 18th, 2021

See it if you want to learn about the Lehman brothers. See it if you are an intelligent human being who wants a bit of education from their shows.

Don't see it if history bores you, and you cannot pay attention when people talk.

97
For a previous production
Great singing, Delightful
December 18th, 2021

See it if you want a lovely time and want to support these terrific performers and the wonderful York Theater.

Don't see it if you don't love old fashioned musicals that make your heart sing.

79
The Visitor
East Village
Much better than the reviews
November 6th, 2021

See it if you want to see a show that deals with a current problem in America.

Don't see it if you remember in detail the movie or you don't like loud drums or you believe everything The New York Times has to say.

Also Spoiler Alert: Take a person who voted for Trump and believes that ill... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious
November 2nd, 2021

See it if you want to see a show that will definitely be nominated for many Tonys.

Don't see it if you want a musical with a relevant story that uplifts you.

Also Everyone (there are about 17 performers) does a great job singing. How... Read more Read less

56
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing
October 30th, 2021

See it if you enjoy terrific lighting that really adds to the ambience of the show, or if you have never seen these actresses act in person before.

Don't see it if you want a play that keep your interest. I checked my watch several times. I just couldn't relate to the story.

Also The drama reminded me of a tv soap opera. I never felt the joy or sadn... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
October 15th, 2021

See it if you want to see an actor embody about a dozen different people making you see each one as an individual.

Don't see it if you don't like a one-person play, though, the musician in the background is almost another actor.

85
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
A fun time
March 4th, 2020

See it if you already know the story of Dracula and want to see a funny version of the story with a nod to men's treatment and expectations of women.

Don't see it if campy humor and changes in classics bother you.

Also The actors were all wonderfully believable. The audience laughed throu... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Thought-provoking
March 1st, 2020

See it if you want to understand coal miners and their lives. See it if you like documentaries based on actual interviews with the people involved.

Don't see it if you have no feelings for others or are not interested in the story of the death of 29 West Virginians and corporate greed.

Also Many in the audience were in tears by the end of the play. The accompa... Read more Read less

79
Not "'night mother", Confusing
February 29th, 2020

See it if you want to see some fine acting and need to understand why some people take their own lives.

Don't see it if the subject matter bothers you or you are expecting some real insight into the reasons why people take their own lives.

Also The actresses playing Anna and Carol are excellent. I didn't think the... Read more Read less

100
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you enjoy beyond fabulous actors with terrific voices backed up by a gorgeous orchestra. This show deserve a Bway run.

Don't see it if you don't like touching musicals that tug at your heartstrings.

Also The entire cast was terrific but special kudos go to Douglas Sills and... Read more Read less

92
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Not what i expected
February 22nd, 2020

See it if you enjoy excellent rock guitarists and a delightful main star telling engaging stories and a few songs that tug at your heart.

Don't see it if loud music or thinking about death bothers you or if you want a traditional musical. This is more of a concert with stories.

Also I laughed at times. I thought at times. Even though the topic is illne... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Most enjoyable
February 8th, 2020

See it if you would enjoy a show that takes place during the depression in Harlem performed by excellent actors. You will laugh and tear up.

Don't see it if you have no interest in people's lives other than your own.

1
What were they thinking
February 5th, 2020

See it if you like grunting and groaning for minutes on end by a person playing a monster. There is no story here. A disgrace.

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING ELSE to do. What a waste of time.

1
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
What were they thinking
February 5th, 2020

See it if you . . . I cannot think of one reason to see this show.

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING else to do. This show was comprised of grunts and groans of an actress pretending to be a monster. What a waste.

89
Entertaining, Clever
February 1st, 2020

See it if you like to laugh and see five fine actors make gentle fun of Broadway stars and shows.

Don't see it if you haven't seen a Broadway or Off-Broadway show in years.

Also Go for a matinee so you can listen to the talk back. It always offers ... Read more Read less

98
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
January 29th, 2020

See it if you want to see marvelous actors in a funny, relevant, sad play. The dialogue is realistic, and the play makes you think about family.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or if you think Jesse Green is always right. I totally disagree with his assessment of this thoughtful play.

Also If your parents are alive, bring them to this show. They, like the aud... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny
January 26th, 2020

See it if you want to be happy and sad at the same time. See it if the play, "Sweat," resonated with you. See it for great acting all around.

Don't see it if you cannot feel for people who work hard but don't make ends meet.

69
Great acting, Disappointing
January 26th, 2020

See it if you loved the book. See it for a wonderful performance by Laura Linney.

Don't see it if you thought the book was just ok, or if you are tired of dysfunctional families.

Also Don't side on the stage or on the extreme side, or you will miss Ms. L... Read more Read less

69
Loud, Disappointing, Slightly boring
January 6th, 2020

See it if you are into bio musicals and must see everyone of them. See it for terrific supporting actors and the swing dancers doing their best.

Don't see it if you have seen Ms. Turner in person as Obi-Melekwe isn't Tina, though, her dance moves capture Tina better than Ms. Warren's seen on video.

Also Daniel J. Watts as Ike, Steven Booth as Phil Spector, Mars Rucker as T... Read more Read less

95
What a treat!
December 28th, 2019

See it if you love great singing, wonderful piano playing, and lyrics that tell a story. Maury Yeston deserves the accolades he has won.

Don't see it if you aren't a Broadway baby.

Also Maury Yeston was there for the talk back and is a great story teller a... Read more Read less

85
Excellent acting, Intelligent
December 23rd, 2019

See it if you aren't quite comfortable with the homeless, the druggies, the obese, or those who are LGBT. See it so you can feel some empathy.

Don't see it if you are closed minded and have no patience for people who are less fortunate than you.

Also At first, I thought this play isn't for me. It was loud and there were... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Boring in bits, Disappointing
November 25th, 2019

See it if you like after school specials or Hallmark movies or if the opioid crisis, rape, porn, and black/white problems interest you.

Don't see it if ear-deafening music with lyrics you sometimes cannot understand aren't your thing or you are bothered by a light way of handling rape.

Also Lauren Patten as Jo was marvelous. Too bad sometimes the orchestra dro... Read more Read less

74
Still resonates, Thought provoking
November 23rd, 2019

See it if you care to be reminded about Hitler's rise and the communists in Germany in the early 30s, or if Trump makes you nervous and anxious.

Don't see it if three hours is too long for you to sit or you have no interest in history or the future of our country.

Also While the play is too long and needs some refining, Kushner makes you ... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Disappointing
November 20th, 2019

See it if you already have a ticket and don't want to throw out money. Otherwise, stay home or do something else.

Don't see it if you have want an absorbing play that offers new insight and that doesn't depress you.