arnie 7273

Elmhurst

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Reviews (57)
94
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if brilliant revival of a Cole Porter musical. the big production numbers like "too darn hot" bring the house down. leads are all brilliant.

Don't see it if revival of a 70 year old musical. plot is thinner than a fly's wing and characters aren't deep enough to fill a thimble.

100
Romantic, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Calvin Trillin's love letter and memoir to his late wife Alice is a delightful departure from the typical stage play.

Don't see it if this is not a big play, it's not very traditional. the structure is a little non linear. staging is very minimal.

86
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if intense adaptation of Strindberg play with spectacular performances. a couple loves & needs each other as much as they hate each other.

Don't see it if no happy ending. a couple loves & needs each other as much as they hate each other.

100
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if brilliant staging of a play which is even more relevant now than when it premiered 40+ years ago. the use of video screens is brilliant!

Don't see it if it's disturbing, pessimistic and there's more than a little profanity and adult situations

88
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a very intense story about family, motherhood, cultural identity, heritage and the immigrant experience

Don't see it if this play is very emotionally intense. it also deals very frankly with the intersections of tradition, morality and expediency of real life.

85
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if great little story about the passions of youth, and how we sometimes let our passions get the better of us.

Don't see it if the play deals with adult themes including sex, violence and race

80
Fluffy, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a satiric look at both elementary school plays and political correctness and woke cultural awareness

Don't see it if much of the humor revolves around being white and empowered & around cliches of gluten free, kale based woke attitudes.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An intense, modern rewrite of the book of Job. Great staging and performances.

Don't see it if A lot of the dialog is in sign language with super titles. Some people may be disturbed by addiction, self-harm or homosexuality.

91
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A.R. Gurney never disappoints! This is a trio of weird, funny short plays about love, etc.

Don't see it if There's some frank talk of sex (no nudity, though) and the plots are somewhat absurdist.

72
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if a fun, entertaining romp in the world of legendary disco Studio 54. music is fun & performances are great

Don't see it if overly long, too many subplots

86
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great little play about ego, paternity, destiny, and stepping up to play your part.

Don't see it if story moves back and forth between 2 eras and shifts its viewpoint between 3 characters. some people may find this confusing.

97
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a great masterwork by one of America's greatest playwrights. it delves into the dark depths of people's lives.

Don't see it if a very long play populated by unpleasant people who drink whiskey nonstop. there is no happy ending, only a dark corner to hide in.

46
Excruciating, Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if avant garde riff of the 17th C English civil war. performances are great. debate at the end of act 1 is the highlight.

Don't see it if weird, non linear, non narrative, non story. if you don't love avant garde theater, see something else.

79
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Lauren Ridloff gives a stunning performance. This is largely about marginalizing disabled people.

Don't see it if This is largely a drama about a relationship. Staging feels clunky at times.

100
Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A truly epic experience, a truly classic play. This is a metaphysical tour of the emergence of AIDS.

Don't see it if you're offended by any reference to homosexuality or think that Roy Cohen is a nice person.

42
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to support amature community theaters or you want a simple, unpretentious, inexpensive alternative to broadway.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big broadway type of experience

85
Intense, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if interesting combination of 2 of Albee's 1 act plays. both of which try to look into the souls of the characters.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about mental illness or marriage

97
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if hard hitting show about authors and the personas they cultivate

Don't see it if the play deals with the shattering of images and iconoclasts, also frank discussions of race & sexual assualt

93
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if very funny romp following a young man through 18th century america

Don't see it if there are frank treatment of issues with race/slavery and women's roles in 18th century america that could offend some people

94
Great staging, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if totally engrossing drama about the relationships between a group of people in Soviet Russia & East Germany

Don't see it if there's no real message here, there's no real destination. it's not a traditional type of narrative play that tells a clear, specific story.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if mesmerising staging and great performances. I loved the chinese opera and Maoist opera sequences.

Don't see it if not for homophobes. not for people who have trans gender issues. also, chinese opera sequences are very dissonant.

97
During previews
Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if brilliantly written play about school cliques, women's body image and women's place in society

Don't see it if an all woman cast and women's issues. don't see it if you're looking for something a little more manly

76
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if a well written, well acted & thought provoking play that deals with bullying, ostracizing, stereotyping and gun violence.

Don't see it if this is a difficult & violent play. it's not for anyone who's averse to bad language or violence.

93
During previews
Great writing, Hilarious, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if Profane, funny story about relationships.

Don't see it if There's a lot of profanity & verbal abuse.

91
Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Clever play about an advice columnist. Intelligent, witty and at times brutally honest.

Don't see it if The play talks explicitly at times about sex, drugs, relationships, etc. It may not be for the squeamish.

81
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if smoldering study of a young gay man struggling with his identity and sexuality in the claustrophobic confines of a religious all boys school

Don't see it if this play has strong themes of sexuality & race against a backdrop of religious morality.

90
During previews
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if adaptation of Strindberg play reset into apartheid South Africa pushes against issues of race, class, gender, entitlement, love and hate.

Don't see it if this adaptation revolves around race, class and sex. there are disturbing scenes of sex and violence.

86
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if fun musical that revolves around the comic book idea of super heroes. visualizations of the lead character's drawings are magical.

Don't see it if kind of typical teen angst story. characters never develop past your first impressions of them.

81
During previews
Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if this play is at times hysterically funny, especially the mid section, which is a send-up of couples therapy and social science.

Don't see it if the play deals very explicitly with sexual scenes and racial themes.

68
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Michael C. Hall delivers a spectacular 1 person performance

Don't see it if The play appears to be just the scrambled ramblings of someone who's annoyed or disappointed or maybe just unhappy

95
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a brilliantly acted and often hysterically funny memory play about the decline into dementia and death.

Don't see it if the subject matter is very sad and often disturbing. the play deals directly with relationships, aging, dementia and death.

94
Relevant, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if not a traditional play! this is more like a 1 person show, but with a 2nd character. and then there's a surprise u-turn into debate club!

Don't see it if this is not a traditional play! if you're looking for a simple, easy to follow narrative, this ain't it!

93
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Brilliantly written. Janet McTeer is a force of nature as Sara Bernhard. The cast is amazing.

Don't see it if Shakespeare purists might take offense to the idea of a woman playing Hamlet, even (especially?) if was the most famous actress of her day.

100
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if beautifully written, superbly acted. a wonderful play about family and identity.

Don't see it if like Chekhov, kind of nothing happens. there's no uplifting message at the end.

89
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if The story of a woman's life, told completely out of order. It was exquisite!

Don't see it if non linear, several actresses play the title role at different times her of life. If you want a more conventional play, this ain't it.

94
Raunchy, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if Hilarious & tragic tale of events surrounding a funeral. Writing & humor are razor sharp.

Don't see it if Raunchy, irreverent, boozy, exposes the failures & flaws of ALL of it's characters, even the person being memorialized.

93
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if great little period piece about jazz, post WW2 black culture and gentrification.

Don't see it if portrayal of women is a bit 2 dimensional and negative.

69
During previews
Great staging, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Condola Rashad leads a great cast in one of Shaw's more famous plays.

Don't see it if It's a very long 3 hours. I wish Shaw could have cut it down a bit.

93
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if fascinating little play about young men trying to move out of the reality of the lives they've led to the lives they aspire to

Don't see it if you're not interested in stories about race, class, education or achievement

53
During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Banal, Ambitious

See it if An interesting biographical sketch of the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Basically just a monologue. Like a lot of one person shows, it lives & dies by the strength of the performer.

94
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if just a great play about a man cast adrift in a life that he may not want because he doesn't really know who he is.

Don't see it if you're bored with discussions about roots, community, religion, identity.

87
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if a play about the "sausage factory" inside the american political system

Don't see it if you don't want to know how the sausage gets made

96
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a very black comedy dealing with capital punishment and mid-60s english pub culture

Don't see it if not for anyone who's squeamish about violence or capital punishment

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if great play about a woman returning to her home village in Arfrica

Don't see it if the play requires that you pay attention and wait for the end to figure it out

92
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a very deep and well written play that always seems to be taking you someplace else than it really is.

Don't see it if it's ultimately a very dark play with a very sad ending

100
During previews
Quirky, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if Great performance by Billy Crudup. Great writing, the character is a cypher, but also larger than life.

Don't see it if It's a "one man show". I don't often go for these type of plays myself, but this is an exception.

82
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a thought provoking exploration of the origins of the junk bond era of finance and its real life effects on people, industry & the economy.

Don't see it if this is not light entertainment. The play is at times a bit dense with talk of finance & business practice.

92
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if an intense play about the criminal justice system, faith and morality. great writing and staging, spectacular performances.

Don't see it if a lot of profanity. a lot of discussion of religion that may offend some or turn some off. more than a little moral equivalency.

93
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if A truly fun staging of a popular Shakespeare comedy. Class Stage Company always delivers a great production.

Don't see it if It's not a very traditional staging, featuring original songs for the production. Purists and traditionalists may be less enthused.

88
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if A Chicano reimagining of Sophocles's 2500 YO play, set in LA.

Don't see it if you don't like violence, nudity, fratricide or matricide