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New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (80)
88
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like intimate, original musicals. It is a refreshing escape from the over bloated musicals on Broadway.

Don't see it if You like juke box musicals and shows with more flash and less drama.

Also The music, staging and performances are perfectly scaled to the intima... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Clever

See it if You like the clever blend of dark comedy and gruesome thriller typical of Martin McDonagh’s plays and movies.

Don't see it if You dislike violent subject matters or have trouble understanding the accent of Northern England.

Also This play is gruesomely entertaining. Stronger on plot than themes. St... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like old school literate, Chekhovian style plays. It is an intelligent, gentle and genuinely witty comedy beautifully designed and acted

Don't see it if You like socio-politically driven or highly theatrical plays like SLAVE PLAY or THE INHERITANCE.

Also I realize I may be in the minority but I found this play fully engagin... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny

See it if You like contemporary plays with a wicked sense of humor. The ensemble acting is uniformly wonderful with Armie Hammer the perfect foil.

Don't see it if You are sick to death of the angry and all too stupid discourse in today’s politics. This play is painted in very broad strokes.

Also A special nod to Austin Pendleton’s performance.

74
A Soldier's Play
East Village
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like strong drama involving mystery and social issues. Fine performances by Underwood and Grier.

Don't see it if You are a fan of the original production or movie and are expecting a fresh take. It needs more subtlety to be more gripping.

85
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Another unique, non-generic play by the always clever Lucas Hnath. The intimacy of the production makes for a special experience.

Don't see it if You are aggravated by plays done with the house lights up and minimal design elements and dramatic action.

61
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of the playwright or any of the talented actors involved - like stage pro Nielsen or Aiden Quinn.

Don't see it if You are expecting the quality director Michael Wilson has brought to other Horton Foote plays. I was hoping for more.

Also Sadly, the production feels (like the set) very flat. The dramatic act... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Absolutely absorbing 7 hours of funny, moving and masterfully crafted drama. Not one wasted moment.

Don't see it if You dislike long, 2 parts plays and are offended by sexually explicit language and scenes.

74
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You enjoy the lighter, more romantic side of Tennessee Williams. Tomei is charming but Emun Elliot as Alvaro walks away with the show.

Don't see it if You are impatient with uneven productions. Act 1 is slow and Tomei’s performance is full of good intentions but short on earthiness.

70
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy well acted, human drama plays. Patrick Breen and Javier Munoz are stand outs.

Don't see it if You enjoy plays with a cutting-edge. This is a mild, unthreatening 97 minutes.

75
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Popular entertainment in a good way meaning it is light without being mindless. Like The Prom it has a big heart.

Don't see it if Probably too frivolous and formulaic for serious theatre goers.

68
During previews
Slow, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy being provoked by strong politically conservative discourse.

Don't see it if This play is long on talk and short on plot which is off putting.

Also The play takes place outside at night. The lighting is a tad too dark ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy grown up, subtle, intelligent theatre. Wonderful performances by Cox and Hiddleston.

Don't see it if You dislike Pinter - this production is quite spare from the dialogue to the staging and design.

66
During previews
Quirky

See it if You think Chekhov’s classic needs to be shaken up. Fine performances by Greg Hildreth and Sas Goldberg.

Don't see it if You love Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS. This reimagining diminishes the humor and heartache already existing in the original.

80
During previews
Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of absorbing storytelling.

Don't see it if Cale may be too quirky a performer for some people.

30
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you enjoy Disney channel tween sitcoms.

Don't see it if If you enjoy mature, witty, musicals about human beings.

Also I appreciate this show is geared for a younger generation but this pro... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a lover of Glenda Jackson and modern interpretations of Shakespeare. This is an exciting production chock full of ideas.

Don't see it if You are a purist about Shakespeare or suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder. It runs 3.5 hours and is, at times, somewhat sloppy.

Also I was surprised at how engaged I was by the production. Jackson, Ruth ... Read more Read less

46
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Susan Sarandon “live”.

Don't see it if You are expecting this talented cast to be in an intelligent play. HAPPY TALK gives new meaning to hackneyed and uninspired.

50
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Insipid

See it if You are a fan of the movie or the talented performers in the production.

Don't see it if You are expecting a modern look at gender roles. This male driven show is as misguided as the original movie.

Also There is no “why” for this show other than to cash in on the brand. It... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like modern looks at classic musicals. This is a production brimming with imagination .

Don't see it if You think musical theatre classics should not be tampered with.

85
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if If you enjoy the blend of play and politics. Long live Heidi Schreck!

Don't see it if You are politically conservative.

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

See it if You like to laugh and cry at the same time. Metcalf is yet again astounding. A smart and beautiful play.

Don't see it if You hate the Clintons are not open to seeing their humanity - especially Hillary’s.

68
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Clever

See it if You enjoy John Larroquette. He is the best part of the production .

Don't see it if You are expecting a play as good as HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES or SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION.

75
During previews
Funny, Intelligent

See it if If you like smart, funny and pointed plays.

Don't see it if You are bored by plays about Hollywood and show business.

83
During previews
Great acting

See it if This is a fine production of a solid American play. Paul Dano becomes a real stage actor with his performance.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are predisposed to disliking Sam Shepard. This production is not a new vision of the play.

49
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You love anything about Lady Diana.

Don't see it if You enjoy plays or musicals with depth.

Also Sadly, this is a cartoon version of the story of Charles, Diana and Ca... Read more Read less

100
Dana H.
Gramercy
Masterful, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are drawn to strong, personal stories and unique theatricality.

Don't see it if You dislike stories involving violence and physical abuse.

Also This is one of the most compelling theatre pieces I have ever seen. De... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy dramatic musical theatre. This is more play than musical and there are no pauses for applauding after numbers.

Don't see it if You enjoy jazzy musical or you are expecting a juke box musical of Dylan’s songs.

Also I mostly admired the intelligence of the work. I feel it needs some to... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Refreshing, Romantic, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the musicals of Bill Finn and Robert Jason Brown. This is a charming, romantic chamber musical.

Don't see it if You like only enjoy big, brash musicals.

Also I found UNKNOWN SOLDIER to be a thoughtful and thoroughly engaging sho... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny

See it if You are looking for an enjoyable time and not too much more. Full of funny dialogue and a superb performance by Jane Alexander.

Don't see it if You like plays with edge or a strong emotional impact. This is not SLAVE PLAY.

70
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting

See it if You enjoy serious plays and good acting. Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan give riveting, layered performances.

Don't see it if You dislike plays about isolation and sadness. It is slightly too long which only extends the unhappy story.

51
During previews
Confusing, Slow

See it if You relate to the work of Will Eno or have a passion for seeing new plays.

Don't see it if You expect strong dramatic action. The production falls asleep along with the audience.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking

See it if You are engaged by challenging plays on provocative themes.

Don't see it if You are offended by sexual content and situations.

Also Wonderful direction and some stunning, honest performances.

85
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy mysterious, lyrical plays and Mary-Louise Parker. She gives a master class in acting.

Don't see it if This production may be too pretentious and “wordy” for some theatre goers. It’s structure is more like a short story than a play.

79
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like Lett’s lighter plays like Superior Donuts. This is a very entertaining dramedy with a winning performance by Ian Barford.

Don't see it if You don’t care for plays about unlikeable characters. Or scenes including nudity and sexual situations.

100
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligent, complex plays. This is theatre of the highest order - every element from the acting to the design is flawless. Bravo!

Don't see it if You do not like non-linear stories.

74
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Epic, Great staging

See it if You are interested in American history and enjoy multi-character large scale plays. Wonderful direction.

Don't see it if Don’t enjoy large scale plays. Some characters are well drawn while others come off as cartoonish. Uneven performances.

Also This was a preview and the production appears to be still finding its ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy serio-comic family stories intelligently drawn. The performances of the children are especially good as is the direction.

Don't see it if You like plays to have more dramatic bite and social impact.

73
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Intelligent

See it if You like intelligent, well acted and cleanly directed plays on contemporary subjects.

Don't see it if At its weakest this play is too formulaic and lacks the tension befitting the life and death choices experienced by the lead character.

85
Octet
Midtown W
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like smart, different and ORIGINAL musicals.

Don't see it if If you enjoy more conventional musicals with an orchestra and a love story.

69
During previews
Continuity
Midtown W
Cliched

See it if You like your drama light. Well directed and appealing cast.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play as thoughtful and engaging as Wohl’s SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS. This is a paint-by-number play. It needs to aim higher.

90
Burn This
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy intelligent, heartfelt and human dramadies. Adam Driver is exceptional!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy romantic, old school plays.

Also I saw the original production and feel Adam Driver gives as magnetic a... Read more Read less

70
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if You admire the work of Arthur Miller. Riveting performances by Tracy Letts and Annette Bening.

Don't see it if You are distracted by uneven direction and weak performances by supporting players.

Also Annette Bening is the strongest element here. She deserves better than... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Must see, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intelligent drama. Jonny Lee Miller commands the stage. Fine ensemble by the supporting cast too.

Don't see it if You hate either British imports or Rupert Murdoch.

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Funny

See it if Like challenging plays about morally unlikable characters.

Don't see it if You have no patience for highly flawed, morally questionable characters.

Also The chemistry between Feiffer and Linklater is palpable and is the bes... Read more Read less

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

See it if It meets its critical acclaim. Great stage craft and acting!!

Don't see it if You can’t sit through long plays.

88
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy seeing 3 stage pros bringing their gifts to a funny and challenging new play.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a simple minded comedy. Some of plot is decidedly absurd.

70
During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Ambitious

See it if You love Quincy Tyler Bernstine and are fascinated by fresh new plays.

Don't see it if You are expecting a conventional historical drama.

95
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You love Irish plays and storytelling sling with masterful acting.

Don't see it if If you like plays with strong dramatic, physical action.

78
Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a play about a very topical social issue.

Don't see it if You dislike formulaic “issue” plays.