Balakrishnan

New York City

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Reviews (18)
85
A Solo From The Pit
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like off the wall, clever, funny evening of music and story telling by a charming trombonist/raconteur.

Don't see it if You need your theatrical evenings to be driven by plot and characters

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like wonderful acting in a play dealing with black experience over a century, in a deeply humanistic way. Mr. Nicholson is a star

Don't see it if can't think of any reasons you shouldn't see it

79
Kafka And Son
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you're a Kafka fan, like great acting

Don't see it if you need dramatic direction and motion, the story to go somewhere

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80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like a moving treatment of how social customs and religious belief run headlong into the reality of human love, like great acting

Don't see it if you're a conservative evangelical Christian who is uncomfortable with how faith can lead to tragedy

85
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like Gogol, shows that skewer corruption, stupidity and cupidity.

Don't see it if you don't like broad acting, jokes that sometimes seem too easily earned

85
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like clever scripts and staging of sprawling stories, good acting, amusing lines

Don't see it if you don't want to risk potentially self-defeating edginess, jokes may fall flat, over-the-top acting.

52
Pressing Matters
Midtown W
Fluffy, Slow, Ambitious, Slight, occasionally funny

See it if you want to encourage a playwright with some potential

Don't see it if you expect a high ratio of pleasure to so-so moments during a longish evening

90
For a previous production
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like great ensemble performance, attention to period detail, depiction of a corner of real life as if a hidden camera filmed it

Don't see it if You are looking for a play about a high-stakes event.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you just want to see a great performance by a beautiful talented actress or want to enter the home and minds of a Bombay sex-worker

Don't see it if you expect the life of real people to be sweetness and light

51
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Good authorial intentions, occasionally good acting, especially by the script playing Sacco.

Don't see it if Flabby writing, badly needs a sharp editor; confusing; unpersuasive characters; poor acting by the actress playing animal control officer.

71
During previews
Great writing, Indulgent

See it if you like some good acting, good writing, don't mind cliched love-triangle themes

Don't see it if you mind slow-moving play on themes that have been ploughed over many times

80
During previews
Breeders
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like shows that show that gay relationships are just as complicated, messed up, insecurity-driven as hetero ones

Don't see it if you're looking for complex plots, melodrama, etc.

75
During previews
My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like great acting -- Jayasundera is superb in her multiple roles. Simple and universal theme: revenge and forgiveness.

Don't see it if You mind chronologically confusing production that depends a bit too much on theatrical razamatazz.,

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Well-paced,, Well-acted

See it if you enjoy updated classics, nice acting by a mix of amateur and equity actors, good script and an interesting human story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories about a culture far away in space and time, the necessary limitations on a community-theater production.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you like Shakespeare, good to great acting, performance where serious parts are done seriously and comic parts are done comically

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare without period costumes, casting an actress as Prince Hal with unconvincing rationale (given that, she's good).

90
Albatross
Midtown E
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Bravura acting, great set design. Loved the conceit of translating the Ancient Mariner to stage in this way.

Don't see it if you want a story line, plotting, etc.

35
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you don't mind a well-intentioned but poorly executed show where many lines are delivered in a hard-to-follow accent

Don't see it if you do mind a well-intentioned but poorly executed show where many lines are delivered in a hard-to-follow accent

70
Cuntagious (FringeNYC)
East Village
Absorbing, Intense, Touching

See it if you like quirky, confessional, cringe-inducing shows with a core of sweetness

Don't see it if you are the father or the mother of the performer.