banksdn

Oneonta | 65+ | Male
About:  Lifetime theater goer. Love musicals, dramas, comedies...if they are sincere and touch my heart . Recent favorites include Great Comet, Little Foxes , and Sweeney Todd (with or without pies).
Reviews (262)
75
Original Sound
West Village
Refreshing, Good use of space, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Want to delve into back story of music and musicians , told in a well paced production by a talented group

Don't see it if You like large proscenium theaters and are looking for romance or dancing

75
During previews
Audience pleaser, Old school, Entertaining, Dated, Cliched

See it if You enjoy traditional musical comedy with mostly forgettable music but a few sure fire laughs. If you like The play that goes wrong

Don't see it if You want depth and character development

84
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate Shepard's take on the downfall of the American dream, this done with more humor than usual . And there's a lamb.

Don't see it if You want a traditional comedy or need to be done in under 90 minutes . This is more like 150.

81
Socrates
East Village
Demanding, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to combine theater and Intro to Philosophy in a way that is more engaging than college ever was

Don't see it if You need action without being expected to listen carefully and think...but still be entertained

83
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a great Irish play done by an exemplary cast in an intimate, effective setting...and MA Plunkett is stunning

Don't see it if you hate accents and heavy plays about the tolls of war and independence

90
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You relish the combo of exciting staging, fine acting, and a story that makes you laugh and think hard about recent history . Go!

Don't see it if You have no interest in the state of journalism or how it got to today's condition

75
During previews
Personal, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of personal vignettes ala Anna Devere Smith, this time about immigration and border policies .

Don't see it if You expect flow and dramatic momentum , this needs more variety and dimension

85
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a revisal of the classic movie switched to Broadway and trying to address the "me too" concerns...great cast, great book

Don't see it if You are looking for something totally innovative . This is old school musical comedy.

Also Really enjoyed this one. Yes, I wish it were better . Music sounds rec... Read more Read less

80
The White Devil
West Village
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are willing to give little known Jacobean play a chance, it's like watching lesser Shakespeare . ..in a tight production

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare , duplicity , murder, and/or mayhem...in modern dress

66
During previews
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You like your vintage Bway deconstructed to bring out all the heartache and distrust of the story with little humor or heart

Don't see it if You actually expect good singing and dancing...or hate gun shots

84
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Showcase, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a Wilson completist, anxious to see this seldom done piece. All 4 actors at top of their game.

Don't see it if You have no patience for slow development or prefer musicals

67
Uneven, Not funny enough, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like Ludwig plays even when only sporadically funny, talented actors working hard to make it work

Don't see it if You expect farce, this is no Lend Me a Tenor...not even its sequel . Strong production values for play that needs a rewrite

80
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to have a visceral experience of anger and hope and despair told through song by a uniformly excellent cast

Don't see it if You have no interest in the Depression and want something light and tappable .

79
Superhero
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You hope to find the superhero in each of us...and love to hear Baldwin and Pinkham at their best

Don't see it if You are a super disbeliever who doesn't want to give new work a chance

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for a new take on a classic work, done in a respectful /respectable production that happens to be in Yiddish

Don't see it if You don't like super titles or are expecting some totally new approach

79
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You want to see where Lerner and Loewe began, with some hints of what was to come...glimpses of themes that will become MFL

Don't see it if Mufti is what mufti is...no frills, under rehearsed , but full of energy

92
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if Three hours of Irish family life and history that flies by, done by an exquisite cast with no weak links

Don't see it if You have a limited attention span and hate accents

88
During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Two fine actors explore the intricacies of death and grief in parallel but truly different pieces by outstanding playwrights

Don't see it if You're looking for lighter fare and don't want to be challenged

77
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Strong Irish drama that is not produced often , large cast, great set

Don't see it if Trouble with dialects , helps if you know your Irish history

77
Carmelina
Midtown E
Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing, Old school, Clever

See it if You like to see shows that were shunned originally get remastered to shine, even if for only a short time

Don't see it if You like flash and dazzle, that's not what Mufti is about

83
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to be challenged to confront issues of sexuality , power, and race

Don't see it if You have a problem with strong accents , theater in the round , or sexuality .

65
Notes to Wherever
West Village
Cliched, Indulgent, Romantic, Slow, Well intentioned

See it if You have time to indulge an actress to reminisce about her late husband as she reads a letter to him for 90 minutes

Don't see it if You expect action or sets or verbal variety , this is laconic and static

Also I hate to bad mouth something being done for charity , but I would hav... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Confusing, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking, Overwritten

See it if You like to see new works in their development, even if they seem uncertain about their own raison d'etre

Don't see it if You have had enough people talking their way through rehab with no real purpose or direction

Also Actors were giving it their all. I hate to be too down on new plays in... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if A classic of American literature brought to life for a new generation , full of heart and joy , thoughtful and inspirational

Don't see it if You want a sitcom or a musical , but go anyway. You'll love it.

81
Two By Friel
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate lyrical writing about the tumult of burgeoning love (young and older ) told in a duo of intimate pieces

Don't see it if You want space and extravagant production

75
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Classic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You are a fan of book and don't mind adaptation , liked Hammils other works

Don't see it if You're expecting Austen humor or pace, this is darker and slow...crying out for some comedy or light...but that's not Alcott.

86
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want a unique experience in musical theater combining discussion of digital dependence and glorious a capella singing

Don't see it if You want traditional music and comedy, this way too realistic for you

77
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
High concept, Quirky, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You already know (and love) the Shakespeare play and want to see it attempted by a group of energetic young women

Don't see it if You don't already understand the plot, it gets muddled here. Pet peeve- volume does not equal emotion...just yelling .

76
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Needs editing, Uneven, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see 2 stellar actresses working hard to make an uneven play make sense...and almost successful

Don't see it if You don't care for show tune references mixed with dysfunctional family tumult

81
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to get lost in the life of one of America's greatest poets as portrayed by a terrific actress who commands the stage

Don't see it if You hate one person shows, poetry, or thoughtful prose

75
During previews
Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a fan of the movie or quirky family relationship plays like Next to Normal, Bryce Pinkham is charming

Don't see it if You only like musical comedy, this is more drama with music

81
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Uneven, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A respectable production of an American classic with a luminous Benning at the center , you can't take your eyes off her

Don't see it if You are looking for new insights into Miller , this offers nothing unexpected

96
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience an epic master class in acting and storytelling with 3 flawless performers tracing a notable family story

Don't see it if You want flashy costumes or musical numbers or don't really care about the background of modern banking

75
During previews
Raunchy, Romantic, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle intense relationship by people who really shouldn't with fine acting by small cast, Linklater is endearing

Don't see it if You think dysfunction belongs in the therapist office, not on stage

70
During previews
Raunchy, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Clever

See it if You are total Nathan Lane fans who applaud him for taking chances on new works, even when they are in need of drastic rethinking

Don't see it if You don't like poetry, Shakespeare , farts, or dancing penises.

89
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to enjoy a new take on old myths , Orpheus and Eurydice have never been hipper. Small show with big aspirations .

Don't see it if You expect traditional Broadway show tunes or a comedy

86
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a totally satisfying production of a timeless classic done by a cast of exceptional actors

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents and historical drama...even with humor

74
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Overwritten

See it if You enjoy fresh takes on longstanding issues of beauty and self image as told by a totally engaged company of actors and musicians

Don't see it if You hate audience response and have no patience for new works that may be a bit too long

76
Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a quintessential mufti performance of a show that never made it to NY . ..controversial at best

Don't see it if Don't think obsession and pedophilia mixed with murder are the stuff musicals are made of .

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if A refreshingly original take on the perils of finding love as portrayed by a multi talented cast

Don't see it if You have become cynical to the possibility of finding the right person

78
The Dance of Death
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Romantic, Quirky

See it if Strindberg is an acquired taste, but this translation brings out the humor in a truly dysfunctional marriage

Don't see it if You have a low attention span or like your plays to be clearly comedy or drama . ..not both

68
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Delightful, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if You are interested in an exploration of race in the movies, followed by a campy reduction of a scholarly discussion

Don't see it if You want 2 acts that match with each other and look for subtle acting , this has too much indicating and shouting

Also I loved this play at Second Stage but find this version poorly cast an... Read more Read less

73
God Said This
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You understand the complex nature of families each dealing with their own demons. You laugh. You cry.

Don't see it if You seek fluff or have trouble confronting your own issues as portrayed by a fine troupe

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if So much has been said...just go and relish the experience

Don't see it if Don't like message pieces or thinking about unexplored issues in new ways

92
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a production of Sondheims masterwork done in true Fiasco form. Clear, concise , thoughtful .

Don't see it if You like big, flashy musical numbers with lots of belting...or can't cope with reverse chronology

71
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to ponder the intricate nature of race and sexuality in a serious yet comic style

Don't see it if You take therapy seriously and aren't in the blame game

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like to see rarely produced plays by renowned playwrights , with excellent casts and cogent direction

Don't see it if You want a musical or to keep your entertainment apolitical

82
Downstairs
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like the idea of siblings playing siblings , even in dysfunctional families

Don't see it if Wish the play was sharper , good, not great Rebeck.

83
During previews
Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to wallow in holiday joy and kick start your celebration of all things Christmas

Don't see it if Bah humbug . ..just go and enjoy.

86
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a Stoppard fan and love to tackle his verbal puzzles

Don't see it if You want to be spoonfed the answers to life's big questions