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 (298)
94
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like insightful, clever, tuneful, profound musicals that are masterfully acted and smartly staged with a career high lead performance

Don't see it if You want all fluff with no quirkiness...or on a large scale.

90
During previews
Great singing, Great dancing, Romantic, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be enchanted by the best dancing in town while learning a bit about Irving Berlin and his lesser known songs

Don't see it if You expect a plot ... this is a review...but a terrific one

65
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Interesting concept in search of a consistent style...sometimes comic...then serious...then spooky...pick one and stay with.

Don't see it if Vanity production? Wants to be 39 Steps. Not enough Dickens. Short but seems long. Weak ending.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be challenged by a moving, thoughtful production of a seldom done musical. Saw the standby Caroline and she was mesmerizing.

Don't see it if You are seeking old school song and dance

75
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Clever

See it if You have dealt or are dealing with caring for an elderly relative...and enjoy Irish accents

Don't see it if You like your stories clearly linear or have a problem with accents

80
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to spend some time uncovering the lives of three generations of women...not unique or remarkable...but flawed like us all

Don't see it if You need action and flash.

88
Masterful, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of great storytelling by a master actor. Holds your attention through a wide range of intriguing characters

Don't see it if You don't care for single actor pieces

48
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are a Diana completist...and already know the details.

Don't see it if You are expecting revelations about the princess or dramatic staging...this borders on camp.

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a stellar cast of actors share a story of politics and politicians with humor and drama. History is a verb.

Don't see it if You have no interest in politics and politicians

91
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a masterclass in subtle acting from a national treasure who brings depth and warmth to whatever she does

Don't see it if You are expecting a full scale production with multitudes of actors

75
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want to explore the residue of genocide across generations with a 70s rock concert mixed in

Don't see it if You have no interest in politics and history or hate loud music

65
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to explore the story from the creature POV and enjoy two handers with most a one woman show

Don't see it if You expect dynamic pacing and a script with passion, this has neither sadly

76
Incantata
Chelsea
Profound, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterful performance of a poem you probably won't understand fully, particularly if you haven't read it in advance

Don't see it if You like your theater in a more traditional mode

85
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Resonant, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to spend time with loving, caring Black men who happen to be gay and love barbeque, a mix of harsh language and smooth music

Don't see it if You have a problem with strong accents and gay humor

81
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Intense, Romantic, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate Kate Hamill's writing and performing, you'll like this one. Interesting approach to well known material .

Don't see it if You expect real horror and bloodletting. This is stylized and moving.

82
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in theater history and unknown works that deserve viewing

Don't see it if You are turned off by historical references and Irish accents

90
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Romantic, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of multigenerational romance done by an exemplary cast, with music that makes your heart sing along

Don't see it if You are looking for broad comedy or hate musicals

80
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are fan of original movie and enjoy Duncan Sheik music, talented cast

Don't see it if You are expecting large scale musical, this is mainly low key but entertaining.

74
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Cliched

See it if You enjoy teen age angst tales with fantasy appearances by Oscar winning actresses that are never truly explained

Don't see it if You expect a fully developed play but enjoy watching actors giving their best to make it work

93
Refreshing, Romantic, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see Shakespeare treated with care and heart combining romance and bawdy humor , by a cast who seem comfortable.

Don't see it if You can't sit through 2 1/2 hours of verse

79
Clever, Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of the Charles Busch style of theatrics , a bit Betty Davis , a bit Mae West; great costumes , great wigs.

Don't see it if You expect belly laughing or original scripting

80
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You relish original theatrical magic done with documentary precision, it is more engaging than I expected

Don't see it if Your MAGA hat is well worn and your tv set to Fox "news". This will upset you.

75
Sing Street
East Village
Cliched, Romantic, Overrated, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like Irish accents in a familiar story of forming a high school band with tones of Duran Duran and some family drama

Don't see it if You expect fully developed characters and memorable tunes

81
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to delight in a stunning production of a lesser known comedy from 19th century in an intimate off Broadway setting

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents or period pieces

75
Compressed, Disappointing, Slow, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like your Shakespeare abridged and condensed to the point of incomprehension

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the play already , otherwise you will find it impossible to follow

76
Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Cliched, Clever

See it if You are an Iconis completist , like girl groups, women's prison movies , and bright , young talent

Don't see it if You need male voices and intricate rhymes

93
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want your musicals to be challenging and important . Reminded me of Dead Man Walking but without the gore.

Don't see it if You expect comedy.

95
The Michaels
East Village
Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You relish spending time being an observer of human behavior among an intriguing array of people. The Apple's neighbors .

Don't see it if You prefer heavy plotting and all questions to be answered

52
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are a Foote completist and missed this one earlier when it must have worked better and won the Pulitzer .

Don't see it if You become impatient with over acting or expect consistent styles from all actors. What may have been daring 25 yrs ago seems flat.

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You a fan of ADS and her style of oral history drama, even when she is not actually on stage . This play is still powerful .

Don't see it if You expect to see Anna Devere Smith or a traditionally cast play .

Also I was worried that the play would seem dated and odd without the remar... Read more Read less

76
Cyrano (NJ)
Red Bank
Disappointing, Slow, Romantic, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You are a fan of reduced cast productions of classic plays, this has only 5 actors

Don't see it if You expect Rostand, this adaptation bounces between comedy and drama awkwardly , don't expect Fiasco or Bedlam .

78
Romantic, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You want a masterclass in acting from 2 of the best , they make you care even when the play may have left you confused

Don't see it if You need all points made clear and no questions left to answer

80
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare history plays, but with American protagonists . ..and no attempt at poetry

Don't see it if You have no affinity for history or have a limited attention span .

75
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like your theater to make you think and not spoon feed all the answers, just more questions .

Don't see it if You want traditional chronology.

Also Tesori writes beautifully for a large orchestra and the producers have... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have ever wondered what actors are actually thinking while auditioning . Is Shakespeare still relevant ? Short answer..yes.

Don't see it if You have no patience for actors and/or Shakespeare , but in that case you wouldn't have come to this show at all.

Also Actors who write and perform their own shows are sometimes vanity indu... Read more Read less

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy contemplating the intricate battle between faith and redemption in a historic setting

Don't see it if You expect action and comic relief . This is a true story with nothing light going on . Expect to be challenged and moved.

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
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.

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

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

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.

77
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
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 .

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

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

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

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

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
Benny & Joon
Millburn
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

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

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