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 (232)
79
Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever

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
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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
Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

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
Clever, Old school, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining

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
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

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
Well intentioned, Slow, Romantic, Indulgent, Cliched

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
Overwritten, Thought-provoking, Intense, Cliched, Confusing

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

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
Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

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

86
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to have another dysfunctional family dinner with people you don't really like, but portrayed by a stellar cast

Don't see it if Your own dysfunctional family is enough for you to handle

74
Overwritten, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You want to contemplate civil rights issues from the female pov, interspersed with personal dynamics

Don't see it if You want a focused script that doesn't veer around too much, playwright seems uncertain about where it's all going .

80
During previews
Resonant, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love Hairspray , Something Rotten , and other old school musicals but with a modern heart...this time LGBT high schoolers

Don't see it if You don't want to spend time with an audience full of smiles, laughter , tears, and cheers.

98
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Imho the best play of the season (at least thus far), stellar cast, direction, writing

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh , cry, and think all in the course of 90 minutes

82
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to think about gay history while hearing songs that reflect an earlier era of crooning

Don't see it if You need more than 2 people performing and find gay romance boring (it isn't )

80
Personal, Multitalented, Resonant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You have a mother with whom you have issues , or like one person shows featuring very talented performers

Don't see it if You don't like small , basement theaters or dwelling on mother daughter relationships

81
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to ponder the complexity of being a woman today, through the insights of 5 masterful actresses

Don't see it if You are a misogynist or looking for a play to escape reality

90
During previews
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a Depression era tale overlayed with bluesy versions of Dylan songs done by a large, excellent troupe

Don't see it if You want musical comedy, this is a drama with music

87
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see lesser known Gurney plays done masterfully , you laugh, you think, you cry that such a voice is gone

Don't see it if You don't like one act plays that make you think

76
Romantic, Raunchy, Intense, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You want to spend time with a group of stereotypes hunkering down to ride out a hurricane . ..a bit too timely

Don't see it if You want depth of character and people you can relate to , predictable behavior and plot twists

60
Historical topic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to learn a bit about a harrowing aspect of WWII that deserves a better script . Korean story with Korean cast.

Don't see it if You want rich, appropriate music, intelligent lyrics , and a book that honors the tragedy of these women . ..this is not it.

Also A story that deserves to be told . The women deserve better . I left t... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see what a high school angst musical could look like without dancing cafeteria trays , delightfully infectious

Don't see it if You're feed up with the problems facing adolescents or are just a grump.

71
Slow, Romantic, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to ponder the complexity of love at any age, told in an impressionistic style as only Mee can do

Don't see it if You want traditional or avant garde theater , this is in the middle

79
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a fine cast confronting the gender and sexuality issues of the 21st century with humor and romance

Don't see it if You want a fully balanced presentation or are just uncomfortable with non heterosexual discourse

91
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see another Mantello masterpiece , bringing back a possibly dated play with new eyes and even more depth

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable around gay telling their truths warts and all

78
Quirky, Romantic, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

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
Uneven, Indulgent, Delightful, Disappointing, Clever

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
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

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
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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
Intense, Edgy, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

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
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Slow, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

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
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining

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
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

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

73
Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if You liked The Grifters or The Sting and have any interest in snooker

Don't see it if You expect to understand what is being said throughout the play, between the dialog and accents , you'll be lost or frustrated

78
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Political correctness invades the prep for an elementary school play with a side trip through various acting styles

Don't see it if The PC police bore you

81
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Close as Joan's mom. Play has some structural issues .

Don't see it if You have a problem with historical plays with contemporary dialog

94
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if A near perfect merging of history lesson and biography with masterful cast of strong women

Don't see it if You have no interest in women's history

92
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a master class in acting by entire cast, telling the heartbreaking story of aging with humor and heart

Don't see it if Alzheimers hits too close , your heart will break with recognition

87
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to remember when all politics was local and the little things still mattered...as presented by an strong cast. Edie soars.

Don't see it if you hate politics or political humor

79
Dated, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a valentine to Broadway with a delightful young lead and a group of veteran musical performers

Don't see it if You want real comedy and depth of character , this is okay but wants to be great

Also I wanted it to be so much funnier , it just felt like it was trying to... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if (If Mike Birbiglia wrote an episode of Schoolhouse Rock ) I mean that as a compliment . ..just can't think of a female example

Don't see it if You want to avoid thinking or were traumatized in social studies class in middle school or don't want to see strong women

85
During previews
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great actress play a legendary actress tackling a great role , while balancing her love life and career

Don't see it if You have no interest in the history and dramaturgy of the theater . ..or want a light comedy

87
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The Apple Family plays go to Russia . Intimate , nuanced acting in the round . No bad seats.

Don't see it if You dislike Chekovian drama and want action , this is not your ideal.

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a modern look at the Book of Job overlayed with a look at family communication (featuring ASL).

Don't see it if You want light or mindless entertainment , this is demanding and deep .

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Romantic, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you love Carmen and want to see it transformed to the WWII South with an ensemble of incredible singers led by Anika Noni Rose

Don't see it if you are an opera hater or a purist

88
Great acting, Great score, Great dancing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You love drama told through dance with connecting dialog , a musical without lyrics or a dance with words , whatever , it works

Don't see it if You don't like dance or drama

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

See it if You want to see the work of a clever young playwright done by a masterful group of young(ish) actors . Gregg Mozart is a treat.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare done verbatim and are averse to disabled actors on stage.

95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You want to see the best revival of the season done by a spectacular cast on a set that will amaze, with impeccable costumes.

Don't see it if You hate revivals or Shaw or both