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 (277)
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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 .

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
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

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
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

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

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

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.

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.

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 .

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 .

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

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