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Reviews (100)
94
During previews
Masterful, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a dramatic, detailed exploration of a divisive period in New York City history. You want to see a brilliant performance.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare or more elaborate productions.

Also Michael Benjamin Washington gives one of the towering performances ava... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Great singing, Confusing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love classic Broadway songs, including some you may not know. You adore discovering some exciting young theater talent.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas, musicals with strong books or only contemporary scores.

82
Make Believe
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if you enjoy family dramas expressed via an imaginative perspective

Don't see it if you prefer comedies, musicals, or lighter fare

Also Kudos to a brilliant set design by David Zinn and four extraordinary c... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of musical comedy and enjoy watching a charming, talented cast bring a solid second level musical to life.

Don't see it if you you prefer edgy, modern fare or very elaborate productions.

Also There's a lot of delightful physical comedy along the lines of The Pla... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you are intrigued with the idea of technology-addiction. You appreciate constantly brilliant a cappella vocalizing.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional plot driven musicals (they're is really no plot here). You don't want to listen/work hard to take in the show.

Also This is a very dense work, both in the concepts and in the sheer numbe... Read more Read less

98
The Poor of New York
East Village
Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you enjoy theatrical events, a style of theater rarely seen, and a play you've probably never seen.

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary drama

85
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Funny, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you treasure musical comedy from the 20s/30s. enjoy excellent dancing/choreography in a variety of styles.

Don't see it if your prefer musicals with strong stories; don't enjoy "silly"

85
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of the playwright. If a brilliant performance Zainab Jah is enough to satisfy you. If you have great patience.

Don't see it if You prefer plot driven plays. You prefer lighter, more optimistic fare.

98
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy historical drama beautifully interpreted with a surprisingly amount of humor.

Don't see it if you prefer light fluffy pieces or elaborate productions.

95
Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy witty plays about strong women in modern settings with some dark edges. You want to see a bravura performance by Cherise Boothe

Don't see it if you prefer either stark drama or frothy musicals. This falls somewhere in between.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy non-traditional theater, creative use of language and a very engaging actor.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays with a beginning, middle and end.

Also This is one of those rare theater pieces where I don't know quite what... Read more Read less

90
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Profound

See it if you enjoy seeing a bit of a twist on a classic play by GB Shaw. Lovely acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy long shows (a bit more trimming in the second act would have been welcome). Want your classic theater without twists.

98
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You have a passion for the theater; enjoy wit and wordplay; want to see one of the great performances of the last five seasons.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays or theater you can back at and just let it wash over you.

Also I ca’t think of a more different task than to bring to life a characte... Read more Read less

81
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you enjoy seeing a traditional story told in nontraditional manner. Enjoy intelligent and compassionate writing.

Don't see it if you prefer flashy shows or those that are very traditional.

79
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Great design, Dull

See it if you are dazzled by lots of movement, over the top design and very hard working performers

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with a strong plot line, developing characters and a coherent score

Also The idea to have a score by a lot of people must have looked good on p... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Touching

See it if you enjoy small, delicate shows with subtle character growth and an off-beat score. Constant surprises.

Don't see it if you prefer big, flashy, traditional musical comedy

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great design, Great staging

See it if You treasure great acting and fascinating writing.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional story telling or lighter fare

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Intense

See it if you want to see a fine ensemble cast inhabit their roles. Have a sense of gay history.

Don't see it if you have no interest in gay history. You can't accept an important but flawed play.

Also The cast pulls off something very impressive: they make you feel like ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Dizzying, Masterful

See it if You love language, wit and the theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to concentrate -- it's a show that requires full attention.

Also Brilliant classical farce. Characters switch names and personalities e... Read more Read less

90
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy dramas about moral questions mixed with some genuine humor. Admire fine and specific acting.

Don't see it if You are expecting Chris Evans in a super hero movie. Prefer lighter fare.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a thrillingly sung version of the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman masterpiece.

Don't see it if you require a full orchestra and elaborate scenery.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you treasure one of the greatest musicals ever written beautifully and faithfully presented.

Don't see it if you prefer fluffier fare.

85
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Midtown E
Delightful, Funny, Charming, Great writing

See it if you appreciate a charming, witty, intimate musical about family relations and traditions/

Don't see it if you only enjoy full-blown musical productions

80
Hallelujah, Baby!
Midtown E
Great singing, Funny, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you are enjoy seeing rarely produced musicals delivered by top flight performers.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged and designed shows. A problematic book ruins the show for you.

Also One of the great pleasures not emphasized enough at Mufti is the total... Read more Read less

60
The Baby Dance
Greenwich V
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You find the subject compelling and don’t mind muddled storytelling that poor direction doesn’t help.

Don't see it if If you expect Broadway caliber production values and performances.

Also Be aware if you attend, the show is not in The Players Theatre, but in... Read more Read less

85
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy intelligent examinations of mature marriages beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you prefer either flashy musicals or raw, dark plays

85
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Tracy Letts or interested in a funny, moving exploration of a complication middle-aged character.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or more experimental work. Also be aware there is a good deal of nudity (male and female) and simulated sex.

Also A very good but flawed work that has a too major shift between comedy ... Read more Read less

79
Dying City
Midtown W
Lacks impact, Complex characters, Realistic, Good actors

See it if you are a fan of either actor or the playwright. Interested in the political underpinnings of the play.

Don't see it if you prefer something more dramatic. impactful.

95
In the Closet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a powerful exploration of what it means to be a gay man in the United States, livened with plenty of humor.

Don't see it if you prefer high tech productions or musicals. This is definitely an old-fashion off-Broadway production with an accent on the acting.

90
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great choreography, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate inventive traditional musical comedy with a great star turn.

Don't see it if you only enjoy contemporary musicals and serious works

Also The Act II comic ballet is worth the price of admission all by itself.... Read more Read less

100
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to enjoy the tremendously talented Andrea Burns. You want to learn more about the complex and fascinating Judy Holiday.

Don't see it if you have no interest in show business in the mid-20th century. Prefer a lavish Broadway-style production.

89
State of the Union
East Village
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you enjoy classic American political plays of the 20th Century well presented with style and wit.

Don't see it if you are only interested in fast moving contemporary plays

90
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are fascinated by classic Hollywood films and the way they are reinterpreted in later periods. And if you just enjoy wonderful acting.

Don't see it if you prefer plot-driven stories. Don't enjoy period shows.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of the Go Gos, have a curiosity about Elizabethan theater that is not Shakespeare or just want a silly good time.

Don't see it if You prefer your musical theater to have more content or a darker view. Have no patience with juke box musicals.

Also A talented cast and clever staging are the pluses here. But alas, it i... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy intelligent, funny discussion of important political and philosophical issues. You want to see three outstanding performances.

Don't see it if If you prefer either plot driven or fluffy material.

90
You And I
East Village
Witty, Moving, Great acting, Romantic, Profound

See it if you enjoy classic American theater and a chance to see a rarely performed play by an unrelated playwright.

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary plays or lavish productions.

Also Considering the off-off-Broadway production, the acting is of a very h... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of Gurney's. Enjoying bravura acting and unexpected plotting

Don't see it if you prefer a full evening play as opposed to three one-acts. Prefer dramas.

Also Two of the three plays are gems. The third is the most experimental an... Read more Read less

76
Days to Come
Midtown W
Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if you enjoy a well cast, well produced production of an unknown play by a major American playwright.

Don't see it if You are unsatisfied with a flawed, though intriguing play or need major star performance.

Also The major flaw with the play is that Hellman couldn't decide if she ch... Read more Read less

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if decent acting and occasional bursts of humor are enough for you.

Don't see it if you have little patience with a mediocre family play framed in a smug, unrelated device.

Also As Tallulah once said, "there is less here than meets the eye." At lea... Read more Read less

75
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of A.R. Gurney and enjoy the chance to see one of his less known plays.

Don't see it if You prefer very straightforward plays that don't mix genres. Only expect perfection.

Also The production also demonstrates how differently-enabled performers ca... Read more Read less

85
Travesties
Midtown W
Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy word play, twisted history and bravura acting

Don't see it if You need a coherent plot line clearly presented.

90
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Great staging, Fluffy, Hilarious, Charming

See it if you want to be entertained. Silly, outrageously bad/good jokes, wonderful dancing and a cast that just goes for it.

Don't see it if you don't want to have The Lambeth Walk stuck in your brain for the next week.

85
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy complex stories, character studies, the pleasure of wonderful language and fine acting.

Don't see it if You demand a strong plot line and conclusion.

Also There is so much to like about this production from design to acting t... Read more Read less

10
During previews
Insulting, Pretentious, Arrogant

See it if You have never seen Carousel, know nothing about the show and are satisfied with some good performances.

Don't see it if You have respect for Rodgers and Hammerstein, Agnes DeMille and Robert Moumillian. This production trashes their work.

99
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You adore great musical theater, beautiful singing, great dancing, fine acting, brilliant staging.

Don't see it if You only enjoy straight plays.

Also Encore's finest, most elaborate and most fully realized production. Th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Later Life
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Moving, Beautiful design

See it if You enjoy literate playwriting about intelligent, caring people. And some very fine acting.

Don't see it if You prefer highly dramatic or very silly shows.

90
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a fresh take on a classic musical comedy. Outrageous and campy and fun.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged traditional musicals or are seeking a drama.

Also This production might as well be called A Funny Thing Happened on the ... Read more Read less

95
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you want to spend 2 1/2 hours in musical comedy heaven. A great chance to see scenes and numbers from musicals you've probably never seen.

Don't see it if you only want to see full length, fully produced shows

Also Witty, delightful host by Bob Martin. And stay around for two wonderfu... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Banal, Dated

See it if you are a fan of the three actors, all of who give splendid performances.

Don't see it if Two hours of talk, with very little plot, doesn't make for a satisfying evening for you.

Also There are a few scattered efforts to update Zoo Story (a reference to ... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy intense drama, wonderful acting and brilliant writing that elevates language.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for fluffy fare.

Also Despite its dark world and complex morality, the play is also very fun... Read more Read less