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Reviews (89)
100
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of any of the actors; they all shine. Curious about a rarely seen Priestly play.

Don't see it if Dislike lengthy drawing room dramas. Prefer only fast moving, contemporary dramas or comedies.

Also Excellent set, costume and wig design.

100
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy classic musical comedy brilliantly performed and brilliantly directed.

Don't see it if You only enjoy "modern" musicals or "significant" drama.

90
For musical theater nerds, heaven

See it if Spending two and a half hours seeing excellent performances of classic musicals is your idea of heaven.

Don't see it if If you want the show to be something other than what it is.

Also This is not a biography of Hal Prince -- get his recently published me... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Great staging, Moving

See it if You have a sense of history. Love brilliantly staged shows.

Don't see it if You are only interested in contemporary stories and gimmicky direction.

Also A superb show with a proposive score and a topic that has never been d... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy the works of Brecht and Weill (as a team) which this owes a great deal to in style. You just enjoy a strong cast.

Don't see it if You desire a play with a strong pay off. This one just kind of ends with no resolutions.

85
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great acting, Moving, Great writing, Clever

See it if You want to see a compelling play about the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if Prefer more direct writing or don't care to see work about LGBT history.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy classic musical comedy

Don't see it if you demand elaborate sets and full-scale production values. Prefer contemporary shows

Also Musicals Tonight pulls off the very tricky problem of reviving a show ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy political satire, have an interest in current events and LGBT concerns.

Don't see it if You are easily shocked. Have no sense of humor. Are a Republican.

60
During previews
Banal, Great acting, Disappointing, Tiresome

See it if You are a fan of the playwright or solid acting is enough for.

Don't see it if You don't have much patience for endlessly willing victims.

80
Great staging, Great design, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy great stagecraft.

Don't see it if You demand a great score.

Also A frustrating show. Every element is in place but one, and that's an e... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Wonderful design

See it if You enjoy slapstick comedy and farce.

Don't see it if If you prefer serious drama.