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Reviews (61)
77
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing
May 1st, 2022

See it if You are interested in a slow-moving play of ideas with a terrific cast that is mostly underutilized, and don’t mind a bizarre twist at end

Don't see it if you like your plays to make sense at the end, without a lot of metaphor and symbolism that comes out of nowhere.

92
Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious
May 1st, 2022

See it if You’re truly interested in cutting edge theater, and are open to having your mind expanded, while being entertained. Expect to be challenged

Don't see it if You are offended by sexual content, graphic homosexual references, scatological language, and challenging concepts and theater

78
Great music, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing
May 1st, 2022

See it if You’re going for great Dylan music and singing, and interesting staging, but not for story.

Don't see it if You expect a coherent storyline to go with the amazing music and performances.

78
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining
March 31st, 2022

See it if If you’re a Debra Messing fan, and/or enjoy theater as a safe, cliched, somewhat enchanting Hallmark evening, that does eventually pay off

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something more challenging, that has more interesting things to say. Or if you hate sentimentally or Hallmark movies

80
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Overrated
February 12th, 2022

See it if You’re a tourist, or you enjoy big, splashy, Broadway sets and costumes, and sing “defying gravity” in the shower.

Don't see it if If you want something deep and thought provoking.

86
Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious
February 12th, 2022

See it if You have kids, or just want to be entertained by amazing costumes and concept. Y’all know the story.

Don't see it if You’re not into Disney.

91
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
February 12th, 2022

See it if you want to be wildly entertained, and don’t mind some good-natured satire from the creators of South Park.

Don't see it if You are easily offended. I mean, come on, even Mormons love this show

82
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking
February 12th, 2022

See it if You are interested in a three hour, intelligent play about family dynamics and Jewish heritage.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the above. The first two acts are compelling. The third act falls apart.

85
Amazing musicians, Great staging, Entertaining
February 12th, 2022

See it if You’re a David Byrne fan and/or love nonstop drumming and dancing by an energetically and diverse ensemble

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with David Byrne and want to know the lyrics.

96
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great directing, Must see, Entertaining, Ambitious
October 4th, 2021

See it if You are a “Company“ fan. You won’t be disappointed in this reimagining. If you know nothing about “company“, you will be highly entertained.

Don't see it if You don’t like Sondheim. Or you don’t know who he is. Or if you’re a “company“ purist.

85
Fresh, Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Entertaining
February 26th, 2020

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Don't see it if -

84
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Frustrating, Intelligent, Epic, Ambitious, Clever
February 26th, 2020

See it if You don’t mind sitting for 7 hours, watching beautiful young, white, gay men clamor on about everything from love to sex to politics to.

Don't see it if If you can’t sit still. Or if you want action, as opposed to talk, or if you abhor sentimentality. Or you don’t want to cry.

92
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
February 26th, 2020

See it if For an entertainly, often absorbing play about families, Above all, see if for the astonishing Jane Alexander, James Cromwell & Michael Urie

Don't see it if If you want a splashy musical

86
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
February 26th, 2020

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Don't see it if -

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
April 7th, 2019

See it if You love the musical. This production does it justice, especially with Laura Benanti as Eliza. Colorblind casting that works!

Don't see it if You don’t like “My Fair Lady”

45
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Quirky, Confusing, Banal
April 7th, 2019

See it if You like checking out new musicals?

Don't see it if You expect anything to make sense. This was just confusing as heck, w a lot of hyperbolic emoting over nothing,

78
Dated, Banal, Slow, Great acting, Funny
April 7th, 2019

See it if Not a fan of the play, but worth it just for Ethan Hawke’s amazingly transformative performance. See if u r Sam Shephard fan

Don't see it if You are expecting anything profound.

88
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
April 7th, 2019

See it if To see a refreshing, fun, and intelligent satire on both high school & slasher films. Excellent music & direction, and amazing singing.

Don't see it if You want a serious musical, or are not into satire about high school or slasher movies, or not into pop music

88
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious
April 7th, 2019

See it if U want to be pleasantly surprised with a show abt 20-something NYCers. The execution is fresh & fun & the gr8 actors r also xpert musicians

Don't see it if You are not into pop music, or the issues of 20-something NYCers. It give it a chance. It may surprise you.

65
After
Midtown E
Overly dramatic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
April 7th, 2019

See it if You are interested in a play “of ideas”, from the POV of the parents of 2 teenage boys, one of whom may be bullying the other.

Don't see it if You need a play w action. The dialogue is credible, and the first 60 mins are interesting. It falls apart tho w over-dramatic plot points

92
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Great writing, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing
April 7th, 2019

See it if You would like to see a uniformly excellent large cast, including many kids, animals, have a blast weaving a well-written Irish yarn

Don't see it if You can’t sit through 3 hours, or you are not interested in an Irish, large cast, non-musical, with a political theme (tho also very funny)

49
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing
April 7th, 2019

See it if You love Glenda Jackson. She is a force of nature. Otherwise, this is a confusing, directorial mess, w headache-inducing John Cage music

Don't see it if You are ok w missing Glenda Jackson in the role of a lifetime. Better to live w the memories of her remarkable performance in 3 Tall Women

15
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating
December 12th, 2018

See it if If you need to see Michael C.Hall in person,I guess.

Don't see it if You have ANYthing else to do-watch paint dry. Wait for water to boil. See a snail cross a road. Truly an excruciatingly exercise in banality

95
During previews
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking
December 1st, 2018

See it if You’re looking for an intelligently-written and well-acted, insightful, solo show, that does not pander, and is also entertaining

Don't see it if You do not like thoughtful solo shows, or the material of child sexual abuse makes you uneasy. Which is the point, however.

78
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny
February 5th, 2018

See it if You would enjoy a funny & thoughtful play about a future in which women are extinct, and men start a feminist movement to bring them back

Don't see it if You are more drawn to linear drama & are adverse to just a little bit of fun audience participation (one of the most thought-provoking bits)

Also Great sets and effects for an Off B'way house!

73
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Miscasting
January 25th, 2018

See it if You are interested in plays of ideas about politics and relationships. And to see the terrific acting of Uma and Blair.

Don't see it if You are expecting “Kill Bill“, or nudity. Though fans of Uma won’t be disappointed in that regard. 😮

Also The women are all wonderful. The men, however, seem midcast, and from ... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious
November 10th, 2017

See it if If you like small (2 person) plays that explore the earlier years of the AIDS epidemic, but never manipulative, and always interesting

Don't see it if You prefer linear, predictable tearjerkers that manipulate your emotions. Or if you are not interested in revivals of a "period" (90s) piece

92
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant
October 31st, 2017

See it if You want to see a musical that is relevant, and has interesting things to say about bullying and how social media affects our lives

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional musical, and simply want to be entertained, or are afraid of being moved emotionally.

89
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky
October 31st, 2017

See it if You want to see a unique musical, different from anything else on Broadway. With amazing middle east musicians and terrific acting/singing

Don't see it if You don’t have the attention span for a musical that takes its time with moments, or if you expect a traditional Broadway musical

72
Delightful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Banal, Uneven
September 28th, 2017

See it if If you're a fan of Sarah Ruehl and/or Kathleen Chalfant, and like quirky scripts with a homespun glow.

Don't see it if If you are expecting linear drama with a clear throughline or any strong message. And if you don't like "quirky" plays

74
Up the Rabbit Hole
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Surprisingly humorless
September 28th, 2017

See it if You are interested in seeing a good attempt by a young theater company to depict the life of a young gay man dealing w drug addiction

Don't see it if You are expecting any real new insights, or if you need some levity with your drama

Also The cast is wonderful, especially the young man playing the protagonis... Read more Read less

81
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Great music, Banal script
September 20th, 2017

See it if You love hearing masterpieces of the Broadway theater sung brilliantly by a talented, hard-working cast, esp if you have seen the originals.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything more than brilliant musical theater songs sung brilliantly. The script dealing w/ Prince's life is unnecessary.

Also This is definitely a BROADWAY show: the sets and costumes recreate the... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Delightful
August 31st, 2017

See it if You are excited about the discovery of a "lost" playwright. If you are a fan of Chekhov, Ireland & intimate, funny, heart-breaking moments.

Don't see it if You are expecting "Cats". Or if you have a TV attention span. (though, these are 4 1-act plays, so something new every 1/2 hour!)

Also The actors really get to shine here and show their versatility, since ... Read more Read less

94
Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Exquisite
July 30th, 2017

See it if You want to feel good about humanity again, living in this crazy post-9/11 T***mpian world. Joyous and heartfelt, without sentimentality

Don't see it if You only enjoy "conventional" musical staging. This is non-stop action, with all 12 actors on stage at every moment. Much is done w/ chairs.

Also The town of Gander, Newfoundland, is the utopia in which we all hope t... Read more Read less

94
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting
June 24th, 2017

See it if You want to see a classic play on political buffoonery made totally relevant by a master class of brilliant comic actors, starting w Urie.

Don't see it if You don't like intelligent comedy, coupled with masterful physical comedic timing.

66
For a previous production
Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Cliched
June 24th, 2017

See it if You want to see a mildly-entertaining show about a British comedy troupe, or if you're all about set design, which is fantastic.

Don't see it if You expect any dramatic interactions among the characters, or clever dialogue or plot, as in "Noises Off".

Also The set design is the star here.

72
Entertaining, Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing
June 24th, 2017

See it if You like your musicals LOUD & NON-STOP. If you enjoy the circus. If you want to see Andy Carl (who is wonderful and works REALLY hard.)

Don't see it if You expect a tender, intimate portrayal, like the movie. You get headaches easily with too much going on. Or you have ADD.

Also The very hard-working ensemble earns its pay. And the sets are clever.... Read more Read less

96
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see
June 24th, 2017

See it if You want to see an intelligent drama, beautifully directed with an exquisite ensemble and gorgeous lighting, with themes relevant to today

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment

50
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Dated
June 24th, 2017

See it if You are interested in discovering a play by A.A. Milne

Don't see it if You are expecting a revelation from the writer of "Winnie the Pooh".

Also A surprisingly disappointing entry from the otherwise stellar Mint The... Read more Read less

94
Ambitious, Epic, Quirky, Riveting, Refreshing
May 29th, 2017

See it if You are willing to take a risk and let this 2person extremely ambitious rock/techno musical take you to wherever it takes you.Amazing talent

Don't see it if You are only interested in conventional musicals. Think sort of Hedwig meets Rent meets a techno Rock concert

75
The Golden Apple
Midtown W
Dated, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging
May 12th, 2017

See it if You are interested in revivals of "forgotten" musicals, you are a fan of City Center Encores series,and love great, full orchestra & singing

Don't see it if Dated musicals from the '60s bore you, or if you need something more modern.

78
War Paint
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing
May 12th, 2017

See it if You love Patti and Christine, and enjoy watching these 2 powerhouses deliver in both their singing and acting

Don't see it if You aren't a particular fan of the above divas. They are the reason to see it. Their final scene and songs deliver!

84
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
May 5th, 2017

See it if You like plays that are dense with intelligent political discourse, and you are interested in the topic of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

Don't see it if You are bored with any of the above. Or you wanted to see Cats, but couldn't get tickets.

88
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent
May 3rd, 2017

See it if You want to see amazing performances, innovative choreography, and an ambitious script, with a hot original big band score.

Don't see it if If you want a mindless "jukebox" big band musical. There are darker themes here, to accompany the high-energy performances.

Also An ambitious, new, American musical, but a bit schizophrenic - part fe... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking
April 30th, 2017

See it if You thinking mixing a dense political topic with exuberant hip hop music is refreshingly unique. And if you love dizzying staging & movement

Don't see it if You need to understand all of the lyrics. The lyrics fly by fast and furious, and the sound system at the small theater is not equipped.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Must see
April 24th, 2017

See it if You want to watch masters of the art of acting sink their teeth into juicy roles, and enjoy classic, well-made plays played to the hilt.

Don't see it if You are bored with classic, well-made plays that require active listening and attention to verbal banter.

Also Linney and Nixon alternate the roles of Regina and Birdie, adding an e... Read more Read less

72
The Profane
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
April 13th, 2017

See it if You are a supporter of new plays, and are interested in family dramas, revolving around conflicts of faith (Jewish & Muslim)

Don't see it if You are not interested in thought-provoking plays, or if you are not forgiving of flaws in the writing.

94
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Epic, Quirky
April 13th, 2017

See it if If you can get seating ON STAGE. This musical is meant to be intimate, and seems to not work for those who see from audience. On stage:fun!

Don't see it if You are looking for a conventional night out. The story is complex, but you don't need to know War and Peace to follow. Music is eclectic.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
April 13th, 2017

See it if You enjoy plays that make you think, laugh and feel and if you want to see some fine acting. Knowledge of the Ibsen plays is a +, ok if not.

Don't see it if You don't have the concentration for a play of ideas, and need to check your phone and text during the play (as the kid in front of me did)

Also Laurie Metcalf is a wonder: quirky, intensely open-hearted, and FUNNY.... Read more Read less