Bear K

Albany | 50-64 | Male
About:  writer of stage plays, screenplays, novels, short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, nonfiction, and memoirs
Reviews (16)
95
Dizzying, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you love plays about theater, biographical stories with meat, wit, Hamlet, star turns, or debates about the roles of the sexes

Don't see it if you prefer substantive supporting characters, modest protagonists, shorter women, or mindless entertainment

Also Janet McTeer's wonderful performance unfortunately does not cause the ... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy schadenfreude humor, energetic acting/singing/dancing, inventive premises, or intimate theater experiences

Don't see it if you don't want to see the actors sweat and spritz, to hear clever lyrics set to pedestrian rock music, or to have the fourth wall broken

Also I can't imagine this being successful without the two creators taking ... Read more Read less

80
Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Funny, Raunchy, Slow start

See it if you are LGBTQ identifying or know someone who is, love to support emerging writers, love eye candy

Don't see it if you have no interest in the gay subculture, intimate theaters, sex and drug jokes

Also People always say my novels require reading through the first three ch... Read more Read less

35
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Original

See it if you like a book written in verse, stock characters, over-the-top western/southern accents, cartoonish sets, and very tall men

Don't see it if you like songs sung on key, an absorbing plot, controlled acting, get vertigo from stadium-type seating, or need handrails down stairs

Also I left at the end of the first act. I was seriously dizzy sitting in R... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if You love everything Harry Potter, West End transfers, illusions, and plays about parenting and coming of age or were shunned as a child.

Don't see it if You have never engaged with the Harry Potter phenomenon, get annoyed by unneeded theatrics, or have trouble understanding British accents.

Also I agree with those who say far too much talent and money has been wast... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see funny plays about serious subjects, want to see the greatest play of the last century or don't mind ugly scenic design.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes, shouting, dated material, or Nathan Lane

Also As a playwright, this was a must-see for me. The writing is a masterpi... Read more Read less

94
Enchanting, Profound, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy myths, imaginative staging, intimate musicals, breakout performances.

Don't see it if you want happy endings, have trouble with accents, or don't understand racism.

86
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like family drama as the backdrop for musical numbers.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained by dance numbers, beautiful sets and costumes, or plots based on someone doing something really stupid.

Also I strongly dislike plots in which the protagonist does something reall... Read more Read less

70
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you love Glenn Close, historical plays, intimate theaters, and inventive sets

Don't see it if you don't want uneven acting from the cast, a foregone conclusion, or American vernacular used by a 15th century, rural, French family

Also The play does a good job of exploring the particulars of the Joan of A... Read more Read less

60
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Great singing, Slow

See it if you like predictable plots, indulgent set and costume design, fairy tales, or little escapes from the real world

Don't see it if can't stand to see another "girl is transformed" story or hear more old-fashioned Broadway music or watch a vacuous, unchallenging story

Also As a playwright and librettist, I would love to have productions like ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy pop music, fun plots, inventive dancing, anachronism, well-done verse dialogue, rampantly diverse characters and dancing sheep

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals no matter how well constructed, LGBTQ themes, or having a fun time in great seats

Also This was just fun wrapped around a very in-the-moment message about ac... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great staging, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you want to support more straight plays on B'way (pun intended), enjoy fine acting, want a laugh, or have never met a non-binary person

Don't see it if you want an ending that makes sense, can't endure a lot of redundant yelling, or need to understand every bit of staging

Also Spoiler alert: I will be describing much of the second half of the pla... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love plays with strong women, Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee, or depth and wit or want to see a masterpiece of theater.

Don't see it if you will be offended by the use of words not used in polite company, don't like Laurie Metcalf, or think all plays must have a plot

85
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to leave the theater thinking, admire plays with older actors, or enjoy the words as much as the staging and performances.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents, want a happy ending, or don't enjoy plays about mature characters.

98
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy musicals about relationships and magical moments.

Don't see it if you demand clear endings or traditional story arcs.

Also The stories are interwoven beautifully. The humour is fresh and natura... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Like pop music

Don't see it if You don't like pop music