bearcat44

Brooklyn | 65+ | Male
About:  Avid theater goer. I see almost every show on Broadway and many off-Broadway as well. I also attend theater in London when i can. I have been doing this all my life.
Reviews (61)
40
Public Servant
Midtown W
Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Cannot think of any reason anyone would like this.

Don't see it if Banal and poorly constructed story, with very poor staging and acting. Ending could be seen a mile away.

70
The Cake
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you like plays about current issues that impact America today.

Don't see it if If you don't like to see important issues treated lightly, or if you don't like plays that lack depth and feeling.

75
Daddy
Midtown W
Relevant, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if If you like plays that challenge you to think about issues that face America today.

Don't see it if If you don't like to see nudity on stage.

85
Profound, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you enjoy profoundly moving subject matter presented in an innovative way with glorious music.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals or shows about terrible public and political events.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Splashy production

See it if if you love Donna Summer and disco music, and if you like disco belted out by some great voices.

Don't see it if disco is not your thing and/or biographical musicals do not entice you.

75
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if if you are a fan of Disney reincarnations from animated to real live. Or if you are entertained by overproduced Broadway fluff

Don't see it if you are expecting the charm of the animated film It has none of it.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a truly innovative and refreshing take on a little known movie and theme. See it if you like thought provoking themes.

Don't see it if you prefer more typical musicals designed to solely entertain.

80
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like theater pieces that reflect the current economic and political climate in an innovative setting.

Don't see it if if you don't like to go to the theater and be asked to think on serious issues.

85
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you appreciate a great score, exuberant performances and wonderfully innovative staging.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see this.

60
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you like silly, sophomoric plays that look like they are being done by a bad high school drama class.

Don't see it if you want to see good acting (or any kind of acting at all).

64
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you like your humor and productions at a sophomoric level.

Don't see it if you expect to be engaged in the workings of a good farce or comedy. Very little here to engage or recommend.

60
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated

See it if only if you like the actors.

Don't see it if you don't mind a stretched out lackluster comedy that tries to be trenchant about the human spirit, but is too shallow to succeed.

95
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a beautiful score, wonderful singing and performances, and a chance to see a real diva (in a good way) walk away with a show.

Don't see it if if you don't like Andrew Loyd Weber's music, but even if you don't, see this one.

75
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you usually like plays by Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that lose the thread of the original theme and shift mid play to something else entirely.

90
Cats
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you loved the show before and want to see it staged slightly differently, if you want to see great dancing and have a memorable experience.

Don't see it if if you don't like ALW's music.

75
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if you like drama with a message.

Don't see it if you want to see great performances. Acting is somewhat over the top.

75
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you like cleverly conceived and acted story theater with innovative staging .

Don't see it if you want actual drama vs. story telling.

75
Shear Madness
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated

See it if you like over the top camp.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance in your theatergoing experience.

80
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like plays about historical world events that provide inside information not generally known to the public.

Don't see it if you prefer great great dramatic effect rather than a story theater type telling.

80
During previews
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Original, Funny

See it if you like clever and thought provoking plays that deal with the human condition in new ways.

Don't see it if you only want to see a play that spells things out for you, as there is little to no actual dialogue.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if If you appreciate a great actor in his prime in a performance that runs the gamut of emotion. The play is brilliantly constructed.

Don't see it if If you do not like to become too emotionally involved in a play.

90
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you like the music of the 4 Seasons and you want to see it presented in a clever, well staged theatrical format.

Don't see it if if you don't like standard formula bio-musicals.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Epic, Great staging

See it if you like imaginative, extraordinary staging and production values in a Broadway show.

Don't see it if you don't like translations of Disney animated films to Broadway.

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if if you lean toward irreverent material that is both funny and relevant, and if you enjoy non PC entertainment.

Don't see it if if you are a prude and do not appreciate jabs at an iconic, if questionable, religious order.

80
American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if if you love innovative theater, great staging and an intense score define by 80s synthesized music

Don't see it if you are put off by the subject matter of a serial killer set to music.

70
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you would like to see the Alice in Wonderland fable presented differently and with a different perspective and music.

Don't see it if Don't see it you have no interest in Alice in Wonderland, and mediocre score that does not help it.

70
Superhero
Midtown W
Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you are into stories about about superheroes and improbable stories.

Don't see it if If you don't appreciate light headed musicals with mediocre scores.

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of the movie and want to experience it again in an excitingly staged production.

Don't see it if If you never liked the movie.

90
Resonant, Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Fidler, and you want to see it done in the most profound way. You don't need to understand Yiddish to follow and enjoy.

Don't see it if If you don't like Fiddler, or if you don't like musicals, or if a foreign language is too much for you to sit through.

75
Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you like the cast and loved the movie.

Don't see it if if you are expecting the charm of Julia Roberts. There is no charm in this sleazy story, and very little chemistry between the two leads.

70
Banal, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if you like shows that claim to be original (not based on movies, plays or books), and you like music that simulates rock & roll.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that claim to be an original story, but in fact, have plots that go back as far as the Mickey & Judy movies of the 40s

80
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like entertaining revivals of classic musical theater, great voices and innovative design.

Don't see it if if you don't like to see great musicals overproduced.

80
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a coming of age story told through a series of scenes presented in a wholly innovative way.

Don't see it if overlapping dialogue annoys you.

75
Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if If you have never seen a production of Twelfth Night that you really liked, or if you just want to get familiar with this play.

Don't see it if you have seen Mark Rylance's version or even the National Theater production from last year. This is inferior to both of those.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to see a fantastic recreation of a wonderful musical comedy, and a chance to see a legend prove to all why she is one.

Don't see it if you expect to see deep drama and meaning. This is the definition of a feel-good show, and believe me, you will.

65
Amelie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if Sorry, cannot find a reason to see this one.

Don't see it if you liked the movie, or if you like music you can remember, charm, characters you can care about, and theatricality above high school level.

80
Significant Other
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like comedies with a touch of deep human feeling and sadness.

Don't see it if you only like deep, thoughtful drama that leaves you astonished.

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you are looking for an intelligent evening at the theater. Cleverly addresses a futuristic America that is actually closer than we think.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are fairly talky and lack action.

90
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want to experience a classic masterpiece in a whole different light. Brilliant staging in a very small venue.

Don't see it if you are not a true Sondheim fan.

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you want to hear great Irving Berlin tunes, and have a light, but entertaining evening at the theater.

Don't see it if you want to see great and innovative staging, or if you expect great performances.

60
Plenty
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Boring

See it if If you are a fan of Rachel Weiss, but you are better off watching her movie roles, as here she has been badly directed.

Don't see it if you seek clarity and real drama in your theater excursions.

80
The Humans
Midtown W
Original, Overrated, Some good acting

See it if you want to see a family drama depicted in a different way from most family dramas, heightened by a bit of supernatural elements.

Don't see it if you are expecting family drama on the level of View From the Bridge or Long Day's Journey Into Night.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if if you like extravaganzas with sheer entertainment and not much to think about. The Rockettes have never been better.

Don't see it if you don't like meaningless entertainment for its own sake.

80
Privacy
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like an entertaining theater piece on a subject of current national interest presented in a cleverly staged way.

Don't see it if in going to the theater, you expect to see an actual play. This is not a play, but rather a cleverly staged symposium on privacy,

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like great one liners, great wit and comic writing, and a wonderful comedic performance

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or if you don't go in for theatrical fluff pieces that are not really plot based dramas or comedies.

75
Paramour
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if If you like Cirque de Soleil. Their acts are wonderfully mind blowing. The staging of these acts is wonderful.

Don't see it if you are looking for a good musical comedy. The book and score for the show are cliched and not up to Broadway standards.

95
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to hear a gorgeous score, beautifully sung in a story imaginatively staged.

Don't see it if you want to see dazzling chorus numbers.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like the music of Carol King and 60s music done in a well staged format.

Don't see it if you are tired of standard bio stories and jukebox type musicals.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if you love great theater and moving drama presented in a way you have never seen on stage.

Don't see it if if you prefer theater with realistic sets and stories told in a traditional way.

75
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Great writing

See it if if like great dramas presented in a new and different format.

Don't see it if you don't like gimmicky stagings of great drama that often take you out of the true context of the paly