Ben S.

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Male
About:  Born in San Antonio, TX, school in College Station (Whoop Texas A&M!), brief stint in Conroe, now in Brooklyn, NY with the wife and fur babies! Addicted to theatre and the theater.
Reviews (35)
73
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like longform/shortform improv, beatboxing, a show that is literally different each night

Don't see it if You do not like leaving a show up to chance and impromptu creativity, are expecting PG content

Also Our performance included Two-Touch, Jelly Donut, Shockwave, C-Jack (Ch... Read more Read less

94
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You LOVE listening to Motown, biopics, concerts

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with depictions of abuse (substance, physical, etc.), dislike narration

Also Stellar unique ensemble, extremely loyal portrayals. Typical biopic fo... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of shows set in ‘30s and 40’s theatre, big & busy choreography, will-they/won’t-they relationships, strong female leads

Don't see it if You need a modern performance or orchestration

Also The show starts without a direct introduction to the characters - you ... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You are a parent, enjoy a younger cast, are entertained by “caught-in-a-lie” storylines

Don't see it if You are triggered by discussions of suicide

Also Trensch’s behavioral ticks and vocal variety made Evan an intimately u... Read more Read less

94
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You LOVE listening to Motown, biopics, concerts

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with depictions of abuse (substance, physical, etc.), dislike narration

Also Stellar unique ensemble, extremely loyal portrayals. Typical biopic fo... Read more Read less

90
Indulgent, Slow, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing the backing band live on-stage, mythology/fairytales, immersive stage design

Don't see it if You do not enjoy narration, you prefer dialogue to not rhyme, low/high vocal ranges

Also The context of this work serves to heighten its experience and enjoyme... Read more Read less

64
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Cliched, Funny

See it if you are a casual Office fan, enjoy exagerrated parodies

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the awkward humor of The Office, find eye contact with cast members uncomfortable

Also Every other line of this show is parotting of quotes and critical/favo... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You enjoy the standard repertoire of Rodgers & Hammerstein, are curious about revivals of classics, enjoy contemporary dance.

Don't see it if You prefer modern or fast-paced style, or more dialogue than dance. You have trouble understanding Northeastern accents. Aversion to abuse.

Also The beginning maybe ten minutes of this production consists of dancing... Read more Read less

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Slow, Funny

See it if You enjoy the songs of the animated film, want a straightforward story.

Don't see it if You are attached to the characters of the animated film, or dislike Russian culture/history.

Also The plot is predictable, though the performances are enjoyable, as are... Read more Read less

68
Enchanting, Dizzying, Slow, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You enjoy subtle, reserved humour, Israeli music, singing in Arabic, and/or the film adaptation.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding English with an accent, you expect a fast-paced show, you are uncomfortable during long periods of silence.

Also The higher rating is credit to the actors/band’s talent. Katrina Lenk ... Read more Read less

95
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy Sara Bareilles’ music, you like live bands on stage, you are a fan of pie

Don't see it if You are triggered by depictions of domestic abuse, or infidelity.

Also The songs in this musical are varied and beautifully dynamic, as found... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are a tried & true Spongebob fan (enjoy the call-backs!)

Don't see it if You do not have a goofy sense of humor, want only the most obvious of high-budget sets.

Also Such a diverse, talented cast. This production utilizes the entire sta... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Cliched, Relevant, Absorbing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You are close with your brothers/father, enjoy or are interested in discussions of privilege & mental health, do not need closure.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable w/ foul language, the LGBTQ community, or don’t often grasp irony or sarcasm. You expect an intermission/set change.

Also Came in curious about the cast’s theatrical display (had only seen the... Read more Read less

100
Blue Man Group
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You love fresh, and I mean FRESH, takes on creativity (and comedy).

Don't see it if You enjoy linear storylines and dialogue, or hate the color blue.

Also Masterful is a perfect adjective for this group. I feel I need to upda... Read more Read less

89
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy the 1960’s/1970’s era (fully immersive) and music of The Four Seasons/Frankie Valli.

Don't see it if Dislike period pieces or falsetto singing.

Also Easy to follow the story and get lost in the created world. I had no k... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You are fond of the animated film and its soundtrack - because this show truly brings all of it to live action and in a RAINBOW of color!

Don't see it if You have no interest in talking animals, or children in the audience.

Also Hard to resist singing along to these songs I grew up with. The costum... Read more Read less

94
Entertaining, Intelligent, Hilarious, Exquisite, Resonant

See it if Like Cyndi Lauper’s music, and enjoy fun choreography.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with men in drag, or hate songs that will get stuck in your head.

Also J Harrison Ghee is a SHOW-STOPPER, and everyone knows it. This current... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy old school hip hop infused with history! Or maybe the other way around? Detail stage design and choreography for multiple viewings

Don't see it if You cannot appreciate or focus during a play that is completely sung thru.

Also Hamilton has become its own universe - just take a look at the store a... Read more Read less

66
Funny, Overrated, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You are a big fan of the film/quotes, relish lavish lifestyles, are looking for a rags to riches story

Don't see it if You want unpredictable twists in plot, lyrics or concepts with depth

Also At its core, this is the movie, but with songs. However, I felt it lef... Read more Read less

96
Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You are intrigued by modern retellings, have enjoyed other performances at Circle in the Square, love immersive or experimental theatre

Don't see it if You are a purist of the source material, are uncomfortable with breaking of the 4th wall, are easily startled/anxious

Also I had no background on the original. Watching how this performance use... Read more Read less

88
Indulgent, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You are a longtime follower of Broadway (divas), promote LGBTQ rights, are a parent of teenagers

Don't see it if You disagree with gay values, interracial relationships

Also This show was delightful, and given the fairly straightforward storyli... Read more Read less

92
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You would like insight into the history of media, enjoy period pieces of the ‘60s and ‘70s, detailed stage design

Don't see it if You have an irritation toward cigarette smoke, cannot understand British accents, have an aversion to swearing or lewdness

Also Intriguing story on its own - then Jonny and Bernie commit so much. Ve... Read more Read less

94
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You are curious about how the film is honored, are an actor, enjoy “caught-in-a-lie” plots

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with cross-dressing, swearing

Also Scenes and themes obviously mirror the movie exactly, but there are so... Read more Read less

95
Raunchy, Quirky, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you understand the appeal of the Beetlejuice movie, are a fan of Alex Brightman, are fascinated with set design

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the macabre, have young kids susceptible to humor that may be considered crass or vulgar

Also This show is so FUN. From the first curtain, set design, Alex Brightma... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You are a lifelong follower of Harry Potter and its fanbase. You’d enjoy a UCB-style of off-broadway. You enjoy intimate theaters.

Don't see it if You have not read/seen Harry Potter. You are bringing kids to the evening performance (separate fam-friendly matinee). Want elaborate sets.

Also In all, this felt to me like a 90-minute UCB sketch, which I am all in... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You have an opinion on “truth” in journalism, enjoy Bobby Cannavale’s performances, fan of Cherry Jones, Daniel Radcliffe, want relevance.

Don't see it if You have a sensitivity to obscenities, tense moments, mentions of death/suicide.

Also Love when you forget actors are on stage, and watch the characters sim... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Must see, Resonant

See it if You are curious how an immersive world is created. You love magic/illusions. (Obviously) you are a Harry Potter fan!

Don't see it if You cannot enjoy fantasy/suspended reality, do not know the general story lines of the Harry Potter series, dislike hints of the macabre.

Also Secrets of this play MUST be kept. The Showbill will have a brief catc... Read more Read less

93
Enchanting, Epic, Indulgent, Masterful, Slow

See it if You enjoy opera, classic musicals, a light atmosphere of fantasy

Don't see it if You need your musicals to be modern in delivery and content, you need extreme realism in story

Also The moment the first Act begins, and you notice each actor’s masterful... Read more Read less

50
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dizzying, Dated, Insipid

See it if You are bringing children who enjoy live theater and the songs from Aladdin. If you like a progressive theme about independence.

Don't see it if You are expecting the caliber of The Lion King or Frozen on Broadway, or a serious emotional aspect. You don’t like predictability.

Also Aladdin is my favorite Disney movie, a step above The Lion King. But t... Read more Read less

73
Cliched, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of songs from the movie, enjoy fairytales, are bringing children.

Don't see it if You feel the songs from the movie are overplayed, hope for unpredictable plots.

Also I was skeptical the musical would bring anything more than the movie h... Read more Read less

82
For a previous production
Absorbing, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy physical/slapstick comedy, British accents.

Don't see it if You dislike breaking of the fourth wall, loud noises, silliness, murder.

Also At first, I felt the play was predictable in its approach to things “g... Read more Read less

95
Stomp
East Village
Great staging, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love a great beat to toe-tap to! You’re musically inclined and want a display of creativity.

Don't see it if You are looking for more dialogue and story than sound and ambience.

Also Not much may be expected from a long-running staple such as this, but ... Read more Read less

97
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy twists/reworks of known or traditional stories, and love OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD singing!

Don't see it if Dislike fantasy/musicals, or hate the color green.

Also Wish I had seen the original cast, because the bar the current cast se... Read more Read less

99
Ambitious, Clever, Hilarious, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You are familiar with Matt Stone & Trey Parker’s work, and love sarcastic, ironic double-entendres.

Don't see it if You are worried about politcal correctness, or raunchiness, or are devout/religious.

Also Each song, each choice for each character, is so nuanced and clever - ... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You watch Mean Girls (the movie) every day, or at the very least love everything Tina Fey has ever touched. Listen to a positive message.

Don't see it if You don’t have a desire to understand the current generation, or do not wish to have a mature conversation with any children you bring with.

Also Really love the nostalgia, with an updated twist. Some jokes are hit-o... Read more Read less