Benjamin 0789

New York City | 25-34 | Male

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Reviews (65)
90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You’re open to plays with music that aren’t musicals, exploring trauma within family histories, and rock music. (It gets loud!)

Don't see it if Some violence is on stage, and some of the stories are harrowing. You will be taken on a ride of emotions.

Also I LOVED this show. I immediately went out to buy a copy of the script.... Read more Read less

83
Nostalgic, Charming, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love the music of Sondheim and want to learn more about his career. This is also more of a musical revue/retrospective.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, and want a shorter show. It does run a bit long, but there's so much material.

Also For a cast of 8, the voices are superb and full! Some real standout vo... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Heart-breaking, Intense, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Appreciate shows that look at mother-daughter relationships, but this one explores that relationship generationally through mental illness.

Don't see it if You need to pay attention, as certain scenes contain three different ones happening simultaneously.

Also This show. Wow. I felt it was inappropriate to clap or even speak when... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Laura Linney, one-person shows, and the exploration of not-so-perfect families.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, and/or have family issues that could be triggered by seeing it on stage.

Also I thought Ms. Linney acted beautifully, but I definitely have some iss... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy shows tied to history, mystery, and dynamics of power.

Don't see it if You don’t like strong language/hearing racial slurs.

92
Entertaining, Resonant, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love classic tales with some twists and differences. The set is gorgeous.

Don't see it if If you're a strict traditionalist, I wouldn't this. (You'd be missing out)

Also This show was so beautiful and fun and different; the joy among the ca... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love this show and poignant stories. Beautiful singing!

Don't see it if You don’t like subtitles

81
Thought-provoking, Compelling, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate shows that explore familial relationships and the power of music.

Don't see it if Don't like plays that have flashbacks, don't like jazz or explorations of identity, family, and religion.

76
Uneven, Moving, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy history, and you'll learn a lot in this show. There's also a bit of walking in the show.

Don't see it if You don't like when figures from different time periods collide on stage together, or shows that get you moving.

79
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You love Mary Louise Parker (she has some really funny lines), and don't mind characters breaking the fourth wall.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with topics like suicide, and/or need a faster moving show.

69
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Edgy, Dizzying, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy non-traditional musicals and more experimental theatre. (For instance, 3 actors play one character for most of the show).

Don't see it if You love a traditional musical and more structured show. Don't expect medieval style music either, it's quite minimal.

Also I love Hildegard of Bingen; she's a really fascinating person, and I'm... Read more Read less

82
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Relevant, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to support writers and actors of color. Also... if you're in the mood to laugh; it is funny!

Don't see it if You can't handle raunchy jokes or swearing.

78
The Mother
Chelsea
Intense, Dizzying, Funny, Confusing

See it if You are a diehard Isabelle Huppert fan. (Which I am!) Wow. You also enjoy plays with zig-zagging plots.

Don't see it if You need a clean-cut show with a beginning, middle, and end.

Also I was really nervous I wasn't going to enjoy this show due to its mixe... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing, Dizzying, Great music

See it if You like the musical stylings of Duncan Sheik; music is gorgeous!

Don't see it if You want a linear story and expect it to be a kid’s show.

75
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Great set design, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Alan Cumming. He is very entertaining (each cast member has a moment when they shine, too).

Don't see it if It definitely has some surreal/absurd elements which had me puzzled, so if you don't like that, then be warned.

85
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love shows about relationships and intersectionality, and care about supporting POC in theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that explore issues of race, gender, power.

88
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a Glenn Close fan. She is magnificent!!

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with historical themes but don’t use period specific language.

Also The sets and costumes were very well done as well. What was so confusi... Read more Read less

79
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy family dramas, secrets, and aren't bothered by unresolved endings. Stockard Channing is a dream in her delivery and mannerisms.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas or want to see a completely happy ending. There are pockets of ambiguity that are never resolved, too.

77
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Intense

See it if You appreciate family dramas, tragedies, and superb acting from each cast member. (Seriously, each one shined!)

Don't see it if Stories about addiction, depression, and relationships are too intense. (I almost left near the end).

Also I really wasn’t ready for the final scene. I wish there was some sort ... Read more Read less

90
Carmen Jones
East Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You love great singing, the opera, and strong ensemble casts.

Don't see it if You don't like the opera, opera-inspired pieces, or theatre-in-the-round.

88
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy family dramas, and seeing big names on stage who deliver. (There’s also some amazingly good/bad white guy dancing).

Don't see it if You don’t like ambiguous endings. Show has some pacing issues, but not the extent I expected from other reviews.

Also I couldn’t believe how much I laughed! And I LOVED the loud music play... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love a small cast that sings beautiful music. Your soul will thank you.

Don't see it if You don’t have a soul (I know that’s dramatic). And if you don’t like shows connected by theme, not plot.

88
During previews
Skintight
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays about dysfunctional families and great writing. (If you like gratuitous almost-full male nudity, you'll like that too!)

Don't see it if You can't do plays after 2 hours, plays dealing with homosexuality or divorce. (Or if you don't like Idina Menzel).

78
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Bittersweet

See it if You like plays about history, accents, and monologues.

Don't see it if If you can't understand accents of Ireland and the British Isles, plays involving war, or a happy ending.

60
Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate works by non-United States born writers and stories.

Don't see it if You don't like shows without a clear plot.

83
Funny, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like more traditional-style musicals, but don't expect this to be like the movie. Also, great group numbers!

Don't see it if You can't handle a strong female lead and you're expecting this to be like the film.

Also Beth Malone, wow. Her voice, energy. Granted, I enjoyed the characteri... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Moving, Original, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an original story exploring family history. And absolutely fantastic singing.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about complicated families.

Also God, I LOVED this show. I smiled, I laughed, felt that lump in my thro... Read more Read less

77
Almost there, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays about race, class, and like seeing the work of up and coming playwrights.

Don't see it if You like plays with neat and tidy endings.

Also I really liked this show, and thought that each cast member had a mome... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some boundary pushing Theatre dealing with race.

Don't see it if You can’t handle anything about race and power.

85
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a masterclass in acting. I became so absorbed in these performances!

Don't see it if You like plays with a larger cast.

90
During previews
Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy any of Adly Guirgis’ writing and not always happy endings. Great cast of actors as well.

Don't see it if You want to see a shorter show and can’t handle foul language.

Also I LOVED this show, but it needs to be edited and shortened. It went we... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Very long first act, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind small casts. The show is essentially two monologues. Both actors sing beautifully, wow!

Don't see it if You need a larger cast and want lyrics to rhyme.

Also I really wanted to love this show, but the first act kept dragging and... Read more Read less

70
Victor
West Village
Thoughtful, Slow, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one-person shows, live music accompaniment (which was beautiful!), and stories about New York City.

Don't see it if Other reviewers point to being ready to emotionally participate in the show, which is good advice. (I wasn't)

70
Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see some wonderful acting and line delivery. Brava to Dame Eileen Atkins!

Don't see it if You don’t like Florian Zeller plays or plays that don’t follow a linear structure.

Also I found so much of this play confusing, as my feelings apply to the pl... Read more Read less

90
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate musicals with great singing, a show that will have you laugh, cry, and reflect.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that focus on identity.

90
During previews
Resonant, Profound, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Holy cow. The music, the singing!! If you love to see a cast just sing it out, see this show.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason.

73
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Great writing, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love Susan Sarandon, and you don't mind shows about "theatre people."

Don't see it if You want to see a fast-moving show. The pace can get frustrating.

Also I came to see this show for Susan Sarandon... and left as a HUGE fan o... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Funny, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if You love Cole Porter, Shakespeare, and of course, Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if Classic musicals aren't your thing and you hated Shakespeare in high school.

Also I really, really wanted to LOVE this musical. I love a good old-fashio... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like musicals with strong technical effects. The lighting design and animation are great!

Don't see it if If you've seen a show like Dear Evan Hansen and wasn't moved.

Also I really, really had high hopes on liking this show! Please note that ... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays that feature music and dance, without it going the way of a musical.

Don't see it if You like straight plays and settled endings.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You love Lynn Nottage’s writing and stories that center POC.

Don't see it if You don’t like it when characters break the 4th wall.

80
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy plays that poke fun at white liberals

Don't see it if You're a white liberal without a sense of humor or willingness to reflect on the issues the show raises.

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about history, gender, the theatre, and Janet McTeer. (She’s amazing!)

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about theatre or history. While it has an intermission, it’s still long, so don’t expect a 90 minute experience.

80
During previews
The True
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy shows involving politics, and don't care about swearing. Also, if you're an Edie Falco fan, she's fantastic!!

Don't see it if You don't like swearing, politics, and/or uncomfortable truths about politics and gender.

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like plays with LGBT themes, great sets, and if you want to see some great individual performances. (Bravo, Zachary Quinto!)

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with LGBT themed work, dated language and conversations, and some upsetting scenes.

80
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You appreciate plays about current issues, intersectionality, and hopeful endings.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a full comedy or drama, and you don’t enjoy plays that focus on diversity issues.

62
A Blanket of Dust
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if plays involving politics (both national and familial) and the effects of loss on the psyche.

Don't see it if you're triggered by 9/11, conspiracy theories, and a slow-ish plot. (I've attended longer shows that moved faster!)

Also I really wanted to like this show. I felt so disappointed! The show tr... Read more Read less

69
Great staging, Beautiful set design, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like plays about power, women, religion, and the Middle Ages. Ms. Rashad really got to me in the second act.

Don't see it if You are short on time; it’s long. I felt the show amused me and made me think, but I wasn’t emotionally moved.

85
During previews
The Great Leap
Chelsea
Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like stories about family, woven with global history and sports. A great cast and great humor!

Don't see it if You don’t like sports or foul language.

88
Transfers
West Village
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy plays about diversity, social justice, and how messy it can get.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about issues in education, or plays with unresolved endings.