Benjamin 6134

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Love the theater. I can see drama's, dance, concerts or musicals and be completely fulfilled. There is nothing better than "live theater". NYC has so much to offer "off Broadway".
Reviews (127)
85
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high energy singing and dancing production from rock and roll. Great musical score from the Meatloaf album. Creative staging.

Don't see it if a loose story line and loud rock and roll music is not for you

85
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A story of obsession and inter love. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon are explosive and outstanding. A must see play.

Don't see it if nudity and sexual language is a problem. I set and two characters if you need more this is not the show.

80
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Sam Shepard version on life and mankind resonates with you. Wonderful acting and staging

Don't see it if if rude view on life the lower class and raunchy story text might bother you

80
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a great actress take on a challenging role. Glenda Jackson at 83yrs handles King Lear with kid gloves. Modern version & set

Don't see it if if you only want the traditional classic Shakespeare. If 3hr play too much for you. If a women playing a male King Lear not right for you.

80
Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Thaddeus Phillips’s actual adventures, brilliantly written one man show visually surreal and engrossing. This is creative theater.

Don't see it if you don't like single actor shows. If staging with strop lights and darkness brother you.

79
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you want to enjoy a musical that is skillful staged and with very talented actor-singers

Don't see it if if a traditional musical is more your liking

80
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like plays that take political/social issues and make you think behind the obvious. Well done and acted

Don't see it if If plays on social issues are not for you.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want the creativity that Broadway has to offer. You will be moved and feel good about mankind in times of great stress and trouble.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this musical

85
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh for 2 hours. Its old style farce with British humor. It goes over the top but the acting is good enough to make it fun.

Don't see it if if you want a play with more substance. This is a play about laughs nothing too deep. Its about having silly fun

80
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like musicals based on songs with a light story line. Fun, upbeat dancing & singing makes this a solid remake of the Broadway production

Don't see it if you need more of a story line or book. If you don't like contemporary music this is not for you.

80
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if three one act plays from this writer excite your theater going enjoyment. Well put together with good underlining theme.

Don't see it if one act plays are not enough for you.

79
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like funny musicals with a country twist. A bit goofy and silly

Don't see it if you don't like silly off beat musicals

78
Clever, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a Tony Award winning play the first time around. Clever use of signing and spoken word. Two strong performance by the leads

Don't see it if its hard to focus on action and words. Cold stage set is wrong. The play is a bit choppy. Male lead could have more depth.

80
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if An imaginative show about a children's book author needs his final swan song. Well written and starring Dan Lauria who is brilliant.

Don't see it if a strong drama performance by a successful man on his last mission is not for you

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if your a fan of Springer or just curious. If you want to see how they can make an opera out of a TV show. Well done and great singing.

Don't see it if seeing something that is quirky out of the ordinary if not for you. Also, if you don't have an open mind then it might be too much.

90
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Great singing, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want a fun time. This is a concert event that blends classical, opera and rock music into a dynamic show. People were signing along.

Don't see it if you only want to see a typical Broadway musical play. This is not it. This is a musical event that has people standing on their feet.

70
Party Face
Midtown W
Delightful, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like child film start Haley Mills. She actually plays her role well. Contemporary ideas make it interesting and there are laughs.

Don't see it if a lot of female chatter is not for you.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if a social issue about family and down syndrome is something you can relate to. Well acted and Jamie Brewer is great as Amy

Don't see it if is dealing with down syndrome present a problem for you. Although I recommend the play

70
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of House of Cards and Uma Thurman. Over all a TV show put on the stage.

Don't see it if if you want something bolder and deep

90
Hundred Days
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Must see, Masterful

See it if a different style musical excites you. A love story that is real staged like a concert/musical about the real band leaders. Brilliant!

Don't see it if you need the typical basic run of the mill theater musical.

72
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you like sweet life spanning friendships played out via a common theme. 4 strong female actors bring this play to life. Timely

Don't see it if a bit slow wordy play about 40 years of life and friendship of 4 women is not for you.

78
Illyria
East Village
Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to know more about Joseph Papp and how he started free Shakespeare in the Park. His struggle with close collaborators and Rob Moses

Don't see it if you don't find a docu play of interest

74
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Quirky

See it if for a more modern funky production of a Shakespeare play with music. Well staged and acted with Ellen Burstyn in a minor role

Don't see it if you only want traditional Shakespeare

78
The Traveling Lady
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of Horton Foote. The story is involved with dynamic theme lines. Well staged and directed.

Don't see it if if complicated writing and Horton Foote is not your cup of tea

76
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you like a to see a large cast of talented actors. Elizabeth McGovern is wonderful & Anna Camp is a great co-star. 1919 England delight

Don't see it if British accents are hard for you. Starts out slow but picks up nicely by mid 1st half.

85
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if April Matthis give a dynamic performance as baseball player Toni Stone, the first woman to go pro in the all male Negro Leagues. A must see.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this play. Its a true story. Great acting.

82
Entertaining, Profound, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see two great stage actors perform believable roles. Laurie Metcalf & John Litgrow make it worth seeing.

Don't see it if if you think this is a puff piece about Hillery Clinton

79
Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if a raucous comedy with a underlined subject matter of tragedy fits your bill. Shakespeare meets French farce. Nathan Lane is a delight.

Don't see it if images of dead naked bodies are an issue. You don't like rhyme or Shakespeare style drama.

78
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you like the effort tat goes into a one person production. This show is like listing to one long monologue that is dine well.

Don't see it if you want more from a production. More actors, more story line and more action.

85
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like shows that keep you engaged and are about real life. 2 award winning British actors play the roles they had from Westend.

Don't see it if it is a bit long could cut 10mins. British actors and accents sometime hard to understand. Don't see if bio plays are your taste.

70
The White Devil
West Village
Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if off beat production of 1600's English theater.

Don't see it if If you only want to see a standard production

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the musician or the music. You will get insight to a wonderful writer/singer who had a profound effect through her music.

Don't see it if if you don't like bio-musicals. If not its well worth seeing.

78
God Said This
West Village
Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to get involve with the characters. It makes you think and challenge your sensibility

Don't see it if If some religious overtone present a problem

85
During previews
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Aasif Mandvi tells a story of an Indian immigrant coming to US to work and live. One man show where he changes characters perfectly.

Don't see it if a one man show is not for you.

76
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you like British humor and acting. Takes place in England and center around the popular game of snooker.

Don't see it if if British humor and heavy British accents are not for you.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want a nice insight to this great man of musical theater.

Don't see it if If your not a fan of Berlin

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if the first time on Broadway the show was wonderful its equally as fun. Up beat and up lifting. Makes you want to sign and dance.

Don't see it if you need a musical with a stronger story and plot. You only want to see musicals on big Broadway stages. Although, this theater is big.

85
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant

See it if its a real story told and acted out by the real person who wrote the play. Sharon Washington does an excellent job in this one women show

Don't see it if a one person show is not for your enjoyment.

74
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like plays on current topics. Its written by the same playwright who did Amy and the Orphans. The lead girl (12yrs old) is wonderful

Don't see it if watching a play on the shootings in the schools will trouble you.

82
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like a unconventional musical play. Incorporates the Bands Visit nicely into the show. The message of the book is significant.

Don't see it if you want a typical music production and dynamic songs with big production numbers. This show is low key.

69
Cardinal
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if something a bit campy or silly is your cup of tea. Overall its a fun play that tries a little to hard

Don't see it if you are expecting something more grand. Funnier then it is.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) in a one women show about her fight with cancer. Well written of course. Well staged.

Don't see it if it is a depressing show. Hard to recommend but it is well done.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like the full Broadway musical punch. Staging, singing, costumes and the music by Lauper make this a hit

Don't see it if if you might be fended by cross dressing.

80
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Resonant

See it if drama that pushes boundaries that bristle with chills and suspense. It has a Sam Shepard feel but with more subtleties. Well staged & acted

Don't see it if a deep under belly of relationships may haunt you. The start is a bit slow but the pace picks up nicely

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if True story and history is your pleasure. playwright, Rajiv Joseph, weaves us through 70yrs creatively.

Don't see it if clocks in at almost 3 hours but it goes by reasonable fast

80
Junk
Upper W Side
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if a recap of history during the junk bond area of the 80's is of interest. Steve Pasquale is stellar is the lead. LCT is one of the best.

Don't see it if you have no interest in plays that talk about history but the characters are changed a bit to make them frictional

70
Office Hour
East Village
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like the Public Theater shows and a play that is timely with gun violence and college. Julia Cho is a strong playwright. Clever staging

Don't see it if the topic of gun violence is a issue

85
Shadowlands
Midtown W
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if C.S. Lewis is of interest and fine acting the dialogue is intriguing. A friendship that develops into a romance and marriage.

Don't see it if you have issues with god and religion

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Very retro it takes you back to a easier fun time. Fine signing of female pop hits of the late 50's

Don't see it if if you have a problem with low budget pop musicals with thin story line.

81
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show that goes deep into a tough subject matter that we all deal with. Wonderful acting and staging. Asks you to think.

Don't see it if dealing with growing old and issues of being independent are a problem to watch