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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".
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Reviews (61)
Preview the penitent
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During previews
Intelligent, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a Mamet fan. Acting is solid with Chris Bauer leading the charge. He played the sympathetic detective Andy on HBO's "True Blood".

Don't see it if choppy dialogue is a problem. Religious & gay overtones are an issue. The intensity of a Mamet play is too much. 2nd half is better then 1st

Preview linda
79
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if Thought-provoking dealing with women trying to have it all. Youth meets aging from the women's prospective. Creative staging a plus.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about a women complaint about aging in a mans world.

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Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if York Theatre Company musical that starts off in 1957 Illinois as four female friends and ends 10 years later. All Broadway cast.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy a little silly humor.

Preview 299518
79
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Clever

See it if you want to see a Tanya Saracho play she makes you think about the obvious. sometimes funny show nicely produced by Primary Stages

Don't see it if you have a problem with real life drama of the modern women in the male dominated Hollywood work place. Two characters make up this show.

Preview iluminate white
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Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to be entertained by a show that is outside the usual box. Music, lights and dance come together in a very unusual way. It pops!

Don't see it if being in a dark theater and stage makes you nervous. Or if you want more dramatics. It is fun, entertaining and eye catching nothing more.

Preview vietgone
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Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if the classic boy meets girl romance. There is a back ground story about refugees from Vietnam. Enjoyable comic book like play/musical rap.

Don't see it if if you don't like something a bit silly. Comic book like humor and strong language.

Also A very creatively stage and written show with some rap musical like Ha... Read more Read less

Preview sellbuydate
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Masterful, Must see, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to be totally engaged in a show and its characters. Sarah Jones one women show and her characters are brilliant. The story in depth

Don't see it if you need more then one actor take you to a new level in theater.

Preview cherry orchard
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Entertaining, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if if you like Diane Lane and she was good. You saw the Humans on Broadway this version of Orchard is by Steve Karam. Interesting staging.

Don't see it if it is slow and the adaptation is confusing and misplaced. 2nd half was better and more up beat. Ending was contrived and unnecessary.

Preview image
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Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you what to laugh about eating food. Lisa Lampanelli is funny and raunchy. Leading female comic. Its her story about the struggle with food.

Don't see it if you need more of a dramatic or comic story line. Have a problem with obscenities.

Also Lisa tells her story about gaining weigh and losing weigh. She is brig... Read more Read less

Preview heisenberg
79
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like raw intense drama. Simple staging makes for an intimate performance. Parker is strong and forceful with her dialogue.

Don't see it if a two character show of drama is hard for you to absorb. Very simple stage set and only the two actors to focus on. Parker speaks very fast.

Preview 82854 2
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Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like a solo performance that's outside the box. McBurney plays and tells a story that you are engaged through state of the art audio.

Don't see it if you want a traditional Broadway production this is not it. Could be a problem if you cant wear head phones. You have to imagine the visuals

Also Simon McBurney tells the story with an engaging realism. He has create... Read more Read less

Preview cagney 2
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Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like the traditional book and lyrics of a musical. If you are a fan of James Gagney or want to know about his life. A fun, tapping show.

Don't see it if If you are not a musical fan. Want bigger production numbers. Some numbers are a bit too long.

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During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to get a taste of the profane insight of a 19yr old playwright. You like British drama and some humor. Live music in a drama.

Don't see it if For a great revival of a 1959 British play. The British acting is over the top. Slow 1st act but strong 2nd act.

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Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like the old musical styles with an updated flare. This show is about the dance. Great use of ballet. A romance after the war. Go see it

Don't see it if if you want a deeper story in a musical. Or you need all singing. Many numbers are just the music and dance like watching a ballet.

Preview funhome1803
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Profound, Original, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want a unconventional outside the box musical. Easily could have been a play. Excellent staging in the round. Dynamic true story.

Don't see it if you want the traditional musical like Wicked or Lion King. Have a problem with subject matter.

Preview no end blame
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Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if following the life of one character who pushes the boundaries at each turn of life.

Don't see it if you want great clarity from your main character.

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Clever, Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you love NYC & big splashy spectacles. Great effects and stage settings. The Rockettes are top notch. Live orchestra brings the music alive.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a meaningful story line and great acting. Its geared for the tourist so plenty in the audience.

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Great singing, Delightful

See it if if you want insight to writer, James Joyce. Also, if you are a fan of Matt Bogart from Jersey Boys. Both leads are fine singers.

Don't see it if you want a big musical production with multiple actors. A deeper story line and broader text.

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Relevant, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if love to laugh and get an interesting prospective on God and the 10 Commandments. Masterfully written and Sean Hayes does a splendid job.

Don't see it if if you are offended by jokes about God and the good book.

Preview incognito1
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Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want some innovation in acting and staging. The characters are well played and nicely defined.

Don't see it if If you have trouble following multiple characters played by just one actor.

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Great writing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to feel the tension of workers being faced with the downfall of their city and job.

Don't see it if you cant take foul language and blue collar attitude.

Preview line1
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For a previous production
Must see, Funny, Clever

See it if you don't want to miss a classic off-off Broadway show by an accomplish playwright. Bare bone production doesn't matter its about the story

Don't see it if If you are looking for bigger production value than pass.

Preview ruins
70
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Solid characterization and pleasant staging. Political theme meets mans need for control.

Don't see it if You don't like non politically correct male character.

Preview toast1
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Intelligent, Indulgent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if In depth writing. Characters are developed and engaged in the story line. Production design and lighting a plus.

Don't see it if Very fast pace speech with hard British accents makes it a bit difficult to pick up on every word.

Preview phantom
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Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if It's a Andrew Lloyd Weber show enough said. A modern theater classic. Great full Broadway production.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals.

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Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like Alan Hruska other works which are better then this one. There are a few moments and the 2nd half is better than the 1st

Don't see it if if you have a problem with choppy dialogue and confusing story matter.

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During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you're a Roundabout Theatre Co. fan. Its about Jewish politics and family, heritage, and history. Very similar to the play The Humans.

Don't see it if dysfunctional family drama isn't for you.

Preview in transit
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Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if A cappella musical. Creative with a light story line. A musical with no instruments and you would never know. Kathleen Marshall production.

Don't see it if you need only traditional musicals this one is far from it.

Preview rsz the babylon line
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Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if you surely are connected to the NYC/LI area. If you like a character who unexpectedly shines by the end of the show.

Don't see it if you have problems with locate references and retro style period

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Romantic, Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a stage great, Janet McTeer and film and TV star, Liev Schreiber. Both create that tension and lust that play is about.

Don't see it if you want more dynamics from Liev Schreiber. Period french plays are not your thing.

Also Beautifully staged with interesting creativity. All actors perform at ... Read more Read less

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Fluffy, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like something light and entertaining. Acting is very good and there are some nice laughs. Overall a good piece.

Don't see it if if you are looking for something deeper than it is. There are some character disconnect. Its a bit flat in parts.

Preview shades2
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Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you want a good snooze. There were some moments with good acting.

Don't see it if flat story with no real point. People left after intermission. A workshop play that needs a lot more work.

Preview final
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During previews
Quirky, Great writing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like British drama and accents. Also, the play spans 3 generations of a dysfunctional family. The writing is clever.

Don't see it if British accents are hard for you. 1st act was interesting but the actors ages were off. Acts 2 and 3 pulled the play together.

Preview public enemy white
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Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Isben. It holds up today with the political turmoil. Very poignant and provocative. Great news the run has been extended.

Don't see it if stylized older plays are not your fare. Don't like when they modernize or update classics works.

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During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like stylize comedy's from the 1700's. Its very British and has the royal humor. Nicely staged and acted.

Don't see it if Old Shakespearean type humor is not what you like. Simple set with all actors on stage during the entire show.

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Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like a musical that is not traditional. Want hear two powerful singing voice. Learn a bit about the Queen of blues Rosetta.

Don't see it if you need a deeper story or have an issue with gospel music. Also, the deep south lingo the characters use may be hard to comprehend.

Preview unnamed
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During previews
Funny, Great writing, Slow, Quirky

See it if for a fine performance by the playwrights daughter. If you are a fan of Horton Foote. Texas style conflict with relations.

Don't see it if you need traditional closure in the ending of a play. If mental illness brothers you.

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Indulgent, Great staging, Clever

See it if interest story about two people and their need to find more in life. Cheating begins the journey. Annie Parisse is a standout in her role.

Don't see it if you don't like highly visual sets and a bit of violence.

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During previews
Original, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a drama that uses metaphors to drive home a point. Asian-American drama that deals with death and questioning the relationships of the past

Don't see it if if reading subtitles are an issue. The use of food phrases as a metaphor is not something you want to see.

Preview rsz icon
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Great singing, Fluffy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you like period shows a nice throw back to a golden age. Wonderful signing and songs. A full production would be a joy.

Don't see it if you want more depth in the book of a musical. Don't like period shows.

Preview good white
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Profound, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like strong drama about the holocaust. Creative staging and the lead actor is strong in the role. The play moves you.

Don't see it if stories about the holocaust trouble you. You have to stay focused to fully understand the through-line.

Preview golden bride white
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Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love operettas and some great young voices. Also, if you enjoy the 20's silent film era. A must see.

Don't see it if you don't like reading subtitles as it is in Yiddish

Preview kiss
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Raunchy, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a great performance by Rupert Everett. He transform into the actor of Oscar Wilde masterfully done. Great acting by the entire cast

Don't see it if you can't handle full front male nudity for 15 minutes. If you have problems with a dark drama and homosexuality.

Preview unspeddcified
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Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like solo performances about real life artist brought to life. Well acted with insight to the artist.

Don't see it if solo performances are hard to deal with. You need more action and movement on stage.

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Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like tension between classes. Well develop characters. The hard dynamics of a relationship.

Don't see it if strong language and nudity is an issue.

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Indulgent, Great staging, Riveting, Great acting

See it if dynamic acting with a edgy story line. Two characters haunting past relived on staged. The set was brilliant use of lighting.

Don't see it if if you don't like a strong in your face drama with sexual premise.

Preview the accidental pervert
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Edgy, Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if One man show that takes you through the male development in a funny way.

Don't see it if Sex talk.

Preview les miserables
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Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if A big musical with a few really good production numbers. Epic in size and staging that is what Broadway offers. Its a classic.

Don't see it if Too long sometimes slow. Not enough memorable tunes.

Preview bianco white
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Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Modern flare to a day at the circus without the animals. A touch of performance art meets high flying acts. Performers are also stage hands.

Don't see it if Standing only no seats.

Preview in the secret sea white
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Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Two married couples have deal with their fate. Its sad, funny and engaging at times. Well written.

Don't see it if Human sadness