Benjamin A

New York City | 18-24 | Male
About:  An avid theatre-maker and theatre-goer trying to experience as much as he can.
Reviews (44)
51
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Dated, Resonant, Clever

See it if you enjoy old english dramas

Don't see it if you are looking for the daring and brave new work. This piece feels like restaging as opposed to a new investigation.

85
Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want your Ibsen refreshed.

Don't see it if you prefer your Ibsen classic.

80
The View UpStairs
East Village
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if a fresh new musical with a young voice is what you are craving.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

45
The Light Years
Midtown W
Enchanting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like pretty sets, fascinating transitions, and lightbulbs.

Don't see it if The failed artist's adventure does not interest you or if you like strong scripts that elegantly tie worlds together.

60
In Transit
Midtown W
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if acapella, stories of young New Yorkers trying to figure it all out appeals to you.

Don't see it if you don't like your shows to pander to specific tastes and audiences. People living outside of NYC will feel alienated by the show's script.

46
Safe
East Village
Good acting, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You're interested in watching those strange teenage years and those confusing relationships; are fascinated by inappropriate relationships.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished script and strong direction. This is still a developing piece.

67
Gregorian
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if stories surrounding those affected by unspeakable events fascinate you. This is a generational drama that shows the evolution of ideas.

Don't see it if a lengthy political play about letting go of the past and one man's journey bores you.

80
New Songs Now
West Village
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like an interesting concert series.

Don't see it if You dislike music.

75
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if a high-energy, high star-powered, tap dancing, flying, singing, musical is what you're looking for. The dancing and lighting is astounding.

Don't see it if You want something thought provoking or totally out there. This production invokes the classic BROADWAY feeling.

65
During previews
War
Upper W Side
Original, Edgy, Great design

See it if a romp through the subconscious parallel with a dynamic and explosive family drama is what you're looking for. Great design and directing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional family drama. The focus seems to be on engaging the mind and senses, rather than the heart.

80
Delightful, Quirky, Great staging, Great writing, Original

See it if you love B-horror movies, a campy/slasher movies, and quirky fun theatre. There's plenty of fights, trope dismantling, and bloody fun here.

Don't see it if you prefer your traditional rep, don't like adaptations, or want your theatre to be wholly separate from the influence of film.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Dizzying

See it if you like moving, heartfelt, funny, enchanting musicals; you like stories about the power of enduring friendships.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals; you don't like a strong female-driven stories; you don't want your perspective changed on a classic story.

80
Familiar
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if An updated living room comedy is what you need. It's depictions of family are both culturally specific and universally truthful.

Don't see it if You are looking for something dark and edgy. This play doesn't wander outside the expected of a play about family.

76
During previews
Exit Strategy
West Village
Great acting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if A punchy, relevant romp through the battles fought everyday for education appeals to you. This will make you laugh and hurt your heart.

Don't see it if You want something more "theatrical" or if you want a feel good show.

95
The Royale
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want great, compelling, tightly directed theatre. The writing, acting, and directing are masterful. A story of contemporary issues

Don't see it if No reason not to see this. Rachel Chavkin's direction is astoundingly tight.

65
During previews
Ideation
Midtown E
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A tight, culturally relevant moral comedy is what you are looking for. This piece will get you thinking.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheap laugh without any consequence. This comedy tries to get you to question truth.

85
During previews
Red Speedo
East Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if a piece that examines relevant issues in an insightful and nuanced way excites you. No sports knowledge is required to be absorbed into it.

Don't see it if you are searching for a piece that does not require a multi-layered examination of relevant and on-going issues.

73
Invisible Thread
Midtown W
Delightful, Cliched, Indulgent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if the story of contemporary artists/directors/adventurers/volunteers/young people set to the sounds of pop rock musical theatre is for you.

Don't see it if pop rock musicals are not your thing.

50
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you want famous and talented Broadway actors entertain you through music and dance of the 1970s. You'll be humming the tunes of yesteryear

Don't see it if you prefer your shows to have substance and weight. You won't walk out with a new perspective on the world.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if groundbreaking theatre from around the world that deviates from the norm is your style

Don't see it if you prefer your theatre tame with the same old tropes.

98
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you want something that pushes the boundaries of a classic piece. This piece will challenge your notions of contemporary and "big" theatre.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. This is theatre that challenges audiences.

70
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Golden age, Entertaining

See it if You want to recall the Golden Age of Broadway and experience one of the classics.

Don't see it if You are looking for contemporary thrills with a driving guitar and band. This is classic musical theatre with the full orchestra and music.

80
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy the following: political drama; simple but effective staging; a strong, forward moving narrative; historical drama.

Don't see it if you are searching for following: the avant garde, daring new work, you prefer your theatre fantastical and full of whimsy.

80
Gazoline
East Village
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you are seeking contemporary theatre from new voices. These are some people to watch in the coming years.

Don't see it if you prefer classic/repertoire theatre.

25
The Penitent
Chelsea
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you need to see a Mamet production.

Don't see it if the idea of Mamet's heroes taking the place of Job bores you.

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are in any shape, way, or form a Harry Potter fan. The staging, use of puppetry, and other devices are clever and a delight to watch!

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter.

80
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Original

See it if You are looking for a tech heavy but innovative show. The play utilizes very non traditional storytelling in a solo piece.

Don't see it if You are not open to a piece that relies heavily on technology or solo pieces do not interest you.

30
The Layover
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like plays with a great premise and then expected narratives that fall short of all they promise.

Don't see it if You want to feel, question, be entertained or generally moved by a play.

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like idea plays that touch on political and social issues surrounding prisoners and imprisonment (both literally and metaphorically).

Don't see it if a slower-paced drama and subtlety bores you.

81
The Humans
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Engaging

See it if you've never experienced real, theatrical dread before. There are moments where the sense of unease seems to seep in every corner.

Don't see it if A family drama on Thanksgiving is not interesting or fun to you.

70
The Crucible
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Original, Refreshing

See it if an updated on an old classic is what you need. This Crucible is frightening, emotional, and focuses on the fear instead of the politics.

Don't see it if You want your Arthur Miller classic. This rendition of The Crucible deviates from your expectations.

70
RubberMatch
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Fun

See it if you want a dynamic two-person show that wrestles with how to deal with life after university.

Don't see it if a two-hander reflecting on how to navigate adulthood and reconcile the past does not interest you.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant

See it if an irreverent, trashy-mouthed, puppet filled musical is what you're looking for. These puppets embody satire and parody.

Don't see it if you like your theatre heavy handed and quite serious.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A fast paced poetic meditation on gender and the way it shapes our daily lives is what you've been looking for.

Don't see it if You're looking for a more traditional, linear narrative play.

45
Widowers' Houses
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You need your fill of a Shaw play; A period piece that feels relevant is satisfying to you.

Don't see it if You want inspired direction and a piece that pushes new boundaries on older text.

55
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if A monologue on the musings of death and suffering are your thing. Also, if you are craving a one person show.

Don't see it if You have other shows lined up to see.

90
During previews
Wolf in the River
Soho/Tribeca
Dizzying, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You enjoy non-linear storylines, visceral imagery, and dark (but fun) aesthetics. This poetic exploration of poverty will shock and awe you.

Don't see it if You enjoy traditional and neatly packaged theatre.

86
During previews
but I cd only whisper
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if Dark shows touching on relevant issues is your thing. An interesting space, staging, and riveting story await audiences.

Don't see it if A drawn out play dealing with war, mental illness, gender issuesand pertinent race issues is not your thing.

71
Clever, Delightful, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if an exciting romp that pays an homage to the British theatre is for you. Jefferson Mays' multiple characters shows masterful skill.

Don't see it if a musical parodying old theatre is not for you.

85
Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Nostalgic

See it if an athletic and resonant revisit to the village of Anatevka is something on your mind. The songs will delight new and old audiences.

Don't see it if the tropes and stories of Broadway's yesteryear are dated and boring to you.

70
During previews
Political, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if A minimalistic, political commentary with a reflective narrative is your interest.

Don't see it if An NPR-esque (à la Radiolab podcast) journey of an artist and their "struggles" and his subject interviewee is considered boring to you.

73
Enchanting, Physical, Relevant

See it if a youthful, rock/indie musical is your style. Deaf West Theatre brings an added dimension to the piece that is wonderful to experience.

Don't see it if a very pretty musical with rock/indie music isn't for you.

76
During previews
I And You
Midtown E
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a show that will delight you, warm your heart, and break it in the most satisfying way.

Don't see it if you're looking for something ground-breaking or off the beaten path. While a wonderfully done production, there isn't anything mind blowing.

100
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if a daring production that utilizes lovely staging, music, and exquisite acting is what you have been craving.

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