Big Blue Fan

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Reviews (113)
Preview try2
80
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a brief history of what made Orson Welles great, and how his later career ended before his sudden death

Don't see it if you are not familiar with Mr. Welles and are too young to get the references to performers and celebrities of the 70's and 80's

Also Mr. Demas excellent as Orson Welles, and a fine job by Mr. Pilkington ... Read more Read less

Preview ww4
92
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to be surprised. This play was wickedly good. Entire cast was multi-talented and the production was tight with no glaring miscues

Don't see it if a biographical drama about a female abortionist in 19th century NYC would not interest you, but you would be missing a worthwhile night out.

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50
During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you don't understand family disfunction and never saw someone go through cancer therapy

Don't see it if you expect to see a good play worthy of your time

Preview tlrn1
63
Confusing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical plays and can handle an accurate portrayal of slavery in America

Don't see it if you would not like an implausible tale, set in 1863, during the Civil War, and that was filled with violence and portrayed bigotry and hate

Also Five actors did the best with what was written. The story kept evolvin... Read more Read less

Preview macbeth
85
Edgy, Clever, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if a different way of presenting Shakespeare would be of interest to you

Don't see it if if you like big productions in a comfortable venue.

Also Actors were all very good, especially T. Colton as Macbeth.

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70
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you would like 5 short plays performed by a cast of ten talented actors , each with a varying theme of betrayal by one's mind.

Don't see it if you will be influenced by the very low scores given on this forum. It is also not a "100" as it was awarded for Friday's performance.

Also The Trainer and Gun were the longest and well acted. Mr. Freeman was v... Read more Read less

Preview someone who ll watch over me
95
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to be reminded how little the world has changed since this was penned by the great Irish playwright so many years ago

Don't see it if you are unable to concentrate and sit for 2.5 hours of intense theater depicting a hostage situation involving 3 men from different nations

Also So glad I went to see this opening night, which went off pretty smooth... Read more Read less

Preview scw1
85
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if for one of the playwright's later, lesser seen works, about a cast of misfits who bare their souls in a small dingy California bar

Don't see it if you don't like the same old cocktail of misery ,loneliness, yearning and sadness , mixed with alcohol

Also If you love T. Williams this is must see. Cast is great. Intimate smal... Read more Read less

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80
Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if a semi-biographic drama about the Nazi turned US citizen Werner von Braun would be of interest to you

Don't see it if History and two hours of tedious theater is not what you are in the mood for

Also The story is a bit slow and dragged out, but I liked it as the actors ... Read more Read less

Preview arbuckle
88
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be treated to a night of really good theater in a small venue , unfortunately with, uncomfortable seating

Don't see it if You are sensitive to the playwright portraying a character who may or may not, have Asperger's Syndrome.

Also Larry Phillips is masterful as Troy , and is a fine playwright. The en... Read more Read less

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80
During previews
Cliched, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like a show revolving around the age old dilemma of finding a mate before it's too late, after a long term relationship ends

Don't see it if you don't want to see a small talented cast treat you to a cute musical in a small cozy venue

Also Man....those seats are uncomfortable and it's not because I'm old and ... Read more Read less

Preview ddbs2
85
Raunchy, Riveting, Dated, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see an early work of JP Shanley . Both the female and male characters were well cast, and the 65 minutes was action packed.

Don't see it if a highly unlikely tale of two angry lost souls who meet in a Bronx bar one night would not be of interest to you.

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93
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you can sit for 90 minutes for a well told tale, set in ancient China, about a man who goes against his principles, and it's consequences

Don't see it if a light fluffy show, or musical is what you are in the mood for. The theme is not new, but the story is told so well, that it should be seen

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90
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are open to a historical show about Korean women enslaved by Japanese soldiers for sexual purposes during WW2, while being set to music

Don't see it if you are so critical that you demand Broadway Tony winning actors to entertain you. The cast is young and did a really fine job.

Also Disregard the 2 hyper-critical Critic reviews as they may know more ab... Read more Read less

Preview rap guide
92
Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Edgy, Funny

See it if you want to learn things and be entertained at the same time. Baba had me on the Brink of sheer happiness. Great show for people of all ages

Don't see it if A little bit of cursing will offend you. Otherwise go and see why The NY Times endorses this great one man show

Preview ft1
50
Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the playwright, or are interested in the women's movement

Don't see it if 3 disjointed vignettes about the suffering of woman is not what you want to think about in your leisure time

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91
Raunchy, Masterful, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you are curious about the complex Tennessee Williams- William Inge relationship

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with homosexuality and foul language .

Also Ignore the NY Times and theater snobs. This play was really good. Mr V... Read more Read less

Preview tamra
75
Raunchy, Fluffy, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a creative group of performers tell the trials and tribulations of a young girl becoming a young woman who wants to act.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big night out at a theater. as the venue is simple and comfortable , and geared up for a younger crowd.

Also If you are Jewish , or raised children, you will be amused. Brooke Wet... Read more Read less

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90
For a previous production
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a rarely performed play from the brilliant Kurt Vonnegut

Don't see it if you are not able to pay close attention for two intense hours of intimate live theater

Also Cast was really great. The writing , and the way it was performed , re... Read more Read less

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83
During previews
Overrated, Great singing, Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you like shows like The Voice and American Idol , and if you like good covers of classic rock mixed in with classical music

Don't see it if you are looking to see a Broadway show , despite it having a bunch of highly skilled vocalists and musicians.

Also It was good but I could have easily just played all my Cds and done wi... Read more Read less

Preview extreme weather
65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if a more straight forward approach to climate change like Al Gore's " An Inconvenient Truth" is not entertaining enough for you.

Don't see it if earth's future mixed in with a few sidebars of dirty politics , sex ,vulgarity, and gender identification issues bore you

Also Lead actor was quite believable in his role. Play was way too long, pa... Read more Read less

Preview brightcolorshiller
75
Quirky, Raunchy, Fluffy, Clever, Funny

See it if you want a few laughs, as single gay man talks to three unseen gay men, when they attend the wedding of two other men

Don't see it if talk of drugs, sex and alcohol will not strike your funny bone

Preview abb1
85
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a feel good story and be inspired by a talented young man who seems to have overcome a difficult childhood

Don't see it if you have no interest in hearing about growing up in less than ideal conditions

Also Mr. Prescod will certainly put a smile on your face . He is multi-tale... Read more Read less

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85
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if instead of curling up on a couch with a book, in winter, you feel like seeing a good mystery in person thanks to a fine cast of 4 performers

Don't see it if you like big productions with an elaborate set. If inappropriate relationships with minors is a sensitive subject to you, maybe skip this.

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91
During previews
Enchanting, Absorbing, Intense, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you want to be blown away by great vocals and musical talent while the performers tell how they met and fell in love.

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the Bengsons. How one could not is beyond me. Booyah Bengsons...you both rock, and so did the other musicians.

Preview gsu1
70
During previews
Edgy, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you like or dislike evangelism , and want to see a comical look at it through the eyes of God, and performed by 3 skilled actors

Don't see it if you are either deeply religious , or don't believe in God or religion.

Preview annm1
92
Great writing, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you can take a one-two punch of powerful theater. First was a twisted tale involving cloned children, second a piece on a woman's suicide

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. Churchill plays is brilliant on many levels, while Norman's is so real, but maybe a tad too long.

Also Great pairing of plays. Both with interesting parent and child relatio... Read more Read less

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75
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like short vignettes back to back to back for about 90 minutes by a talented writer, who also directed the last story

Don't see it if you need elaborate staging or comfortable seating

Also First story- one man discussing Hitler and other cheerful thoughts. In... Read more Read less

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Insipid, Banal, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you need a refresher course on women's lib movement

Don't see it if you are sick of #metoo crap and miss the good old days and Leave It To Beaver. Meanwhile SNL has a singer with slutty open blouse !

Also Just read her book. Actors were talented but this was mostly torture t... Read more Read less

Preview s3
88
Exquisite, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see some serious talent up close in a small but comfortable venue on the Lower East Side

Don't see it if you won't like a musical intertwined with ballet , about ghosts and an older married woman who has an affair with a younger married guy

Also Beautiful voice for lead actress, and beautiful dance throughout by th... Read more Read less

Preview fd2
3
Terrible, Moronic, Horrorific, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a work inspired by the comedy of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner.

Don't see it if you don't have heart beats and breaths to waste. This was utterly unacceptable to be seen on the island of Manhattan.

Also The show director and writer should stick to his accounting practice i... Read more Read less

Preview tdibb1
80
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you open minded to one man's dual view of racial bigotry told with humor and a few sad tales of profiling

Don't see it if you are close minded and have no interest in feeling the pain of another human being due to prejudice

Also Wanted to see this show as I had a friend growing up who had a white f... Read more Read less

Preview p7
76
Intense, Masterful, Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if you are old enough to have seen Freddie Prinze, a cutting edge comedian , who died way too young

Don't see it if you never saw him perform at clubs or on television, or if you don't want to watch the sad demise of a shooting star

Also The solo show was quite masterful as I felt that Mr. Prinze was in the... Read more Read less

Preview als1
86
Intense, Great writing, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if to see a great revival of a minor work of Tennessee Williams. Cast were all superb and I am not sure why the reviews are not more positive

Don't see it if you cant sit through 100+ minutes of dialogue with southern accents and no intermission.

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90
Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you aren't prudish and would like to see a 90 minute play that is a mash up of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" & "Key Largo" on steroids

Don't see it if simulated sex, cursing, violence and infidelity make you uncomfortable, and you only like white-bread. characters and white picket fences

Also The show is so well cast. Great writing and direction make this a fun ... Read more Read less

Preview ffss
92
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Masterful

See it if you are either familiar or not familiar with the work of Gurney. Two short plays in act 1 and one after intermission.

Don't see it if Second play thought provoking but could do without. First very good. Third a masterpiece. Laughed a few tears ! Go see this Gurney tribute

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79
During previews
Entertaining, Slow, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if you would like a historical play based on real event involving the IRA in 1979. The play shows how a militant changed after 30 years

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding actors with Irish accents, and you like fast moving shows. First act was longer but well written & performed

Also Second act needs work as it gets a bit silly in the middle. However th... Read more Read less

Preview rrred
69
Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like a good farce performed by a super talented cast. I wanted to leave after 15 minutes but it got better with time

Don't see it if silly sketches like those on SNL do not appeal to you. You won't like this if you can't appreciate the effort of the cast

Also Why no photo of a little Ron Howard...or did I miss it ? Why no mentio... Read more Read less

Preview unnamed
75
Romantic, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if a tale about a conflicted young man and an older woman meeting 25 years after their initial meeting intrigues you

Don't see it if you don't like soap operas or you are not sympathetic to euthanasia

Preview i3
70
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Raunchy, Intense

See it if a one woman show about a troubled teenage Irish girl living with her mom in Manchester in the 90's is something of interest to you

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy. Show ran 55 minutes and needed all your attention to get the crux of the matter

Preview gig1
77
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you might like a show about a possible work place romance , and the consequences that come from the suspicion of the office workers .

Don't see it if you don't like small Lower East side performance spaces with uncomfortable seating.

Also The actors were all very good, and the play was staged quite well.

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85
Slow, Profound, Romantic, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you love a great play , a love story, at a beautiful iconic NY venue , with superb acting and chemistry between the lead actors

Don't see it if Supertitles above the stage and sign language will be a distraction .The play is long and evolves slowly so avoid this if you are impatient

Preview twwe1
70
Ambitious, Quirky, Overrated, Funny, Disappointing

See it if An absurd dark comedy about the relationship between a distant brother and sister might interest you, without an intermission

Don't see it if you want a play that leaves you satisfied in the end. Good acting but last 30 minutes leaves you hungry after an appetizing 1st hour .

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25
Romantic, Dated, Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if a woman's journey to happiness re-enacted over 85 minutes without interruption appeals to you.

Don't see it if you want to see something original about the dating scene.

Also A few chuckles might come your way if you are lucky. I am so happy thi... Read more Read less

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99
Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Ambitious, Exquisite

See it if you want to be amazed at what an extremely multi-talented human being is capable of creating.

Don't see it if you are only looking to see either a traditional musical or a play. This show explores what is important in life and opens ones mind.

Also Like required reading in school, this storyteller's 25 year journey in... Read more Read less

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66
Overrated, Dated, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like absurd theater and are unfamiliar with Ionesco

Don't see it if you won't be dining at one of the fine restaurants on Clinton Street.

Also I now see why my Ionesco lithograph is so complex . Go eat at Lil Gem ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if Musicals are not your thing and a play with substance is what you are craving. Mr.Lochtefeld was superb .

Don't see it if A slow, finely acted bit of history is not what you wish to witness in your leisure time. To each his own, but it will be your loss !

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95
Must see, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if even you don't have any interest in Malcolm X. Stellar cast. NY Times Critics Choice for a reason. Intelligent theater and a great story.

Don't see it if two hours of concentration are something you are not capable of or interested in doing.

Also Mr. Houseman is smiling in his grave since this is being performed by ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Funny, Raunchy, Must see, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see something really sick and way out there. It really is a must see, not that it is really very good. It has a really good set.

Don't see it if an absurd concept of a world minus women, mixed in with "religion" , would not interest you

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69
Disappointing, Slow, Raunchy, Confusing, Dated

See it if you want a glimpse back in time about a small town with a connection to the legendary James Dean

Don't see it if you are easily confused and can't follow the dialogue closely that takes place in a simple but realistic set