Big Blue Fan

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (125)
72
Quirky, Ambitious, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like a farce about a serious subject that is very well acted by the three performers

Don't see it if you are a friend of Gwyn

67
The Exes
Midtown W
Fluffy, Funny, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to waste a couple of hours. Has a few chuckles but this show needs a lot of cleaning up. Actors do what they can with the material.

Don't see it if You are looking for a good set, good plot, and an ending that makes sense. Divorce is not much fun...Exes wasn't either .

80
The Bigot
Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you like plays with a good message, with a simple set , at a nice off-Broadway venue

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Archie Bunker type characters, or not interested in homosexual character driven plays.

80
Girl of Glass
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like small intimate theater that is very well acted. The music is haunting but the shadow dancing was not understood by me

Don't see it if you like fast paced musicals, and are not willing to listen to a slow, but well told story about not being boxed in by one's memories

94
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of real theater with deep insightful dialogue and banter.Sheer brilliance loosely based on Chekov's Uncle Vanya

Don't see it if you are looking for light subject matter and can't focus for 2 hours , and not willing to venture down to Alphabet City

Also Cast was awesome, writing is just the way I see the world...it was sca... Read more Read less

69
Dying in Boulder
East Village
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a somewhat comical view of dying from the perspective of two different culures, and involving a disfunctional family

Don't see it if you don't bring a padded seat cushion. The seating at La Mama Downstairs is horrific. Good actors but first act is really slow

80
During previews
Maverick
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Clever

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

92
Wickedest Woman
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

50
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, Slow

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

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

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

85
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

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.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

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

95
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

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

85
Small Craft Warnings
West Village
Entertaining, Dated, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

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

80
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

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

88
Arbuckle Syndrome
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

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

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

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

85
Great acting, Intense, Dated, Riveting, Raunchy

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.

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

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

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

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

92
Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

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

50
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Relevant

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

91
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Masterful, Raunchy

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

75
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Raunchy

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

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

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

80
Boogieban
West Village
Intense, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle a night of real theater dealing with the serious subject of PTSD

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or can't sit for over 100+ minutes without an intermission in somewhat uncomfortable seats

Also Well directed by Sean Derry, and a fine effort by the two accomplished... Read more Read less

60
God of Marz
Midtown W
Ambitious, Fluffy, Edgy, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see something very different.

Don't see it if you want to see real mainstream theater.

Also Promo didn't accurately describe this rather bizarre piece of theater.... Read more Read less

50
Intense, Excruciating, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if if you like Dateline type murder stories

Don't see it if you have no interest in a murder phobic young woman in an apartment on the LES in 2011, who actually lives above a woman who gets killed

Also It was interesting to me when this true story comes together at the en... Read more Read less

77
Perp
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if like slow paced stories less than 90 minutes.This crime drama,with simple sets, looks at police detectives , and the good in criminals

Don't see it if you can't use some imagination and forgive flaws in the story ,which I think are done on purpose by Kessler

Also This is a fairy tale showing the good and bad things in all people, be... Read more Read less

60
The Owl Girl
Upper W Side
Quirky, Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you have any interest in the conflict between Israel and Palestine

Don't see it if you are looking for serious theater or a comfortable venue to see a show in. The writing has potential but it needs work, even as a farce.

69
Catapult!
East Village
Slow, Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if a spoof on what "art" is , mixed in with a bit of a love story , would possibly entertain you

Don't see it if if you dislike long , slow, drawn out plays. Seating was uncomfortable and first act was too long

Also Cast of 16 , playing 28 parts, gave it their all. Play needs to be twe... Read more Read less

70
During previews
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Edgy

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.

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

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

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

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

55
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Banal, Insipid

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

88
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Exquisite

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

3
Fort Dicks
Midtown W
Overrated, Disappointing, Horrorific, Moronic, Terrible

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

80
The Day I Became Black
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

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

76
Dated, Great acting, Slow, Masterful, Intense

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

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

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.

90
Hurricane Party
West Village
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Raunchy

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

92
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Masterful, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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

79
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining

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

69
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky

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

75
Before We're Gone
West Village
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Entertaining, Romantic

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

70
During previews
Innit
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Raunchy, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

77
Grace is Good
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining

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.

85
Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic, Profound, Slow

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

70
Disappointing, Funny, Overrated, Quirky, Ambitious

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 .

25
45 Coffee Dates
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Dated, Romantic

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