Bill 8

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (70)
13
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are suicidal and are looking for a reason to end it all.

Don't see it if you have a life.

51
Cliched, Dated, Good singing and acting, Weak script

See it if you like to feel comfortable and not be surprised. The performances are fine.

Don't see it if you like to be surprised.

54
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you don't mind looking for gems of understanding and gaining insights even when the whole doesn't work.

Don't see it if you need polished. There is a framing device that not only doesn't work it confuses the play from the beginning! The duel scenes are inept.

86
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, For theatre insiders

See it if you are a theatre insider, know the Upper West Side and Jewish culture. This is full of great insider jokes. I laughed and laughed!

Don't see it if you are not a theatre inside, clueless about the Upper West Side and Jewish culture. You will be lost lost lost . . .

65
Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you love history. There are some good moments here. But the direction is incredibly clumsy and non-sensical including the techno sound.

Don't see it if you want to see a perfect show. This is a 3 character play but for some reason they have 1 actor playing two roles. This is ridiculous.

Also Why oh why didn't they hire another actor??? Doubling in this play mak... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging, Great writing

See it if if you love fabulously funny acting and writing. This is a fast moving romp written years ago that is relavent today!

Don't see it if you like your theater in simple minded one-sided doses. Ha!

16
The Layover
Midtown W
Banal, Insipid, Raunchy, Slow, Boring

See it if you have no relationship to reality.

Don't see it if you like characters that are consistent and make sense any you like being bored.

16
Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent, Slow, Bad acting

See it if you like graduate school concept productions. This is very immature nonsense. Not at all funny and two hours - no intermission.

Don't see it if you'd like to keep 2 hours of your life. This productions made me hate Shakespeare. Awful, indicative acting. No poetry. Just pain.

53
During previews
Himself and Nora
West Village
Good story, Great acting, Music flawed and inconsistent, Great singing

See it if you love James Joyce and his story. The story is clear and actors compelling. BUT the music veers from rock to b'way to irish. Why rock?!?!

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with great music. A real downfall here. Music is totally inconsistent and does not support the story. A true flaw.

30
A Better Place
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you love sitcoms and never want to see anything that has a real imagination.

Don't see it if you believe theatre is an art form that can inspire and reveal truth in truly funny and painful ways.

81
Character driven, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Challenging

See it if you love to explore new worlds and great acting. This story is character driven and you come to love the characters.

Don't see it if you have a problem with understanding heavy accents. This will be frustrating if you can't understand the dialect.

77
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Cliched

See it if you love old fashioned, feel good musicals. There is nothing new here but it is very well done. The voices are beautiful; acting good!

Don't see it if you want to be challenged. This is like watching an old movie. Wait a minute - it was an old movie.

41
Ideation
Midtown E
Indulgent, Disappointing, Over the top acting, Predictable structure

See it if you don't know anything about business and like a fantasy show.

Don't see it if you like subtle acting. There's a bit too much scenery chewing. Also despite the unusual premiss the show's structure is predictable.

60
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Overrated, Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant, Slow

See it if you know nothing about war. This is a rather awkward meandering play that hits you over the head with the obvious.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding foreign accents.

72
Connected
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see how the internet is being used by young adults and teenagers. It is funny look into contemporary life.

Don't see it if you don't care about social media. This is a funny look at relationships today through the web portals.

92
During previews
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great tap dancing, Great staging

See it if you love great tap dancing and a great story. Truly entertaining.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of musicals. This is a classic.

94
During previews
Ironbound
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see masterful acting and a nice slice of life you don't know about. They story is very specific and very well told.

Don't see it if you can't climb the stairs to the theatre. There's no elevator. If you can climb stairs, go.

49
Hughie
Midtown W
Slow, Dated, Overrated, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a slice of life of old New York.

Don't see it if you want a profound experience.

93
Entertaining, Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Must see

See it if you are a human being! This show is full of beautiful performances and non stop insight. The music is inspiring, relevant and uplifting.

Don't see it if you have to have spoken words in a musical. Oh no, wait a minute - it has that too!

65
Quirky, Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like a fun/old fashioned musical with an uplifting message.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with shows that start very slowly and are really tired of drag queen jokes.

70
During previews
Please Continue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you love to see great acting in a beautifully produced play about intriguing and challenging ideas.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that goes beyond intellectual concepts and hits you in the gut. This play remains an intellectual exercise.

11
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you need sleep.

Don't see it if you like absorbing, interesting plays with something to say.

30
Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Fluffy, Banal

See it if you like to laugh at Southerners.

Don't see it if you like deep theological discussions.

50
Rose
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you love all things Kennedy and love minutia. Also see it if you love seeing a great actor elevate an uninspired script.

Don't see it if you want riveting theatre and fall asleep easily. There is nothing new here.

31
Clever Little Lies
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Dated, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you have very conventional views of marriage and you don't mind profanity. Also see it if you like kitschy acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for original ideas. Also if you prefer acting above the sitcom level avoid this show.

27
Banal, Disappointing, Musical style presentational acting

See it if you like theatre stories. This is a show only for those who live and breathe the theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer good acting to B'way style musical presentational fare. The sensationalistic aspects and not unexpected and are exploitative.

30
During previews
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Meandering script

See it if you love seeing Julie Halston and Randy Graff on stage.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that has any meaning. Mr. Greenberg plays with language but makes no point except to remind us he is clever.

Also The lead actress is terrible with a phony Southern accent when there i... Read more Read less

75
Not That Jewish
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Touching

See it if understand Jewish culture or want to understand Jewish culture. This is a very heartwarming and funny autobiographical short play.

Don't see it if you don't care about Jewish culture.

Also Although this is truly a funny, you will leave with a lump in your thr... Read more Read less

51
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you'd like to see Diane Lane, Joel Grey and John Glover. They are wonderful.

Don't see it if you'd like to see the complex play that Chekhov wrote. This is cut down and simplified to the point of stupidity. All complexity is gone.

Also The direction is confusing and the costuming is awful! They try to sig... Read more Read less

76
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you like innovative theatre and don't mind nudity on stage. This is absorbing but lacks an overall pont.

Don't see it if if you want the play - which plays with the meaning of life - to make a point. There is none and maybe that's the point?

84
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Funny

See it if you like thought provoking, fun complex musical drama.

Don't see it if you don't like period music.

88
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you love a challenging play with great acting. Super performance by John Glover.

Don't see it if you don't like to see gun fire on stage. There is a 15 minute section that is quite bombastic.

92
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if you love wonderful harmonies and terrific staging. They tell the story clearly and there are quite a few stunning moments.

Don't see it if you only want conventional theatre and prefer dialogue in your musicals. This is almost entirely sung through.

28
During previews
Shining City
Chelsea
Slow, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you haven't been able to sleep and need a nap. There is no tension in this production and nothing happens.

Don't see it if you want something to happen in 100 minutes. It is supposed to be 90 minutes but it's slow and Broderick sounds like a cartoon leprechaun.

97
For a previous production
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Riveting, Profound

See it if you love complex stories with beautiful music and great acting. This is surprising and beautiful with stunning staging.

Don't see it if you have the flu or any other contagious disease. Otherwise go!

53
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Quirky, Dated

See it if you like a lot of NYC in-jokes and didn't see the original down at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The original was much better directed and acted

Don't see it if you are over curtsey. This is a lot of acting but not a tour de force.

51
Death for Five Voices
East Village
Disappointing, Gorgeous music, Trite script, Uneven acting, Beautiful voices

See it if you love baroque music. The voices here are wonderful. And the music is rich.

Don't see it if you get bored easily with familiar story lines . . . although there are wonderful aspects of this production, the pieces don't add up.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you love a puzzle and great acting. This play takes a great approach to a difficult issue.

Don't see it if you like linear story lines only. This play uses wonderful technique to show us the disintegration of a mind.

90
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love highly theatrical shows with great acting. This show is moving and loads of fun too!

Don't see it if you only like very traditional theatre. This expands boundaries while winking at the audience.

52
Blackbird
Midtown W
Overrated, Banal, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you really want to see the stars in this play. They do a fine job. The subject matter is not something to embrace every day.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about pedophilia. That is the subject matter and this is confronted head on.

6
Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to see a hoax. This is about nothing except the audience getting to take selfies of themselves on stage with the star actor.

Don't see it if you want to see a actual play. This is nonsense. No wonder they don't show the script to the actors - if they did, no one would do it!

54
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you like to see the playwright insert himself into the subject matter and talk about his process.

Don't see it if you like plays that aren't indulgent. Here we get to follow a fellow talking about writing his play. Really?

86
During previews
Boy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like plays that intelligently explore difficult issues. The acting is quite good and the show brings a tear to the eye.

Don't see it if you only want to be entertained. While this show quietly keeps you on the edge of your seat, it is not escapism.

83
Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you love sight gags and wonderful movement. These guys are virtuosos and work beautifully together. The band is wonderful.

Don't see it if you want a serious thought provoking play. This provokes thoughts, but the thoughts are all funny!

74
During previews
Dead Dog Park
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that ask open ended questions and don't tie things up with a neat bow.

Don't see it if you get confused by unconventional staging.

29
During previews
Angel Reapers
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you'd like to hear a few Shaker tunes performed well and you love to watch of dance. This is not Shaker dancing it is it's own thing.

Don't see it if you want any insight into Shakers or an engaging story. This focuses on only one aspect of Shakerism and beats us over the head with it.

7
China Doll
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like Al P no matter what.

Don't see it if you want to hear what is being said on stage and stay awake.

49
Allegiance
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to know something about the incarceration of the Japanese during WW2 and you like ernest, well meaning projects.

Don't see it if you want to hear good music, like good writing, good direction etc. This is a wonderful subject that has been given very poor treatment.

32
Sylvia
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you love dogs and don't mind a "cute" script.

Don't see it if you like great acting, challenging ideas and have taste. Broderick is speaks and acts in a monotone.

73
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful, Banal, Cliched

See it if you are a teenage girl or can bring teenagers.

Don't see it if you hate modern music in period pieces. The music is banal but well performed.