Bill B 6229

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (29)
91
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A darkly atmospheric Richard III with a Richard with flashes of humor.

Don't see it if A three-hour play is too long.

Also For me, the essence of Richard III is that he is amused by his clevern... Read more Read less

69
Boogieban
West Village
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Banal

See it if Well-acted, two-man show covering PTSD as the plot thrust.

Don't see it if Looking for anything particularly original or insightful on the subject.

Also Boogieban centers on an Afghan vet who may be suffering from PTSD and ... Read more Read less

79
The White Devil
West Village
Delightful, Great acting

See it if Fast-paced and exciting.

Don't see it if The lighting lights up the front rows. The use of video to cover off-stage action may disorient some.

Also John Webster is no Shakespeare. His characters aren't subtle and his p... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show with actors jumping seamlessly between their characters and the characters they play in the stories in the play.

Don't see it if You're a non-Spanish speaker and don't want to deal with a small amount of dialogue being in Spanish.

Also Eight Tales of Pedro is a story-within-a-play set among a group of six... Read more Read less

78
Before We're Gone
West Village
Great staging, Great acting

See it if Good acting by Rideout and Zdrojeski and clever use of a small environment.

Don't see it if People who object to euthanasia or who are touchy on religious subjects may not enjoy the show.

Also Before We're Gone centers on two encounters, set 25 years apart (1956 ... Read more Read less

83
Dido of Idaho
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if An engaging, well-acted play with some interesting ideas.

Don't see it if There is a small amount of stage violence.

Also Dido of Idaho name-checks the story of Dido and Aeneas. In the Aeneid,... Read more Read less

89
Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like well-acted intense drama by the playwright who wrote Doubt.

Don't see it if The two scenes are in different parts of the building--a problem if mobility is an issue.

Also This is an intense two-person play. Although the plot of two burnt-out... Read more Read less

89
Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if Well-acted with Shay having a particularly nuanced performance. Great scene design.

Don't see it if Consider Strindberg's views on feminism to be a deal-breaker.

Also Strindberg's Miss Julie does represent the feminist upbringing of the ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if An engaging and smart play with well-written, well-portrayed characters that deals with the aftermath of military service.

Don't see it if Any aversion to fight scenes as there is one.

Also The Reckless Season has good acting from all four performers and is a ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like energetic acting by a cast that clearly enjoyed what they were doing and clever wordplay.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for wordplay that is occasionally too cutesey.

Also This is an energetic and clever production. The rhymed pentameter seem... Read more Read less

86
Coriolanus
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if A fine production with a particularly good Johnstone, Harrow and Page.

Don't see it if You have a problem with Shakespeare being done with modern trappings.

Also I received a comp ticket pursuant to a ShowScore program.

89
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Intelligent play about children in the wake of war--set in the aftermath of the Russian Civil War

Don't see it if Some stage combat and violence involved.

93
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Delightful

See it if A funny show which focuses on non-verbal interactions which are well-staged and acted.

Don't see it if There is one scene involving one character's total nudity.

69
Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if Marital breakdown, aburdist-style writing

Don't see it if Sometimes the approach worked, sometimes it seemed posed and got in the way of connecting with the emotional landscape.

64
Insipid, Indulgent, Great acting, Banal

See it if Decent acting and the music and dancing were well-executed.

Don't see it if The music and dancing were gratuitous and distracting.

79
During previews
Austere, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see an understated, but good, version of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't care for austere set design or actors switching roles.

Also The Classic Stage Company has put on a good version of Macbeth. Man-an... Read more Read less

56
Some good acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if If you haven't seen The Seagull in a long time and really want to.

Don't see it if An indulgent staging that feels like they wanted to make it a musical but just couldn't make the leap.

Also This play had much gratuitous physical business. Several instances in ... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Fine acting, especially between the two leads. As to the writing, I mean, it's Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if The play is intense and there's a plot twist at the end that might bother some.

82
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Chekhov is, well, Chekhov. This was a capably executed rendition.

Don't see it if You have a problem with theater-in-the-round as there will be times when some actors have their backs to you.

Also The acting was generally good, particularly Jay O. Sanders as Vanya an... Read more Read less

85
Wilder Gone
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see a solid, funny play with a solid underpinning.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for a comedy.

Also Wilder Gone is a sharp, funny play about two women fighting over the s... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like a generally well-acted and mostly faithful representation of a classic Greek tragedy.

Don't see it if Have accessibility issues as the theater is upstairs and there's no elevator.

Also The New Collectives company did a well-executed version of The Trojan ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great staging

See it if A well-acted play that rose to the challenged of being performed on a park blacktop. The trims in the play were mostly well-chosen.

Don't see it if You need every word of a Shakespeare play performed or have a problem with female actors in parts such as Prince Edward and Richmond.

Also Smith Street Theatre's production of RIchard III is done in Carroll Pa... Read more Read less

81
The Conspiracists
West Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Clever take on reality possibly being up for grabs.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot line.

Also The Conspiracists is set in a church basement which is the weekly meet... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Classic Eugene O'Neill with some good acting.

Don't see it if "Posed" staging choices.

Also Odi Alibi did a fine job as the title character. Andy Murray was suita... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like seeing fine acting by the leads and an untrimmed Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that is set, non-stop, on "fast"

Also This version of Macbeth was able to deliver the whole play in about tw... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if A well-acted production with an intense but not overdone Medea.

Don't see it if It has a violent plot even if the violence takes place off-stage. Fazal was great as Medea but is perhaps a bit young for the part?

75
Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Well-delineated characters with good chemistry. Some genuine good moments of interaction.

Don't see it if Perhaps over-evocative of Waiting for Godot. Sometimes got lost in its own mysteriousness.

83
The Effect
West Village
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Intelligent, thought-provoking writing.

Don't see it if The two plot lines didn't always seem to mesh well.

75
Cliched, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if It had good acting and there was a convincing chemistry.

Don't see it if The backstory of the quartet's history and relationships was somewhat contrived.