Bill H 2

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male
About:  Hotel Concierge and frequent theatregoer.
Reviews (66)
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Banal, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have no knowledge of the period in question and want to see it enacted in a production devoid of theatrical or artistic interest.

Don't see it if you have literally anything else to do. Slow moving and dull.

Also It's three hours long, but it flies by like four. The only interest is... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Raunchy

See it if you're a fan of the movie, or a fan of Alex Brightman; if you like silly, slightly raunchy humor; if you want to be entertained.

Don't see it if you have small children (NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!), or if you're not a fan of lowbrow humor.

Great staging, Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a show that is both profound & profoundly entertaining. Great staging, gorgeous music and timeless themes. Entertaining and smart.

Don't see it if you don't like to engage with a show, or you don't like metaphors. Or if you're dead inside.

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Clever, Resonant, Poignant

See it if You want to see a well-known flop reimagined successfully, enjoy clever lyrics, and if you look back on life with some regrets. Just lovely.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by an unconventional time structure, don’t want to LISTEN CAREFULLY to intricate lyrics, or require perfect singing.

Clever, Relevant, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of plays about big ideas presented in refreshing and novel ways. If you enjoy great stage acting.

Don't see it if You need a lot to “happen” in the plot, or a clear resolution. This is a play about ideas, & gives both arguments equal time.

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Romantic, Better than expected

See it if You want to see a family friendly show that is light and engaging, well staged and well performed.

Don't see it if Did you need something fresh or edgy. This is very middle of the road theater, but very well done

Funny, Fluffy, Cliched, Escapist, Silly fun

See it if you're a Parrothead. This is EXACTLY what you're expecting. And the cast is superb -- Broadway a-listers in the service of silly material.

Don't see it if You don't like Jimmy Buffet (duh) or don't know who he is, or want a show with substance or sophistication. If you dislike broad comedy.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Funny

See it if you enjoy an intense, three character play with some tricky storytelling and a bit of highbrow raunchiness.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by bad language, bad behavior, or a somewhat pessimistic outlook about some things, or don't like nonlinear plays.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You have a free ticket.

Don't see it if You value originality, good storytelling or set design. Seriously, the set for Willy Wonka‘s chocolate river is laughably, insultingly bad

Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if You like drag queens, and raunchy gay humor, and singing. It was hilariously funny in spots, but with a definite sense of chaos thrown in.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended. By nearly anything.

During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if you enjoy a subtle, clever and thoughtful show that transports you to a place that is completely foreign, yet utterly familiar.

Don't see it if you require spectacle, a fast moving plot, or are impatient or easily bored. This is a quiet show that is in no hurry to make its points.

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Enchanting, Great acting, Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't mind a long, slow amble through a series of summer nights, in which nothing happens and everything happens and redemption happens.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot, action or twists. This is a very low key work.

During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a totally original story that is 100% of current, an emotionally powerful show; Ben Platt's amazing voice, and both funny & sad.

Don't see it if You don't like difficult themes (parenting issues, serious mental health issues & consequences), many cultural references or mild profanity.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Delightful, Riveting, Must see

See it if You are adventurous; you like your stories self-referential & clever, you're a fan of innovative staging and novel music, or for Mr. Groban.

Don't see it if You need something straightforward--this is anything but. You do not enjoy complex music and narratives that don't tie together neatly.

East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Unsettling

See it if You want a provocative piece that isn't strictly a play, but is entertaining and clever, as its parlor tricks morph from funny to sinister.

Don't see it if You have something to hide. You want a "play" instead of an mixed media "experiential piece." You despise audience participation.

Riveting, Refreshing, Original, Must see, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy excellent singing and music, inventive staging, and unusual storytelling structure. Amazingly good show.

Don't see it if You require a black and white, linear narrative; if you are a literal-minded clod; if you aren't willing to "go along" with a show's idea.

American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy, Original

See it if You are a fan of the book or film, if you like a modern, synth-pop score or if you like your satire dark as a bloodstain.

Don't see it if You want a show that "works" start to finish, if you don't like dark themes, if you're easily offended, or if you dislike stylized mayhem.

During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Uneven, Jarring tonal shifts, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of any of the actors, most of whom are doing great work, or want a pastiche of bluegrass and an uplifting but unearned ending.

Don't see it if You dislike jarring tonal shifts, uneven direction, a trite story, a obvious "twist" and many songs violating musical theatre best practices

During previews
Romantic, Entertaining, Amazing cast, Funny, Charming

See it if you love a classic musical perfectly revived. The cast is perfect, the music and story charming, and the sets are to-DIE-for gorgeous.

Don't see it if you are looking for something "edgy" or modern, or something with modern-sounding music. This is a classic American romantic musical comedy

Confusing, Clever, Original, Slow

See it if you are a fan of any of the stars, or if you want to see a new treatment of "Much Ado about Nothing," or if you like "Beatles" type music.

Don't see it if you aren't overly familiar with "Much Ado," and don't have a lot of patience for narrative confusion and pacing issues.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Uplifting

See it if you want an uplifting story with great costumes, a lively score, big production numbers and fun performances.

Don't see it if you have issues with drag or are looking for a profoundly original, serious story. The story is somewhat predictable, but well done.

Trip of Love
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You want a hodgepodge of 60's tunes unrelated by logic ("Go Ask Alice," then "Moon River") and want a beautiful cast, sets and costumes.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot, any dialogue, or even a coherent song-selection scheme. Or if horrible acting by the two leads will offend you.

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Classic, Jukebox

See it if Your folks visit and you need a show you'll all enjoy, with good singing. Or if you are a huge fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Don't see it if You aren't into the group's music, or if a cliche story is going to annoy you. This is a serviceable entertainment, but not terribly fresh.

Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Original, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a classically excellent, but RAUNCHY Broadway musical with biting satire about religion (but a charitable view on people of faith).

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity, or jokes about female genital mutilation, homosexuality, AIDS, poverty, Mormonism, & scatological references

During previews
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You want to be in the same room as Forest Whitaker for 65 minutes or so... Or look at the admittedly stunning set and lighting.

Don't see it if You want to believe the actor is inhabiting a character, you want any plot or compelling ideas, you want non-laughable period jargon.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy mental parlor tricks delivered with panache by a charming host. If you love being confounded by tricks.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy audience participation, or being hoodwinked.

Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the animated film, or of any of the performers, or if you like an entertaining, socially relevant show.

Don't see it if You don't like whimsy or want something self-serious.

Dizzying, Indulgent, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for 1st rate staging, costumes, singing and dancing without a lot of emotional substance. Pure entertainment.

Don't see it if you like serious shows; are a stickler for a coherent plot, or if you don't like things that teeter just on the right side of pandering.

Also "Crowd Pleasing" in the best and worst way.

Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something refreshing, funny and original, with some memorable numbers, and a real human story at the center of it.

Don't see it if You don’t like modern stories or musical styles, or if you’re not willing to give over to a musical’s central idea, no matter how absurd.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You like great (AMAZING) dance numbers, funny over the top performances, and a relevant story with a good message and a happy ending.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay people or don’t think gay people deserve happiness.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Edgy, Sexy

See it if You like beautiful men, and a few women, barely clothed and dancing/singing/performing to clever and unexpected music.

Don't see it if You’re at all shy about nudity or don’t like incense!

During previews
Great dancing, Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a classic of the musical theater canon done perfectly. If you are a fan of dance, or of any of the principals. Perfection.

Don't see it if you can't get past the problematic story elements and *spoiler* Julie Jordan's passivity in the face of her abusive relationship.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You want to see some amazing musical performances, fantastic set and costume design, and a flawed but resonsnt story.

Don't see it if You have rigid ideas about race & class; you don’t like a story w/ fantasy elements. If you’re not willing to “go along” with a show’s idea.

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want a family friendly show that adults will unreservedly enjoy as well. If you like Disney’s theatrical stage wizardry.

Don't see it if You want something emotionally resonant. This is a well-crafted & enjoyable entertainment for all ages. And not much more than that.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy clever storytelling structure and period pieces. If you're a fan of any of the performers. Quietly fascinating.

Don't see it if you want something that doesn't feel a bit dated in its ideas. It's clever enough, but not groundbreaking or novel to modern ears.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You like to be surprised and challenged at the theatre; if you like shows that make you think; if you like great, idiosyncratic performances

Don't see it if Are expecting a classic Ibsen play, or anything resembling such. If you don't like plays about ideas. If you need for one opinion to "win"

During previews
West Village
Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Great acting, Bleak

See it if You like unremittingly bleak and unpleasant stories with unsympathetic characters. If you like unpleasantness for its own sake.

Don't see it if You find bleak and unpleasant stories off-putting. I cannot recall ever viscerally hating a piece of theater as much as I hated this.

Also Some of the acting is good, the accents are all over the place, the di... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want to see a perfectly-cast period piece that, in lesser hands, could be dated, but here is exquisite. If you want to laugh AND cry.

Don't see it if you have issues with gay people. Actually DO see this if you have issues with gay people--you could use the lesson in humanity of the show.

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Misogynistic, Intense

See it if You like plays about difficult subjects, and can take the playwright's views about women with several grains of salt, & JUDITH f'ING LIGHT!

Don't see it if You are triggered by misogyny, sexual talk, anti-sex polemics, and "she had it coming" retributive karma.

Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you have a high tolerance for "meh" dialogue that bridges musical numbers, and MUST see the Rockettes despite their being underutilized.

Don't see it if You're going to get mad that there are two child actors running in and out of Rockettes numbers; if you hate sappy dialogue and NYC cliches.

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You like great singing, acting and dancing, and can overlook some tonal shifts that aren't well-executed. If you like Birelles' sound.

Don't see it if You require very well-developed secondary characters. You don't like any negative clouds hovering over your entertainment.

Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you want to hear amazing vocal performances in the service of a moving and uplifting story, in a show distilled to its perfect essence.

Don't see it if I got nothing. I dunno, if you don't like challenging subject matter (domestic abuse, mild homosexuality).

Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you are up for something different and fun; if you like improv/classic clowning, or if you like a great, eclectic female singer & cool band.

Don't see it if You want a story. You don't like silliness. You don't like fun. You want a huge production.

Funny, Original, Relevant, Romantic, Clever

See it if you want to see a lot of conventional musical comedy tropes turned on their heads, and to have a lot of surprises.

Don't see it if you are looking for cutting-edge, modern music or comedy. This is a throwback, with a lit of clever twists.

Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you like satirical shows about modern life, and have a sense of humor about several controversial topics and puppet sex.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch puppet sex, or if you don't enjoy an irreverent take on modern life and relationship issues.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Original

See it if You want an intense, deeply-felt, emotional story, with a beautiful modern score and intelligent book .

Don't see it if You find the subject matter offputting. The show concerns a woman's struggle with mental illness, and her and her family's journey.

Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Crowd pleasing, Family friendly

See it if You're a fan of the movie, or want a high-energy, fun but smart, family-friendly show, with a GREAT lead (Alex Brightman) and talented kids.

Don't see it if You don't like rock-style music, or if themes of "slackerdom" and kid's rebellion offend you or your family, or if you want a serious show.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Overrated, Obsequious‎

See it if You enjoy a well-staged, broadly comic show with a TON of Broadway references, catchy tunes, and some great comic performances.

Don't see it if You get annoyed when a show "tries too hard" to make you like it, or if you want something truly insightful or deeply humorous.

Overrated, Cliched, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You're bringing children. Because this show has really turned into children's theatre (the audience has--the production is still 1st-rate).

Don't see it if You are an adult, in search of an adult theatrical experience. You could find something MUCH fresher and more engaging.

Noises Off
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Classic farce

See it if You enjoy seeing a great cast expertly perform one of the most well-written farces ever created.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious, edgy or edifying--this is pure, wonderful, clever-but-lowbrow entertainment.