blackoutpete

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  Theater & Comedy maker. Festival creator, performer, producer & attendee. Writer. Director. Teacher. Coach. Scorpio.
Reviews (35)
85
Mil Grus
Soho/Tribeca
Masterful, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate an expert clown show. Not Ringling Bros style, but the Bouffon style. Outrageous, lots of audience interaction, and FUN!

Don't see it if you want to see a play. This is not a play.

95
Joyous, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you love the story and you love good theater and you need to be uplifted.

Don't see it if you don't like incredible stage work and you don't like happiness.

80
Monsoon Season
West Village
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy good writing, monologues, and psychologically challenged characters doing bad things to the themselves and others.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional play or if blood, drug use, and murder upsets you.

81
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see extremely bold writing, direction, lighting, sound, and performance and if you need a nudge getting "woke."

Don't see it if you can't sit through 2 hours and 15 minutes with no intermission and you are sensitive to on-stage sex, hard hitting themes, and truth.

81
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Cher. I can't imagine this show would be entertaining or even make sense to someone who's not familiar with her career and music.

Don't see it if you don't like camp and big production numbers and loud music or if you are not a Cher fan.

Also Very enjoyable performances by the leads and fantastic costumes. Many ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classical verse mashed up with a contemporary musical twist.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of The Go-Gos or if gender issues make you uncomfortable.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you’re a huge fan of all things “Broadway.” This show is all “Broadway” in theme, jokes, style, music, dancing...everything.

Don't see it if you don’t LOVE musicals. It’s a big, fat musical.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like simple but effective storytelling shows and can relate to the experiences of parenthood.

Don't see it if you want something flashy or can’t relate to having a baby.

88
Honors Students
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy sharp writing and direction, twisted characters, excellent set/costume design, awesome music/sound design, and important topics.

Don't see it if realistic, onstage violence and sexual situations bother you. The character’s are pretty messed up. I loved it.

90
Beep Boop
East Village
Delightful, Funny, Masterful

See it if you’re a fan of physical comedy, clever stagecraft, brilliant clown work, or you know someone who’s addicted to their devices.

Don't see it if you need words to understand a story.

Also This show made me smile from start to finish. It’s short, sweet, silly... Read more Read less

52
During previews
So Long Boulder City
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you’re totally in love with the film that inspired it and you need more.

Don't see it if you appreciate parody.

90
During previews
Squeamish
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy an evening of smart writing and dynamic storytelling delivered by an accomplished and mesmerizing actress.

Don't see it if you are squeamish. Seriously. There are some graphic descriptions here that will haunt you as they haunt the tortured protagonist.

Also Though the show clocks in at 1 hour and 40 minutes, I completely lost ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great acting and you're interested in people's passions and the history of indie theater/downtown NYC theater scene.

Don't see it if you're seeking a more "traditional" play.

92
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Clever, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a raucous, rocking, re-telling of a classic tale told by a sexy/funny/talented cast in a unique style with a ton of heart.

Don't see it if you don't like pop rock musicals or you think you need to know the source material (which you don't!)

Also See it before it inevitably heads uptown. This piece has serious talen... Read more Read less

95
Composure
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're seeking a totally relevant story about complex, contemporary characters whose lives interconnect in fascinatingly theatrical ways.

Don't see it if you're seeking the same kind of stock stories, devices and characters that so many off-off-B'way shows have to offer.

98
Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You appreciate original and dynamic storytelling and stagecraft.

Don't see it if You are bothered by bright lights and thunderous sound design.

95
Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy terrific writing, hairpin turns, and a stellar cast presenting thought-provoking material that makes you laugh out loud.

Don't see it if You don't think you are a racist and just want to see the same old story. This is not one of those stories.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Original

See it if You like classic Hollywood sci-fi stories and want to get swept away to another time...which isn't that far from this time.

Don't see it if You want big sets and special effects. The performers do all of that!

90
Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy powerhouse storytelling mixed with outrageous standup comedy, wrapped in socially responsible messages. A storm of comedy gold!

Don't see it if you are seeking a more traditional solo show and like drama and if you dislike profanity.

70
Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love Pryce and Atkins. They are the only real reason to see this play. Not that I could tell you what their characters were like.

Don't see it if you don't like slow, unraveling, slightly confusing, and ultimately depressing views of dementia.

75
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen the show live on stage or if you've seen it and want to see a new take on the role of Audrey.

Don't see it if you LOVED the original and are looking for a revival with no real vision.

70
Lulu XX
East Village
Well-designed, Dated, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you’re into experimental, avant-garde, technically impressive, well-designed, non-linear theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if you’re seeking a traditional play or solo show with clear narrative, or if flashing lights disturb you.

79
During previews
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Clever, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you’re intrigued by a somewhat foul-mouthed holiday story and you enjoy a campy script and performances.

Don't see it if you’re easily offended and seeking something more serious.

Also the show has show tonal inconsistencies but they should be resolved by... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want to experience the Christmas Carol story in a fresh, fun, contemporary way. Great dancing, acting, music, and video projections!

Don't see it if you’re a Grinch.

88
Clever, Intelligent, Gothic

See it if you enjoy a good, creepy yarn delivered with a clever, artistic, theatrical shadow-play device.

Don't see it if you’re scared of the dark or ghosts or you’re afraid of taking a risk on highly theatrical work.

69
During previews
Great singing, Confusing, Loud

See it if you’ve never been to a nightclub, you love EDM, you love the Cleopatra story, you don’t mind standing/blocked views.

Don't see it if you are seeking coherence, structure, or a truly immersive theatrical experience.

Also A drag performer holds it all together and makes it fun. Which is odd ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Epic

See it if you’re looking for brilliant puppetry, staggering scope, inventive choreography, thrilling theatrical moments, sights to behold!

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical. It’s not. There aren’t a whole lot of songs. It’s very “now,” even though it’s set in the 30s.

Also I think people want to hate this show. I loved nearly every moment of ... Read more Read less

50
Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you appreciate masterfully executed video/sound integration, smart direction & avant garde experimentation blending film & live theater.

Don't see it if you want a clear, absorbing story and a sense of pace.

Also While I appreciated the innovative work that went into creating this s... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a classic, well-structured play that unfolds quite slowly, but it totally worth the wait.

Don't see it if you want action or anything lavish. It’s a very talky piece and the themes are deep and universal.

Also The first scene change and the final stage image were completely worth... Read more Read less

90
Van Gogh Find Yourself
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to feel like you're spending time with a misunderstood artist who's returned from the past and if you're interested in art!

Don't see it if you're seeking a traditional solo show or something with bells and whistles. This is a unique, special, artsy, interactive experience.

Also I loved watching Van Gogh sketch members of the audience, as well as w... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Trump Lear
East Village
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or if you're foe of Trump, or if you enjoy witnessing a hilarious, ace performer pulling out all the stops.

Don't see it if you love Trump or don't enjoy Shakespeare.

85
During previews
Great Again
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're looking for great acting and ensemble work with an ambitious new work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional, typical piece of new writing.

Also This play and producing company are definitely taking a risk here and ... Read more Read less

75
For a previous production
Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy physical comedy, gags, mugging, silliness, British things, deconstructing sets, and high energy.

Don't see it if you're looking for the next "Noises Off" - because this is about the actors' physicality and detailed set - not the characters or plot.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You have a short attention span and enjoy seeing very talented actors shine in multiple roles under some superb direction.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep and heavy and you get confused by talented actors playing more than one role.

95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Enchanting

See it if you love live music, you love silent film, you love originality, you're seeking a respite from the madness, you are smart.

Don't see it if you want a big action-summer blockbuster or you're opposed to incredibly rich orchestrations played by master musicians.