Bob 8006

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Devoted theater addict -I see 75-100 shows a year. Ran a 2700 theater out of town for over a dozen years and I dabble in directing at the non-professional level. Prefer work that makes you think rather than just laugh. Love it when a work does both. Cue Mr. Sondheim.
Reviews (73)
86
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if If you like shows that make you think. A deceptively well-structured piece focusing on how women are unprotected by the Constitution.

Don't see it if Occasionally heavy-handed and padded play - deliberately seems to meander to make a point. Best if you share point of view of playwright.

67
During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Shallow, Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like slow-paced drama, with little humor. Plays with a germ of an idea that is barely developed. Adequate acting, awkward direction.

Don't see it if You crave a play that makes you think beyond the obvious, acting that finds complexity of a character. You hate pause-inspired performances

87
Exquisite, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if gorgeous sets, costume and score. A visually splendid production. Well acted, sung and directed. Sexism is toned down nicely.

Don't see it if If you prefer darkness in theater or in life, this show is not for you. Even the social messages are delivered with delicious wit and humor.

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy musicals with the simple goal of being entertaining. Excellent leads and especially good supporting cast. Very pleasant evening

Don't see it if You need Andrew Lloyd Webber hits every other song. Solid score, nothing more. No bells and whistles scenery just function. basic, basic

81
The White Devil
West Village
Edgy, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a rarely produced classic. Enjoy updating of period pieces. Appreciate thoughtful staging and overall direction.

Don't see it if You don’t like excessive violence. Can accept excellent acting by only half the cast. Accept confusion caused by contemporary clothing.

91
After
Midtown E
Gut-wrenching, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy great acting. Appreciate a tough tragic take on contempary topic. Want to understand and feel the depth of a mother’s love.

Don't see it if You have trouble with material that turns dark and disturbing. Need happy endings. Cannot accept plot devices that seem too convenient.

84
During previews
Cliched, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of The Temptations great performances, wonderful singing and amazing choreography. High energy and predictable story.

Don't see it if If you dislike juke box musicals. Shows that want to be serious but miss the mark. If you want to be surprised by the story.

82
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if a story told with exciting visuals. Enjoy a great performance by Cranston. Like material that provokes discussion

Don't see it if 2 hours without an intermission is taxing. Material is now a tale of how we got here, not a cautionary warning. Supporting roles invisible

71
During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy ambitious theatre, superb acting. Do not mind an excess of ideas that confuse more than enlighten. Appreciate political drama.

Don't see it if If you need a linear story or clarity. Prefer dialogue rather than statements to define character. Want real characters not symbols.

83
During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Quirky

See it if Funny moments in the cause of making a point about the environment and changing our attitudes. 4 excellent performances from a 5person cast

Don't see it if Bothered by the suggestion of same sex desires. Can’t be satisfied with a play that falls short on its premise and lacks a charismatic lead.

49
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You want to see the origins of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Spending two hours without a much needed intermission with two horrid people.

Don't see it if If you are in a relationship with a crazy dispicable person and fear seeing it on stage. if you like theater lacking in shading and nuance.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like ambitious theater that makes you think and feel. Very few surprises as conclusion is inevitable. But the journey is raw and tragic.

Don't see it if You want to feel joy in the theater. This is a tragic story about the price of having a proud gay identity in a repressive culture.

73
Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if If you love Cher or the music of Sonny and Cher. Appreciate the lavish, over-the-top costumes of Bob Machie.

Don't see it if If you don’t care for Cher. Bothered by a varnished biography or want more depth from a story than a press release.

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Like a plane trip where a stranger sits next to you telling in random fashion the story of their life. Oddly thinking about it days later.

Don't see it if You dislike stream of consciousness material that seemingly makes no sense.

94
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Edgy

See it if If you’ve heard the term Brechtian and didn’t know what it means see this play. Written in 1941 it’s a chilling look at modern politics. Wow

Don't see it if You crave escapism entertainment. If you fear acting that doesn’t do all the work for you. If you want to think about the experience later.

87
On Beckett
Chelsea
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Wonderful insight to a brilliant writer. Bill Irwin gives a lecture and makes it feel like conversation. Homey, comfortable & intelligent.

Don't see it if Should have a working knowledge of Beckett. Not for those who dislike excerpts. Intellectual experience lacking emotional variety.

71
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if An often brilliant production of Uncle Vany often rudely interrupted by Juliet from R&J. Some gorgeous visuals on almost bare stage.

Don't see it if Not for people who love the classics as written. High levels of pretension that rarely help the story or the production.

68
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent, Ambitious, Insipid

See it if You enjoy sophomoric material, indulgent performances and predictable reveals. Some solid moments, but an erratic pace is hurtful.

Don't see it if You don’t mind spending 2 1/2 hours at a play that shouldn’t be more than 90. Overwritten and overacted. A miss, a miss, a palpable miss.

81
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Incomplete

See it if Clever, funny dialogue. Outrageous characters in a wacky situation. Must enjoy a complicated plot that is slow in developing.

Don't see it if Knowing in first week of previews it hasn’t yet found its feet, especially with pace and comic timing. Either extremely funny or just slow.

91
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if I’m a little late to the party but if you love Bette Midler, she’s a great Dolly and David Hyde Pierce one of the best Horace’s I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You dislike old(classic) shows that are simple in text but lavish in design. No reason not to be entertained by something on stage.

83
The Originalist
Midtown E
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if An evenhanded political drama that makes Justice Scalia seem thoughtful human being without embracing his philosophy. Scalia seems present

Don't see it if Hard to accept premise that a law clerk could debate a Justice on such equal terms. Arguments sometimes seem forced and simplified.

90
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Joyful theater that captures the essence of the original and adds a super score. Wonderful staging brings clarity to a complicated tale

Don't see it if you need Shakespeare to be Shakespearean. If you do not appreciate inclusive casting. If you prefer to be sad rather than happy.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love amazing dance, beautiful singing, splendid scenic design and smart direction. It’s an effort that mostly covers the script flaws.

Don't see it if If you don’t like plays about the redemption of characters who don’t deserve to be redeemed.

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classic theater with large cast. A big aria for everyone - especially for central characters. Denzel’s Hickey is solid and fresh.

Don't see it if Very long at almost 4 hours. Extremely repetitive, with every point hammered home. filled with emotional misery but strangely uplifting.

62
During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you think talking to strangers, most of whom are ringers, about topics only a college freshman might find profound this is a show for you

Don't see it if If you like genuine spontaneity or intelligent discussions about serious issues. You won’t find it here. Awkward and forced interaction.

80
During previews
Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see two individually great actors form a beautiful duet. Love romance and observational dialogue that makes you laugh and weep.

Don't see it if You are bothered by overwritten repetitive dialogue. Like a romance in which one character will one day be served with a restraining order.

75
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You don’t mind experiencing incomplete plays. Much of play is absorbing, thoughtful and insightful. Playwright has no ending and it shows

Don't see it if You want a satisfying theater experience. It has delicious moments and interesting premise, who doesn’t have THAT family member? Need more

77
Indulgent, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious, Dated

See it if Some wonderful social insights expressed brilliantly. Shephard is keen observer of the disenfranchised, play still speaks for them

Don't see it if Without realism or concise storytelling. Play is strangely relevant though storytelling is dated. Repetitive and verbose but fascinating

84
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Chekhov's characters in Uncle Vanya shown as contemporary people. No need to know the original to understand fun & pain of unrequited love

Don't see it if You don’t like heightened romantic intrigues or having 4th wall broken. Bit long and repetitious. Talky but worthy drama-comedy.

48
During previews
Dull, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal

See it if You enjoy crude, coarse humor that depends on dead bodies passing gas or penis jokes about same dead bodies. Like people yelling lines.

Don't see it if You have fond memories of 3 great theater actors trapped actors hell. If you don’t want to waste 90-minutes of your life.

68
Ambitious, Cliched, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You don’t mind an hour’s worth of material offered in 1:50. Willing to accept pockets of linguistic and physical beauty buried in mendacity

Don't see it if You want dialogue as communication. Like ritual replacing emotion. Don’t mind actors shouting instead of conversing, moralizing the obvious

91
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Performed in Yiddish adds authenticity to the material. Excellent performances, dancing. this honest approach brings more heart to material

Don't see it if You dislike warm, touching material stressing traditional values. Need fancy sets, lavish production values. Fear subtitles.

79
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you love plays that are simultaneously brilliant and confounding. Many golden nuggets in a play that makes you dig for them.

Don't see it if If you demand linear plots and convincing motivation for the action. This is abstract theater You must accept, not challenge.

87
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy thoughtful musical theater in which the story is the most important element in the show. Dark without being dreary.

Don't see it if A lot of pain on stage in the service of understanding loneliness and isolation. If you want happy music instead of a truthful score.

87
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Compelling

See it if If you enjoy real characters who are forced to deal with family secrets. A play that finds humor in a dark situation. Great performances.

Don't see it if If you can’t understand why family members make poor choices in the cause of family good. Plays where choices are made to serve the drama.

83
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if LaBute is a master of dialogue and the use of the precise word for the moment. It’s revealing theater but seldom gentle or uplifting.

Don't see it if If you fear topics that are too sensitive to discuss with strangers. Or don’t like that his bothersome characters are a lot like us.

91
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if light-hearted fun, with just enough message to validate the silliness. Perfect cast who create types you love. Just relax and enjoy.

Don't see it if If you don’t like traditional 2 1/2 hour musicals that exist only to enertain. If you didn’t like Drousy Chaperone you won’t like The Prom

67
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow, Clever

See it if You like theme parks, special effects. A marvelous puppet robot of huge proportions. Don’t care about original ideas.

Don't see it if You demand fleshed out characters. Prefer songs that stay in your head and mind. Accept dazzling special effects instead of human emotion

68
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if A gorgeous production of a masterpiece. Superior performances and the profound thoughts of Samuel Beckett. Though slow it is compelling.

Don't see it if You dislike pretentious presentations. Tediously slow-paced ponderous effort that lacks humor or human connections., sadly very dull.

83
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Great acting by entire cast, and brilliant work by Elaine May. Insightful look at the imact of senility on the individual and entire family.

Don't see it if You don’t like drama lacking action or work about a depressing but important topic.

62
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if A timely story about cultural acceptance. Though it makes its point on an elementary and obvious level, it is an important issue.

Don't see it if Not a play with any depth. Over simplifies a complex issue. One-dimensional characters made worse by mediocre acting & direction.

94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Great story-telling supported by superior acting and masterful direction. Complex tale with many characters but always clear. Breathtaking.

Don't see it if You have to work. 3:15 run time, one intermission & pause. 21 speaking parts. Literate- mixes mythology, folklore and political history

91
During previews
The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thoughtful plays and great acting. Absorbing look at politics in a small city that is compelling theater. Edie Falco is brilliant.

Don't see it if Politics bores you. Or if seeing the way we were doesn’t help you understand the present. No bells or whistles just a good story well told.

68
During previews
Unraveled
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Relevant, Ambitious, Slow

See it if If OK is good enough. If you don’t mind melodrama, predicable endings and one dimensional characters. If you cry easily.

Don't see it if You are bothered by acting that fails to elevate characters and plot. If you hate television. If you want a surprise or two.

82
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy a good time in the theater and work that doesn’t take itself too serious. A talented cast keeps broad comedy from going over the top

Don't see it if If you think Shakespeare shouldn’t be spoofed. Don’t enjoy lighthearted fun. Prefer special effects more than a funny script.

83
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You like musicals with some meat on its bone. A good, not great, score supports a story about real people. Funny and human moments as well

Don't see it if You crave only frothy musicals without depth or texture. Or, if you are annoyed that flawed characters get happy endings.

90
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy political debate and the use of language. A wise look at a play totally stuck in 1925, yet relevant to our contemporary world.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate plays that are smart but talky and lacking action. Not willing to accept the acting style and staging of another era.

91
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like great acting, clarity in direction and intelligent portrays of every character. Brilliant leads make every moment absorbing.

Don't see it if If you have a hard time with 3 hour productions or the portrayal of pure evil on stage (Iago). This brilliant production hits hard.

Also My benchmark for Othello was Christopher Plumber as Iago and James Ear... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if If you like dense but thoughtful material that will make you think outside the boundaries of the play. Great staging and acting.

Don't see it if Conclusion is a bit didactic and the “reveal” offers only a minor playoff. Intelligent without being profound. Slow without being dull.

82
Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of Harry and gang. They’re all here Phenomenal, mind blowing effects and a story that twists, turns and twists again.

Don't see it if You want theater that is more than a theme park event. If you aren’t familiar with the backstory. Want more than 5 hour amusesment.