Bob 8043

Pittsburgh
About:  I have been spending a lot of time in darkened theatres since I was first taken to Broadway to see "The Yearling" in 1965. I still think of the Gershwin as the Uris, The Simon as the Alvin and the August Wilson as the ANTA.
Reviews (21)
78
Fun, Humorous, Loud, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to have a good laugh and want to be entertained. A Neil Diamond fan.

Don't see it if you are expecting a show with depth. Aren't from NY or you think that Seinfeld is stupid.

Also Don't get me wrong, I was entertained, I laughed at a lot of the jokes... Read more Read less

85
Witty, Great dancing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoy a FUN evening at the theatre. If you enjoy a show with LGBT+ themes. If you are a theatre geek. If you want a great show.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor. If you are from Indiana and LGBT+ subject manner upsets you. You found NO humor in the Drowsy Chaperone.

Also Will this musical be one for the ages and be revived over and over in ... Read more Read less

99
Definitive production, Brillant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love Fiddler, you've seen Fiddler before, you've never seen Fiddler. Want to see quality, imaginative emotional theatre, top notch.

Don't see it if You have no heart or soul.

Also I have seen a myriad of Fiddlers in the past 50+ years. I can never se... Read more Read less

85
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Romantic, Delightful, Exquisite design

See it if You enjoyed the animated film. Want a romantic old-fashioned adventure with a fulfilling emotional arc.

Don't see it if You like your history accurately portrayed. You are such a fan of the film that changes will bother you. You have no soul.

Also I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this musical. Kudos t... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Great acting, Overrated, Great design

See it if you want to see what all of the buzz is about, if you are a teen with a lot of disposable income.

Don't see it if you want a genuine portrayal of someone suffering from social anxiety.

Also I am genuinely conflicted about Dear Evan Hansen. It is well done, a f... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Borcht Belt humor, don;t mind a stylistic mish-mosh. Enjoy a quality production of less than stellar material.

Don't see it if Stereotypes, sloppy lyrics or muddled plot offend you,

Also 90 minutes is a short time to try to cram all of the plot points into ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Later Life
Midtown W
Romantic, Fluffy, Beautiful production, Dated, Humorous but not laugh out loud funny

See it if you are a dyed in the wool Gurney fan. Over 50 and yearn for a lost love. You long for a period play that appears to be contemporary.

Don't see it if you want a clear conclusion. you want clearly drawn characters.

Also The production is beautiful, however this lesser play by Gurney is not... Read more Read less

70
Party Face
Midtown W
Fluffy, Entertaining, Magnificent production design

See it if You want to see Hayley Mills. If you want to see a modern Irish comedy. You want a light evening

Don't see it if You are looking for something deeper and more profound, or with consistent character creation.

Also The physical production is magnificent, however the play itself doesn'... Read more Read less

79
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Wonderful dancing, Interesting concept

See it if you want a traditional show pretending to be edgy. You want to see Haley Kilgore, Alex Newell and Lea Salonga's powerhouse performances.

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about the original production.

Also I love the show, but I thought that the new concept of found objects e... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Imaginative, Fun! fun! fun!, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if You go to the theatre for pure entertainment, want to smile until your face hurts or are a fan of Spongebob

Don't see it if you are looking for serious, thought-provoking adult theatre.

Also I was surprised how much I enjoyed this show. Yes, it;s based on carto... Read more Read less

53
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Edgy, Great singing, Funny

See it if You are looking for something unusual and you want to tell your friends that you've seen it.

Don't see it if You are easily offended

Also Extraordinary well done but thin material. It is essentially a one jok... Read more Read less

88
Resonant, Masterful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you want to be moved by an evening in the theatre. You want to be assured of the humanity of others.

Don't see it if you want a big splashy traditional musical. You have no heart.

Also An excellent moving evening in the theatre with lively music, acting a... Read more Read less

65
State of the Union
East Village
Imaginative staging, Uneven performances, Slow, Great writing, Dated

See it if You want to see a rarely performed classic political comedy.

Don't see it if You want something cutting edge.

Also This is a noble effort that falls short. While imaginatively staged in... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Great score, horrible book, Overrated, Cold, Disappointing

See it if You want to see another attempt to make this troubled show work. You fell in love with the OBC recording and have to see it on stage.

Don't see it if you expect polish. You want a coherent book show.

Also The attempt to make the book finally work still falls short. While tra... Read more Read less

95
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Exquisite, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate Stoppard. You want to be intellectually stimulated as well as entertained.

Don't see it if you are easily distracted. Wordy plays bore you. You prefer linear plot.

Also An excellent revival of a play I love. Wonderful performances but you ... Read more Read less

87
Wind-Up Variations
East Village
Clever, Quirky, Imaginative, Fun!!!

See it if you enjoy the work of the Neo-Futurists. You are looking for a very different evening of theatre. Style is more importance than substance.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play or illusionistic acting. Don't like actors breaking the fourth wall.

Also The Neo-Futurist style is an acquired taste, exploring the edges of wh... Read more Read less

80
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Colorful, Funny, Delightful, Two words -- major attaway as the genie

See it if You are a fan of the animated film. Just want a good time in the theater. Are introducing young ones to Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if Disney on a Broadway stage infuriates you. You are a theatrical snob, You don't want to see young theater-goers eyes light up with delight.

Also This is hardly a perfect show, but what it strives to do, it does well... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Idiosyncratic production

See it if you have never seen a production of this play. You want to see some truly inspired performances. You have the time to commit.

Don't see it if You can't sit through almost 8 hours of play. You have fond memories of another production.

Also The ensemble shines. Lee Pace, Andrew Garfield and Denise Gough give a... Read more Read less

76
Cliched, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you are LGBT or an ally, but don't want a deep evening in the theatre. Want a feel-good, splashy show. Fan of Cyndi Lauper.

Don't see it if you are close-minded, offended by drag performers.

Also Some excellent performances primarily by the supporting cast. I saw th... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Pete Rex
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Imaginative, Quirky

See it if you are a gamer, under 35, (over 35), and are looking for a new imaginative play, and enjoy the mildly absurd.

Don't see it if you don't like dinosaurs, don't want to use your brain or demand literal representations on stage.

Also Imaginative new play (seen during early previews). Lighting and sound ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Brilliant staging, Human, Magnificent ensemble

See it if you are looking for a small intimate unusual musical about true human emotion. If you are looking for a truly unique theatrical score.

Don't see it if you are looking for over the top spectacle and tradition big Broadway-style song and dance numbers.

Also I was impressed by ability to translate the film to the stage without ... Read more Read less