Bobby 10027

New York City | Male
About:  Theater makes me happy. We should all be happy! See more theater!!
Reviews (56)
70
Quirky, Funny, Great script
March 2nd, 2020

See it if you like Christopher Durang. Decent if uneven production of a great script. The direction has gone a bit awry, could have been better.

Don't see it if you don't care for sharp, intelligent writing, have no knowledge of Chekov plays or prefer not to see cute boys in their underpants. haha

92
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Masterful, Brilliant!
February 15th, 2020

See it if you want to see a factual re-write that doesn't take away any of the charm of the original... With an amazing cast!!

Don't see it if you are expecting the original version... this is a re-write of the book to reflect actual events and people. But with the original music!

83
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Great acting, Ambitious
February 6th, 2020

See it if you want to see an adaptation that catches the lyric, haunting prose of the book. The two actors are wonderful and staging simply effective

Don't see it if you don't care for intimate, deliberately slowly-paced monologues and minimalist production. Or if you're looking for a scary horror play.

92
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Epic, Masterful, Exquisite
October 15th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the ART of burlesque, gorgeous dancing (and dancers), fantastic production quality, stellar service and tons of FUN!

Don't see it if you're adverse to a little bared flesh, a little interactive fun, of you do not know what burlesque is.

Also Went with friends and had a truly awesome experience! We're still talk... Read more Read less

83
Ludwig and Bertie
East Village
Smart writing, Great acting, Great writing
October 8th, 2019

See it if you want to see strong actors play smart characters saying smart and thought provoking things. A well conceived show done... well.

Don't see it if you don't care for philosophy or wordy shows. This one has a lot of both!

Also I really liked this show and thought it was well directed and very wel... Read more Read less

65
Good acting, Disappointing, Ambitious
July 29th, 2019

See it if you want an in-your-face and at times intense re-imagining of literary romantics going at it... literally.

Don't see it if you want to learn much at all about how intense, literary intellectuals apply their hyper-charged passions to create something beautiful.

Also I would loved to have seen how the intense passions, sex and drugs fue... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever
June 18th, 2019

See it if you want to see a bare-bones intimate take on a Sondheim masterwork. A tough show to pull off, they did an admirable job.

Don't see it if you're a Sondheim purist or you're used to a more established company of performers taking on the work. This was a surprisingly young cast.

Also A solid take on an ambitious show. The cast was young and the talent l... Read more Read less

90
Touching, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Excellent acting
May 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see great actors working with a fun and touching script. Shows how life balances dark drama with humor, handled well.

Don't see it if you don't like excessive drinking, barroom banter, tough family relationships and heartbreaking tender moments.

88
The Poor of New York
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting
May 1st, 2019

See it if if you want a sense of history served with a sprinkle or morality... and a feel good ending. All done well with fine acting.

Don't see it if If you don't care for period pieces or intimate theater.

46
Confusing, Disappointing
April 11th, 2019

See it if you absolutely must. See it if you can look past some uneven, listless and lifeless acting and "non" staged staging.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that was intended to shock you... cause this one misses the point. There's no hunger, no urgency.

Also Gaia Visnar did a valiant job as Claire, trying hard to bring a lusty,... Read more Read less

82
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting
April 11th, 2019

See it if you want to see challenging, experimental theater done exceptionally well. Great acting, smart staging and wonderful production values.

Don't see it if you want a simple story told simply. It's complex and confusing.. but that may be the point.

88
Delightful, Funny, Great acting
March 4th, 2019

See it if you're looking for a LIGHT comedy heavy on theater references. It's like Waiting for Guffman, but not quite as funny (that's a high bar!)

Don't see it if don't know who David Mamet is or you've never seen (well-intentioned) community theater.

82
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting
March 4th, 2019

See it if you want to see a solid Henry V in a reasonable time... Some excellent actors and competent direction help this production greatly.

Don't see it if you're not that into Shakespeare or you have an issue seeing a grand scale production without the grand scale (very bare).

75
During previews
Maverick
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Good acting, Slow
February 11th, 2019

See it if you're interested in the Welles mystique, the influence of genius and the history of film-making.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully polished script. The story could be more riveting and stakes increased. Not much on the line, story-wise.

82
Bleach
Brooklyn
Great acting, Raunchy, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
January 18th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of very intimate theater, great acting, smart scripts and thought-provoking subject matter.

Don't see it if if you have issues with nudity (or near nudity), close quarters, gay themes and some dark subject matter.

77
Ambitious, Great projections, Glorious music
January 15th, 2019

See it if If you like classical music played by very talented young musicians and if it doesn't bother you that the music bears little in the plot.

Don't see it if you really want to know something about Toscanini or if you'd like to see the actor playing him actually have some idea how to conduct music

92
For a previous production
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see
December 19th, 2018

See it if you want to see a smart, funny and very clever adaptation of a classic horror story. Very well acted and designed. Thoroughly entertained!

Don't see it if you want a serious horror story retelling the classic tale. This ain't that. This is a nice, light twist on a well known story.

92
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Raunchy, Clever, Creative, Sexy
December 3rd, 2018

See it if you want to see a very adult interpretation of The Nutcracker performed by wonderful dancers and singers... all while scantily clad.

Don't see it if you're a purist or a prude.

90
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Resonant
November 2nd, 2018

See it if you want to laugh (a lot), maybe tear up at times and are not offended by broad stereotypes. But the campy scenes are super funny!

Don't see it if if you're easily offended, hate the ideas of proms, or broadway divas, lesbians or campy fun!

Also I saw it in previews and the first act still needed some tweaking for ... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Funny, Loud!, Uneven
November 2nd, 2018

See it if you want an improv-inspired historical spoof that's sometimes funny, sometimes not-so-much... and often just LOUD! A few truly funny folks.

Don't see it if you want historical accuracy (Ha!) or fancy sets or not want to hear excessive yelling (by one character in particular). :(

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
October 26th, 2018

See it if you want to see a smart play done well. Cast is up to the challenge and overall solid production.

Don't see it if you don't like Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and you're not bothered by a rather out-of-context conceptual ending that didn't quite work for me.

69
Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated, Great singing
October 26th, 2018

See it if if you loved the movie. The story is nicely intact an there are great performances and nice touches.

Don't see it if you have expectations of good music or smart lyrics. Every song, though well performed, was totally forgettable and some cringe-worthy lyric

92
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining
October 26th, 2018

See it if want to see a spectacular cast, wonderful music and smart lyrics, excellent little orchestra and a nice slice of life in NYC.

Don't see it if don't like sung-through musicals, intimate staging or romantic plots.

95
Exquisite, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see
October 17th, 2018

See it if you, also, believe the struggles of love and loss, loneliness and connection are universal. And that music can unites us all.

Don't see it if you struggle with accepting middle eastern cultures, accents or music.

97
Masterful, Resonant, Profound, Great singing, Great staging
October 17th, 2018

See it if you believe that the goal of theater is engaging, creative storytelling. This brilliant piece hits all the marks. Creative, artistic joy.

Don't see it if you are exceptionally sensitive to the tragedies surrounding the events of 9/11, though this show handles them with such skill and love.

79
Ambitious, Good acting, Dizzying
October 16th, 2018

See it if want an interesting study on brilliance and boredom, love and loss. Overall solid acting and, except for the last 10 minutes, solid script.

Don't see it if you're easily distracted by minimal sets and production, intense yelling scenes and an ending that's a bit of a cop-out.

Also The cast is particularly strong, Victoria Ric specifically. And aside ... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Long!, Confusing, Good acting, Nice projections
October 12th, 2018

See it if if you want to see an ambitious take of the Faustian story... and have a LOT of time on your hands.

Don't see it if you're looking for consistency and a tight script. Good ideas scattered about, but little attention to plot details leaves you confused.

Also The piece would have benefited from some outside artistic input as the... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched
October 11th, 2018

See it if you want to see a solid cast (with great voices) and an artistic staff work hard to elevate weak material. Neat concept, banal execution.

Don't see it if if you're a fan of quality lyrics or music. It's all original music, but some seemed an odd fit for the source material (i.e. Merman)

50
Holy Ghosts
Chelsea
Preachy, Disappointing, Loud
October 11th, 2018

See it if you're ok being preached to and are comfortable with extreme religious beliefs

Don't see it if you don't to hear excessive proselytizing and a heavy-handed script.

92
Exquisite, Masterful, Ambitious, Great dancing, Beautiful design
September 28th, 2018

See it if you're looking for a gorgeous, immersive experience celebrating dance, sensuality and the human form (sparsely clad)

Don't see it if if you don't want to see boys in heals, lots of flesh or are not a fan of baroque decor!

68
Disappointing
September 12th, 2018

See it if you want to feel like you saw half a show. Each piece seemed to want a second act but didn't get it. Solid acting though.

Don't see it if you want a fully satisfying evening. When the lights came up, I felt shorted of something...

93
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Excellent acting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Absorbing
August 30th, 2018

See it if you want to see an amazing storyteller/actor take you on an epic journey through love and war and growing up.

Don't see it if you don't care for intense depictions of WW1 or struggle with numerous accents (though impressively rendered)

79
Clever, Slow, Great acting, Inconsistent
August 3rd, 2018

See it if you like the idea of a dark, alternate take on popular nursery rhymes (and one oddly chosen Greek myth) performed by solid actors.

Don't see it if you're really looking for consistency. Each monologue in itself is good, but a couple of them are awkward within the piece as a whole.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Must see
July 20th, 2018

See it if you want to see a gifted storyteller. Lawrence Merritt is EVERYTHING! Couldn't take my eyes away! Overall, great acting and touching show

Don't see it if you're not comfortable being drawn into a narrative. This is classic, simple draw-you-in storytelling done by a master.

69
Grace is Good
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Good acting, Slow, Indulgent
June 18th, 2018

See it if you want to be teased as to a mature, modern office politics play... but it's only a tease. Complex topical themes not fully explored.

Don't see it if want a gripping drama, thought-provoking scenarios, any tension building or a truthful ending. If I could have blocked out the last 15 min

45
Anxiety Stew
West Village
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Good acting
June 18th, 2018

See it if you know somebody in it. Solid performers working hard with bad material.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything more than disjointed semi-food related musical pieces with no effort to tie them to the greater piece.

72
For a previous production
The Eleventh Hour
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Confusing, Loud, Good singing
June 18th, 2018

See it if you're wanting a rock-tinged distraction and to see some energetic performances and good musicians.

Don't see it if you really want to follow a discernible story. Or if you have sensitive hearing (loud!)

85
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
June 8th, 2018

See it if you want to be challenged. If you're willing to let it wash over you. It was quite profound on reflection. Well staged.

Don't see it if you're not up for some creative thinking and challenges. If you have short attention span or like your show's plot to be handed to you.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Great staging, Delightful
June 8th, 2018

See it if you're a fan of Sponge Bob! If you want to be entertained from all angles. It truly is like seeing the animated show on stage. Impressive!

Don't see it if you don't know who Sponge Bob is. If you don't like kid-friendly musicals. If you don't like irreverent comedy or bright colors!

80
During previews
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky
June 4th, 2018

See it if you like absurdist theater and enjoy the "theater basics" references (stage props, fourth wall, etc.) Solid acting overall.

Don't see it if you can't suspend disbelief. It's the core requirement for absurdist theater. Along for the ride! The show can get a little 'lecture-y".

55
Marlowe's Fate
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Decent acting, Interesting concept, Poor writing
May 24th, 2018

See it if have to. I wanted to like this! I really did! But the whole experiment was a miss for me... disjointed, confusing, slow and dull. Sorry

Don't see it if you're expecting any tension, pacing or 'witty repartee"

92
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Riveting
May 15th, 2018

See it if you like portrayals of literary geniuses, spouting clever and thought-provoking lines, performed by gifted actors. Also, really nice set

Don't see it if you had a distaste for homosexual themes, "artistic license" taken with historical characters or the occasional vulgarity.

90
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Fluffy, Funny
May 9th, 2018

See it if you want to laugh. A lot. If you enjoy Noises Off combined with Monty Python. If you want to be surprised how WRONG things can go!

Don't see it if you don't like British slapstick comedy or broad, in-your-face yucks with no apologies. If you don't have a sense of humor... skip this.

81
The Sea Concerto
Midtown W
Great acting, Good staging, Ambitious, Long
May 8th, 2018

See it if you want to see great actors committed to the text. If you want an intense family drama. If poetry-infused theater excites you.

Don't see it if you're in a rush. There are stretches that could definitely use a little snip-snip.

75
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Great singing, Great acting, Uneven, Thought-provoking
May 4th, 2018

See it if you want to see four fantastic female performers. Great band, nice staging, solid production.

Don't see it if you're not looking to have a conversation about religious freedom, free love and homosexuality afterwards. Also, inconsistent quality.

84
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
May 4th, 2018

See it if you like Sondheim. If you like seeing great performers, especially those "of a certain age". If you like smart, thought provoking musicals

Don't see it if you DON'T love Sondheim. If you can't use a little imagination to fill in the visual gaps of grandeur.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Classic, Fluffy
May 1st, 2018

See it if you're looking for a throwback to the golden era of Broadway. Has all the airs of a classic. Staging, talent and scope bring you back!

Don't see it if you're looking for cutting edge, contemporary musical theater. This ain't it.

90
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Epic, Indulgent
May 1st, 2018

See it if you're only seeing one show and you want it to be EPIC! You get your money's worth with this show. Hits all the marks.

Don't see it if you don't like women singing their faces off. Or huge crowds of tourists jostling you about.

95
Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever
May 1st, 2018

See it if you want to be overwhelmed by creativity and talent. The scale and scope are awe-inspiring, and the genius it took to stage it, Wow!

Don't see it if If you're looking for something intimate and small-scale.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great acting
April 30th, 2018

See it if You like an improv inspired play performed by inspiringly talented improv trained actors. Nicely conceived evening of fun, funny theater.

Don't see it if Don’t like improv-style acting. Or if you’re easily offended by stereotyping and uncomfortable comedy bits