Bobby Baby

50-64 | Male
About:  I love all sorts of theatre & go whenever I can.
Reviews (185)
80
Little Women
West Village
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see this playwright once more adapt a classic for stage in an intelligent and wonderful manner.

Don't see it if you can't adjust to things missing/changed from the beloved original novel.

85
Sexy, Romantic, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see 2 great actors perform in a play that may now seem outdated but is very romantic still.

Don't see it if you can't deal with the raw sexuality and sensualness.

Also This revival should have done better. It was wonderful.

70
Reduced, Great writing

See it if you want to see this problematic show live.

Don't see it if you are concerned with a production that focuses on assumptions you already know the piece and yet has to "reinvent".

91
Moving, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a lover of slice of life plays. I can't explain fully why these plays about regular people move me so but they do.

Don't see it if you aren't ready for your heart to hurt a little.

91
Moving, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a lover of slice of life plays. I can't explain fully why these plays about regular people move me so but they do.

Don't see it if you're not ready for a play that is easy.

80
Entertaining

See it if you love the Dickens Christmas story and want to see an interesting take on it.

Don't see it if you're a real life Scrooge--or don't mind if two leads are out at the show you bought tickets for.

Also I did enjoy this overall despite TWO of the Ghosts being out so the un... Read more Read less

78
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of the piece and want to see this work attempted in a new way. Douglas Sills always charms.

Don't see it if you want an accurate story of the cinematic legends (the musical never was) and/or are not a fan of the work hoping to be converted.

85
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you want to see a moving and at times heartbreaking work that isn't standard fare. I hope it comes back.

Don't see it if you don't want to think and are in the mood for pure "entertainment".

85
ELF The Musical
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you're a Christmas fan and love the movie. This musical version isn't simply cut-and-paste with the songs "shoved in".

Don't see it if you're a grump and don't want to deal with kids in the audience.

84
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like jukebox musicals/revues, are familiar with the Temptations or simply want to be entertained.

Don't see it if you are looking for an edgy show.

79
The Shadow Box
East Village
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Dated

See it if you want to see a revival of a Pulitzer Prized play dealing with the seriousness of terminal condition.

Don't see it if you want a happy evening or don't want to deal with serious health issues. Or can forgive some well meaning but not great acting in parts.

Also I'm not a fan of this play and the first act has some setup/Act I issu... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Ambitious, Heart breaking, Moving, Complicated

See it if you want to see a moving piece of theatre dealing with sensitive subjects.

Don't see it if You like your plays to be simple & don't want to have to delve or infer. Plus it's a very delicate subject matter.

75
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Feminist

See it if you like a modernist take on DRACULA, mostly wonderfully written by Kate Hamill.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a pro-feminist piece in which the conclusion is all women are good and oppressed & all men are dumb or bad or evil.

82
Clever, Funny, Campy, Nostalgic

See it if you're a fan of Charles Busch & movie melodramas with a troupe of talented actors.

Don't see it if you don't get camp or understand why the leading lady is played by a man or must see epic, serious theatre. Or HAMILTON.

78
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Cliched, Strong acting overall, Amusing

See it if you want to see some great acting from a good cast, particularly Jane Alexander.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for cliches (Parents have lifes outside of their children! An upset gay guy brings a trick to his parent's home!)

69
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Too much offstage video

See it if you already know this classic show so you can add the invisible pieces back to this puzzle. The close to original orchestration will thrill.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of a LOT of action taking place offstage & seen thru the video wall. Choreography is very disappointing & acting varies.

Also There's at least 6 more weeks of previews. "Tony" was out & "Riff" has... Read more Read less

48
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Insipid, Pretentious

See it if you want to be "in the know" and see how a classic of musical theatre was decimated.

Don't see it if you know this won't be a traditional version of the show but are hopeful that the reimagining will be logical and true to its spirit.

90
Memorare
Greenwich V
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to see an intelligent look at how racism was & is still prevalent with a dedicated female ensemble.

Don't see it if you're looking for a "spoon feeding" or a play that is a light entertainment. Or HAMILTON.

83
The Roundabout
Midtown E
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see an older British play revived with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you think it's all so precious.

71
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play dealing with modern life and the disappointments of work issues.

Don't see it if you wanted to see a feel good play.

66
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a play that goes WAY off in another direction.

Don't see it if you only want to see coherent plays without Pinteresque pauses.

67
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Banal, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you wanted to see a talented ensemble do what they can to make a new play cohesive.

Don't see it if you prefer plays with a linear style.

57
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the great Sondheim/Weidman musical with some talented people.

Don't see it if you want to see a great PRODUCTION. Once more, edited to death and non-comprehensible if you don't know the show already.

79
Assassins
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a great show and/or are a fan of Sondheim and/or want to see something political.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the show--this production has some problems.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you wanted to see a lovely version where you don't need to "study" ahead of time. It may be a little wacky for some but still...

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare a little more traditional.

81
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like dark and moving musicals.

Don't see it if you aren't into productions in progress. There are elements that were still in the works to me.

73
Road Show
Midtown W
Flawed, Great singing

See it if you are a Sondheim fan and want to see what could be his last new work.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about the show or need the honest history shown.

75
Do I Hear a Waltz?
Midtown W
Romantic, Great singing

See it if you are a Rodgers and/or Sondheim fan and want to know why this is a "Why?" musical. Yes, it's flawed but a beautiful piece.

Don't see it if you want to see HAMILTON.

91
Moving, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a lover of slice of life plays. I can't explain fully why these plays about regular people move me so but they do.

Don't see it if you're not ready to give yourself to these.

92
The Michaels
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are a lover of theatre and true ensemble acting. Time flies when you see any of these "Rhinebeck" plays.

Don't see it if you aren't ready to truly focus. If you have any hearing issues get a device because the dialogue is at real voice levels.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the playwright (and you should be). Gritty, intense and funny sometimes too!

Don't see it if you aren't ready for a fully realized work and can't handle seeing an emotional piece.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like shows that have slice-of-life with a little fantasy and can accept it as a work in progress.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for a serious work that's thought provoking.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love good and raw rock music in an intense setting.

Don't see it if you wanted to see a fully cohesive work that doesn't fall apart a little in the 2nd act.

84
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if if you are familiar with the film and want a fun and moving evening of entertainment.

Don't see it if you're not into style over substance.

85
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Graphic content

See it if the always brilliant Deidre O'Connell in a unique kind of show as she lipsyncs the playwright's mother talking of a sad & scary history.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to hearing some graphically violent events--if she remembered correctly.

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a talented ensemble in a play with well-sung songs dealing with the 60's Sexual Revolution as it was.

Don't see it if you expect a full length musical and/or nudity/raunchiness or can't be patient with so pacing.

Also This was done with no attempts to "comment" on the times or as a parod... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Entertaining, Details, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if An interesting take on the classic story: one actor playing The Creature & (at times The Doctor) on nearly a bare stage w/a "chorus" of one.

Don't see it if You don't know the story at all. Or want to see a traditional version of the work.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Moving, Thoughtful

See it if you like Laura Linney and want to see her at her personable best.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows Or shows with a clear ending; just let if flow if you go.

90
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Edgy, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Alanis Morrisette and/or want to see an intense evening of rock or a night of positive female empowerment. Open your mind!

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the artist (lyrics may be hard to catch on 1st listen) or want only a happy musical with no darkness.

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Moving, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like slice-of-life plays dealing with consumerism employees and/or liked THE FLICK and/or SKELETON CREW.

Don't see it if you need to completely comprehend every chracter and need a regular thru line.

Also I'm surprised by some of the criticism here. I think one gets the idea... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if A supremely talented ensemble performing a Pulitzer Prize winning play that will indulge your brain and heart.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for a serious play dealing with racism and an intensity.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a better version of DEAR EVAN HANSON crossed with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and want some fun.

Don't see it if you want to see HAMILTON.

25
Disappointing

See it if you don't care if they bastardize a classic novel and beloved film.

Don't see it if you love the classic novel and film (the FIRST ONE please!). This is just mean spirited.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a moving play dealing with LBGT issues versus organized religion.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a playwright's first play with emotional issues.

81
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Diluted concept!

See it if Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler's classic is almost always worth seeing.

Don't see it if you don't know the show. Once more, everything is reduced and you have to know the show ahead of time! Aargh!

78
The End of Longing
West Village
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a HUMAN play that may have flaws but can be moving.

Don't see it if you sense it may be sitcomy at times.

72
Venus
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see a Suzan-Lori Parks play with a great cast.

Don't see it if you need to be told everything at every moment. Or want a more coherant production.

69
Ambitious, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if you love Shakespeare and/or Oscar Isaac. There was a lot of talent onstage.

Don't see it if you are tired of re-adapted Shakespeare where you better know EVERYTHING about a play going in so that the double casting doesn't bother.

82
Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want a laugh, particularly with today's politics. Pray it comes back!

Don't see it if you don't want to see farce.

71
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like plays about life with time questions and "what ifs".

Don't see it if you like your plays to be a bit more concise.