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Reviews (82)
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if you're want to see a gloriously campy train-wreck. Just about every aspect (other than the costumes) is a wonderful disaster

Don't see it if you're looking for a good show. You have issues with the Windsors being rewritten into a telenovela. You need a classy score.

Also How this got this far is a great mystery to me but on some level I'm r... Read more Read less

Cliched, Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you've read the marketing materials and think this sounds like your kind of show. Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Don't see it if you want any originality whatsoever. This is a cookie cutter jukebox musical that does far more right than wrong but has zero novelty.

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're ok with some smart ideas not quite adding up to a coherent whole. You can appreciate some ambitious acting despite the flaws.

Don't see it if you're looking for something that can shock and inspire. The whole thing's just a bit tepid, plodding between a few interesting moments.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you're ready for a visceral, thrilling new take on a classic. A fierce production that does so much more right than wrong.

Don't see it if you think West Side Story should be set in stone. You like the lighter aspects of the story which have been radically pruned.

Also This is the show the current Oklahoma revival wants to be. A visually ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a genuinely transformational production that's equal parts moving, funny, challenging and thought provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like theater to challenge you. This show makes great efforts to never shame audience members but might make some uncomfortable.

Also This is a brilliant heady mix of installation, art, dance, sketch come... Read more Read less

The Michaels
East Village
Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you're willing to be taken on a relaxed and subtly moving journey into one extended family's world.

Don't see it if you need a show with a bit more pizzazz. This is audaciously quiet both literally and figuratively.

Also On some level I'm never quite sure how Nelson's plays work. They're ab... Read more Read less

During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a seriously funny Tracy Letts play. Brilliant acting. A laugh a minute whilst maintaining a darker undercurrent.

Don't see it if you didn't enjoy Letts' previous work, this is quintessentially in his style. Middle aged male-centric narratives aren't your thing.

Also This is a fantastic show: well written, acted, designed and staged. I'... Read more Read less

Quirky, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want a terrifically performed hour of storytelling. An extremely conventional, but rarely heard, perspective given beautiful life.

Don't see it if you've bought into the hype. This is truly excellent storytelling but it's not nearly as remarkable as it's been built up to be.

During previews
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you love the score and can see past a wobbly book and mixed bag of performances (some brilliant, some less so). You love revolves...

Don't see it if you want a consistently plotted, engaging narrative. You expect the male lead to have charisma.

Also There's so much that is wonderful here but the whole is far, far less ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Indulgent, Dizzying, Great staging, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you're ok with a new voice trammelling well worn themes. An inventive journey that implodes on itself in the final act. An excellent pool.

Don't see it if you expect a substantial, cohesive play that amounts to more than a basket of themes. This is a journey to nowhere.

Also For all its flabbiness, O'Harris's Slave Play worked, in parts it soar... Read more Read less

Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you want to see an extremely talented and smart group of blokes spectacularly deliver improv in rap/song.

Don't see it if you don't want an improv show, for all their glitz this is still essentially the sort of thing you'll see at UCB/The Pit/Asylum etc.

Also Only on a couple of occasions did the show I saw transition from intel... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're keen to see a first rate production of a high impact play. An awesome cast giving it their all.

Don't see it if you're concerned by stereotype butting up against the more substantial characters and narrative.

Also For all its character and narrative flaws (step back and plenty doesn'... Read more Read less

During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Enchanting, Dizzying, Great staging, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you're ok with a creative team swinging for the hills and missing. There's so much to admire here though ultimately it doesn't quite work.

Don't see it if you needs something clean and coherent. There's so much packed into this, it's often messy and confusing (though mostly very beautifully).

Also Knowing Wonderland reasonably well I probably got the most out of this... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if you want a classic well done. There's nothing new or remarkable here, but it's an involving couple of hours extremely well performed.

Don't see it if you're looking for innovation or pizzazz. This is an old school play, meaty but requiring a little chewing.

Also I have to say I went in with low expectations but they were considerab... Read more Read less

During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you missed this last time around at St Ann's. It's a high quality adaptation that adds a clever, resonant layer to the story.

Don't see it if you want the full force of this play. This is a solid but stolid account that lacks the grim, violent intensity it really needs.

Also Everything about this is a competent but not a lot more than that. The... Read more Read less

For a previous production
The Jungle
Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Must see

See it if if you want to be jolted out of your seat and made to care. This is a masterpiece that should be seen by everyone.

Don't see it if nope. Go! If you think you aren't interested in the subject matter then that's even more reason to go.

Also This is the kind of theatre that stays with you. A show that can chang... Read more Read less

Eve's Song
East Village
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if a smartly written, thought provoking play with one of the most impactful last 5 minutes I recall. Extremely well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a bit more pace to it. This is a show that rewards your patience, but does ask for quite a lot of it.

Butt Kapinski
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Masterful

See it if you love a communal experience, with a masterful performer toying with pliant audience members to create a hilarious evening.

Don't see it if you'd rather keep a safe distance from performers. You're looking for a more conventional theater experience.

Ambitious, Great singing, Overrated, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you're comfortable with an absolutely thrilling ride that ultimately amounts to an empty shell. Fantastic performances all around.

Don't see it if you're looking for a genuine reinvention. This has all the trappings of one but ultimately settles for fantastic surface impact over depth.

During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you're down for a laugh. This never quite succeeds despite a couple of excellent songs but has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Don't see it if you're looking for consistency and coherence. It sags in the middle and not all the beats are up to snuff.

Also I really wanted to love this. A few of the songs are fabulous and the ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in an overstuffed, sprawling play that asks more questions than it answers. A terrific experiment in inclusiveness.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light! The second half is truly grim, and one of the final scenes graphically unsettling.

Also There's much more to like than dislike here. I was truly engaged throu... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you are prepared for a masterclass in storytelling: witty, relaxed but burning with a quiet anger.

Don't see it if no, please see it. Everyone should see this. Important theatre that's also genuinely funny.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you're open to an erratic but ultimately moving, funny and intelligent 90 minutes. A great cast and witty staging.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play, with a beginning, middle and end. You like your characters straightforward and likable.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're ok with a very mediocre satire, a couple of halfway decent songs and some very hard working performers.

Don't see it if you want effective satire, genuine laughs or emotional content.

Also It does get better but it starts from a real low base... The two lead ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you'd like to see a new, but extremely old fashioned, musical on a very interesting, but here superficially explored, historical topic.

Don't see it if you want to see an effective piece of theatre. The creatives' hearts are in the right place but this is fairly ineptly put together

Also A huge, young cast give it their all but this is second rate material.

Riveting, Refreshing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a hard hitting family drama packaged as a comedy. A hint of melodrama doesn't prevent you finding the emotional truth.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy. The marketing materials on this don't quite do it justice. From about five mins in this is pretty grim stuff.

Also Oddly easily the weakest aspect is how Natalie Portman is used, but it... Read more Read less

Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like a big ol' Broadway show tune. A breezy, reinvention of a piece that's still of its time but extremely charming.

Don't see it if you need a bit more zing. There's much to charm here but stretches fall flat and it never really finds much bite.

Also There is much to admire here but really I was slightly left scratching... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Must see, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're down for a smart, witty thrill ride of a show. Some powerhouse singing and dancing all neatly packed into 85 minutes.

Don't see it if you need a traditional story. This is by no means just a concert but the narrative is cleverly weaved rather than directly told.

Also This deserves to be the hit of the season. One of the most joyful show... Read more Read less

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classic plays, solidly delivered. You're ok with a mixed bag production that ultimately founders but has moments of real quality.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new. This is an essentially traditional production albeit one that plays pretty broadly with the humor.

Also I really wanted to like this. The set is initially eye catching and th... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you're ready for some serious holiday cheer. An unexpected (at least to me!) utter delight from start to finish.

Don't see it if you really need large, literal sets. This production has a real wow factor but it's cunningly produced from seemingly very little.

Also I went in thinking I'd seen it all before but this production quite br... Read more Read less

During previews
Only Human
Midtown W
Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you really want to see Gary Busey do his thing. He's having a great time (the only one in the room who is) and does land a couple of jokes.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show put together with any degree of craft. Generic, unfunny material that falls flat whenever Busey isn't being Busey.

Also The sound design is also all over the place with voices frequently los... Read more Read less

During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the album and/or new pop driven scores. You want to hear some really stunning singing, Henry is absolutely fantastic.

Don't see it if you want a musical to be more than the sum of its parts. Some great songs but they don't cohere and the emotional arc doesn't work.

Also Take any single number out of context and this is fantastic stuff. As ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want a sweet, charming 90 minute escape. You love Neil Diamond.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a bit more meat on its bones. This is joyously fluffy but it's not exactly challenging theatre.

During previews
White Noise
East Village
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for an epic, near masterpiece. A play that takes you in directions you did not expect. A captivating 3 hours.

Don't see it if you think 3 hours is simply too long for a play. Long monologues aren't your thing. You don't want to be taken to some uncomfortable places

Also Brilliantly written, acted and staged. This is first rate drama. Fierc... Read more Read less

Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Waiting for Godot but would prefer it without the humor. You're down for 2 hours of bleak, unremitting despair.

Don't see it if you want a show with more levity and dynamism. This is bleak beyond all comprehension.

Also I love Fugard and can only sing Signature's praises for all the terrif... Read more Read less

Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you want to see this poor dead horse flogged again. There are some great tunes but not much else.

Don't see it if you want something new and refreshing about anything other than self-pitying successful white people.

Also The reverse narrative is flawed from the start, it makes it even harde... Read more Read less

The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you're ok with an ambitious swing and a miss. Quite a lot of fun but as a coherent whole it doesn't really work.

Don't see it if you're look for something that coalesces into something substantial. You don't want to be an active participant.

Also The performers all come across as a well meaning bunch and it was easy... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Great singing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you're into new music theater and need to see everything. You want to see yet another show about a middle class white kid with 'problems'.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with character development or drive. This begins and ends and really goes nowhere in between.

Also Fundamentally they just never answer: why this story? There are a few ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if you want to party to uptempo music in a bar/club space. You like flashing lights and loud EDM. You enjoy dance for the sake of dance.

Don't see it if you're looking for substance or coherence. You don't like crowds.

Also This recent trend for club set immersive shows is one I'm generally in... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're up for an ambitious stand up set with some excellent laughs and lovely story telling.

Don't see it if you want more than a thematically middle of the road stand up special for your Broadway dollars.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you're looking for something light, bright and airy. Solid tunes, some terrific choreography and decent (if overly hammy) performances.

Don't see it if you want a show of a little more depth. The satire here is so wafer thin it's almost offensive (to everyone!).

Also The Prom's take on both the New York 'elite' and Indiana as 'middle am... Read more Read less

West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for an intimate and intense evening. A tremendously well written pair of plays in a simple but hugely effective setting.

Don't see it if you're looking for light, breezy entertainment.

Enchanting, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a charming but half-baked musical aimed at families but scoring more highly with the youngest members of those families.

Don't see it if you're looking for consistent quality. It's easy to paper over the cracks with winsome performances but both score and book are a mixed bag.

Also It's hard to really criticize something that is seems to work solidly ... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you're happy with a very, very funny but ultimately shallow play. The themes are fascinating but not well explored.

Don't see it if you were hoping for something more hard hitting. The topics are important, relevant ones but the end results are naval gazing laughs.

During previews
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're open to a funny exploration of various aspects of the immigrant (and first generation) experience. A narrative voice seldom heard.

Don't see it if you're not an immigrant and aren't interested in their stories. You're looking for a straight narrative.

During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're just there for the puppet. Kong is truly amazing, quite literally giving the strongest performance of the show.

Don't see it if you want to see a good musical. Weak book, score and lyrics. The staging and choreography frequently a mess and the designs a mixed bag.

Also After so many iterations you'd have thought they'd have worked out som... Read more Read less

During previews
Black Light
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to be in the same space as a truly compelling presence. A thoughtful, endearing performance with a playful edge.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a robust arc. Each sequence is superb, the finale moving, but the whole is slightly less than the parts.

Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you're between the ages of 14-18. You're ok with pretty terrific, if derivative, music but a truly dismal, clichéd book.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a coherent musical. This is some good tunes wrapped around a ridiculously on the nose, poorly plotted narrative.

Also I get why people love the album, there's some great up tempo material ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you want to see a thoughtful play of surprising balance with plenty of laughs and much less of a didactic streak than the title suggests.

Don't see it if you're looking for wild satire. This is in many ways a living room comedy albeit one with more than a few tricks up its sleeve.

Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if don't...

Don't see it if please don't

Also Everything you've read is true. An inexplicably inept musical that fai... Read more Read less