BobG

Santa Cruz

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Reviews (29)
70
Entertaining, Informative, sketch comedy, weak narrative thread

See it if You want a light, funny night out. You want to learn a little about online dating.

Don't see it if You need a coherent narrative performed by experienced actors.

Also Except for the lead, my guess would be that the cast is composed of st... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Ambitious, Intense, Quirky, Original

See it if Interested in original and thoughtful dramatic works. You appreciate the integration of dance/movement into a play.

Don't see it if Have no patience for serious drama.

Also Saw in first week. There’s definitely something here, both in terms of... Read more Read less

93
Thrilling, original, a wild ride, great performances, gorgeous spectacle

See it if You want to see a reinvention of the musical as mash-up, a spectacle of dance, color, and song. Thrilling (I'd see it again in a heartbeat.)

Don't see it if You don't like pop music. You have no sense of irony. You want a serious drama, thoughtful narrative

Also The first act is a theatrical thrill ride without peer. The witty choi... Read more Read less

90
Octet
Midtown W
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you have an ear for beautifully crafted musical compositions. If so, this will blow you away.

Don't see it if You're looking for spectacle. If so, you've come to the wrong show. No costumes. No band. No sets to speak of. Just STUNNING music.

Also I was floored. The Dave Malloy score is without peer. You must hear it... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious, Profound

See it if You want to see a full on spectacle of a Broadway show with big singing, sets, costumes, and great dancing....with a powerful message.

Don't see it if I don't know who shouldn't see this really. It's fantastic.

Also This is a rare gem that marries a hilarious book (and lyrics) to Broad... Read more Read less

78
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a master actor (Sarandon) at work in a very intimate setting. Her subtle work is a joy to see.

Don't see it if If you're not prepared to see a new play that still needs some tweaking.

Also The play is interesting, funny, and surprising. The direction is spot ... Read more Read less

80
Hurricane Party
West Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're drawn to see superb acting in a high-energy dramatic work.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about sex, cursing, real life.

Also It's exciting to see actors so engaged with each other. The relationsh... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The True
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Talky, static

See it if you'd enjoy an original story of a bold woman in the political machine of fifty years ago. A provocative drama.

Don't see it if You want Broadway dazzle. You don't want to have to listen to dialogue.

Also Edie Falco and Peter Solaris are both excellent. Michael McKean seems ... Read more Read less

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great special effects/costumes

See it if you like big Broadway musicals with a solid score, you're a fan of Wizard of Oz (who isn't?)

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, fantasy

95
Clever, Quirky, Masterful, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if you appreciate gorgeous music (non-traditional), you want to see an intimate and entirely original comedy/drama on Broadway

Don't see it if you're looking for Disney or yet another revival, you must have spectacle

95
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Clever, Intense, Profound, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you're interested in a sharply drawn cutting edge work that is both hilarious and poignant in its depiction of the young female experience.

Don't see it if Are offended by foul-mouthed pre-teens (as imagined by the 30ish author).

90
Bandstand
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Enchanting

See it if you possibly can before it closes. The mix of a studied exploration of vets' experiences mixed with dancing and singing is welcome/unique.

Don't see it if You can't bear to see people sing and dance?

Also The presence of actor/musicians on stage is an added attraction.

93
The Humans
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Intense

See it if you are willing to enter into the naturalistic world of a flawed family (hence the title).

Don't see it if you were hoping to see a musical. They do sing one song though!

73
Sell/Buy/Date
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Ambitious, Brilliant character work

See it if you want to see Sarah Jones' brilliant character work in the service of a provocative topic. Funny too.

Don't see it if you can't deal with a work-in-progress, one that hasn't found its full emotional/narrative power yet.

Also First of all, I love Sarah Jones’s work. I have great respect for her ... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You're interested in the world. Never heavy handed, the artist allows you to make the connections between race, prisons, education yourself

Don't see it if You want light sit-com sort of entertainment.

Also One of the most powerful theaterworks I've seen in the last decade. Li... Read more Read less

89
Hilarious, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious, Preachy but in a good way

See it if You enjoy big, brassy musicals (there's even a stellar tap number) paired with ironic, witty book/lyrics. Music is fun too!

Don't see it if You want a serious dramatic work. (Serious purpose here but expect spontaneous eruptions of singing.)

Also This one’s a bit of a sleeper. Having seen the movie and listened to t... Read more Read less

65
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Boring music, clever lyrics, strong book

See it if You want to see consummate performers in fine form. You enjoy witty lyrics/book. Funny!

Don't see it if You want to hear an original score. The music is repetitive and tedious.

Also I didn’t expect much going in on a lottery ticket (side Orch S) but wa... Read more Read less

75
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Ambitious, Raunchy, Resonant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you're interested in provocative works by new voices that have not been heard in musical theater. This is truly an original work.

Don't see it if you can't deal with explicit sexual/queer references.

Also Second preview and this feels like a work in progress. The cast is ver... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in seeing a satirical look at the classical musical

Don't see it if you can't see the irony in the Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner approach

90
During previews
Great singing, Must see, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that is Broadway bound in an intimate theater space. POWERFUL voices deliver moving songs and theater.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a conventional feel-good musical.

Also 10+ musicians on stage. Their sound is fantastic! Book, lyrics, and mu... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Took a while to get going

See it if You're interested in a fresh take on a classic, harnessing contemporary Black cultural references.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a classic play or if you hold the Bard's work so tightly, you can't imagine a modern reinvention.

Also The singing is FABULOUS, ranging from a gospel classic (My Precious Lo... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the reinvention of the Broadway musical in our time. An important work for its meaning and also its format.

Don't see it if you don't want to try to follow rapid fire lyrics in a hip-hop format. But you really should.

60
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Overwhelming, Oddly boring

See it if you love these songs and want to hear/see them performed. You're ok with jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if You get antsy sitting through 90 minutes of high-intensity singing with no story (I did.)

Also Great performers doing classic and well-chosen music turns out to be s... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a talented actor/writer push the boundaries of theater at the same time engaging the tiny group lucky to be in the audience.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play (but boy, will you be missing out on what can happen in a piece like this.)

Also Say Something Bunny is an entirely unique experience. It makes the eve... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Heady, lacking emotional vigor, good acting

See it if you don’t need emotional engagement in a play that considers heady moral questions, you like informational theater, you’re a Bronowski fan

Don't see it if you enjoy theater that is emotionally involving, is relationship-driven, as well as intellectually stimulating.

Also I really wanted to like this play. Stella Taylor is engaging as the na... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you possibly can before it closes. This is the rare musical that is actually better than the movie it's based on! Much more profound.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals. A few songs are sleepers but the overall experience is uplifting and moving.

80
Great direction, A few terrific songs (some forgettable ones), 2 cast members are first-rate singers, Kinetic

See it if You want to see some talented performers doing an early Jonathan Larson (Rent) work.

Don't see it if You're expecting spectacle. This is a bare-bones but really entertaining musical.

78
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Romantic

See it if you're interested a very well-written piece that asks two fine actors to show what they can do.

Don't see it if you're not interested in drama.

Also I liked the play and found the twists and turns engaging and satisfyin... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great singing, Indulgent, Classic

See it if Looking for some great songs sung by a talented cast

Don't see it if you can't make it through the review-like first act to get to the exceptional second act.

Also I came to this having seen and loved Falsettoland on Broadway about 25... Read more Read less