bockharn

Mineola | 65+ | Male
About:  Theater-goer, -teacher, -writer with a wide range of performance interests and unflagging enthusiasm about being in a room where people pretend to be other people as a way of getting to truth.
Reviews (73)
88
All My Sons
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a drama about people struggling with a great moral issue.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light

80
Indulgent, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a new, imaginative take on a 75-year-old classic musical.

Don't see it if You are resistant to new visions of classic material.

Also The new “ballet” at the top of Act 2 is the only new element that didn... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a relevant contemporary drama further enlivened by great choral singing

Don't see it if You’re not interested in prep school, racial or LGBT themes

85
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want old-time craftsmanship to transport you to funny, romantic world of musical comedy heaven.

Don't see it if The show is 70 years old but does NOT show its age. Still, if you want a brand new show, this one may not work for you.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an innovative production of a lesser-known but delightful Sondheim musical

Don't see it if If economy of means seems just cheap to you, if you want something lavish.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a new, expert take on a beloved story, one that uses the particular resources of the theater. It’s not a movie, it’s a play!

Don't see it if Your familiarity with and devotion to the novel or the movie is such that you aren’t open to a new approach.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Cher looms large in your legend and her hits recall special times in your life.

Don't see it if You want more theater-specific effects than having her played by 3 women. You don’t want to see, basically, a TV show.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if Family issues and particularly dementia resonate with you, if serious drama, levened with humor, makes for a worthwhile occasion.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for pure comedy and an upbeat theme.

59
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow

See it if You’re such an Anglophile you don’t mind slow pacing, uneven accents, “jokes” instead of comedy, and unrelatable characters

Don't see it if You expect a comedy to be funny.

Also This show was extravagantly overpraised by friends and this may accoun... Read more Read less

67
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You’re devoted to the script of the movie, because that’s what you get. No accommodations have been made to make it theatrical.

Don't see it if You have any respect for the distinctive crafts of the musical theater: lively book writing, character-specific songwriting, stage design!

Also I saw it for free and I still felt ripped-off!

57
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You’re absolutely determined to see Arnie Hammer live on stage.

Don't see it if You want something more than sit-com writing, uninspired direction and by the numbers acting.

Also This is a terrible play that gets the production it deserves. And pret... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You’re up for something different, but tuneful, funny, with great dancing and a propulsive score!

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of The Go-Go’s music or you insist on conventional stories and shows.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You’re up for a funny/sad drama, beautifully acted and directed about gay life, pre-AIDS, as it was lived by a specific group of men in 1968

Don't see it if You’re not interested in gay life or you’re hyper-sensitive to attitudes that may be considered politically incorrect nowadays.

Also I feared some of the attitudes might make me cringe but they came acro... Read more Read less

86
Enchanting, Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like your Shakespeare magnificently performed, especially a difficult play like THE WINTER’S TALE.

Don't see it if You don’t like a mixture of comedy and tragedy in one play.

90
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if The subject of personal integrity is interesting to you wrapped up in a funny, dramatic, well-acted package.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in “small” dramas.

99
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love expert magic tied to a theme of identity. If you’re open to having a profound and entertaining experience

Don't see it if You’re expecting a conventional play with a story or you refuse to suspend your disbelief even for the purpose of being entertained.

Also The last 20 minutes are among the great theatrical experiences of my l... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Raunchy, Intelligent

See it if You want to see rude text elevated by elaborate musical presentation. It sure ain’t dull.

Don't see it if The very idea of the Jerry Springer show raises your hackles.

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You’re already a Spongebob fan, or if you have no idea who he is. If you’re up for a silly, visually amazing experience

Don't see it if You have a low threshold for silliness!

78
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re up for a colorful pageant around a dramatic love story

Don't see it if You want a more conventional comedy or drama

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to see a master entertainer at work

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of musicals or Bette.

70
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare but not for his language

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for rhymed couplets

80
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You love the play and want to see an eccentric contemporary production

Don't see it if If you like your Shakespeare straight

Also Superb cast, flaccid direction

75
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Funny, Relevant, Downbeat

See it if you're up for a serious look at workplace and romantic relationships

Don't see it if You want something bright and uplifting

85
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You're up for a rollicking good time with stirring music fleshing out an unusually imaginative premise.

Don't see it if You're looking for something big and flashy -- or with more than two characters!

85
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict and are up for a lot of good talk.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. You're not up for a lot of talk, however well done.

87
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You’re a rhythm and blues fan, a fan of The Temptations, or just a fan of great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You’re just NOT a rhythm and blues fan.

66
During previews
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You’re fans of the leads or Clintons-obsessed. Things hadn’t gelled by the time I saw this early preview.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a polished play instead of, basically, a rehearsal.

87
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Indulgent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some great performances in a problematic production

Don't see it if You’re not all that interested in the Bard or if you have low tolerance for eccentric directorial flourishes.

Also Jackson is magnificent.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to be engrossed in a family saga embedded in an ongoing political struggle with three-dimensional characters you can care about.

Don't see it if You are put off by Irish-accented English or by a 3 hours plus running time. If you don’t want to commit to a demanding but rewarding drama.

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want to see a great performance in a glossy production

Don't see it if You expect depth beyond the glossy surface of this production.

77
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if You’re interested in The Way It Used to Be, and Sometimes Still Is for gay men in the USA.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the world of gay men.

88
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like shows that use ALL of the resources of the theater to tell a compelling story.

Don't see it if Genius stagecraft isn’t enough to sustain your interest in a play.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing

See it if You are interested in/obsessed with truth, fake news, alternative facts, and “truthiness.” If journalism and the media excite you

Don't see it if You’re not interested in language as the subject of a comedy/drama.

Also This is a fascinating event.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy, Energetic

See it if High school, or the memory of it, is among your most resonant experiences. You like high-energy musicals.

Don't see it if A show’s being “with it” doesn’t make up for emotional emptiness.

99
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare, musical theater, lots of people on stage, infectious high spirits and good ole showbiz!

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight.

Also One of the best evenings EVER at the Delacourt in Central Park.

85
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You’re interested in contemporary LGBT and gender issues in an edgy comedy.

Don't see it if If you’re not interested in gender, sex, trans issues.

99
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to be engrossed, challenged, and knocked out by a humane and emotionally intelligent drama.

Don't see it if If you prefer lighter fare.

Also This is one of the best evenings in the theatre I’ve had in 50 years o... Read more Read less

68
Clever, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Insistent

See it if You like your musicals loud, energetic and obvious

Don't see it if You liked such high-quality high school musicals as DEAR EVAN HANSEN and HAIRSPRAY

Also This exhausting confrontation (lasting 2:40!) takes a mild satire and ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want a great evening of masterful talk.

Don't see it if If you prefer plays with lots of physical action.

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of small-scale interpersonal drama with intense and humorous aspects

Don't see it if You’re looking for spectacle or comforting comedy.

78
As Is
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dated, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see one of the earliest dramatizations of the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if You would find such an experience more painful than enlightening

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You’re a fan of Caribbean sounds, inventive staging and dramatic musicals.

Don't see it if It took a while but it won me over with its sheer energy.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You’re desperate to see a Frankenstein tale that focuses on Mary Shelley.

Don't see it if “Frankenstein: The Musical” makes you expect a musical version of Frankenstein.

Also Robert Fairchild’s artistry needs support from the text

78
During previews
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if If seeing Schumer, Key, Benanti, etc live on stage is enough to satisfy you

Don't see it if You expect more than a celebrity driven joke fest

Also I saw an early preview when the show still needed to settle in

97
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to experience what it felt like to live at the height of the AIDS crisis. If you want an epiphany that can happen only in theater

Don't see it if You're not interested in AIDS as a subject.

Also This employs the most effective metaphor for AIDS that I've ever encou... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like your Shakespeare straight but delightful.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare edgy.

82
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Great dancing

See it if You're up for a bright, moving crowd-pleasing, swingin' time

Don't see it if You're not interested in a post WWII exploration of veterans and their struggles.

76
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You know the book and want to see "what they've made of it." If you like intense experiences.

Don't see it if You're squeamish about fictional depictions of torture

77
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You like fine acting even in an otherwise disappointing vehicle. You're willing to settle for jokes rather than humor.

Don't see it if You're expecting, considering the title, something with depth and insight.

90
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love farce beautifully executed, if you want to laugh and laugh and laugh

Don't see it if You don't like farce