BoldWriter

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  I am not Frank Loesser-- unfortunately.
Reviews (33)
75
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing

See it if You enjoy an old-fashioned (however, still very timely), well-made play that will grab your attention.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare, or want some laughs.

Also This is a capable production with two very fine performances from Benj... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy off-beat tragicomedies. Also-- Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if You are turned off by bodily function humor, blood, not a lot of plot and weirdness.

Also I liked GARY! Does it get dull in spots? Sure. Is it filled with penis... Read more Read less

48
Dated, Slow, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You haven't heard he married an angel and that the change'll be aw'fly good for him.

Don't see it if You want your opinion of Rodgers and Hart to remain a high one.

Also Being a fan of the quirky Rodgers and Hart shows of the 1930s (plus 19... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Wacky, Intriguing, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You want some good, surprising laughs and are in the mood for a thought-provoking memory comedy-drama. It's a thinker, but not a downer.

Don't see it if Your theatrical imagination is very conservative.

Also This is really fine Guare. It's unwieldy and imperfect, but I think I ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Fine, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like the book, you like the movie, you're curious, and if you have time and money. It's a perfectly fine production.

Don't see it if You're a Harper Lee purist the core (whatever that is) or you're interested in some of the other very fine dramas this fall. They're better.

97
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You know how people talk/talked about Laurette Taylor? Well, that's how I'm talking about Elaine May in this play. Wow.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with a very unforgiving reality so many families face, and will continue to face.

61
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if You have not seen this play & feel a need to. George Wolfe's staging is very good. Denzel is fantastic. It's also an hour shorter than usual

Don't see it if You don't like rather dated, heavily expository plays that keep repeating and repeating. Or serious drama. Or O'Neill in general.

Also Denzel Washington is fantastic. His forty-five minute monologue at the... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You love the theatre and great writing and acting, and you can sit through two long plays (3 1/2 hrs and 4 hrs respectively).

Don't see it if Your attention span is more attuned to the 90 minute or 2 hour play, you're squeamish (there's some blood) or remotely homophobic.

Also Even if ANGELS IN AMERICA is about "Reaganism" and the AIDS crisis, it... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love musicals, you love this show, and you're anxious to see a star born onstage in Lauren Ambrose.

Don't see it if Your attention span is short.

Also This is a gorgeous production. Every actor is terrific. Harry Hadden-P... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You've not experienced a lot of Albee onstage and want to see one of his later works matched with his earliest.

Don't see it if You are an Albee devotee or you find his later plays (which Homelife is) trying too hard to shock. Two of the three actors are miscast, too.

89
During previews
Exquisite, Great staging, Refreshing, Extraordinary

See it if You have a beating heart, an open mind and your sense of decency and humanity is still intact.

Don't see it if You want the glib and easy answers of KINKY BOOTS or COME FROM AWAY.

Also This show is bizarre and extraordinary. It's unlike any new musical I ... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love theatre. You love musicals that are more challenging and leave open ended questions. You want to be challenged.

Don't see it if You are a literal minded, over-zealous right winger.

Also Warts and all, and there are warts-- since it's a concert-type staging... Read more Read less

62
Dated, Slow, Great nathan lane, Dizzying

See it if You haven't seen Nathan Lane onstage before, or if you have and love him. He is a star in the truest sense and was born to play Walter.

Don't see it if You are easily annoyed by a lot of exposition and a strange mix of tones that doesn't quite work-- at least not for me.

Also Jack O'Brien's staging is very good. The rest of the cast is fine-- Ro... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You'd like to see a well-made play, very well acted, lovingly designed and superbly staged.

Don't see it if You prefer the ninety-minutes and under plays that are popular today, and don't like more leisurely dramas.

Also The Little Foxes is an excellent play-- it always has been. This produ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You love the musical theatre and are interested in a good, old fashioned dual star turn.

Don't see it if You're too jaded or dumb to appreciate classic theatricality and show biz glamour.

Also WAR PAINT is terrific fun, while still making an interesting, importan... Read more Read less

66
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if You haven't seen Gyllenhaal in a musical yet. He has the chops-- not Patinkin, but he's good. And Annaleigh Ashford is dazzlingly good.

Don't see it if You've seen the '08 revival or the original staging live or on TV/DVD and loved both or one of them. It doesn't match up to either.

Also Other than the fabulous Annaleigh Ashford's far more controlled and le... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy vapid pieces pretending to satirize religious hypocrisy but don't, shock for shock's sake, and really sub par writing.

Don't see it if You have the opportunity to see something else in New York. It's a busy season, and there's plenty more out there.

Also I have nothing but respect and admiration for John Kander, and I've li... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Must see, Hopeful, Horrifying, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking, important evening of theatre.

Don't see it if You're not inclined to go to the theatre to think about and face really hard truths.

Also This play made me laugh, it upset me, it thrilled and excited me, it g... Read more Read less

62
Great singing, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You want to see the great Kelli O'Hara enthrall an audience with great performances of "So in Love" and "I Hate Men."

Don't see it if You saw the Marin Mazzie/Stokes production in 1999-2000. It was far superior. This is, almost literally, a bus and truck version.

80
Ambitious, Unsettling, Intense, Very good "lost" score

See it if You are familiar with the troubled show and want to cross it off your musical theatre aficionado's "bucket list."

Don't see it if It's a musical about a pedophile-murderer. It's the best musical about a pedophile-murder that will ever happen, but nevertheless...

Also Finally. I am very glad LOLITA, MY LOVE has been produced smartly, sen... Read more Read less

22
Dated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You love pidgin-Italian accents.

Don't see it if You don't like pidgin-Italian accents and are irritated by books that don't go beyond blackout-sketch bad sitcom writing.

Also The York has done CARMELINA three times?! Why?! Except for a pleasant,... Read more Read less

64
Intense, Pretentious, Great music

See it if You have an open mind (even though not much is changed and the score sounds great... great arrangements!) and enjoy new takes on classics.

Don't see it if You are remotely put off by loud noises, gun shots, blood and moments of literal darkness.

Also The first act was (mostly) wonderful. Ali Stroker is the sexiest, funn... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the work of some of the big star actors, or if you're just looking for an entertaining evening of theatre.

Don't see it if You are remotely homophobic, you're not a fan of Jim Parsons or if you've taken issue with the play itself over the years.

Also This is a perfectly entertaining, very beautifully staged and designed... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want to see a really spectacular performance by Marin Ireland. Wow! Michael John LaChiusa's score is very good, as are the other actors.

Don't see it if You like your Tennessee less abstract. This production is very spare, quite abstract and while intimate, sometimes lacks necessary heat.

91
Astounding, Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Must see

See it if You love the theatre. You WILL NOT see acting like this, especially from Glenda Jackson, on a regular basis.

Don't see it if You don't like the scary, but oddly comforting truths of Edward Albee.

Also This was astounding. Albee's play, like the best of Albee's work and t... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Disappointing, Great writing, Badly directed

See it if You don't care about or know CAROUSEL very much. Honestly, the pretty bland movie of the show is better than this.

Don't see it if You love CAROUSEL, R&H, and are expecting something like the Sher-LCT R&H productions. This one & this director DOES NOT trust the material

Also I hope Rodgers and Hammerstein (and Mary Rodgers) haunt everyone invol... Read more Read less

58
Banal, Great singing, Romantic, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to hear some of the most glorious theatre vocal arrangements sung beautifully-- and Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson in top form.

Don't see it if You don't want to see the above and/or your tolerance for dated tropes of yesteryear are even remotely low. This show is DATED and banal.

79
During previews
Refreshing, Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Complaints comparing it to a Kennedy Center Honors, etc. are wrong. This is a reminder and a master class. If you're stupid, too bad.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. Or if you don't like GOOD musicals. This is a what's what of great shows and great material.

Also I thought it could turn into a self-indulgent tribute. Not necessarily... Read more Read less

97
Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Must see, Enchanting

See it if You love the musical theatre. This is what musical comedy is all about. (And if Bette is on leave, Donna Murphy is terrific!)

Don't see it if I can't see a reason why not to, unless it's not in your budget.

Also I saw Donna Murphy when Bette Midler was off for the week on a whim, b... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want a cathartic experience after the tragedy that was our last election. Lines like "Let's be scared together" are so resonant now.

Don't see it if Although I'd recommend this to everyone, there are some people who aren't big on Bill Finn's idiosyncratic voice as a writer, so maybe them?

32
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if If you want to hear the score well sung, because the cast puts the score across very, very nicely. Good orchestra, too.

Don't see it if You're tired of Sondheim allowing egocentric emperors without clothes called directors rewrite his shows. This is not PACIFIC OVERTURES.

Also Here's a tip for John Doyle: If you wanted to put on a "minimalist" pl... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You love the theatre. If you love to be in on the action, even better. And if not, there's a more voyeuristic section of the shop upstairs.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the piece and/or Sondheim-- but even if that may be the case, it's such fun...just try it!

Also I was giving myself a ten year break on SWEENEY TODD-- between worship... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Intense

See it if You love the musical theatre-- or the theatre in general, AND if you want to see what will be a performance for the history books: Ben Platt

Don't see it if You prefer the matinee lady-friendly take on serious issues like LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. This is serious stuff done intelligently and seriously.

Also DEAR EVAN HANSEN has the best book written for the musical stage since... Read more Read less