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Reviews (44)
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great singing, Cliched, Great score, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to see the much-heralded MACK AND MABEL, and a show perfect for Encores!.

Don't see it if You don't like the "simple, hum-able showtune" that Jerry Herman thrived at writing. Or you're just not into old shows or theatre history.

Also MACK AND MABEL is the kind of show that's perfect for Encores!. It doe... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Dynamic, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if You want to see a dazzlingly staged musical that doesn't amount to much, with some dynamic, terrific performances by DeShields and Gray.

Don't see it if You want a musical with more substance, and that doesn't mean it has to be depressing or political. It just has to be more than an old myth

Also I think Rachel Chavkin could be a new Hal Prince. She clearly can crea... Read more Read less

Soft Power
East Village
Weird, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in seeing a very non-traditional music theatre piece.

Don't see it if You are expecting a... I won't even say traditional... but linear musical. Even that doesn't sound right. It's not a musical, so be warned.

Also Despite being ABOUT a musical, despite having music by one of the most... Read more Read less

A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an exciting new musical theatre writing voice emerge in Michael R. Jackson.

Don't see it if You like an abundance of plot. Your theatrical imagination is limited. You like commodity, b.s. musicals only.

Also As messy as A STRANGE LOOP is at times, and as overlong as its last se... Read more Read less

Honest, Touching, Romantic, Great acting

See it if You want to see two fine actors perform the work of a deeply empathetic playwright.

Don't see it if You are opposed to full frontal nudity, you're looking for a little more spectacle, or you are a hard assed cynic.

Also The second act meanders a bit. The production doesn't feel at home in ... Read more Read less

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
A big letdown, Medicore, Cute, Clever

See it if You like light entertainment with some zippy, clever moments.

Don't see it if Your standards for musical theatre are higher than the extremely mediocre. Musical comedies deserve better. What a letdown!

Also It isn't like David Yazbek has never written a musical comedy before. ... Read more Read less

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

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.

Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
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

Midtown E
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

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

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

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.

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

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

Midtown W
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.

During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
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

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

Midtown W
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?

During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
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

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

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

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Ivo van Hove's aesthetic, and like fresh (if tortuously on the nose) modern reworkings of classics.

Don't see it if You are partial to the "lyric theatre" vision of Jerry Robbins, or want an overly familiar WEST SIDE STORY.

Also I've never been the biggest fan of WEST SIDE STORY, but Jerome Robbins... Read more Read less

Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love this beloved musical and want to see it as its authors intended-- off the beaten track and Off-Broadway. Bigness dilutes its charm.

Don't see it if You are looking for either Ellen Greene as Audrey or an over-sung Audrey. Tammy Blanchard is brilliant, but different. Or if you want "BIG!"

Also More on Tammy Blanchard-- Thank god she makes this her own, with shade... Read more Read less

During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Intriguing, Funny, Romantic

See it if You are interested in seeing a rare happy ending from Tennessee Williams and some big, bold, run amok, emotional theatre.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of big, messy plays. Or little kids dressed as goats.

Also THE ROSE TATTOO is one of the messier, but most intriguing plays of Te... Read more Read less

Burn This
Midtown W
Must see, Funny, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see some great acting worthy of Pacino from Adam Driver, plus three other fine actors doing well by a great writer.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare, or you are tired of intense, sexual tension-filled dramas. Clearly I am not.

Also This is a very fine production, and I hope it spawns a renaissance of ... Read more Read less

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Dizzying, Gimmicky, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a masterful Bryan Cranston and a dazzling Ivo van Hove production electrify the stage.

Don't see it if You don't like fast moving images and loud noises. Anyone with a disability triggered by that sort of thing would not do well with this one.

Also I felt the same way about Cranston in ALL THE WAY... he mops the floor... Read more Read less

All My Sons
Midtown W
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

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

I Married an Angel
Midtown W
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

During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Midtown W
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

The Front Page
Midtown W
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

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

During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
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

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

During previews
Kid Victory
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