Brad Pontius

Cincinnati | 18-24 | Male
About:  Theatre Fanatic! I'm an actor in love with all things acting.
Reviews (47)
100
For a previous production
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant

See it if you would like to see a charged, engaging show that resonates with today's events.

Don't see it if you are deterred by anything vaguely political. Or you hate good writing.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see

See it if you would like an already wonderful show staged again and put to a marvelous standard. One of the best remounts ever.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of 'the classic musical'. If "The Golden Age" of musicals does not interest you, this will probably not hold your attention

86
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you love down-to-earth discussions on life. You enjoy human characters and excellent acting. HIGHLY recommend this show!

Don't see it if you loathe politics and on-the-nose references. Or if you dislike shows that have multiple themes carrying on at once.

64
Epic, Overrated, Must see

See it if you haven't already, it's one of the longest running shows on Broadway. If you love grandieur theatre and pulse-pounding music.

Don't see it if you don't like Andrew Lloyd Webber's music. If you don't like his other shows, this will probably do nothing for you.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to start watching Shakespeare. This is probable the best play to get started with.

Don't see it if you don't have any interest in the bard's work and its renditions.

94
Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy Disney and the original movie. It's all that and more with some stunning costumes.

Don't see it if you didn't like The Lion King for some reason.

2
Cats
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you're looking for a spectacle. The dancing is the best part of this show. A few songs get caught in your head forever too.

Don't see it if you want something actually entertaining. There's no plot, songs drag on, and it is so excruciatingly boring. It's horrible.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want a classical musical and love Rogers and Hammerstein.

Don't see it if you just don't like Golden Age musicals. It's great but it probably won't change your opinion.

71
Hairspray
Midtown W
Clever, Must see, Original

See it if You haven't seen it before. Definitely worth the watch.

Don't see it if you are just sick of this musical and some of its annoying songs.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if want your heart ripped out. Probably one of the most thought-provoking musicals of our time.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see a silly and frivolous musical. Go see something else that night, but definitely come back and see it later.

80
Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if want a nice, generally upbeat, fast-paced musical.

Don't see it if you want something to change your life. It's good, but it probably won't change your life.

56
Annie
Brooklyn
Overrated, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you haven't seen it before. Who doesn't know Annie?

Don't see it if you want something new. Annie's been out forever, it's not really shocking or bringing anything new to the table nowadays.

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Entertaining, Quirky, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you want a hilarious adult version of Sesame Street. Surprisingly good commentary on adult subjects.

Don't see it if It's 'inappropriate'. That shouldn't be surprising, but definitely not an all-family show. Probably best not to bring the kids.

100
The Producers
Queens
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you work in Theatre or just want a funny night. Mel Brooks' writing is always worth your time.

Don't see it if you hate jokes about Gays, Jews, sex, or making fun of the Nazis. Why are watching theatre if you don't like any of that, though?

70
Absorbing, Dizzying, Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a peek into a broken family's life and how they cope with it. An entertaining drama.

Don't see it if Frankly, the story is kind of hard to follow at times and it can be forgettable. It's hard to fall in love with this show.

80
South Pacific
Upper W Side
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if you love Golden Age musicals. Truly one of the classics and worth seeing at least once.

Don't see it if It has aged well, but it's still pretty dated at this point. Some people might not enjoy it, but it's still worth seeing.

100
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Raunchy, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to go through the whole range of emotions. Cabaret is not only a classic but also dark and hilarious at the same time. A must see.

Don't see it if You're easily offended. Stop being a jerk and go see it. It's worth it.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Taming of the Shrew, in most of its iterations, is my favorite Shakespeare piece and I highly recommend you go watch it.

Don't see it if Shakespearean language as a whole can be off-putting to people, but you should still try it out and this is one of the best shows to try it.

90
The Elephant Man
Midtown W
Slow, Resonant, Profound, Must see, Intense

See it if you want to see a great slow burning drama.

Don't see it if you don't like deeper, more depressing shows and only enjoy light and funny ones.

100
Into The Woods
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Dizzying, Great singing, Must see

See it if This is another musical theatre must-see. If you enjoy musicals, it's almost necessary to see this one.

Don't see it if It feels longer, and it can get a mite confusing - but the clever writing and lyrics make it all better if you can overlook that.

100
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you dig Shakespeare. It is his seminal piece of literature and worth seeing just for the "To be or not to be" monologue.

Don't see it if If you don't understand Shakespeare. If you get confused or focused on the language used you should try it anyway though.

100
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if you love musicals. This show is one of the quintessential musicals ever made and it's worth the watch.

Don't see it if you're bringing children. It's probably not the best family show but it's still a fantastic staged play.

100
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you are into horror and intelligent, thoughtful plays. It is, hands down, one of the most thrilling shows I've ever seen on stage.

Don't see it if you are easily offended. It gets into some pretty deep topics, nudity, theological questions, and a horrific rape scene.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you even remotely like Musical Theatre. It is absolutely fun and heart-wrenching at the same time, and it's like a gateway drug for stage.

Don't see it if Even if you don't like it, you get a chance to open your horizons with a pretty tame musical. It's worth going to see.

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you enjoy listening to Miss Saigon's original soundtrack.

Don't see it if Honestly this remount is disappointing. The acting is great, but it can't save this otherwise unfortunate production.

95
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to watch a modern spin on an ancient tragedy with great moement and stellar acting.

Don't see it if you dislike modern shows. It is very much not a traditional show with few 'old' traditional theatre peeping through.

86
Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you like irreverent humor and good music. The show is hilarious and with plenty of raunchy jokes. A must see if you love the soundtrack.

Don't see it if you are EASILY OFFENDED. The creators of South Park made it, so if you don't like their sense of humor you won't like this.

100
Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you like Disney.

Don't see it if if you don't like Disney at all.

85
Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you definitely want a nice romance story set in Paris after World War 2.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a romantic show that night.

100
An Ideal Husband
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Must see, Original

See it if you like Oscar Wilde or want to try his plays. They're oldies but goodies. It's funny with a great plot.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy older shows. If you can't stand drawing room plays this probably won't change your mind.

95
Rent
Midtown W
Overrated, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want a great performance with humor and heart-wrenching scenes back-to-back.

Don't see it if There's really no reason not to see it at least once, even if people tend to overly hype the show.

100
American Psycho
Midtown W
Refreshing, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy new takes on the source material. It's an awesome callback, definitely worth the watch just to listen to the songs.

Don't see it if you don't like horror/thriller shows. It's American Psycho after all.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Riveting, Intense

See it if you like Shakespeare and tales of tragedy and woe.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. But it's one of his best pieces ever made, and I've never seen a bad production.

100
Matilda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie. It's a great and clever musical that takes the source material and runs with it well.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie. It's great, but it has its flaws.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want a new comedic musical that makes fun of the greatest writer who ever lived.

Don't see it if you love Shakespeare too much to watch it. Even though it's an irreverent homage to his work.

88
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Delightful

See it if you enjoy funny musicals set in the 20's .

Don't see it if To me it's cliche, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the watch. It's still hilarious and fun.

100
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Great writing, Funny

See it if you enjoy dance musicals with gorgeous music and one of the best opening songs ever made.

Don't see it if I actually can't think of a reason not to see it. It's a really great musical, go see it if you can!

96
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if you love Disney. If you enjoyed the animated movie, you'll love this.

Don't see it if you truly hate Disney for some reason. This show may change your opinion, though!

95
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Romantic, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a classic musical. Cole Porter's writing is fantastic, and it birthed some of the most popular songs ever written.

Don't see it if Some of the songs do get old quick, but they're witty and warm making you want to come back and listen to it again.

100
La Cage aux Folles
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you enjoyed "The Birdcage". It's that but the musical version, and it is wonderful.

Don't see it if I couldn't think of a reason not to see it unless you've seen it too many times already.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you are into Victorian-style dark comedic romps. It's not perfect, but it's still great.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious.

100
Riveting, Quirky, Intense, Epic, Must see

See it if Sweeney Todd is one of those shows that almost every theatre person knows. Definitely worth the night out.

Don't see it if It's definitely grisly, and if you have issues with loud noises this is not for you.

90
Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you like clever word play and great characters. This show will have you laughing and crying in several places.

Don't see it if you're easily offended or homophobic. Penis jokes and gay fathers all around! But if you get easily offended, why are you at the theatre?

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if Do I need to explain? It's the biggest musical since Phantom of the Opera. Worth the watch just to see it.

Don't see it if If you get the chance to see it, just go see it. You'll like some part of it, I promise.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Relevant, Profound

See it if This show is a classic, and while it builds relatively slow by today's standards, you'll be completely absorbed I promise.

Don't see it if you get bored too easily. It's a great show but tends to drag on if you can't dig in completely.

100
Pippin
Midtown W
Clever, Edgy, Raunchy, Relevant, Must see

See it if you're into intelligent but hilarious musicals. It's worth seeing just because of the amazing Fosse dance style in the show.

Don't see it if there's really no reason not to see it. If you get the chance, it'll be in your head for ages.

100
War Horse
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if you enjoy massively clever shows. It doesn't seem like a show that can work on stage but it is gorgeous and keeps you invested.

Don't see it if you aren't into Theatre or don't understand the arts. It's a great show but some people won't see it because of the name alone.