Brandon J 6251

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Critic and lecturer at The City College of New York. Has written for indieWire.com, The Village Voice, Huffington Post, Medium.com, Detour, and The Advocate. Editor of The Gay Quote Book.
Reviews (31)
69
A litte limp, Entertaining, Indulgent, A bit tired, More ha than haha!

See it if you haven't seen it before. Timing is now a bit off; it's a bit bedraggled, but for first timers great fun. Theatre shenanigans galore.

Don't see it if New theatre provides intimacy with diminished returns. Most actors seem to be just going through the motions. Needs to restore crispness.

77
During previews
Visually absorbing, Great acting, Often incomprehensible, Solid direction, Profound

See it if you enjoy accent hell, a clever rewriting of a classic, solid thespians, and sexy copulation between the empowered & their servants.

Don't see it if you don't want to look at audience members' faces when your mind wanders because you can't comprehend what anyone is saying on stage.

77
During previews
Light comedy, Entertaining, Several laugh-out moments, Some exciting snooker shots, Needs stronger finale

See it if you enjoy snooker, feisty transsexual gangsters, grifters, and pleasant but not great evenings in the theater. Totally affable.

Don't see it if you can only get full-price tickets. I consistently had a smile on my face. Did not feel my evening was wasted. Better than you might think.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Fine acting, Tedious, Third-rate williams, Slow

See it if you adore Kristine Nielsen, God's gift to comedy, although her talents seem at sea here due to text & wobbly direction. O'Toole a plus, too.

Don't see it if u abhor talkathons w/o tension & Lichty's occasional muttered speeches. Poorly conceived set. Hinders movement. Lacks colors text detailed.

Also The finale, which should be heartbreaking, is more of a celebration be... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Forgettable, Lacking clarity, Basically a radio play

See it if a

Don't see it if b

60
Solid acting, Excruciating, Pointless, Mundane, Self-indulgent

See it if you want to view a paean to sexagenarian love that will age you as you watch it. A mishmash of half-baked ideas, song, and witless banter.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience a pair of talented actors drown in insipid, nonstop dialogue. There are some fine moments, but only moments.

Also I rather develop acute hemorrhoidal tissue than ever have to watch thi... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want a bit of comedy with a bit philosophical chitchat and a bit of audience interaction hosted by a sensational puppet. To marvel at.

Don't see it if you don't want the unexpected, bristle at Hemingway putdowns, and are underwhelmed by truly astute minds. Should see with a full house.

85
Great acting, Droll, Delirious costuming

See it if u r a Busch aficionado yet want to see 2 real gals brilliantly play real gals. Jennifer Van Dyck should win every supporting actress award.

Don't see it if you don't want to laugh your keister off at the superb supporting cast (e.g. Howard McGillin, Nancy Anderson). Charles is Charles. Hurrah!

Also This is the first Busch play I can recall where the great Lady of the ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if u want to witness one of the great performances of the decade by Glenda Jackson in a play that is often hilarious. Metcalf is grand, too.

Don't see it if a drama that's wickedly witty & illuminating about life & death isn't your thing. This is Albee's love letter to the stepmom he detested.

71
During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you care about Israeli history, chatter about music's essence, and what it means to be a Jew. . . & if you don't mind conversational theater

Don't see it if you rather skip or run with Heifetz. There's little physical action, which doesn't mean you won't be highly moved at times.

74
Absorbing, Feminist, Great acting

See it if you're a woman of a certain age and want to see yourself treated with respect and wit —or if you're blessed with a woman of a certain age.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience a timely entertainment about friendship, career, love, aging, a little lesbianism, & being downsized.

60
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you must see everything that falls into the genre of LGBTQ theatre & if you appreciate a few really clever sets & deliciously campy costumes

Don't see it if you can't stand overly long, witless, slack-directed theatre without a quotable line in its endless chatter with fine actors wasted.

Also Here's an argument against a playwright directing his own work. No dis... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to see how Orwell predicted the Trump era. The audience seems to meld together by the finale. For many, this is a pivotal event.

Don't see it if a few didactic moments or stage blood bothers you. This is not Hello Dolly without the tunes. Pulsating lights throughout. Wear sunglasses.

83
During previews
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you are an aficionado of the late genius Charles Ludlam, or if you want to experience why some critics and buffs adore his work unwaveringly

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the ridiculous. This is addictive silly fun. Definitely not Ibsen. Well, almost not Ibsen.

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if A must-see, joyful puppet extravaganza. Seldom less than witty.

Don't see it if you are joy-phobic.

83
Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy all-out musical performances with loads of humor.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy top-notch talent letting loose.

99
During previews
Brilliant in every manner, Must see, An instant classic, Thought-provoking, Mesmerizing

See it if u want to bathe in the work of America's next great playwright. Phenomenal, inventive direction. 1 of the best first acts of the past decade

Don't see it if you are afraid of bristling theatre that dissects the art world, power relationships, moms, cursive writing, racism, queerdom, & materialism

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Solid enunciation

See it if you want a script that would be better off on screen than on a stage. The cast does it best with a half-baked play about a half-baked fugue.

Don't see it if you're a pal of director Ortman and u want to still like him. His helming is ponderous, the play lacks wit, & seesaws between time queasily.

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Smile inducing, Valentine to the theatre

See it if you love wit, grand music, wise lyrics, a phenomenal cast, a tale for kids of all ages, plus Wassersteinian and Durangian verbal magic.

Don't see it if you are a stick in the mud with an inability to let a grand musical help you forget your sorrows and allow u to fly away to a land of glee.

93
Brilliant ensemble, Edgy, Riveting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you're a fan of the film & the writing of Irvine Welsh. Andrew Barrett is a one-man phenomenon. The play can be considered shocking at times

Don't see it if you need to comprehend every word. The Scottish accents are heavy, but the rhythms of the writing will carry you through. Nudity & wit.

93
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Unforgettable

See it if u want to experience a funny, tragic, moving reworking of Richard III that's never less than original with a superb cast & spot-on direction

Don't see it if u don't want to want to encounter one of the best final acts of the season. The audience when I attended couldn't contain themselves. Superb

63
Energetic, Sophomoric, Good-natured, Young adult-oriented, Blessedly short

See it if you enjoy affable young men behaving like clever 5-year-olds playing cops and robots in outer space. Sporadically witty. There's "dancing."

Don't see it if you've never taken drugs watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Sheer lunacy is showcased here with a dash of existentialism and one black jockstrap.

60
During previews
Excruciating, semi-amusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch an endless play about an annoying family awaiting its mother's death. Lois Smith is terrific though. Also, very comfy set.

Don't see it if you want to empathize with onstage characters portrayed by rather flavorless thespians. Uneven writing and unimaginative direction.

Also If you have lived through the lingering demise of a loved one (or two)... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to view an intimate, discomforting, unforgettable performance by Ms. Molloy. Rapp's dialogue never flinches.

Don't see it if u dislike one-woman shows where the character is surrounded by black netting for most of the performance. Basically, a short story enacted.

Also Went with goddaughter. We spoke about nothing else for the hour after ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated book

See it if you want to be enchanted by great song and mostly solid choreography. Lindsay Mendez steals the show & J. Henry's Soliloquy is outstanding.

Don't see it if you don't want to become a fan of Alexander Gemignani as Mr. Snow. Problematic here is the glorification of a wife-beater whom God forgives.

Also This divine musical with its creaky book would become a modern and dev... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Humane

See it if you can handle vibrantly intelligent lyrics with engaging melodies that are staged with style and enacted by a first-rate cast. Enthralling.

Don't see it if Fast & Furious is your favorite film or if you want to miss the award-worthy performance of Jesse Manocherian as a persnickety songwriter.

68
Cliched, Ambitious, Silly

See it if u enjoy young attractive actors romping on a well-conceived set in period attire and if u're a fan of Miss Sevigny in a sort of "Kids" redux

Don't see it if you're a fan of Miss Sevigny, who mumbles quite a bit here, and if you don't mind a silly plot about racism, drugs, and self-involvement.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you want to enroll in Feminism 101, as spouted by a rather shallow heroine. Erin Wilhelmi, as the daughter, though, is quite wonderful.

Don't see it if you hope the mostly recast production lives up to the play's original rave reviews. Julie White seldom connects to the soul of her Nora.

84
Absorbing, Resonant, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if Superb acting in an ultra-intimate setting. Captures the intricacies of a first date in this anxious age. Plus British accents. Fine script.

Don't see it if your cynicism undermines your ability to embrace a romance about two unlikely souls connecting through an app and their ups and downs.

83
For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Took class of college students: 90% adored it. Saw early in previews, so rhythms and performances still needed to be tightened up.

Don't see it if you need a big sock-o, high-kicking musical. This is a simple, warm, timely charmer.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if a nearly flawless production from concept to execution. Thoroughly involving.

Don't see it if you lack humanity.