Brandon S

Salt Lake City | 35-49 | Male
About:  So many shows, so little time...
Reviews (109)
95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if You're a fan of David Yazbek - it's some of his best work.

Don't see it if You need a lot of "action" in your musicals. This is a lovely little musical with a lot simmering just beneath the surface.

90
Epic, Edgy, Intense, Ambitious

See it if ...you think Interactive Macbeth might be your thing.

Don't see it if ...you can't handle wordless storytelling, obnoxious masked crowds, or stairs.

90
During previews
Inventive, Moving, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see four actors give amazing performances of some pretty intense and intricate material. Fantastic play. Engaging and moving.

Don't see it if you find plays structured in short scenes with actors quickly shifting between multiple roles confusing.

85
Engaging, Great acting, Fantastic choreography, Entertaining, Informative

See it if you're a fan of any of the principle cast. Audra is amazing and her costars are fantastic. Shuffle Along immensely entertaining. Loved it!

Don't see it if you're not into documentaries. The original was pivotal in musical theatre history but the stakes don't feel quite so high in this show.

69
During previews
Intense, Original, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like the source material. American Psycho is stylish and sexy, with razor(chainsaw)-sharp social commentary and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about graphic violence. Characters are (appropriately) vapid & self-absorbed. I didn't enjoy it, but see why others might.

88
During previews
Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Heartfelt, Charming

See it if you're a long-time fan of the book like me. It's a visually stunning adaptation with a gorgeous score and terrific performances.

Don't see it if you can't wait until the end to figure out what the director is establishing with the weird dancing chorus. (The final ballet IS amazing.)

80
Powerful, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Confusing

See it if you want to see Phylicia Rashad in powerful, career-defining performance. Her work here is well worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if long monologues and stylized language aren't your thing. The show sometimes gets lost in itself, but the performances are fantastic.

90
Delightful, Charming, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a sweet, funny, heartfelt little musical with fantastic songs, terrific staging, and a phenomenal cast. Loved it!

Don't see it if you're looking for something dark or profound. She Loves Me is funny and tugs at the heartstrings, but you probably won't need a hankie.

90
During previews
Powerful, Moving, Resonant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an expertly performed revival of this amazing and still-relevant classic. This production is profoundly moving.

Don't see it if you're the type of person who won't enjoy this show unless it's staged with period costumes and sets.

90
Dot
Hilarious, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Heartbreaking

See it if you like to belly laugh and ugly cry at the same time. This is a brilliantly funny and deeply affecting show. I can't stop thinking about it

Don't see it if you aren't up for family drama mixed with (some might argue) slightly over-the-top comedy. Personally, I loved the show.

70
Slow, Resonant, Confusing, Dated, Great acting

See it if you like the actors and can sit through a 65-minute slow one-act. It's a moderately engaging character study and I'm glad I went.

Don't see it if you have a poor attention span and need a show to go somewhere. Hughie isn't "exciting", but it's an interesting piece if you pay attention.

80
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see Helen Mirren live. She's amazing.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a long play with lots of dialogue and very little action. It's a great show, but you have to pay attention.

85
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Kristin Chenoweth. She's a force of nature.

Don't see it if you're not into broad comedy. The show is really over-the-top.

90
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you're a fan of the material. So good.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with on stage nudity or need a clear story line.

86
During previews
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Absurdly entertaining

See it if you're into presentational, smartass storytelling. The story is all over the place, but the cast makes this show a helluva lot of fun.

Don't see it if you're gonna be stuck on the extreme outside of any of the front rows. You'll miss a lot of the jokes because of the weird sightlines.

90
Ambitious, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if you have enough plutonium to generate the requisite 1.21 gigawatts to get your DeLorean back to 2011. (PS It'd be totally worth it.)

Don't see it if you're reading this after Sept 23, 2012. Buy a ticket to Hamilton and tell your neighbor how excited you are to see a show where P&B played.

55
Funny, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you're a tourist and want something silly and a bit interactive.

Don't see it if you're looking for substance or original comedy. Actually, it may have been fresh in 1980, but the show is not exactly a timeless classic.

90
During previews
Original, Thought-provoking, Funny, Moving, Great writing

See it if you enjoy pure, imaginative theatrical storytelling. The show is quirky and incredibly well acted. I loved it.

Don't see it if non-linear story lines confuse you or direct address makes you uncomfortable.

80
Clever, Dated, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you think you might like the sound of random objects crashing together. Stomp is clever and a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you're concerned that a whole evening of percussion might drive you batty. It does get a bit tedious at times.

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you like the classic musical. This is a brilliant revival of a fantastic show.

Don't see it if you can't get past the risque bits.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like any of Schwartz's shows. This is one of his best...and this production reinvents the classic in a visually stunning way.

Don't see it if you can't get past a little off-color humor and an occasional bit of risque staging.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you have the chance. Angela Landsbury is worth the price of admission to any show.

Don't see it if the production has already closed. Which it has. Sucks to be you.

75
During previews
Funny

See it if you like campy smartass comedy. But maybe wait until they've had a little time to iron out the kinks.

Don't see it if you're not into over-the-top silliness. Disaster is a show that's not afraid to make a dumb joke and then wink at the audience.

75
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you like John Patrick Shanley's writing and have ever wondered what he must've been like as a teenager. Fantastic performances all around.

Don't see it if you think you might be put off by the occasional uneven, slow, or offensive bit.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Moving, Cliched

See it if you think you might enjoy a teen angst play with heart, humor, and surprises. It took me a bit to get into it, but the play was satisfying.

Don't see it if you can't get past a few theatrical cliches and the "after school special" feel.

78
Great acting, Great singing, Engaging

See it if You're a fan of the source material and/or the creative team.

Don't see it if Coming of age gangster musicals aren't your thing.

86
Clever, Quirky, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood for something out of the ordinary and exciting.

Don't see it if Having actors in your face makes you uncomfortable.

80
Engaging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're in the mood for a story about religious tolerance. It's a lovely play and I enjoyed it a lot.

Don't see it if you're put off by religious themes. The show isn't "preachy", but religion is a central point of the story.

84
During previews
Sweet, Heartfelt, Great music, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like the cast, movie, and/or Sara Bareilles. Jesse Mueller and the cast are outstanding. And the story and music are great. Loved it!

Don't see it if you're not into musicals by pop songwriters. Some lyrics are a bit hard to understand because they sit a little weirdly in the vocal lines.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Surprisingly sweet

See it if you've ever worked in any sort of customer service industry. The show is very funny, but also surprisingly sweet. I loved it.

Don't see it if you're expecting over-the-top wacky farce. Also, if you're even moderately tall, avoid the Mezz and Balcony at all costs. Leg room is awful.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like the show or any of the cast. It's a fantastic concert production with wonderful performances all around.

Don't see it if long stretches of dialogue bother you in musicals. It's a very talky musical, but I loved it.

92
For a previous production
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Must see

See it if you can get a ticket. This deeply affecting musical is a beautiful portrayal of isolation in the digital age. I loved it.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to ugly-cry with 295 strangers.

55
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like one-person shows that creatively attempt to contextualize personal suffering.

Don't see it if you're not up for a rambling, melodramatic show about dying.

70
During previews
Edgy, Dark, Original, Ambitious

See it if you're into dark, theatrical storytelling that pushes you out of your comfort zone. (Great show, but I wished I wasn't on the front row.)

Don't see it if you're squeamish gritty, in-your-face theatre with violence and nudity. Rapp seems to be actively trying to make the audience uncomfortable.

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you're in the mood for hilarious physical comedy and clever music. The guys were great and I loved Shaina Taub's fantastic music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show where you can sit grumpily for two hours. That's pretty much impossible here.

70
During previews
Sweet, Moving, Great acting, Nice music, Mediocre lyrics

See it if you a show with great music, a lovely story, wonderful performances, and engaging actor-driven action. I loved the staging.

Don't see it if you can't get past long stretches of banal, amateurish lyrics.

100
Exquisite, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you can find a production that lives up to the caliber of the 2011 Broadway revival. This show was exquisite.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Sondheim. Follies contains some of his best work.

95
During previews
Boy
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Moving, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a deeply moving, thought-provoking play with incredible performances and a heartbreakingly beautiful script.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the subject matter. Actually, if you might be uncomfortable, you SHOULD see it. This is a truly beautiful play.

87
Refreshing, Beautiful, Moving, Great score, Great staging

See it if you like the movie or enjoy shows where you get to have a pre-show pint on stage with the actors.

Don't see it if you need your musicals to have flying monkeys or pyrotechnics or helicopters. No spectacle here, just a really lovely show.

80
Exciting, Moving, Great music

See it if it's still streaming on Netflix. Or buy the DVD. It's really good. Maybe put on the subtitles and do a sing/dance-along. Also invite me.

Don't see it if you're planning to vote for Trump. This show will probably just piss you off.

80
Ambitious, Engaging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're up for yet another play about racism in America. Smart People is funny, engaging, provocative, and original.

Don't see it if you need less talk and more action in your theatre. This show is a bit long and pretty talky, but I enjoyed it.

75
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're in the mood for a smart, thought provoking show with engaging characters, fantastic performances and rapid-fire dialogue.

Don't see it if the prospect of ogling a chiseled swimmer in a red speedo for 80 minutes makes you uncomfortable.

55
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Heartfelt, Slow

See it if you've never seen any show about a closeted gay/bi man cheating on his girlfriend. Ever. If you have, you've probably seen this show.

Don't see it if you're looking for something original or relevant. This show might have been ambitious 20 years ago, but now it's just irritating.

75
Entertaining, Sweet, Original, Slow

See it if you like puppet theatre, the Wizard of Oz stories, and intimate 70 minute shows with very little speaking.

Don't see it if you have long legs or a few extra pounds. The seats in this theatre at New World Stages are unbearably small and close together.

65
Disappointing, Nice story, Overrated

See it if you can't seem to find your copy of the movie. The stage version is nice, but the movie tells the story better. The dancing was amazing.

Don't see it if you need memorable tunes in your musicals. The score fell flat for me.

90
Great acting, Resonant

See it if you're into glam rock with cracks in the plaster. No matter who is doing it, this show is electrifying.

Don't see it if you can't turn off your brain and just enjoy the emotion. Think too hard on this one and you probably won't get it.

95
Electrifying, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can. Seriously. This production blew me away. So good.

Don't see it if you can't sit through three hours of amazing theatre.

80
During previews
Intense, Challenging, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see two fantastic actors at the top of their game bravely tackle this incredibly intense play.

Don't see it if you're not up for a difficult play that deals with extremely challenging subject matter.

90
Exquisite, Masterful, Romantic, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you like Gershwin, a wonderful romantic story, spectacular performances, and breathtaking choreography. This show is gorgeous.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 10-15 minute ballet sequence. (It's stunning.)

55
Disappointing, Great staging, Boring score

See it if you're okay with 2 1/2 hours of uninspiring theatre for just a few truly enchanting moments. Lots of heart, but that's all in the movie.

Don't see it if you have access to the movie. It's much better and you don't have to suffer through the problematic score.