BrdwyBear

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Former actor/singer who can't imagine living anywhere else! I'm passionate about live theatre, and I appreciate the effort that goes into every production - even the bad ones. I tend to rate high, but I'm also not afraid to honestly review a real stinker!
Reviews (46)
89
Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy timely satire that really hits home.

Don't see it if you’re not up on social technology - the humor will go right over your head.

Also Great use of space, lighting, costumes... over the top but in a good w... Read more Read less

85
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy classic dance with great bits of new, inventive choreography. Relevant subject matter not often tackled by a dance company.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy dance - or baroque music. Otherwise, there’s no reason not to.

90
Boogieban
West Village
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re ready for an shot of meaningful reality. Great production with two excellent actors who are totally invested in their work.

Don't see it if you’re looking for fluff.

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are ready to be challenged! What started out as an amazingly funny, sitcom-like evening turns on you in a way I have never experienced.

Don't see it if you don’t like to be haunted by thoughts and questions about what you saw.

Also Bravo to Soho Rep and now TFANA for having the guts to put this show o... Read more Read less

70
In the Green
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy modern takes on old stories. Some really inane dialogue turned me off early on so I had difficulty staying in the moment.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy an avant-garde take on history.

Also The music is very ambitious and interesting. I’m seeing it again - kno... Read more Read less

82
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are interested in seeing the world from another point of view than your everyday life. Actors are VERY engaging!

Don't see it if you are bothered by strong, graphic language - not that it is gratuitous at all... felt it was raw for a reason. Great writing.

Also I just have to say that I was disappointed by the fact that the “talkb... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You are in any way, shape or form a fan of Cher! If you enjoy seeing breakout performances! Amazing costumes - excellent dancing.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy 70s and later pop music or if you expect a work of social importance... otherwise - NO REASON NOT TO SEE IT!

83
Superhero
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy smart, fresh takes on musicals. Nice effects that didn’t overpower the story.

Don't see it if you want a big cast and stereotypical theatre music.

50
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have 100 minutes free. I always make an effort to find redeeming qualities in any production - this one, not so much.

Don't see it if loud, gratuitous profanity is not your thing.

Also I’m honestly not sure what other members saw - this play is tedious an... Read more Read less

100
During previews
About Alice
Brooklyn
Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you enjoy a story about real life with all its bumps and bruises... told lovingly through great writing and honest performances.

Don't see it if you want showy production values or sugar-coating of realistic situations.

Also Absolutely brilliant! TFANA rarely disappoints, but this is honestly o... Read more Read less

60
Real
Midtown W
Ambitious

See it if you don’t mind a script that needs a lot of work but has potential.

Don't see it if you like a well thought out, easy to follow story.

Also This play could be something special - but there are currently lots of... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you feel validated by seeing shows that critics rave about. The new orchestrations are wonderful as is the singing... BUT the rest...

Don't see it if you respect the classics and don’t think they need a pretentious update.

92
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You enjoy a show that has a little of everything - great writing, direction, singing, acting, etc. Top of the current heap!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with LGBTQ people and issues.

50
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Pretentious, Over-written

See it if you want to tell people you saw it. Anyone who says this is a masterful work is pushing the limits. Feel sympathy for the wasted talent...

Don't see it if you value your time. The playwright's other work has been totally engrossing - this "play" is a bump in the road.

80
If I Forget
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a little thinking in your theatre.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

82
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy modern takes on classic theatre.

Don't see it if You're living the past.

90
Coriolanus
West Village
Edgy, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to be challenged - heightened language with modern references make this show all the more engaging.

Don't see it if You're not ready to think!

88
During previews
The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Original, Intelligent, Profound, Great singing

See it if you like innovative, intimate theatre that breaks longstanding boundaries.

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged.

94
Confusions
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of British comedy. Always great to see a show directed well by the playwright. This could be the definitive production.

Don't see it if you're looking for action or fireworks.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Ambitious, Original, Great staging

See it if You love big, lavish, musicals at their best.

Don't see it if You don't.

87
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like edgy, modern drama.

Don't see it if you only enjoy old style, proscenium shows.

89
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if you're a theatre lover!

Don't see it if it's your first musical. Not a good "starter" show - you'll miss a lot of the insider humor.

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you're alive and breathing.

Don't see it if you're not open to new, challenging theatre.

95
Touching, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy good theatre - well written script, honest performances - in an intimate space.

Don't see it if Your heart is three sizes too small!

90
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket. It’s a brilliant must see!

Don't see it if You don’t like inventive, outside the box modern choreography and a sung-through score.

Also Several covers were on tonight and they were amazing! I wish I could s... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Slow, Quirky

See it if you want to say you saw one of TW’s lesser works - and I do mean lesser. BUT - they did what they could with it. Very imaginative staging!

Don't see it if You’re not open-minded.

Also Wonderful, small venue - they really make the most of what they have. ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy energetic performances from a (mostly) young, enthusiastic cast.

Don't see it if you find loud, overly amplified shows annoying.

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a story told by a big, gifted group of actors on a big set! It could benefit from a few cuts read: too long - but it’s a must see!

Don't see it if You like your theatre in short doses...

24
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy the music in elevators.

Don't see it if You have any attachment to Oscar Hammerstein.

95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you have a heart and want a show that makes you feel! Absolutely one of the most moving nights in the theatre in my long showgoing life.

Don't see it if you don’t like to be moved.

88
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy your laughs with a message. Was there for a Talkback afterwards - so great to hear about the process. Kudos to the director!

Don't see it if You are not interested in shows dealing with race and discrimination...

90
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting

See it if you are open to new experiences and have a contemporary world view.

Don't see it if your mind is closed to the real world.

Also Should be seen by anyone who supports the current administration!

78
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a good story told well by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for a lavish production.

Also I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and found the accents very well ... Read more Read less

88
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy slapstick with LOTS of laughs. If you’re stressed or having a bad day, this could be just the ticket!

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep theatrical experience.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to be challenged by thoughtful, intelligent writing delivered by an amazing ensemble. Such honest, natural performances all around

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the truth around aging - this one doesn’t pull any punches.

90
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You’re breathing.

Don't see it if You’re a old fuddy-duddy!

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to see a masterclass in acting. Brilliant performance!

Don't see it if You are looking for simple entertainment.

88
Stomp
East Village
Dizzying, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy feeling the show in your entire body! Stomp is an amazingly visceral experience if you let yourself go.

Don't see it if you have any sensitivity to noise. It's LOUD!

96
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You're breathing!

Don't see it if You don't like being intimately involved in the story... this one breaks the fourth wall in a big way!

100
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy a production that doesn't depend on set and costumes - this show is all about the performances, the story, and the music. AMAZING!

Don't see it if You need flashy production values. This one is PURE theatre at its best.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Original, Great singing

See it if you LOVE great theatre. It's a very old story but told in such a fresh, original way. I knew how it was going to end, but it still held me!

Don't see it if you are looking for big sets and large production values. This one is all about the story, the music and the performances. Small - intimate!

92
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if you are a fan of big musicals AND South Park.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by foul language.

75
Signature Plays
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready to think... and have a serious discussion afterward.

Don't see it if You're looking for mindless entertainment.

89
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Funny

See it if love Fosse!

Don't see it if you're a fan of the overblown mega-musical. This is a production all about the show and not about the set and costumes.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love classic musicals done the way they should be.

Don't see it if you're a total loser!

90
The School for Scandal
West Village
Great staging, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Funny

See it if If you like to think AND laugh.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor - like the couple who sat in front of me. They kept turning around to see why I was laughing...