Brendan M 6068

Westerly | 50-64 | Male
About:  I am a retired MSgt of the Air Force, been retired 14 years now. I am an avid theatre goer, attending shows in Boston, Providence, and New York every week of every month. I am currently enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island finishing up my Associate's Degree. I am in NY for theatre usual... Read more Read less
Reviews (64)
80
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's similar to "Sweat" in many ways. A depressed, low income town where people are struggling to get by. A compelling work that resonates.

Don't see it if Although there are comedic elements, it's a serious play about hardships in life and what we sometimes do to make ends meet to survive

80
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Great acting from the entire cast. Compelling whodunit with unexpected plot twist. Thought provoking

Don't see it if You don't like murder mysteries. You are looking for light subject matter. Are taken by racially charged subject matter.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if You like slapstick that seems forced and not spontaneous. A play without a purpose.

Don't see it if You expect intelligent humor, or even just decent slapstick like Noises Off! This was painful, I didn't laugh once, a few smirks maybe

80
Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like plays that make you think. Can maintain an open mind with the subject matter. Great acting and compelling.

Don't see it if It's difficult to get through the first 20 minutes due to it's graphic nature but stick it out, it's got relevant themes worth pondering

65
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a technological marvel with the animatronic puppet of Kong. The facial expressions of pain and sorrow brought me tears

Don't see it if You expect a good book, good songs,the whole show revolves around Kong, and I found it entertaining enough just from that point of view

69
Great staging, Insipid, Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You want to see a show that essentially copies the movie word for word, with very little originality to spare.

Don't see it if You except memorable tunes. Probably more entertaining if you are not familiar with the film. Performances felt phoned in at times.

85
All My Sons
Midtown W
Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a master class in acting. Powerful, thought provoking drama. Arthur Miller.

Don't see it if You are expecting a fluffy, feel good play.

80
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like the classic revivals done right. Dazzling choreography and a great score.

Don't see it if You don't like old shows, even though this is brought to current times to some degree, it still feels dated.

80
Romantic, Resonant, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like musicals that focus on the story more than big stage spectacle. Some solid, infectious tunes

Don't see it if You expect a big production. Less is better in this case

90
Must see, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if Must see theatre at its best. Elaine May's performance is a shoe in for the Tony. Entire ensemble is fantastic. Subject matter is relevant.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that tackle difficult real life subject matter

75
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like Sondheim. Like professional, minimalistic productions with a very talented ensemble.

Don't see it if You expect flash and spectacle. One of Sondheim's lesser known works, rarely produced. Hard to stage

75
Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like situation drama type plays. Great acting.

Don't see it if Can feel with a procedural crime TV series episode at times, storyline uneven.

85
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like shows with swing style, bandstand music. Great choreography, fun upbeat tunes

Don't see it if Don't like some tragic elements mixed in with a generally uplifting story

77
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like Jonathan Larson, his first, lesser known musical that has some fine tunes

Don't see it if You are expecting a big scale production

80
Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like period pieces and fine acting, lavish staging and costumes

Don't see it if Don't like period pieces, can be slow a times

75
The Front Page
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You like to see a funny ensemble of "A list" actors

Don't see it if You don't like long plays. First act drags on, Nathan Lane doesn't appear till the second act. Can be boring at times

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like period piece plays. Enjoy master class acting.

Don't see it if You don't like period piece plays.

65
Fish in the Dark
Midtown W
Insipid, Banal, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like to see a regurgitated Seinfeld style play. You like Larry David or Jason Alexander.

Don't see it if You expect something original. Follows the Seinfeld formula with less success than the TV series.

85
Resonant, Riveting, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like musicals that challenge the intellect with a solid book and some great songs.

Don't see it if Don't like plays that address homosexuality. Expect a conventional Broadway musical

85
Entertaining, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You love lavish spectacle with sublime choreography and infectious tunes

Don't see it if You expect an original score.

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see one of the best performances of the season from Bryan Cranston. Like thought provoking plays

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this, go now before it closes 8 June.

90
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like musicals that have it all, funny, topical, heart felt, fun, infectious music, a great night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with a theme that addresses homosexuality

80
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like intelligent, thought provoking plays

Don't see it if You don't like subject matter that deals with racism and/ or don't like long plays

85
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like jukebox musicals, one of the first, best and longest running. Has a great memorable score, good acting and solid choreography

Don't see it if You don't like the Four Seasons or music of that era

85
Exquisite, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like spectacular shows that have it all, outstanding costumes, choreography, compelling with a powerful message and infectious tunes

Don't see it if You don't like big production musicals

75
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like "American Utopia" style shows. It's basically a 65 minute concert with a narrative about her trials of life.

Don't see it if You are expecting a conventional musical with a plot, it's a concert with some anecdotes.

Also I found it entertaining most of the time. She was trying to convey the... Read more Read less

75
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Are open to changes from the original concept. Don't mind watching a video screen. See raw young talent and breathtaking choreography.

Don't see it if Your a purist to the original. Much of the action takes place far back or behind the stage. Sometimes the staging works, sometimes not.

85
Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a a rising star in Solea Pffeifer, she is mesmerizing and oh, what a voice. You like the score and are open to some change.

Don't see it if You expect it to be entirely true to the original production. Staging is minimal but it works and two Eva's gives depth to the character.

55
During previews
Insipid, Banal, Romantic, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You love Peter Dinklage and Jasmine Cephas Jones who delivers some beautiful vocals.

Don't see it if You expect a compelling plot. Peter's singing leaves something to be desired but his acting is good, considering what he has to work with

85
Must see, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals that are intelligent and thought provoking with an engaging plot and beautiful orchestration and overall performances

Don't see it if You are expecting a show with bells and whistles. You get soulful performances about overcoming the challenges of racial inequality

86
Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting, Resonant, Must see

See it if You would like to see a fresh, bold take on a classic that resonants in your mind long after it's over. Hauntingly beautiful and original.

Don't see it if You don't like reimaginings of classic material. You are expecting a big production.full of gimmicks and spectacle.

85
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if It's a fun, feel good musical with an outstanding cast. Great staging

Don't see it if You don't like fluffy musicals, it's designed for sheer entertainment, that's it

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You like Jimmy Buffett, light, feel good island themed musical. Pure fun

Don't see it if You don't like Jimmy Buffett, mainly appeals to parrotheads. Story is weak but the overall experience can be fun if you don't think too much

87
Exquisite, Great singing, Riveting, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You like lavishly produced musicals with infectious tunes and a solid plot. Outstanding choreography

Don't see it if You can't handle a theme that deals with prostitution and tragedy

83
American Psycho
Midtown W
Masterful, Riveting, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like a unique night at the theatre. Very cutting edge, sometimes shocking but captivating. Great staging and music

Don't see it if You want a safe, family night at the theatre. Subject matter is for a mature audience

65
Superhero
Midtown W
Slow, Great singing, Romantic, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like anything done by Tom Kitt

Don't see it if You expect something in the same vein of "Next to Normal". Songs are forgettable and the plot isn't compelling, boring at times

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like historical, period piece plays. Great acting

Don't see it if You don't like period piece plays, expect a light hearted fluff of a show

90
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want the pants scared off of you . Subject matter is frightening to watch at times, can become a reality in the not so distant future

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy, this is not your cup of tea. Left me shaking afterwards which never happens at a play

70
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Romantic, Edgy

See it if You like a musical with touching subject matter. Some clever, lively numbers

Don't see it if Are expecting a big spectacle. Don't like themes that deal with homosexuality and tragedy.

90
Must see, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals with heart and substance. Some showstopping numbers

Don't see it if You can't handle difficult themes such as abuse, racism.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see one of the finest performances of the season by Frank Langella

Don't see it if You can't handle the tough topic of someone experiencing dementia.

85
Blackbird
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a master class in acting by Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams

Don't see it if You can't handle the topic of sex with a minor.

85
Absorbing, Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like period musicals. Lavish staging and infectious, memorable songs.

Don't see it if You don't like long musicals. Expect an uplifting night at the theatre, can be very depressing at times.

65
Slow, Banal, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see some outstanding actors doing the best they can with a poorly executed play

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare. play is very uneven and loses its direction much of the time. The music is distracting. Disappointing

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like quirky plays, great acting, Sam Sheppard

Don't see it if You don't like plays that have absurd elements to them.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like the movie or like musicals geared more to the younger set. Has a relevant message to convey,

Don't see it if You don't like fluffy musicals. Expect a memorable score

80
For a previous production
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Great staging, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like jukebox musicals based on 80's hair band rock.

Don't see it if You expect and captivating story. The show is fun with good music and great performances but the book is flimsy

80
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You love lavish spectacle with all the bells and whistles. Great singing, staging and an infectious score

Don't see it if You prefer minimalistic theatre.Don't like shows of operatic theme or shows of excess

75
Fluffy, Overrated, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like jukebox musicals, this was one of the first to start the trend and it's done well

Don't see it if You expect a deeply layered storyline,don't like Carole King or music of that style.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like shows that balance spectacular effects with an inspirational, heart felt story and infectious music. For all ages

Don't see it if You don't like lavish, layered, intelligent musicals