Brett 212

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  I see everything on Broadway and as much as I can Off Broadway and beyond. I grade like a teacher on an A-F scale. Don't let any of my reviews stop you from seeing a show. Support the Arts and see if you agree! ... Read more Read less
Reviews (34)
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During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if You're a fan of Orwell, 1984, topical issues or edgy, inventive theatre.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot -like the book, it can be difficult to follow. There are loud noises (gunshots) & bright flashing lights throughout.

Also This is probably going to be one of those decisive shows that people l... Read more Read less

70
The Assignment
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in current social issues (such as gun control in this case), enjoy supporting small theatres and new works.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big production. It's a small theatre with a cast of two.

Also It's a bit cliched and stilted but the show is held together by strong... Read more Read less

75
Indecent
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Paula Vogel, interested in LGBTQ themes, Jewish history and sophisticated writing or you enjoy real life dramatizations.

Don't see it if You need an intermission (110 minutes), you don't enjoy reading subtitles (which are crucial) or take issue with same sex themes and pda.

Also I enjoyed this play - but - it just didn't quite click for me. Frankly... Read more Read less

75
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Christine or Patti and great singing.

Don't see it if The story is important to you. It's more of a platform for both singers.

Also Such huge stars! And those voices! They certainly make the most of the... Read more Read less

80
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you enjoy true stories, new plays that break ground, you are interested in the Oslo peace negations between the Palestinians & Isreal.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy long plays. It's three hours with one intermission.

Also I saw the show off Broadway and again on Broadway. It's well written a... Read more Read less

69
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Ambitious, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You love Harvey. (And you should.)

Don't see it if You're homophobic or you want something with a fast moving plot.

Also A cast of three talented actors bring 'Gently Down the Stream' to life... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You loved A Doll's House and you've indulged in the fantasy of what happened after the door slammed. It's a great cast too.

Don't see it if You're expecting a continuation. It's not. (But to try to do so would be so wrong.) this is an explanation of the characters 15 years later

Also Laurie Metcalf and Jayne Houdyshell bring their A game to the stage. (... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to laugh. It will tick this box.

Don't see it if You saw Noises Off. It's impossible not to draw comparisons.

Also It's very English, which is not a bad thing, and it is funny. I spent ... Read more Read less

40
Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if your significant other wants you to do the taxes and you're absolutely desperate to get out of it for one more day, you procrastinator.

Don't see it if you're the significant other. Stay home and crack that whip! You're not missing anything.

Also Confusing, dystopian strange laws, a plot that goes around in a dizzyi... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Noël Coward, Kevin Kline and Broadway revivals.

Don't see it if You're not prepared to revisit a classic. It's a bit slow compared to new plays and it's very British humor.

Also There's some really solid performances happening on stage at the St Ja... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of August Wilson, social and personal issues in the African American community and well written plays.

Don't see it if You enjoy a face paced plot, or a traditional story with an ending, for that matter.

Also I'm a fan of his work so I am delighted to see August Wilson's Jitney ... Read more Read less

65
Delightful, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You have children to take to the theatre.

Don't see it if You don't mind a lack of a storyline or your guests are over the age of 10. This show is very much for the little ones.

Also From an adult perspective, after years of this show running, the produ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You love musicals! Brilliantly written with some seriously impressive performances; particularly from Ben Platt.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with tap dancing.

Also I loved this show (saw it three times already) and the cast album is s... Read more Read less

75
During previews
9 Circles
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you're interested in politics, the war in Iraq, Veterans and psychological probing.

Don't see it if you take issue with nudity, language and adult situations. This is definitely not a show for the little ones.

Also There is some powerful acting happening on the stage but I felt the pl... Read more Read less

60
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you just have to see what the hype is all about or you need a night of chuckles and smiles.

Don't see it if you enjoy a night of thought provoking theatre. It's enjoyable - on a level (and that's ok) - but it's not going to change anyone's life.

73
Entertaining

See it if you want to take your out-of-town family members to the theatre without provoking debates about politics and social issues.

Don't see it if you're expecting ground breaking work. It's entertainingly enjoyable but it's not pushing the boundaries of contemporary theatre.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of theatre and know of actor George Rose. Ed Dixon gives us insight of his illustrious career and his Capote-esque demise.

Don't see it if You're idea of a night of theatre must includes a big Broadway stage with lots of sets and costumes.

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love Sweeney or you've never seen the show. This is a Broadway production in an off Broadway theatre, up close and personal.

Don't see it if You dislike the score.

Also I've seen so many productions of Sweeney over the years but this was b... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Arthur Miller, actors Tony Shalhoub, Danny Devito, Mark Ruffalo or Jessica Hecht.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces or Miller's writing.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Epic

See it if You love Bette, the Hello, Dolly! score and big Broadway musicals with lots of gorgeous sets, costumes and showstoppers.

Don't see it if If you don't like Bette. You won't enjoy it and the audience doesn't want you there either.

Also I booked the tickets the moment they went on sale back in September. A... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of Laura Osnes, Corey Cott or big band music.

Don't see it if You want a really good story to go along with the singing and dancing. It's not very interesting.

Also I'm a fan of both Osnes and Cott and their voices don't disappoint. Be... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You've never seen the play, you're a fan of Janney and/or Hickey, you enjoy witty humorous plays.

Don't see it if You prefer shows without homosexual themes, male nudity or a show that has an intermission. It's 90 min.

Also I enjoyed seeing this play again. I knew the jokes were coming and sti... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Epic, Overrated, Dated

See it if You never saw the show. It's a big sweeping musical.

Don't see it if You've seen it before. There's nothing new happening on stage.

Also I saw the original run in my younger years and fell in love with the s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Resonant

See it if You loved the movie, Andy Karl or a musical with a great book.

Don't see it if you hated the movie.

Also Andy Karl is brilliant. It's hard to see anyone else in the role so ca... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a brilliant play masterfully acted by the entire cast.

Don't see it if I'm sorry but I can't think of a single reason not to see this show. Even the people who claim they don't like theatre will enjoy the show.

Also It's hard to believe that I saw the first preview performance of Littl... Read more Read less

85
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you're a fan of Lloyd Webber, Glen Close or big Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you want to hear a songbird on stage. Glen Close doesn't exactly have the voice for it.

Also That said, try leaving the theatre unconvinced that wasn't Norma Desmo... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You love Philippa. Her voice is stunning after all.

Don't see it if You like well conceived musicals with memorable music. You're unlikely to leave the show singing any of the songs.

Also I enjoyed the film and I really wanted to love the show. But I didn't.... Read more Read less

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

See it if you are interested in US politics & history. LMM has written a genius score and shows us the evolution of Broadway theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like rap, hip hop or R&B music.

Also Believe the hype. It's legit. I've seen this show three times now and ... Read more Read less

76
If I Forget
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy probing plays that look at Jewish families and the role of women in society.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a long play.

Also I enjoyed If I Forget but I felt the play could do with some cuts as i... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have a heartbeat.

Don't see it if you don't have a heartbeat.

Also 9/11. Such a challenging subject. And, to write a musical with such a ... Read more Read less

73
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of James Cagney or love show stopping tap dancing. The story is told in a series of flashbacks through song and dance.

Don't see it if The objective is to gain deeper insight into JC's life. It's a charming story that sucks you into the fun w/ a smile but no revelations.

90
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love a big Disney production. You've heard it's good - and it is. There's a reason it's still running and playing to sold out crowds!

Don't see it if You don't want to leave the theatre smiling and singing!

76
In Transit
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love New York and you can see beyond pizza rat & see the beauty of our random subway connections.

Don't see it if you hate a cappella music.

45
During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have to take a "friend" that you really don't like to the theatre.

Don't see it if you enjoy a play with a fluid, understandable plot and fully fleshed characters.

Also I want to support the theatre whenever it pushes in new directions but... Read more Read less