Brian 606770

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (47)
79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if family drama with tension & humor, dealing with complex ideas many of us may face, but exagerated (I hope!) Great naturalistic performances

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with life and death issues handled with tension and humor.

85
Great acting, Riveting, Dark

See it if sharp complex humor, but very very dark at times

Don't see it if violence and not all wrapped up in a bow

75
Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if mid 20th century cabaret, raunchy songs from your grandparents era, plot light but keeps it moving

Don't see it if it's very naughty

79
During previews
Clever, Funny, Refreshing

See it if funny contemporary adaptation of Richard III, so you see it if you know RIII and would enjoy it being made fun of, sly and smart adaptation

Don't see it if you want literal adaptation, you want straight presentation

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Close to best theater I have ever seen! Incredible performance of the behavior of autism and her extraordinary inner life. U will love her.

Don't see it if Tears, you will be moved to tears in empathy with her struggles and with joy at her accomplishments.

Also Hard to describe, but there is incredible humor and pathos every step ... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like a good play about contemporary issues with pretty good company of actors.

Don't see it if you don't want to be in a political drama.

60
Clever, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you like imaginative theatrical staging, a story of progress towards equality of the sexes, and lack of progress. Very funny too!

Don't see it if there are a lot of stories in different styles and sometimes the transitions aren't clear, so don't see it if you don't want to work!

79
Enchanting, Refreshing, Heartwarming

See it if -you are looking for a story of family, a perfect complement to this time of year; -you like the storytelling craft; -you believe in magic.

Don't see it if - you don't like one person shows - you want fluffy, noisy, boisterous diversional entertainment

60
Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Quiet, A ny story

See it if you like NY history and the origins of the Public Theater, and the complex personality of Joseph Papp.

Don't see it if you have trouble hearing. The director's choice to have the actors speak quietly would have been better served in a 50-seat theater.

5
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if If you like deconstructed text.

Don't see it if Don’t. Just don’t. It’s nonsense. Many audience members walked out during the performance.

Also ERS, known for illuminating text, have here shredded it. They read off... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Confusing, Slow

See it if An original interpretation, all about the actors, minimal scenery

Don't see it if You don't know Hamlet inside-out, double casting makes it confusing as to which character is saying what!

77
Intelligent, Clever, Resonant

See it if you like wordy intrigue, and a connection to real world history

Don't see it if you don't like over-sized theaters, too many characters, think about complex international relations

79
Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Touching masterful acting. The script is about the characters' reactions to their circumstances, & the story is told in their performances.

Don't see it if you don't like to pay attention, be on the edge of your seat, cry at human loss.

55
Great singing, Ambitious, Underwritten

See it if Some extraordinary young talent, ambitious story

Don't see it if script not totally flowing, and some underwritten characters. Music inconsistent styles

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if an astounding performance, brings you from a character that you might find unappealing to being totally on her side, audience was rivetted

Don't see it if rough language of a working-class British young woman

86
During previews
Enchanting, Resonant, Clever

See it if a charming intimate piece of a woman's remembrance of her lost father, with a haunting live musical soundscape, very inventive

Don't see it if you want a straightforward narrative play, it's music but not a musical

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Unbelievably good piece - small, intimate, but excellent writing. Compresses the politics of the middle east into human, accessible terms.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows (It is a two hander first act, solo second act)

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if all other theaters are closed

Don't see it if greatly disappointed in all that talent put to waste.

88
For a previous production
Great writing, Relevant, Epic

See it if A specific story that stands in for some of the great issues of our time.

Don't see it if You don't want to think

79
Clever, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy clever wordplay and complex interlocking stories.

Don't see it if you don't understand British accents.

81
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like an intimate musical, a character reminiscing on her life

Don't see it if you don't like narration

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if brings you quickly to empathize with the two characters, one of whom you might think you're pre-disposed to dislike! But tragedy awaits...

Don't see it if you don't want your mind opened and your heart broken.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if patience with the gimmicky concept pays off with engaging, intelligent philosophical questions

Don't see it if you can't get past the gimmicky concept

75
Clever, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if like "The Women" but set in a teacher's lounge in Ireland - none of the glamour, but lots of the nasty repartee

Don't see it if you don't like accents and can't translate yourself back in time to understand why this probably made an impression when first produced

79
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if a review of a great American songwriter, his songbook, and biography. Very traditional, but nicely done. Audience extraordinarily engaged.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cutting edge. It's Irving Berlin for pete's sake, not an EMD Latvian drag Emo operetta...

89
Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if brilliant acting, very physical, 4 actors playing multiple roles, and one who is a living metaphor. Stunning, all in the performances

Don't see it if need lots of imagination, almost no scenery and you need to follow the progression of the story carefully to understand who the actors becom

80
Great acting, Dizzying, Intense

See it if tight ensemble delivering at breakneck intense pace, keeping you on edge of seat

Don't see it if done in their British accents so requires attention

65
Disappointing

See it if you like a show that's in development with interesting ideas not fully fleshed out

Don't see it if character arc not clear, lack of character background / development, music is not distinct, staging is lots of sitting on stools

89
During previews
Clever, Must see, Great writing

See it if completely original story, musical with different styles of music, touching, dark, romantic and in the end hopeful. Wonderful storytelling!

Don't see it if you only want a straight book musical

79
During previews
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like a completely original story, an absurdist situation that is at once funny and totally understandable, a poingant conclusion

Don't see it if you don't like dinosaurs or don't want to use your imagination, it's not kitchen sink drama

79
Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you like Harry Potter (naturally), but also to see a troupe of actors playing multiple roles in mastery of their craft

Don't see it if you don't like slap-dash scene changes, corny humour and the occasional fart joke

69
During previews
Epic, Clever, Over-reaching

See it if you like complex plot, intrigue and interweaving stories

Don't see it if you don't like loose ends and extraordinary coincidences

71
During previews
Riveting, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like complex storytelling with a dizzying array of characters telling a complex story of flawed people

Don't see it if you don't like a complicated plot; you need winners and losers - not sure there are any characters of redeeming character!

51
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if An original idea

Don't see it if It doesn't know what puppet people are a metaphor for and loses the plot in the second act

77
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if fun, completely unique in its presentation and staging, enjoy cast right at your seat

Don't see it if looking for a straight book musical

95
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if Saw 2nd preview & this was best play I've seen in years! Complex characters deal with complex situations which are proxies for real world.

Don't see it if YOU MUST SEE THIS PLAY. There is no "don't" there is only "get a ticket right now!"

85
During previews
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if some pretty deep stuff delivered with humour, 2 British couples chatting, excellent acting around a script that rightly challenges

Don't see it if you don't like accents, and you want pure entertainment without thinking hard

79
Resonant, Enchanting, Banal

See it if capture an emotion of post 9/11 in a way that can't help but grip you, great lines from the characters

Don't see it if what was disappointing was the completely forgettable score, should serve Tim Horton's doughnuts in the lobby

55
Clever, Confusing, Overrated

See it if You want an entirely sensory non-narrative, non-linear experience

Don't see it if Forced (by ushers!) separation from my companion made for miserable experience trying to find her, unable to follow anything going on

87
During previews
Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if Classic British sophisticated & amusing. Great performances of this rarely seen piece - lots of timely humour.

Don't see it if If you didn't like Downton Abbey!

75
For a previous production
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like John Lequizamo, you want to learn truth about America you didn't know, and laugh while doing it

Don't see it if if you want to pretend anything that challenges your settled place in the world is wrong. Was a little rough in preview we saw.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if deals with real issues of race and shakes up your perceptions leaving you thinking and talking. You can't stop talking about it.

Don't see it if Your not interested in being challenged

88
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if Really great jazz music and a hipster transported from another era - both cool and funny. Smart comic relief to the November doldrums!

Don't see it if You don't like humor that is thought-provoking, with wit.

69
Overrated, Disappointing, Unambitious

See it if If you've never seen another production or the film. It's a great score and show but this is a mediocre production.

Don't see it if you are hoping for something new or a well-directed interpretation. Attempts to find alternate line readings leave jokes falling flat!

88
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if wonderful writing - great language in the regional British working class characters.

Don't see it if you don't understand British accents and don't like learning new evocative lnaguage

95
Absorbing, Original, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if without words the actors are incredibly expressive and the emotion is even more pronounced. The touching reality of human frailty is amazing

Don't see it if you think puppets are just for fun - one puppet here is used for dramatic and emotional effect

70
Great acting, Absorbing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if extraordinary performances from an original script

Don't see it if strange artificial direction which distracts from an excellently written straightforward story.