Brodo Swaggins

New York City
About:  Member of the Fellowship of the Bling.
Reviews (64)
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Sob-inducing, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a deep dive. It's not all great, but its high points are some of the best bits of theater I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You've got an agenda. If you're looking for faults, you'll find them. If you're looking for dignity & redemption, they're there too.

Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing, Cynical, Creepy

See it if You are a masochist. The first act is okay, act 2 is incoherent. Score is AWFUL. Design is great! Cast are doing what they can...

Don't see it if you want something coherent that won't make fun of you for shelling out $$ to see it. Cynical and shallow.

Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Longer than necessary

See it if you want powerhouse acting. Glenda Jackson's voice alone is worth the price of admission

Don't see it if you have a weak bladder. 1hr45min is a long time, and the play occasionally drags. Could have cut 15 minutes without losing anything.

Missed opportunity, Swing and a miss, Milquetoast

See it if your young children force you.

Don't see it if if you've already seen the movie. Or want a satisfying, unique, worthwhile night at the theater.

Also This was made to sell merchandise, not tell a story on stage. The only... Read more Read less

M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Dated, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want terrific acting and don't mind an overworked script - it feels somehow both terribly dated and terribly relevant.

Don't see it if you're hoping for another 'Lion King' from Taymor - the design is the weakest part of the production.

Also The set truly looks like butt.

Upper W Side
Awkward af, Solid, Quirky

See it if you went to an Ivy League school

Don't see it if you want a clear sense of when you're supposed to laugh

Also The material is fine, but Ted is not a great performer - really awkwar... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Completely irrelevant, Why, just why, White af

See it if you want to watch mediocre white people be slightly perturbed for two hours

Don't see it if you have other things you might want to do. There's a reason this hasn't been on Broadway since the 30's.

Also It's really just a bad British knock-off of 'The Cherry Orchard'

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a for-real, balls to the wall PLAY. This thing is everything theater should be.

Don't see it if you have plans. It's close to three hours long. (Worth every minute, though)

Quirky, Uneven, Funny, Gimmick-y

See it if you want a really off-kilter rom-com with a great male lead.

Don't see it if you want something coherent and well-written with a strong female lead. She's a talented musician but a weak actor, and it kills the show.

Also The whole thing was just too...earnest.

The View UpStairs
East Village
Cliched, Funny, Pedantic, Indulgent

See it if you don't mind some seriously boring lectures with your fun drag show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent or moving gay fantasia. The cast is wildly uneven, songs are forgettable, story is muddled. Swing and a miss.

Great acting, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to relive the white guilt of the early 90's. Cast is terrific, though.

Don't see it if you want a relevant take on race in America. This play has aged terribly.

Clever, Indulgent, Great staging, Perfectly fine

See it if you want a fun musical.

Don't see it if you want an outstanding musical.

Also there's no reason for this to be a musical. But the central story is s... Read more Read less

Racist, Disappointing, Flat-out bad, Fluffy, Excruciating

See it if you like people taking dumps on your childhood.

Don't see it if you have respect for your kids or yourself. Nothing about this show works. See Anastasia instead. Or anything, really.

Also The Oompa Loompas are cute at first. Then they have a whole song about... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Banal, Surreal, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you have paralyzing social anxiety and want to see a show about someone who does too.

Don't see it if you want a musical driven by anything resembling a strong story, motivated characters, or believable chemistry.

Also Who thought this was a good idea for a musical? It hinges on a woman w... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Exquisite, Great staging, Hilarious, You will wet yourself

See it if you want to laugh. A LOT. Funniest show on Broadway right now by a mile. Great for fans of Monty Python, 3 Stooges, etc etc.

Don't see it if you are dead inside. Actually, still see it - it might bring you back to life.

Great staging, Great singing, Intense, Riveting, Must see

See it if you want an intense, must-talk-about-it-after night at the theater. I hate Sondheim but absolutely loved this production.

Don't see it if you want to lay back and zone out. The actors won't let you. Also, why do you got to the theater?

Also Get there early for the pies. They're genuinely incredible.

Baffling, Awful, Disappointing, Exhausting, Rage-inducing

See it if Don't. Just don't. Don't encourage this. A complete misfire on every level. Totally baffling given the talent involved. Let it burn.

Don't see it if See above. Only masochists and the cripplingly curious won't regret their purchase.

Also It's like watching a wikipedia entry. There's no take on the story, no... Read more Read less

Great acting, Terrible acting, Intimate, Bold

See it if you want a completely different take on a classic show.

Don't see it if you hold Tennessee Williams up as gospel. The show takes liberties with the text and staging that don't always gel.

Also Just kind of uneven. Some terrific acting, some terrible acting. Sally... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you need a good, smart night out in a theater. Writing is brilliant, acting is top-notch, one of the best plays on Broadway right now.

Don't see it if you don't like black people, I guess?

The Present
Midtown W
Goshdarn great, Great acting, Exquisite, Cate blanchett

See it if like good acting, or want to like good acting, or are in love with Cate Blanchett, or want to be in love with Cate Blanchett.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. It's long. Longer than it needs to be.

Also I must have seen a different show than everyone else. My matinee was o... Read more Read less

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Just darned nice, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to feel warm and cozy and satisfied.

Don't see it if you hate pie, women, or nice people.

Also The theater smells like pie!

Like jersey boys but awful, Like west side story but awful

See it if you want to drown in weird nostalgia and awkward race relations. It's like watching West Side Story on a bad acid trip.

Don't see it if you expect anything - at all - from your Broadway shows. This is the theater equivalent of empty calories.

Also The little kid was great. Excited to see him in a better show down the... Read more Read less

This show got me laid

See it if you want the booty. Won't lie - I got hot and bothered enough to make an intermission bootycall. Wouldn't have happened without this show.

Don't see it if you don't want the booty. I mean, the show is fine. Whatever. Liev is miscast. But McTeer is just...hhhhnnnngggg

The Front Page
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Bloated, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for A-list actors to deliver bang for buck. Nathan Lane does the same schtick as always, but/and it's incredible.

Don't see it if you like your theater either groundbreaking or brief (though the multiple intermissions are well-timed).

Dated, Enchanting, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you want to experience the roots of contemporary musical theater. It's not one of the Great Musicals, but it inspired several of them.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater relevant and fresh. Even with a great cast, it feels like walking into a time capsule.

Midtown W
Sexy, Black af, Queer, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to laugh, you want to scream, you want theater outside the usual box.

Don't see it if you hate black people. Actually, still see it. It's humane and unapologetic about its characters - a stance everyone could learn from.

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Fiendishly smart, Stylized, Surreal, Hilarious, True

See it if you want a palate cleanser after all the Broadway (and Off Broadway) schlock that's been shoved down your throat recently

Don't see it if You hate vaginas. This play is about vaginas, and periods, and bodies, and dreams, and how we treat them. And it's GLORIOUS.

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want a solid slab of funny, touching entertainment, with a STANDOUT performance from Brian Tyree Henry.

Don't see it if you hate black people or cops, I guess?

Absorbing, Slow, Thoughtful, Gorgeous songs, Funny

See it if you love Wes Anderson - it's quiet, quirky, charming, occasionally very slow. The music is astonishingly good.

Don't see it if you want an adrenaline rush.

Also Score is absolutely gorgeous and different from anything currently on ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Clever, Cloying, Sharp, Not bad at all

See it if you want a solid riff on the best show in NYC

Don't see it if you haven't listened to the Hamilton cast album

Also The writer clearly has very odd bones to pick with Broadway. The show ... Read more Read less

Better than it has any right to be, Hilarious

See it if you dig Potter and want to enjoy a great riff on the franchise

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter (you heathen)

The End of Longing
West Village
The worst, Lazy, Poison, Astoundingly tone-deaf, Just plain sad

See it if you get off by eavesdropping unproductive AA meetings. Perry does an uncanny Bill O'Reilly impression, too, if that's your thing.

Don't see it if you're alive. This play is narcissism made tangible. It will only hurt you.

Also The only thing sadder than watching this play die onstage is knowing t... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you like a good bout of speechifying.

Don't see it if if you want a play instead of a series of cogent arguments.

Also I can see why it won the Pulitzer. They only have to read the play, no... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if if you like the Daily Show, Avenue Q, or The Onion. It's the lovechild of those three things.

Don't see it if you want to turn off your brain. It's a really, really smart show, and will make you feel smart after watching it.

Also More timely now than ever. Really incredible production.

Staggeringly sexist, Flawlessly executed

See it if you want Bette. And great dancing. And/or the idea of Trump's America: The Musical appeals to you.

Don't see it if you are remotely concerned with social progress, equality, or women's rights in America.

Also I honestly don't get it. Obviously I'm in the minority. But I was floo... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Kiiiinda sexist

See it if you want a solid, smart play with great actors.

Don't see it if you want a life-changing narrative. Or one that doesn't undercut women.

Also Hard to shake the feeling that this is just another well-meaning dude'... Read more Read less

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Charming, Great score, Too long, Cliched, Lovely

See it if you want a lovely evening out that won't tax your brain (or your kid's).

Don't see it if you want something new, trailblazing, or brief. The show is about five songs too long.

War Paint
Midtown W
Wikipedia, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you love reading Wikipedia entries. This is basically one set to music. Patti and Christine are great, but what's the point?

Don't see it if you want characters and relationships you care about.

Also For a show about strong women, there's surprisingly little time given ... Read more Read less

Church & State
Midtown W
Exhausting, Shallow, Self-serious, Bad material

See it if you really, really like political clickbait. This is basically clickbait onstage - somehow both histrionic and deathly banal.

Don't see it if you want any depth, nuance, or humor in your politics. Or your theater. Woof. Swing and a miss.

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cheap, Just watch the movie, Insipid, What's the point?

See it if Watch the movie instead. Way more magical. (The flying carpet here is pretty cool, though).

Don't see it if you value your money. Seriously just watch the movie - the changes they've made here add nothing, and often detract from the story.

Also How did something so expensive wind up looking so cheap? A massive ste... Read more Read less

Dated, Indulgent, Great singing, What's the point

See it if you want to re-live the early 90's.

Don't see it if you want something relevant or fun. There's no chemistry between the leads, and the production has little new to offer in 2017.

Also At least they have an Asian man playing The Engineer this time around ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Breathless, Superficial, Quirky

See it if you like Celtic music and charming Canadian stereotypes.

Don't see it if you want gravitas, breathing room, or memorable characters. For a show about 9/11, there's almost no emotional stakes.

Also Just kind of...weird. I liked it, but it didn't have much to say. Whic... Read more Read less

Clever, Dated, Sondheim, Intelligent

See it if you like Sondheim.

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim.

Also It's the most Sondheim-y Sondheim that's ever been Sondheimed. If you ... Read more Read less

Sight Unseen
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you're in the mood for some great acting and thought-provoking conversations about life and the value of art.

Don't see it if you need wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am action. It's a slow burn.

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Subversive

See it if you want pop a theater boner. This show is spectacular.

Don't see it if you don't like white people, I guess? It's a pretty white show.

In Transit
Midtown W
Cliched, Great singing, Meh, Bleh, Merp

See it if you really like a cappella, or have never seen a sitcom from 2000 til now. This show will give you everything you need.

Don't see it if you hate a cappella, or if you've ingested any pop culture over the last two decades. This show has nothing for you.

Also The beatboxer is dope as hell, tho.

A Life
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you need a breather. This show is the perfect, poignant balm after a rough election. Makes you consider what is important in life.

Don't see it if you need a distraction. The show is entertaining but slow, and asks for a modicum of your focus.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you have the patience of a saint. At barely an hour this was far too much.

Don't see it if you like experimental theater. This will just make you doubt the value of the art form.

Take me to church!

See it if you need to be taken to church!

Don't see it if you don't need church!

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever

See it if you need a good laugh and some food for thought.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about not living up to your full potential.