BRUCE F 7160

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Reviews (77)
70
Make Believe
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays about the effect that parents have on their children.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or want to see a play with a satisfying resolution.

Also I really liked the first half of this play. The four children were fan... Read more Read less

67
Felix Starro
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if you want to see a musical with great music or enjoy very offbeat musicals.

Don't see it if you want to see a light musical comedy.

Also The music is the best thing about this show. The lyrics, not so much. ... Read more Read less

85
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you like plays that address controversial issues--in this case homophobia and the relation between church and homosexuality.

Don't see it if plays about homosexuality bother you.

Also Although the play is set in Uganda, the issues that the play addresses... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a classic play that's been transformed to modern day and deals with the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you want to see a light play or musical. This play is very funny in the beginning but becomes very intense toward the end.

Also The play deals with the immigrant experience using the classic story o... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a completely new interpretation of a classic American musical.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional production of Oklahoma!

Also For the first three quarters or so of the first act, I thought that wh... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see two masterful actors in a beautifully written play.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or don't like plays about relationships with just two characters.

Also The play is beautifully written...almost poetic at times. Two criticis... Read more Read less

85
Ink
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays where something from the past is dramatized to illuminate something in our society today.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where you have to think about why you are seeing what you're seeing on the stage.

Also This is not a play just about the newspaper business in 1969 U.K. It i... Read more Read less

80
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy plays which develop characters very well or you want to see a play with a very famous actress.

Don't see it if you want to see a very deep meaning play or a musical.

Also The play is thin and is really a character study of Lorraine played by... Read more Read less

65
Great choreography, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a musical with a relevant LBGTQ story with characters who are stereotypes/caricatures.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with fleshed out characters or if you are bothered by a musical with LGBTQ themes.

Also The first act is really horrible. The actors are acting way over the t... Read more Read less

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

See it if you want to see an excellent production of a classic musical with great performances, staging, choreography, lighting, costumes and sets.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned musicals or want to see a play.

Also Kelli O'Hara's voice is fabulous. Will Chase was out but his understud... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great acting and staging and very funny plays.

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick comedy or plays with very difficult themes or seeing penises on the stage.

Also Even though I enjoyed the play a lot, I found it very difficult to und... Read more Read less

83
Burn This
Midtown W
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see great acting in a well written play. Adam Driver's performance is one of the best this theatre season.

Don't see it if you only like musicals. I really can't think of a reason not to see it.

Also As many critics have written already, in this play you must see Pale a... Read more Read less

65
June is the First Fall
West Village
Unfocused, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with LBGTQ themes.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with LBGTQ themes.

Also I found the play to be unfocused and am not sure what the playwright i... Read more Read less

80
The Mother
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting especially by Isabelle Huppert.

Don't see it if you are bothered by plays about mental illness.

Also The play is a great character study of a woman with mental illness who... Read more Read less

45
Banal, Excruciating

See it if you like absurdist comedy.

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist comedy.

Also I loved the first scene between Eva and Sofia. Megan Hill was just fan... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear a Sondheim score and a new take one what is considered to be a problematic book.

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

Also I am not astute enough to know what changes there are from production ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a production of a classic Strindberg play.

Don't see it if you want to see good acting. You will wonder after seeing this play why it has the acclaim that it has.

Also A screeching, repetitious play. Some have said it is a precursor to Wh... Read more Read less

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see great acting, great staging and a thought provoking play.

Don't see it if I can't think of one reason not to see it. Oh, don't see it if you only like musicals.

Also Some of the best directing, staging, set design and lighting design th... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see three outstanding actors performing in a very funny and topical play.

Don't see it if you want to see heavy drama.

Also Loved the ending. It was the only possible outcome.

70
Ambitious, Funny

See it if you want to see a funny play about a 35 year old man with plenty of neuroses and issues.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another "coming out" play.

Also The play is way too long. It's 2 1/2 hours and needs to be cut. The ma... Read more Read less

100
Five words are not enough to describe this fiddler on the roof. it is absorbing, clever, delightful, enchanting, entertaining, exquisite, funny, great acting, singing, staging, writing, intelligent, masterful, profound, refreshing, resonant, riveting.

See it if you want to see a new way of presenting one of the great musicals. Fiddler On the Roof in Yiddish.

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

Also Can't say enough about how wonderful this production is. The performan... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that needs a lot of thought to understand. My friend hated it. I liked it a lot. Very complex.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with an easy theme. This one is very difficult but stick with it.

Also The play, in my opinion, is about acceptance. If you think that there'... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a mindless musical that is fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep and meaningful time at the theatre.

Also SPOILERS!!!... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing

See it if you've never seen On A Clear Day on the stage and want to hear the score.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned musicals.

Also The story is bizarre. The performances are just okay. I realize that t... Read more Read less

80
Skintight
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you like well acted, funny family dramas with very relevant themes.

Don't see it if you don't like nudity on the stage even though it does not last very long.

Also Will Brittain and Eli Gelb are outstanding and need to be seen. The co... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals with great spectacle, staging, lighting, sets, costumes and performances.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Otherwise, see it!

Also I loved the first act much more than the second. And that's not becaus... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see an outstanding performance by a playwright/actor in a play about the difficulties that Black actors have in our culture.

Don't see it if you don't like one person plays or plays that are "preachy."

Also The play is about a Black actor who is auditioning for the lead in a p... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a light musical about teenage angst.

Don't see it if you want to see something very deep or want to see a play.

Also I enjoyed the first act and thought that the performances and singing ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a light musical with a very bizarre story that doesn't always make much sense.

Don't see it if you want to see a dramatic musical or straight play.

Also Cute is the best word to describe this musical. The lead actor, Andrew... Read more Read less

83
Aunt Jack
East Village
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in plays that address LGBTQ issues and modern day relationships.

Don't see it if you are do not like plays with LGBTQ themes.

Also Great writing, great acting. The play is about modern day relationship... Read more Read less

89
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see an outstanding production of a classic American play with great acting. We don't get to see All My Sons on Bway that often.

Don't see it if you want to see a comedy or a musical.

Also A truly great production (the set is amazing) of a great play by Arthu... Read more Read less

79
Continuity
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like "message" plays about climate change written in a very creative and funny way.

Don't see it if you don't like message plays or want to see a musical.

Also The play is very clever with the various stories going on. However, to... Read more Read less

75
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare plays and want to see great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or if you don't want to see a very disjointed production.

Also Glenda Jackson's performance as King Lear is astonishing. So is Ruth W... Read more Read less

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy very funny musicals with outstanding performances and staging.

Don't see it if you don't like book musicals.

Also This might be the funniest show that I've ever seen. Santino Fontana's... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with interesting ideas told in a very different and creative way.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or something light.

Also The play is partly about coming to terms with death. There are many ot... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see great acting. Laurie Matcalf's performance has to be seen.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about relationships and politics or if you only like musicals.

Also Honestly, I wasn't sure what the playwright was trying to say. There i... Read more Read less

79
During previews
safeword.
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play about trust and love in a relationship told in an original way.

Don't see it if seeing anything related to BDSM bothers you.

Also Really good acting and set design. One criticism. Much of the play tak... Read more Read less

75
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you like funny, quirky plays.

Don't see it if you want to see a heavy drama with big themes.

Also The story is indescribable since so many bizarre things happen. But, w... Read more Read less

95
White Noise
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are interested in plays about race relations and enjoy thought provoking plays that are well written, acted, staged and directed.

Don't see it if you enjoy lighter fare.

Also A beautifully written (especially the four monologues within the play)... Read more Read less

85
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting in two very absorbing monologues.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or long monologues.

80
Great acting

See it if you want to see two "stars" at their best. Ethan Hawke is one of our finest actors alive today. Paul Dano is terrific also.

Don't see it if you are going just to see a Shepard play. I didn't like it.

80
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like to see classic plays reimagined and if you want to see great acting. It's a powerful play.

Don't see it if you are a purist or just like musicals.

Also I had a difficult time with the South African accents. Even though I g... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want to see good acting.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a satisfying ending. I have no idea what happened.

Also The play is in need of much clarification. We need much more informati... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if you want to hear Bob Dylan songs sung beautifully.

Don't see it if you don't want to be bored.

Also An extremely disappointing theatre experience. The play is fairly awfu... Read more Read less

85
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see outstanding acting.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows.

Also An acting tour de force. The play was good but not as good as the perf... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a play about acceptance and being true to yourself (as stated in the program) in a very different time.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themed plays and ones which require careful attention.

Also The British accents were definitely difficult to get used to. However,... Read more Read less

70
Alex and Eugene
East Village
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a world premier musical that has some very good elements including a very hard working cast.

Don't see it if you are bothered by an overly long show with some poor staging and a mediocre score.

Also The show is ambitious for sure. It is way too long at almost 3 hours i... Read more Read less

85
The Chechens
Gramercy
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like absorbing, relevant theatre with great acting.

Don't see it if you're looking to see a light play or musical.

Also A bit long at 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission but absorbing... Read more Read less

90
Teenage Dick
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Clever

See it if you love new plays with outstanding writing, direction and acting.

Don't see it if you are looking to see Shakespeare's Richard III.

Also This is an outstanding play. It is so cleverly written and intelligent... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see great acting in a 50 year old still relevant play.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a "gay" play.

Also Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesus all outst... Read more Read less