BRUCE F 7160

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Reviews (116)
60
Excruciating, Disappointing
May 18th, 2022

See it if you like soap operas. This is a family drama with revelations that will make you cringe.

Don't see it if you want to see an intelligent piece of writing.

Also I don't have much positive to say about this play/production except fo... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant
May 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see a well written, absurd and funny play about white supremacy.

Don't see it if plays about white supremacy bother you.

Also The play starts out very funny and turns deadly serious. It is an indi... Read more Read less

75
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Disappointing, Ambitious
May 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see a play with a set up in the first act and alternate realities in the second and third acts. I know it's been done before.

Don't see it if ...well you can't. I saw the last performance.

Also I didn't see the point of the play. There is a set up in the first act... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging
May 14th, 2022

See it if you want to see a classic play that is rarely produced and relevant to our time. The staging is fantastic.

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

Also This is a play in which you have to just sit back and go with it. It i... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Intelligent, Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting
May 14th, 2022

See it if you want to see a brilliantly acted and written play.

Don't see it if you don't like two character plays or want to see a musical. This is an intelligent piece of theater.

Also Two men meet under certain circumstances. They are polar opposites. Ye... Read more Read less

75
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing
May 7th, 2022

See it if you have a particular need to see a Martin McDonagh play. This play isn't in the same class as some of his other plays.

Don't see it if you want to hear/understand all of the dialogue in the play. The accents used make the play very difficult to understand.

Also Even with an assisted listening device, I probably missed about 25% of... Read more Read less

90
Four greats and also entertaining, must see and delightful., Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing
May 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see an exquisite production of a Sondheim/Lapine musical.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals. There is no other reason not to see this.

Also The performances by the huge cast are all outstanding. The cow practic... Read more Read less

90
Harmony
Financial
Must see, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing
May 1st, 2022

See it if you enjoy musicals with great singing, great staging/direction and great performances.

Don't see it if if you don't like musicals that take place during Nazi Germany.

Also Why did it take 25 years for this show to come to New York? Chip Zien'... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing
April 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see an excellent revival of a very, very good play.

Don't see it if plays about gay people and/or plays with male nudity bother you. The play is about a baseball player who comes out as gay.

Also The play is as relevant today as when it was written. The acting by Je... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Disappointing
April 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see a revival of a very good musical.

Don't see it if you expect to see anything ground breaking in this revival.

Also The good: Jayne Houdyshell, Marie Mullen, Benjamin Pajak, the Rock Isl... Read more Read less

75
To My Girls
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining
April 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see a play about white privilege using gay characters to illustrate the theme.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with gay characters.

Also The acting is very good. The play takes a while to get where it's goin... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
March 20th, 2022

See it if you want to see a new play that is relevant and beautifully written and acted. It is thought provoking.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy seeing plays about racism and freedom.

75
The Life
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing
March 20th, 2022

See it if you want to see a revival of a 1990s rarely performed musical.

Don't see it if you don't like preachy shows. Evidently the book to The Life has been partially rewritten to no purpose.

Also I found the first act to be boring and I had no vested interest in the... Read more Read less

75
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Great singing, Ambitious
January 30th, 2022

See it if you enjoy opera. I don't but I see everything produced by Lincoln Center Theater since I'm a member.

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

Also Since I don't go to the opera, it's very difficult for me to judge the... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
January 29th, 2022

See it if you like seeing plays that address serious issues of today. See it if you like to see fresh, new plays that are well written.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical. I can't think of any other reason not to see it.

Also This play has so much to say and it is so accessible. There is not a b... Read more Read less

77
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great score, Entertaining
January 24th, 2022

See it if you want to hear the score. It's Sondheim. Need I say more? Also see it if you want to see/hear some great performances.

Don't see it if you expect to see the Company the way it was written. I still don't understand why the gender switch.

Also Matt Doyle is worth the price of admission. His show stopping song, Ge... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious
January 7th, 2022

See it if you insist on seeing an original musical not based on anything.

Don't see it if you want to see a comprehensible show.

Also The score is good especially the music. The performances were good as ... Read more Read less

83
Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting
December 18th, 2021

See it if you want to see a rarely performed Sondheim musical and if you want to see outstanding performances from some great musical performers.

Don't see it if you are put off by the thought of seeing a musical about the assassination of Presidents or expect a traditional story line.

Also Ethan Slater, Judy Kuhn and Stephen Pasquale were outstanding. The son... Read more Read less

80
Disappointing, Epic, Great acting
November 14th, 2021

See it if you want to see some of the best acting that you will ever see on the stage and have an interest in the history of Lehman Brothers.

Don't see it if you want a play with dialogue between actors. There is some but in most of the play we are told the story w/direct address to the audience.

Also The set...I liked it in the beginning of the play but got tired of the... Read more Read less

85
Pass Over (NJ)
West Orange
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant
February 28th, 2020

See it if you want to see a well written, acted and directed play about race relations in the U.S.

Don't see it if you are looking for lighter fare. This play is a serious treatise on race although humorous in parts.

Also I missed it at Lincoln Center but am so glad I got to see it in N.J. G... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting
February 27th, 2020

See it if you enjoy smaller musicals with a beautiful score and outstanding singing.

Don't see it if you expect to see a big, brassy musical.

Also This is what I would call a chamber musical. It is almost operatic at ... Read more Read less

80
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Hilarious, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining
February 27th, 2020

See it if you enjoy very funny plays about a family coming apart, love, marriage, commitment and mostly communication.

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

Also What a treat to be able to see James Cromwell and Jane Alexander on th... Read more Read less

85
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful
February 22nd, 2020

See it if you enjoy old fashioned musicals and/or are a fan of Jerry Herman. Also this is a chance to see a rarely performed show.

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

Also It has been said for decades that the problem with Mack & Mabel is the... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
February 17th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a fun, fun, fun, mindless musical.

Don't see it if you want to see a drama or if you are put off by stereotypes.

Also I had a great time. Yes, it's full of stereotypes (Italian gangsters, ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent
February 12th, 2020

See it if you want to see a play, set in the 1930s, that has relevance to today.

Don't see it if you enjoy lighter fare.

Also I don't mind long plays but this felt too long. The acting is very goo... Read more Read less

65
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting, Disappointing
January 12th, 2020

See it if you want to see great acting. Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan are outstanding.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with any relevance.

Also There are way too many stories going on in this play. A town that's fa... Read more Read less

83
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting
January 11th, 2020

See it if you enjoy plays that are thought provoking related to issues in the Black queer community.

Don't see it if plays about HIV and AIDS bother you.

Also It's difficult to say that I enjoyed this play as it deals with some d... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious
December 3rd, 2019

See it if you enjoy plays where you have to figure out what the playwright is trying to say. I usually do.

Don't see it if you want to see a comprehensible play. I had no idea what was going on especially in the final one third of the play.

Also This is my fourth Lucas Hnath play. I really liked the first three. No... Read more Read less

80
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
December 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to have a fun time. The show is delightful and clever. It definitely helps if you know Macbeth.

Don't see it if you want to see a serious drama.

Also I had such a good time at Scotland, PA. It was just what was needed fo... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent
November 29th, 2019

See it if you enjoy plays where you need to think about what the playwright is trying to say (I do!).

Don't see it if you expect easy answers or want to see a light comedy or musical.

Also The play is about an "everyman" or "anyman" as he/she moves through al... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 29th, 2019

See it if you want to see masterful acting in an absorbing play that keeps you guessing where it's going.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that are narrated instead of being acted out. Some of the play is MLP's character speaking directly to the audience.

Also There is much of the play in which Mary Louise Parker's character is s... Read more Read less

80
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny
November 18th, 2019

See it if you want to see a funny, well written one person play about Bella Abzug that is masterfully performed. You will learn a lot.

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

Also Harvey Fierstein is a genius. The research that went into writing this... Read more Read less

80
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting
November 9th, 2019

See it if you enjoy historical plays with exceptional acting. Brian Cox is outstanding as LBJ.

Don't see it if you are not interested in political history or the climate of the U.S. in the 1960s.

Also This is a history lesson but told in a very interesting way. An enormo... Read more Read less

75
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting
November 2nd, 2019

See it if you are a fan of Marisa Tomei. (she is fantastic) or want to see a play by Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if you expect to see a play like A Streetcar Named Desire or The Glass Menagerie. This isn't.

Also I know that there has been a lot written about this play being a comed... Read more Read less

80
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny
November 2nd, 2019

See it if you enjoy plays with extremely well fleshed out characters. This is a play about a 50 year old man in crisis.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

Also I liked the play a lot but didn't like the ending. I thought it was to... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Slow, Disappointing
October 9th, 2019

See it if you want to see a musical about the current political environment.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with a good score and is something more than amateurish.

Also Conrad Ricamora was out. Billy Bustamante was outstanding. The score i... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting
October 6th, 2019

See it if you want to see an intelligent beautifully written & acted play about changes in the gay community & how we learn about the past & remember.

Don't see it if plays about gay people or AIDS bother you. Although the play is very funny, it is a drama. If you want something light this is not for you.

Also Theatre is story telling. I usually don't like plays where the charact... Read more Read less

65
jazz singer
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Confusing
September 30th, 2019

See it if you enjoy seeing non-traditional theater "adapted" from the film The Jazz Singer.

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

Also The show is in two parts (no intermission). In the first part the acto... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
September 21st, 2019

See it if you want to see an exceptional original musical with relevance to our times. This show has an outstanding score.

Don't see it if you are put off by mythology.

Also How refreshing to see/hear an original musical. The performances are o... Read more Read less

70
Make Believe
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious
September 13th, 2019

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

85
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
September 11th, 2019

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

67
Felix Starro
Midtown W
Disappointing
September 5th, 2019

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

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting
September 1st, 2019

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

85
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Great acting
July 26th, 2019

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

70
Cliched, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining
July 26th, 2019

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

83
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
July 14th, 2019

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

75
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
July 14th, 2019

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

80
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious
June 20th, 2019

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

83
Aunt Jack
East Village
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting
June 20th, 2019

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

85
Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
June 14th, 2019

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