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Reviews (97)
85
Pass Over (NJ)
West Orange
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

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
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Hilarious, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

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

80
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

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

65
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting, Disappointing

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

65
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

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

75
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

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

80
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

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

75
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting

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

65
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Slow, Disappointing

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

65
jazz singer
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Confusing

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

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

80
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting

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

85
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

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

77
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

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

83
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

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

80
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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

85
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

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

80
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

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

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

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

85
Relevant, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

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

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.