Bruce HM

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  My career as a scenic designer in the theater ran into a wall of missed opportunities and bad luck or I maybe I just reached my level of incompetence. In any case I followed a crooked career path in another direction to pay my rent but. never regreted the years I spent working in the theater. Becaus... Read more Read less
Reviews (45)
98
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a gay man who survived the plague or a millennial gay man who thinks he understands what it was like to survive the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing gay culture of a certain New York City demographic described and explored in graphic and unabashed detail.

Also For me this play was emotionally exhausting and almost too full ideas ... Read more Read less

52
Disappointing

See it if you will appreciate the noble efforts of this community focused theater even if they fall short in their ambitious goals.

Don't see it if you are expecting a great new interpretation of this wonderful theater classic.

Also The program notes promised this production would employ "expressionist... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like cleverly staged small-scale musical entertainment – lots of laughs in this reworked Carl Reiner book/play/movie adaptation.

Don't see it if if you don't like somewhat dated humor in this fluffy musical.

75
During previews
Confusing, Funny

See it if theater of absurd contradictions between horror, humor, tragedy, revenge and the folly of human existence will entertain you.

Don't see it if cartoonish gore and dancing phalluses will offend.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if a unique voice that explores the experiences of young black men navigating cultural pressures re masculinity and sexuality interests you.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay themed plays and gospel music.

70
Entertaining

See it if you are a Cher fan and enjoy good cheesy Las Vegas type shows with Bob Mackie costumes and high tech glitz.

Don't see it if you are not a fan or want to gain insights into what made Cher a star.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if you will enjoy a moving, thoughtful, and honest portrayal of ordinary people facing the challenges of caring for an elderly parent

Don't see it if you wish to keep your head in the sand regarding the many unpleasant but inevitable realities of aging.

Also Elaine May is extraordinary. She will make you laugh and then you will... Read more Read less

70
Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you find moderately clever banter centered around quirky characters and their relationship problems with gay/straight sibling themes.

Don't see it if won't appreciate the valiant efforts of a somewhat uneven cast in a workshop level production with clever but sit-com type dialogue.

30
During previews
Confusing

See it if you think there are parallels between these two plays that warrant a mashup

Don't see it if if you think life is too short to spend 3 confusing hours theater without being entertained or amused even a little.

50
During previews
Dinner With Georgette
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see some fine young actors tackle very dense and confusing material with great skill and determination.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater even if it's a valiant but failed experiment.

Also Starts out with a promising premise then takes so many left turns with... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you can resurrect your inner child and let your senses be gratuiously stimulated by color, light and sound for the pure joy of it.

Don't see it if your inner child is dead and buried forever.

66
So Long Boulder City
Greenwich V
Clever, Funny

See it if find humor in insider movie-biz references, celebrity satire and intentionally bad acting.

Don't see it if a one drag queen show based on a bit of trivia from the film La la Land will not hold your attention for an hour.

69
Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the early works of Charles Ludlam and the origins of the Ridiculous Theater's aesthetic and acting style.

Don't see it if you are expecting an experience comparable to Ludlam's more famous later work at the Ridiculous Theater's height in the 70s and 80s.

Also Attending a performance that included a Q&A with the director helped p... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Clever

See it if discussions amongst famous dead guys about religion with good actors and imaginative staging mixed with a little humor will amuse you.

Don't see it if if hypothetical afterlife discourse between historical figures seems a bit contrived.

80
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like intellectually challenging theater.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about lighting and sound effects designed to make you cringe and graphic depiction of torture.

95
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Masterful, Great staging, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if you like stunning visuals, spectacular staging, tour de force performance and classic O'Neill.

Don't see it if if you if you think the best theatrical event this year is Bette in Hello Dolly. It isn't. This is.

70
The View UpStairs
East Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if a millennial's fantasy of 70s gay archetypes cleverly staged with a serviceable pop score, great sets and costumes intrigues you.

Don't see it if your'e expecting a history lesson or you might be offended by the use of tragic event as the basis for fluffy entertainment.

Also While the evening was enjoyable and all of the actors were very good, ... Read more Read less

80
Made in China
Midtown E
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if If you can appreciate the unique artistry of puppetry that explores complex ideas with humor, music and great visual panache.

Don't see it if If you are offended by puppet nudity.

91
Vietgone
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Theater that uses contemporary language and hip-hop vernacular to tell a story of an earlier generations experience as Vietnam war refugees.

Don't see it if You hate rap and can't see its effectiveness as a staging device to manipulate your point of view about Asian sterotypes and the Vietnam war

80
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Quirky, Masterful

See it if you like unusual thought provoking material that is a unique combination of technology, philosophy and stagecraft.

Don't see it if no interest in trying to absorb or think about abstract ideas about how our senses and perception of reality can be manipulated.

84
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if enjoy insightful character-driven drama with great actors.

Don't see it if looking for a comedy or drama with deep thought provoking message.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want an evening of silliness and fun production numbers that make fun of as well as honor musical theater traditions

Don't see it if don't like musicals

97
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want to be entertained and challenged intellectually in the ways that can only happen in a live theater performance.

Don't see it if if you looking for mindless fluffy comedy

95
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a brilliant new interpretation of a classic book

Don't see it if you're expecting a staged version of the classic film.

90
Aunt Jack
East Village
Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if an entertaining comedy centered on intergenarational conflicts about gender, sexual orientation, family, relationships and monogamy.

Don't see it if a frank portrayal of an LGBT family and its unique problems will not interest you for 90 minutes without intermission.

51
During previews
safeword.
Midtown W
Unsexy bdsm, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an unconvincing exploration of BDSM as non-sexual therapy, a career choice and the basis of a loving open relationship.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a realistic and provocative exploration of BDSM in gay and straight relationships or a little gratuitous nudity.

Also I think the set-up of these two couples gay and straight with BDSM sec... Read more Read less

50
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in old-school puppetry combined with high-tech sound and lighting effects a la Las Vegas spectacle.

Don't see it if you're expecting a campy musical entertainment take on the old movie or an engrossing artistic vision like the Lion King.

70
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like seeing veteran performers elevate mediocre music and lyrics, questionable concept and confusing plot into an entertaining evening.

Don't see it if material that tries to spoof religious themes connected with Christmas and satin worship and lyrics that rely on 4 letter words for humor.

80
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Dizzying, Raunchy

See it if multi-talented scantily clad dancer/singer/ecdysiast/acrobatic performers with a signature neo-baroque style in a smoky room sounds fun, go.

Don't see it if the sight of young flesh unapologetically on display for maximum raunchy entertainment and bouncy dildos would offend your delicate senses.

Also Plus there are two intermissions and lots of booze available. These su... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you like an intelligent mix of schmaltz, Broadway "zazz" and snappy dialogue with a great score and choreography delivered by a great cast.

Don't see it if are from Indiana and a Trump supporter.

70
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like light-hearted silliness with reverent musical theater references to Merman's signature songs performed by talented actor/singers.

Don't see it if need a plausible plot, believable characters and something more than a pleasant musical tribute to a Broadway legend.

75
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy witty banter, literary theatrical references and discussion of the personal sacrifices necessary for fame and artistic perfection.

Don't see it if wordy speculative theatrics based on historic figures to illustrate ideas about artistic ambition and sexual repression will no amuse you.

70
Clever, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you like satirical humor in acapella four part harmony with in your face drag queen shade mixed with a touch of righteous rage.

Don't see it if you voted for Trump.

91
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if want a big laugh at the expense of Dr. Seuss. Lesli Margherita is hilarious and a huge talent.

Don't see it if are a Grinch.

90
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant, Funny

See it if if you will enjoy seeing Michael Urie brilliantly own the character that launched Fierstein's career as an actor and writer so long ago.

Don't see it if you're not a Fierstien or Urie fan.

40
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if enjoy being assaulted by low-tech puppetry as abstract performance art combined with live headache inducing video projections.

Don't see it if you expect any kind of narrative that tells you anything about the events that inspired the images presented.

Also The score was more impressive than the imagery. There was a lot of tex... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you will enjoy seeing a clever discussion about how art, commerce and fame both attracts, repels and possibly currupts artistic expression.

Don't see it if you are expecting a comfortable resolution to the above discussion.

75
During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like edgy personal stories of the British lower classes.

Don't see it if you are offended by graphic language and have trouble understanding a working class accent and slang.

80
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like well crafted theater about complex family relationships as they face unexpected tragedy.

Don't see it if if you're expecting a light comedy.

80
In Transit
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love stories of ordinary New Yorkers told in an engaging way with great voices and music.

Don't see it if You don't like acapella harmonies and vocal gymnastics that showcase how extraordinary the human voice can be.

25
Men in Towels
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Are interested in one gay mans self-indulgent myopic memories of his youth in the 70s told with turgid musical numbers and cliched gay humor

Don't see it if Your looking to see an entertaining or tittalating depiction of gay bath house culture in the 70s.

Also There are many good ideas here that might form a show in the hands of ... Read more Read less

90
Paris!
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy elaborately staged raunchy eye candy and performers with unusual multi-faceted musical, dance and ecdysiast talent.

Don't see it if offended by exhibitionist displays of male and female nudity.

20
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're high on mind altering drugs

Don't see it if sober

73
Clever, Entertaining

See it if can chuckle at dialogue embedded with "Sound of Music" references.

Don't see it if are offended by a plot about Nazi indoctrination, work camps and betrayal mixed with dialogue embedded with "Sound of Music" references.

64
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if enjoy seeing broadway musical cliches lampooned and referenced in a raunchy but ultimately hollow satire

Don't see it if are offended by obscenities in big production numbers