Buzzy

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (89)
95
During previews
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A truly remarkable production of a great American play. Engaging, troubling, and moving. If only all my theatre experiences were this good.

Don't see it if If you think this play is dated, think Boeing 737 Max or opiate manufacturers. Theatre that makes you part of its world, like it or not.

69
During previews
Loud, Indulgent, Raunchy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy farce that tries to be satire with the characters screaming at each other for most of the show. Some funny bits are drowned out.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a Broadway version of a LaMama show circa 1960s. Don't expect to understand every word since they are all shouted.

Also It is surprising that the gifted George C Wolfe would either allow or ... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Huppert is good, but..., Pretentious, Absurdly absurd, Pointless

See it if you can tolerate a structure that repeats scenes with no apparent point and fails to provide insight into abandoned parents. Plot? Point?

Don't see it if expect to be able to tell your friends what this play is about. Odd set. Good acting with no purpose.

90
During previews
Original, Probing, Great acting, Profound, Intelligent

See it if A complex and fascinating look at the legacy of our black and white ancestors in the depths of our "enlightened" contemporary minds.

Don't see it if you are not interested in spending 3 hours observing a study of long term friends becoming master and slave with Ms. Parks’ unique insights.

Also Ms. Parks play could use some trimming and a little better focus, but ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if imaginative and well executed staging is enough to please you, go. But the musical is a confusing and ill-thought adaptation Wonderland.

Don't see it if expect an interesting commentary either on London in WWII or the classic Alice in Wonderland. The underlying love story is pasted on.

Also The new MCC theatres are well designed and I look forward to productio... Read more Read less

60
Quirky, Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if You want to see an early work by a great playwright that is not at her usual level of insight and depth. There is some humor, but not enoug

Don't see it if You expect this play to be on a level of, or similar in quality to, Ruined, Sweat, or Intimate Apparel (written 1 year earlier).

85
Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Clever, Challenging

See it if You are ready to listen very carefully for 70 minutes. You will get insights and challenges to your everyday existence. A unique creation.

Don't see it if You get impatient with one person shows that require you to think constantly and create your own interpretations and meaning..

98
During previews
Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if Exquisite! If the word “beautiful” can be used to describe a production of Beckett’s masterpiece, that it is. Like a requiem mass.

Don't see it if You are not ready to be absorbed in an abstract but truthful portrait of the modern dilemma- to believe or not while we wait - and for what?

55
During previews
Uninspired, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if want to see the progression of dementia with little insight or dramatic intensity in a play with an interesting cast unable to rescue it.

Don't see it if you expect the type of insights Mr. Lonergan brings to his works about people facing everyday challenges. Don't expect great performances.

65
During previews
Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if enjoy nightclub story telling. This is less a musical and more a showcase for the song writer -- better titled "Cole Porter is Dead."

Don't see it if expect a portrait of gay life from 1965 to the 1980s that is not all stereotypes.

60
Overrated, Mediocre, Unimaginative, Good cast, Uncreative

See it if You loved the movie so much that you really cannot resist a mediocre, bland, poorly conceived but well performed adaptation.

Don't see it if Expect a classic movie converted into a classic musical.

90
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a very good production of a play about ambition and the clashing of American culture with Chinese culture, in the US and China.

Don't see it if you expect a play "about basketball." It's about people.Playwright Lauren Yee and director Taibi Magar fill the show with humor and pathos.

Also The show has a great cast. B.D. Wong is wonderful as the would-be Chin... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Patronizing

See it if you want to be patronized by a play. It feeds a NY audience with references to Trump to get cheap laughs but really has little substance.

Don't see it if expect insights into Washington politics, open relationships, or how the DC enfranchised live. Broadly written and poorly acted.

85
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Strong writing, Intellectually engaging, Challenging

See it if On the surface it’s a play about incarceration at Rikers, but it’s really about religion, belief, and salvation. Moving and engaging.

Don't see it if You do not want to think about religious belief and whether horrific acts are ever justified and forgiven by your God and your belief.

65
During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you do not expect too much "charm." A superficial portrait of transgender youth rejected by society being taught by "model" trans volunteer

Don't see it if expect insight into the challenges transgender youth face or expect nuanced portraits of those young people. Acting is variable; some humor.

92
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you read Ta-Tehisi Coates Between the World & Me, this play is a dramatization some his messages and it is just as insightful.

Don't see it if you are not ready to have your assumptions challenged and ready to fully appreciate that everyone does not experience the world the same way

85
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Relevant, Clever

See it if you enjoy family comedies. Lots of laughs and insight to Canada's approach to immigration and race relations among minorities. Enjoyable!

Don't see it if you have no interest in other cultures or plays about family and inter-racial relations.

80
During previews
Good writing, Timely, Disturbing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you are angered by the people who preach hate and those who follow them. A dark but illuminating portrait of homophobia & misguided religion

Don't see it if you expect happy endings. A family drama about tragic events in the name of God. It deserves a better production, but is still worth seeing.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Good staging, Challenging

See it if you are resisting seeing a new Mamet play based on his recent bombs, this ones worth seeing. Problematic ending, but intellectually arduous

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are more driven by ideas than character & plots; it's a stimulating challenge; the surprise ending is a problem.

50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal, Occasionally enjoyable

See it if you admire hoarders and don't expect a performance piece to have a structure, meaning, or basis for continued attention. At times, enjoyable

Don't see it if you mind moving around the theatre to see the solo performer and cannot sit on reenforced boxes for 100 minutes. Truly disappointing.

80
During previews
Yen
Edgy, Intense, Difficult, Great acting

See it if you find a frank look at the world of teens in the underbelly of London society struggling for true relationships interesting.

Don't see it if you resist a frank, frequently disturbing, but insightful presentation of the mental state of young people who lack strong family relations.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Limited appeal, Worth seeing

See it if you love Chekhov and want to see a modern adaptation of his earliest work that lacks the discipline and focus of his later works.

Don't see it if you expect plot and clear focus. The male acting is strong and Blanchett is typically wonderful, but the other women are less convincing.

Also This is fascinating for anyone familiar with Chekhov. Upton's moderniz... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Lovely score, Touching vignettes, Unnecessarily slow, Dark (literally)

See it if you want to see a musical with lots of potential that does not fully find its rhythm and tempo. Beautiful score and good performances.

Don't see it if you do not like dark musicals (literally and figuratively). The show is inherently slow, but the director makes it drag unnecessarily.

80
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if enjoy off-beat musicals that tackle unusual subjects. This one explores youth cut off from maturity -- a friend said sort of like Out Town.

Don't see it if you expect a musical with the usual arc of a story or a lot of consistency in how it sets up its conventions. The music is varied & good.

90
Masterful, Resonant, Great staging, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you can sit back and let this extraordinary work "happen to you" without "getting" everything. An expressionistic history lesson.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional linear play that let's you understand every moment. This is a jazz theme and variation of African American history

Also Expressionistic drama is rare and Lileana Blain-Cruz and a uniformly g... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Good acting, Labored, Disappointing, Pretentious

See it if If you feel really sorry for Hillary Clinton, this show is for you. Otherwise, tune in to MSNBC. Metcalf is very good. Lithgow is Lithgow.

Don't see it if If you expect wit, insight, or useful commentary.

60
During previews
Chaotic, Funny, at times, Pointless, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if if you are a fan of Guare’s early works like “Blue Leaves,” this play has a similar structure without the meaning behind the chaos.

Don't see it if you expect enlightenment on any of the issues the play raises - writer’s remorse, parenting, fame, memory, etc. There are a few laughs.

55
During previews
Pointless, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You would enjoy a family coming of age comedy with mystical overtones that purports to be about beauty, having it or not, set in Africa.

Don't see it if Expect insights into beauty, African culture, the struggles of coming of age, parental protection, or friend’s jealousy.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Old fashioned, Dated, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see an old-fashioned musical that shows its age. A great production that cannot distract from the show's creakiness.

Don't see it if you expect a show that seems as fresh today as it did in 1948. If you want to see a faithful (at times inventive) reproduction, this is it.

Also Even though this show was written after the Rodgers and Hammerstein in... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Misguided, Interesting

See it if you want see an interesting adaptation of the original in a production that lacks the tension and psychological intensity of the original.

Don't see it if you expect new insights into power, dominance, and sexual attraction. The problem seems to be more the production than the play.

88
During previews
Great staging, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if a wonderfully staged and conceptualized musical about the first women in the US military in WWI as telephone operators. "Me too" in history

Don't see it if a serious musical that describes history is not your cup of tea.

Also A good score with a multi-talented cast that acts, sings, and plays th... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Grandiose

See it if You are willing to pay Broadway prices for good (but not totally original) spectacle. The choreography is interesting but little else works.

Don't see it if You expect inventive music and lyrics or a book written for a 2018 theatre audience, not a 1930s movie fan. The show is the real monster.

90
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Satirical, Clever

See it if you can enjoy a very funny and, at times, insightful, shellacking of political correctness. Four wonderful performances of a crisp script.

Don't see it if you feel protective of your liberal consciousness or see sensitivity to "others" as a sacred belief.

Also You may laugh too much to see the underlying critique of the way we tr... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if A horrific portrait of an activist mother who has to come to terms with the effect of choices with her adult children. Channing is amazing!

Don't see it if A serious and often painful well written play does not appeal. The play is insightful and engaging.

85
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Edgy

See it if you want to laugh as five women discover the joys and challenges of their vaginas as seen by definite lesbians and maybe lesbians.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about the use of the word "pussy" or expect profound enlightenment. It's just fin.

45
Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disorganized, Pointless

See it if are so interested in relations between LGBTQ characters that you can tolerate an unfocused and disorganized play.

Don't see it if Expect insights into LGBTQ issues or anticipate a play that draws fully developed characters dealing with the challenges of life as a LGBTQ.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Well staged, Unengaging

See it if you are interested in a musical play that replaces songs with expressionistic dancing. A strong cast. Stroman's choreography uneven.

Don't see it if you expect the "plot" to be dramatized. Most of the story is told through monologues and rarely does the production show v. tell emotions.

Also The lighting is extraordinary.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious, Pointless

See it if You are interested in a portrait of a troubled and potentially violent college student in an unbelievable encounter with a fearless teacher.

Don't see it if If you expect some enlightenment about dealing with potentially violent young people or any other aspect such situations.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Strong acting, Meaningless

See it if you like very long family stories with no new insights or unusual situations. 40+ short scenes that never really resolve but just end.

Don't see it if very thick English accents are an obstacle for you. Don't expect any surprises nor any new ways of looking at family or marital relations.

55
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you were confused by last year's "Death of the Last Black Man," fear not. This is quite clear and that's the bad news. Superficial immature.

Don't see it if you expect new insights into the variety of issues Ms. Parks raises: homeless, welfare, poverty, motherhood, treatment of women. Shallow.

60
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Uninspired, Miscast, Competent

See it if you want to see a competent but uninspired Hamlet. Isaac knows how to deliver the lines, but they never seems to come from inside him.

Don't see it if you are tired of Sam Gold's gimmicks: lights on audience during first act, modern street dress, minimalist design - with little meaning.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy ingenious staging with a strong cast and innovative effects but are not expecting to be emotionally engaged.

Don't see it if you expect this stage adaptation to reflect the complexity and emotional impact of the famous novel. Worth seeing for the staging.

82
Relevant, Resonant, Engaging, Original

See it if want to see a very original coming-out identity play with lots of interesting insights. Some rough edges, but well conceived and performed.

Don't see it if you are not ready to empathize with two people finding themselves.

55
Disappointing, Episodic, Vague, Well acted, Very dark

See it if you want to see a middle American man in a mid-life crisis with little revealed about the nature of that crisis or its outcome.

Don't see it if expect a play that provides insight into religious belief or efforts to change your life style - the main topics raised and unexplored.

95
Must see, Great score, Great staging, Great singing, Resonant

See it if want to hear a uniquely wonderful score by Roger Miller, a loving adaptation, and the kind of production that gives Encores its reputation.

Don't see it if you don't like soulful country music or are not interested in a portrait of one of America's darkest periods made engaging by a great writer

85
During previews
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Not-the-best, Worth seeing

See it if want to see the first work in Wilson's series; not his best, but still it's good as Wilson usually is..

Don't see it if you reject character study in lieu of plot and thematic focus.

65
Mediocre, Disappointing, Weak principals, Pushed to hard

See it if you have never seen a great production of this masterpiece -- this one isn't. Revival of NYCO original without the operatic quality.

Don't see it if expect an opera company to have uniformly qualified singers singing. Why do Candide without a singer capable of singing the title role?

Also Candide is a satire, but this production pushes the humor way too hard... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Unfocussed

See it if want to see stereotypical characters portrayed by reliable and talented actors who deserve better. Greenberg does it again and again and...

Don't see it if expect insight into life in the burbs in the 60's, artistic development of victims of their own circumstances, or almost anything else.

68
During previews
Mildly-entertaining, Cliched, Good singing, Predictable, Some laughs

See it if want to see a mildly entertaining acapella musical that is not terribly original. A talented young cast.

Don't see it if if you expect the acapella to be more than a back-up chorus of "doo-doos" and a rapper providing percussion. A missed opportunity.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal

See it if you love advice columns and expect no more from a theatre production than a simple representation of that format.

Don't see it if expect the translation of a compilation of advice columns into an engaging play. It's simply a series of "to" & "from" monologues.

Also Director Thomas Kail works hard at convincing the audience we are actu... Read more Read less