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New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  i'm a cranky old man. i want to be throttled thrilled captivated. always searching; usually disappointed.
Reviews (66)
92
Dana H.
Gramercy
A crazy, bizarre, brilliant, unique concept. an astonishing & moving performance that takes the art of lip-syncing to a new level. clever, ambitious, absorbing, intense, masterful, riveting!!!

See it if you want to be captivated & mesmerized by an actress who speaks the words of another, lip-syncing an actual interview w/lucas hnath's mother

Don't see it if you don't want to hear a horrifically nightmarish account of the five-month-long kidnapping saga of hnath's mother.

Also When the lights come up, a Sound Technician sets Dierdre O'Connell up ... Read more Read less

88
Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to have a good time at the theater. LSOH is a lot of fun, energetic, tuneful, & goofy ... and not for the squeamish.

Don't see it if campy cartoony musicals are not your cup-o-tea ... but you'll be missing out on a delightful experience.

Also Cheers from the audience greeted those first familiar chords, an indic... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Top-notch in every way. stellar performances by a quartet of superb actors. as vicious, visceral, abusive, devastating, & shocking as it was back in 1962. riveting, intense, wickedly funny. a must see!

See it if you are looking for first-rate drama, intense performances. Albee's Virginia Woolf has lost none of its stunning power & its power to stun!

Don't see it if full-on marital warfare, malignant & cruel, is not your idea of an entertaining evening on the town.

Also Simply put, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is a Great American Play.... Read more Read less

45
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Puzzling & unsatisfying. cabaret act? or brief rock concert? balloons galore & streamers & flashing lights. often very loud.

See it if you like depressing subjects served up in a matter-of-fact way & elaborated on in exuberant song.

Don't see it if you dislike loud music, don't want to confront your mortality with uplifting songs, and hate being asked to clap & sing along.

Also On a positive note, understudy Lili Thomas is a very natural & appeali... Read more Read less

70
Wildly disparate styles & moods ... loud raucous retro-rock music alternating with stark death-camp torture & intimidation, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to learn about the Cambodian Genocide of the 1970s, and/or you enjoy decibel-shattering rock concerts.

Don't see it if you can't handle fairly graphic scenes of torture; you dislike excessively loud music.

Also more than the non-linear narrative, it's the tonal shifts in this ener... Read more Read less

80
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can handle dark subject matter (school shooting), naturalistic performances that are low-key & nuanced, and small intimate theaters.

Don't see it if tragic subject matter upsets you ... there is virtually no light/lightness in this story.

Also this play examines in a very cool clinical way the aftermath of a trag... Read more Read less

55
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Medea-light, Chilly, calculated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are curious about simon stone's modern take on the shattering tragedy by euripides and if you want to see rose & bobby in the flesh.

Don't see it if you're hoping for more than a LifetimeTV movie-of-the-week involving a dreadfully-wronged woman wreaking vengeance on her unfaithful husband

Also What kind of psychiatric facility would release a patient on her own r... Read more Read less

35
A miss ... a palpable miss, Awkwardly awful, soporific, desultory, unfocused, boring, A curious stumble for the usually exceptional mint theater company

See it if you are a Mint Theater stalwart and support their mission to resurrect lost or neglected plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for the Mint's usual high production values & skillful performances ... you won't find it here.

Also What a major disappointment. I have been a fan & supporter of the Mint... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Needs some thoughtful (but ruthless) trimming, Pleasantly tuneful in an old-fashioned way, It frequently gets mired in cutesiness, clichés, & self-importance, At its best it is disarmingly charming & original

See it if you enjoyed ONCE & THE LAST FIVE YEARS ... if you are looking for something cute & romantic that also wants to be taken seriously.

Don't see it if too-cute romantic dramedies induce sugar-shock

Also My first impression was that this was a refreshing take on an old-fash... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Beautiful production, brooding, atmospheric & moody. despite some surprising changes to the text, this is a clear & conventional presentation. passionate & profound performances from negga as the danish prince & aoife duffin as ophelia.

See it if you enjoy shakespeare & like it presented in a thoughtful, straightforward manner; also if you are keen on seeing ruth negga's performance.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a woman playing hamlet, are disturbed by a lot of haze & smoke, are offended by nudity, & hate sitting 3-1/2 hours.

Also this may not be a HAMLET for the ages, but it's a beautiful production... Read more Read less

77
An entertaining send-up of 1930s "weepies" like stella dallas and madame x. delightful, quirky, & campy.

See it if you are a Charles Busch fan and enjoy theatrical parodies.

Don't see it if you dislike comic melodramas played broadly

Also if i hadn't had a subscription to Primary Stages, this is not a show i... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Clunky, cringe-y, slow, soporific. if this is meant to be a satire of the sexual revolution of the 60s, it misses the target. the atmosphere in the theater is so smoky that my eyes are still burning. suzanne vega is the only person to escape unscathed.

See it if you think that a retelling of paul mazursky's 1969 sexual satire (with songs added) will be entertaining. or if you are a suzanne vega fan.

Don't see it if you were hoping that retelling mazursky's story in 2020 will offer insights about the so-called sexual revolution from 50 years ago. NAH.

Also what a dreary smoke-filled evening. the songs had a sameness to them .... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Devastating & heartbreaking. the set is stark & compelling; the script is intricate & complex. the play is sometimes confusing & non-linear, but always intense & profound. stellar performances by all.

See it if you appreciate disturbing narrative content that is thought-provoking and stunning.

Don't see it if you go to the theater for entertainment and laughs (in which case, hurry over to "Grand Horizons")

Also I was thoroughly gutted by the end of this brilliant play & needed tim... Read more Read less

60
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Absence of chemistry, Inadequate set, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in emerging irish playwrights who write about current societal & political issues in ireland.

Don't see it if you expect some palpable romantic sparks and want to hear more than political cliches -- maz & bricks misses the mark on both counts.

Also playwright eva o'connor often has a way with words, and many of her al... Read more Read less

55
The moments of gut-wrenching sound & fury are few and far between, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like the way CSC artistic director john doyle strips away extraneous elements in order to simplify, streamline, & reimagine material.

Don't see it if you prefer UN-cut shakespeare served up with interesting sets & costumes. (perhaps that's why CSC's macbeth is playing to half-full houses.)

Also so many parts, so few actors. so many scenes, such a barren set. so ma... Read more Read less

45
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Slow, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Thin indeed ... i'm afraid we've been hnathed

See it if you are a lucas hnath fan and want to see everything he writes. also if you are interested in spiritualism, bogus or otherwise.

Don't see it if you have little patience for two seated people talking ... and talking ... and talking ... and talking, sometimes in the pitch dark.

Also i'm not sure what lucas hnath is up too here, but it is a tiresome slo... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Thought-provoking, Two stellar performances, fierce, intense, heartbreaking, Evocative mysterious lighting, Mesmerizing, compelling, intelligent, eloquent

See it if you appreciate superb writing, committed performances, & beautiful staging.

Don't see it if you seek lightweight entertainment.

Also this might be adam rapp's best play since "red light winter." his writ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Interesting set, evocative lighting, problematic sight-lines, Predictable, engrossing, well-acted, Too many important issues (japanese internment, mental illness, alcoholism, gentrification, unsafe working conditions) treated in a haphazard & cursory way

See it if you're interested in the dying mining industry in northern Idaho or if you like romantic stories about recapturing long-lost love.

Don't see it if you prefer 90-minute intermissionless plays to a three-act, two-intermissions, old-fashioned melodrama.

Also despite its nearly 3-hour length, the time went by quickly ... probabl... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Guirgis needs to find his pruning shears!, Any diamonds here--and there are a few--are buried beneath some very malodorous rough, Relevant, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are a super-fan of stephen adly guirgis no matter what he writes

Don't see it if you hate screaming & cursing & (fake) cigarette smoke

Also unfortunately, this is a HOT MESS. perhaps it can be salvaged during p... Read more Read less

85
Betrayal
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, A trio of superb performances, it's all about the pauses, isn't it?

See it if you want to see Pinter's most accessible play, impeccably performed.

Don't see it if you want dramas with fireworks, told in a straightforward manner.

Also was the audience expecting a neil simon comedy? yes, based on their re... Read more Read less

60
Pleasant enough, mildly engaging, there is no there there

See it if you like kathleen chalfant, like one-woman shows, and have more than a casual interest in emily dickenson.

Don't see it if you are looking for something exciting and dramatic. skip it if you hate one-person shows.

Also kathleen chalfant is always an engaging actress, but this slight play ... Read more Read less

85
Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, Peter dinklage, peter dinklage, peter dinklage!

See it if you admire peter dinklage's work and want to see a beautifully reimagined Cyrano.

Don't see it if you want your cyrano to be a swashbuckling comic hero with a huge nose.

Also forget the sass & swagger & swordplay. forget the farce & the comic wo... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing, Clever, What life events shape us and make us who we are?

See it if you are a Will Eno fan and enjoy a creative, non-traditional approach to storytelling.

Don't see it if you find the idea of the title character being played by multiple actors who vary by sex, age, & race to be confusing.

Also what makes chris chris? (what makes us who we are?) ... you can't get ... Read more Read less

35
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Subtle as a sledge hammer, another roundabout misfire (along with the sophomoric "scotland, pa"), Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are a tennessee williams completist and if you are a big fan of marisa tomei and if you enjoy slapstick & farce.

Don't see it if you dislike slapstick, forced humor, and overacting.

Also the slapstick courtship between serafina & alvaro plays like an episod... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a cole porter fan and would like to hear some of his rarely-performed songs.

Don't see it if you don’t like script-in-hand musical revues.

Also this charming pot pourri of cole porter tunes was compiled by ben bagl... Read more Read less

30
Endlings
East Village
The first hour of this play was very interesting, the story of three old korean women (haenyeos) who dive in the ocean daily to collect seafood, arduous work for meager pay. but the remaining 40 hours were unbearable, awkward, excruciating, & boring.

See it if you have an interest in the subsistence-level island life in South Korea and the preservation of SK's rapidly vanishing traditional culture.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are insistently META and self-referential and self-indulgent.

Also How did a play that started with such promise morph into an excruciati... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Too much too much too much! enough razzle-dazzle to gag the zeigfeld follies on new year's eve. great music, great songs, & some great moments, but questionable choices like busy, ugly, colorless set design and busy awkward choreography.

See it if you love sondheim, love "company," love patti lupone, and love loud, lively, dazzling musicals.

Don't see it if you loved the concert version of "company" ... this production will disappoint.

Also at heart Stephen Sondheim is a Romantic, & sometimes (like here) he ca... Read more Read less

30
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Slow, Insipid, Confusing, Banal, Maybe this is greenberg's attempt to update "dinner at eight" ... sadly, it's a great big nothing-burger with all the fancy fixin's: all-star cast, elaborate set & costumes ... lights are on, but no one is home.

See it if you like the actors (who are all fine) & are a richard greenberg fan ...you like old-fashioned, two-act comedy/dramas, that are polished.

Don't see it if you value your time. at two & a half hours, this is overlong by one hour & one intermission.

Also you enter the theater & are met with a gorgeous, elaborately detailed ... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Intense performances, elaborate sets, lots of sturm und drang, So much effort for such paltry reward

See it if you want to see three high-octane performances ... joe pantoliano doesn't disappoint.

Don't see it if yelling & screaming & fighting are not your cup of tea.

Also "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" ... i couldn't get shakes... Read more Read less

82
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Chilling story of undocumented mexican family separated during the obama administration ..., Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the ongoing struggle of undocumented immigrants to survive as a family unit under america's draconian immigration laws

Don't see it if you are turned off by ripped-from-the-headlines dramas that have a political agenda

Also hilary bettis's sad tale of a fractured mexican-american family is qui... Read more Read less

60
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Rowdy, raucous, & entertaining ... but cliché-ridden and overly sentimental & schmaltzy. like a "very special episode" of friends.

See it if you enjoy light-weight dramedies ... a combination of frivolous, heartwarming, & serious, this play is aimed at playgoers who want uplift.

Don't see it if you are tired of seeing that same-old same-old living-room/kitchen set and you (still) find same-sex (very chaste) kanoodling offensive.

Also A very talented & hard-working ensemble gives it their all trying to p... Read more Read less

69
During previews
When an alcoholic mother gambles away their rent money, the kids struggle to keep things afloat. ambitious, thought-provoking, disappointing, clichéd.

See it if you're ready for an intense drama about a family in crisis, trying to maintain their optimism & dreams as their world crumbles.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare and happy endings that are tied up in a nice neat bow.

Also Do you need to know about Natalie Portman before seeing this show? It ... Read more Read less

65
Everything about this show was beautiful ... but, much like an exquisite fabergé egg, it didn't resonate. i could admire the set, the lighting, the projections ... all impeccable ... & laura linney's skillful performance ...but none of it mattered..

See it if you loved the book by elizabeth strout and you are a fan of laura linney.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows and can't relate to the subject matter.

Also I think I'm just the wrong demographic (I'm a cranky old man) ... to m... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, intelligent, must-see., Great acting, great staging., Thought-provoking, riveting, relevant, profound.

See it if you don't want to miss this rousing revival of a pulitzer-prize-winning play from the early 1980s, finally playing on Broadway.

Don't see it if an intense drama about racism in the military during WW2 does not interest you.

Also This is an excellent revival of a play written in the early 80s that s... Read more Read less

65
Depressing. bleak. slow. sadly relevant. excellent set. great acting. script needs work.

See it if you like realistic "slice of life" plays, this one about the crappy day-to-day drudgery & hopelessness of the working poor in nowhere, USA.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted evening and a briskly engaging play.

Also struggle. that's what it's all about for the unfortunate souls trapped... Read more Read less

82
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Romantic

See it if you love thrilling music, dancing, & singing ... along with romance, passion, & tragedy. this WSS will not disappoint.

Don't see it if you're hoping to see jerome robbins's legendary choreography replicated; or if you are not a fan of Ivo Van Hove's work.

Also I loved this production of West Side Story. it may not be the WSS for ... Read more Read less

65
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Neil simon is alive & well & living at the helen hayes theater!

See it if you want an evening of entertainment and belly laughs.

Don't see it if you prefer a story of the dissolution of a 50-year marriage to taste more like haggis than meringue.

Also what a novelty these days for a play to begin with a curtain-raiser, r... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
An interesting & creative approach to a popular story, mostly from the monster's perspective. poetic language, evocative music, moody lighting, excellent acting.

See it if you can abandon any preconceptions about how the story of frankenstein's monster should be told. this is a production like no other.

Don't see it if the idea of a woman playing both the monster and dr. frankenstein is too outside-the-box.

Also i had heard some negative buzz about this stripped-down presentation o... Read more Read less

62
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Fun & interesting premise, tiresome & repetitious execution, Quirky, eccentric, way too long

See it if you are a Daniel Kitson fan and enjoy eccentric, idiosyncratic, clever humor.

Don't see it if sputtering, dithering, cerebral comedy makes you uncomfortable.

Also i am a Daniel Kitson fan. i loved his previous shows at St. Ann's. but... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Three or four plays rolled into one--not a great idea, So much talent, so much potential

See it if you want to see some dynamic & energetic young performers singing & playing their hearts out.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the 80s music scene in dublin.

Also too many mini-stories, very few of them explored in a satisfactory way... Read more Read less

75
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Earnest, eloquent, & educational ... as well as passionate, poignant, & heartbreaking., Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like plays that are timely, relevant, & vitally important.

Don't see it if you would rather be entertained than educated and if you don’t like non-linear, meta plays.

Also this is essentially a Public Service Announcement within a play, acted... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you admire horton foote.

Don't see it if you don’t. and if you’ve never heard of mr. foote, i don’t recommend this tired old play as your introduction to his work.

Also i think this is one of horton foote’s most overrated plays, pulitzer p... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like complex, layered, dark, non-linear, graphic, powerful dramas ... performed in german with supertitles.

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles; you try to avoid upsetting stories; you've already seen your share of naked men on stage this year.

Also History of Violence is well worth the effort it requires to watch. thi... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Throttled, thrilled, & captivated at last! brilliant writing, stunning performances, evocative music/lighting/costumes

See it if you want to witness breathtaking theatre

Don't see it if want frothy entertainment.

Also i totally L.O.V.E.D. this play ... even things i usually dislike, i lo... Read more Read less

65
Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Bloody but not chilling, too many comical double-takes, surface spectacle but little depth

See it if you are looking for shakespeare spoken with clarity & want richard III to be both 100% villainous & comedically likable at the same time

Don't see it if you find shakespeare boring (duh), you're confused by double & triple casting & you're turned off by murderous ambition portrayed for laughs

Also aaron monaghan throws everything in his actor's arsenal into his portr... Read more Read less

87
The Michaels
East Village
Great dancing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of richard nelson's previous rhinebeck plays about the gabriels & the apple family. as always, dinner will be served.

Don't see it if you dislike conversational, meditative plays that require you to lean in & listen. if you don't like chekhov, you probably won't like this.

Also i'm an ardent richard nelson fan. i love his naturalistic approach to ... Read more Read less

58
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Being politically relevant and newsworthy and important does not always translate into a good play., Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like plays that deal with 21st century global issues

Don't see it if an evening out is meant to help you escape from the harsh realities of the world for a few hours.

Also MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: talk talk talk ... a few compelling flashbacks .... Read more Read less

65
A tone poem that quietly rages against the dying of the light, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if you enjoy subtle nuanced performances and have a great deal of patience.

Don't see it if you are easily bored, crave razzle dazzle, and are hard of hearing.

Also a rather lyrical, complex, quiet reflection on how we navigate our fin... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Riveting, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, A towering achievement, heartbreaking yet hopeful

See it if you yearn for great drama that is emotionally gripping & socially significant. bring tissues.

Don't see it if gay subject matter, characters, conversations, & activity make you uncomfortable ... and if you don’t want to be seen crying in public.

Also shaken AND stirred. the framing device is brilliant: closeted novelist... Read more Read less

70
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like safe, moderately thought-provoking, appealing dramas about first-world suburban problems.

Don't see it if you are hoping to be challenged and stimulated.

Also issues of race, drugs, and a tired gay marriage are made easy to swall... Read more Read less