Carl W

Jersey City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Actor, Playwright, Director
Reviews (103)
82
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy epic storytelling over six hours about a small group of friends and types in NYC dealing with being Gay and their connection.

Don't see it if You are expecting the depth, wit and the audacity of Angels in America or if you are bothered by over writing and indulgent acting

86
Entertaining, Masterful, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you love Motown, the Temptations or just want to see brilliant singing and dancing and love the period see it.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals, hate Motown and just want a traditional book musical

72
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You like to see stories about contemporary teenage angst among the fringes of society and broken homes and families mixed with a love story

Don't see it if You want clear plotting, don't want multiple story lines even if they do converge and overlap and don't care about feral teenagers.

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want to see a re-imagined Oklahoma that is set currently, has little flash but some interesting directorial choices.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy handed choices, a de-construction of a classical piece and don't want liberties taken with the source material.

70
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Shepherd or this play.

Don't see it if Production is slow, some perfromances are indulgent and the long first act is too long.

74
Entertaining, Ambitious, Fluffy, Great staging, Funny

See it if You like the movie and are willing to appreciate the efforts and talents of the leading man.

Don't see it if You want to be moved, surprised of enchanted. The play is only 2 and 1/2 hours but plays longer.

94
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you want the best writing, acted and stage production on the Broadway stage today that is highly theatrical and consistently engaging/

Don't see it if You want a polemic or have no interest in brilliant nuanced writing and acting

77
Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of the novel or enjoy Aaron Sorkin's writing and like good to great performances and a new and better stage adaptation.

Don't see it if You are locked into the novel and have only seen and want to see the previous stage adaptation.

48
Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you are a fan of Glenda Jackson or Ruth Wilson. Otherwise...

Don't see it if You wast a timely, brilliantly staged and acted Lear. Jackson is great and Wilson is very good, beyond that....

97
Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you want epic storytelling mixed with great acting and brilliant imaginative and evocative staging. A large story brilliantly told.

Don't see it if You only like musicals, want large casts and have little or no imagination.

94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like absorbing, brilliant acting and staging and a play that thrills and enchants you

Don't see it if If you hate all things Irish, don't like drama or only look for light musical enyertainment

62
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like all things Dylan Thomas, enjoy static staging, like Carols (new ones) and don't mind the equivalent of a memorized stage reading.

Don't see it if You prefer a more active version of the Thomas master work, dislike constant narration or are looking for an authentic Welsh evening.

74
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Epic, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You admire puppet work, like splashy technical theatre or are a fan of anthropomorphic characters

Don't see it if You want a lot of substance, don't care for effects and heavy underscoring, want witty and believable characters or a well written book

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like Elaine May, Kenneth Lonergan or well written well made plays beautifully acted and simply told. Wise and witty and an absorbing.

Don't see it if You don't loke well made plays, don't like plays that deal with aging adults and in general only like to attend musicals.

88
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if See it if you like English humor,love snooker (or don't even care about snooker) like comic acting and imaginative writing.

Don't see it if You have English accents, are bored by snooker and re looking for deep meaning.

94
Carmen Jones
East Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You like great singing, are a fan of Doyle's approach to re-imagining musicals and love Carmen. Masterful and brilliantly done.

Don't see it if You hate opera, don't like Carmen and don't like to see heavily edited versions of past work.

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You love the music of the 60's, the music of Carol King or just jukebox musicals done their best with a hugely talented cast and ensemble.

Don't see it if You hate 60's music,Carol King, dislike jukebox musicals, or just hate musicals in general

85
Ambitious, Great singing, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You love great singing, great dancing and like traditional musical fare done exquisitely. The best Billy and Julie I have seen.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, hate dance and think Rogers and Hammerstein musicals are old fashioned.

89
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You are a Stoppard fan, love intelligent writing, bravura acting and clever, dizzying dialogue, clever staging and just plain wit

Don't see it if You like simple narrative, easy plotting, don't like Wilde. Joyce or Tzara or find Stoppard exhausting

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You are a hard core Potter fan and like stage magic and effects. It has little else.

Don't see it if You are not a Potter fan and are not easily moved by spectacular stage magic and effects or a bored by repetitive themes of familial angst.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want to see a brilliant play brilliantly staged and performed. If you are a fan of great acting and writing this is the play for you.

Don't see it if You are dull and homophobic and can't recognize brilliant writing and stunning performances by a dynamic ensemble.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You like beat rhyming rhythms, dizzying word play and serious fun, along with smoke, projections and mucho audience participation.

Don't see it if You want to understand every word, like only simple narrative, prefer to be anonymous and sit back passively in the theatre.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You are a fan of Mark Rylance and have an interest in this kind of operatic singing and performance. Interesting staging and performances.

Don't see it if You want plot driven shows with a traditional narrative and don't like period dramas.

40
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You like indulgent, incomprehensible stage business and banal, pedestrian story telling and acting. See it if you don't mind being bored.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, like Peter Pan or value your time. See if you like to see what a giant miss is by an adventurous company

70
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like epic theatre, large cast size, big themes and sweeping arc. If wall street, finance and the new economics is of interest, see it.

Don't see it if You want simple narrative, characters you can relate to, and cohesive plotting. A cross between Enron and Other Peoples Money, minus jokes.

78
Intelligent, Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Mary Louise Parker, like two handers and are an Adam Rapp fan. If you can believe the situation and are seated close enough

Don't see it if You want less epistolary style writing, are tired of boorish, talented, tormented adolescents or simply are not a huge Parker fan

78
Overrated, Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You like playing name that tune or are a fan of the bloated Baz Lurman movie. See it If you like all surface and no substance, just style.

Don't see it if You want coherence, want an original score, want characters you actually care about and want a little steak with your sizzle.

85
Intelligent, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like concept albums come to life, non linear theare, no real book but plenty of songs.

Don't see it if You want a traditional book musical. This is not that.

87
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a musical with substance, like clever music, staging and lyrics and heartfelt subject matter.

Don't see it if You want glitter, shallowness and glitzy show biz derivative nonsense.

48
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like Nathan Lane and admire the work of the author.

Don't see it if You are expecting coherence, real characters, intriguing situations and truthful performances

81
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you want to laugh and enjoy musical farcical fluff and great comic acting and writing

Don't see it if If you want depth, truthfulness or are adverse to cross dressing.

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if See it if you like brilliant writing and acting and an absorbing highly theatrical and deeply contemplative experience.

Don't see it if You have no curiosity, like only musicals and are a right wing evangelical.

75
Mac Beth
West Village
Indulgent, Resonant, Quirky, Clever

See it if You are a fan of deconstructed Shakespeare as played by seven talented young women in private school outfits.

Don't see it if If you don't like gimmicky, non-traditional classical theatre, avoid at all costs

54
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Overrated

See it if If you are a fan of Guare or are friends with members of the cast. There really isn't much else to recommend. Moved fast and seemed glacial

Don't see it if You want plays that engage you, make you feel for the characters or want a narrative that doesn't seem indulgent.

95
Resonant, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like an engaging book, great singing and a modern relevant musical theatre production you will love this

Don't see it if I don't know what kind of person wouldn't respond to this. Don't see it if you are a boorish churl

86
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You like to life, enjoy silliness with heart and are a fan of any of the principals. It is hard to to enjoy this evening of theatre.

Don't see it if You are a churl, homophobic or just don't like musical comedy done to the nth degree.

78
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Resonant, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if If you are a Bryan Cranston fan or love tech heavy shows or are a disciple of Ivo Van Hove and like meta theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if You are a huge fan of the movie because the performances will only disappoint, as will the casting and don't like the mixture of video/stage

70
The Prisoner
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if If you admire Peter Brook and appreciate his aesthetic, love metaphor and don't mind periods of static staging or anodyne philosophy.

Don't see it if You hate Peter Brook, like realistic sets and traditional dramatic structure and plays that involve explicit characters and conflict.

71
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You love Janet McTeer , even when miscast, or Dylan Baker, even when miscast, or Theresa Rebeck even at her most pretentious and confused.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, and don't love Janet McTeer, even when miscast, or Dylan Baker, even when miscast, or Theresa Rebeck even at her worst

85
Tevye Served Raw
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want a different look at the creative genius behind Fiddler on the Roof, love Yiddish theatre or just want to be entertained!

Don't see it if You hate Yiddish, are bored by Fiddler and want splashy sets and costumes and can't read subtitles.

69
Cliched, Intelligent, Overrated, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You want an outsiders view of white privilege told in a somewhat entertaining fashion by skilled actors in not really truthful circumstances

Don't see it if You want really clever writing, insightful dialogue or totally truthful characters who are not really mouthpieces for the author.

76
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You like to simply laugh and don't mind predictable plots and stock characters and just want to have a mindless, fun experience.

Don't see it if You are expecting something challenging, want to be moved or have no sense of humor, even when you know the jokes before they are even told.

94
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Anyone who likes the Go Go's, great singing, clever staging and a relevant, almost subversive script will adore this high energy silliness!

Don't see it if Conservative Republicans, anyone who voted for trump, homo-phoebes and evangelicals probably won't like. Any sentient audience member will.

93
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting, appreciate the genius of Albee and want to see a revival that transforms the play

Don't see it if You like fluff, want musicals and don't appreciate brilliant acting or just plain hate Edward Albee

76
Admissions
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if See it if you like issue driven theatre and a play driven by a single idea. Some good performances and some wit.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays set up like a single issue debate, high pitched performances and rather unsympathetic characters.

68
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of the show, want epic sets, elegant costumes and a slightly fustian presentation of a classic musical. Solid and dull.

Don't see it if You want energy, inventiveness and are a stickler for good singing, imaginative characterization and dynamic acting.

92
Hangmen
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Martin McDonough, like comic menace and great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like black comedy, McDonough style or are looking for traditional simple narrative.

78
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the cartoon or just like clever, theatrical silliness. Hi energy, mega talents and abounding in absurdity.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep and meaningful. If you can't leave your judgement at home this is not for you.

45
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You like sitcom style writing, (bad sitcoms), banal dialogue, cliched situations and obvious plotting. If you want cleverness and wit nix it

Don't see it if You like John Patrick Shanley, because this will make you rethink it. Some jokes, but god is it painful. Maybe he has an evil twin.

68
Bandstand
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You like swing music and swing dance while being obviously emotionally manipulated in a cliche filed show. See for the wasted great talent.

Don't see it if You want a believable plot or a story that doesn't telegraph where it's going