Carl W

Cliffside Park | 50-64 | Male
About:  Actor, Playwright, Director
Reviews (82)
86
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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
Disappointing, Great staging, Resonant, Overrated, Ambitious

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
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

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
Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

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
Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

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
Quirky, Ambitious, Overrated, Intelligent, Cliched

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
Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Delightful, Clever

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
Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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
Absorbing, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

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
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

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
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

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
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Clever

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
Indulgent, Insipid, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

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
Great dancing, Great singing, Cliched, Overrated, Disappointing

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

96
Hilarious, Dizzying, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy tour-de force comic acting, nonstop silliness, physical comedy and a great ensemble that is better than the material.

Don't see it if You want a faithful version of the classic or had slap stick and Monty Python type humor.

97
Must see, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Like hip hop, love creative staging and dynamic performers

Don't see it if You hate modern music, dislike rap and are hard of hearing.

88
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like edgy dialogue, political theatre, smart staging, absorbing story telling and insightful thought provoking reflections on race

Don't see it if You are easily offended, want simple theatre or don't want to deal with the issues of race.

82
Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like Noel Coward, sparkling dialogue and a star performance by Kevin Klein in a masterful performance. Great sense of style & character.

Don't see it if You can't listen, need flashy musicals and hate Noel Coward.

87
Relevant, Epic, Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You want to be reacquainted with anAmerican classic or love Thorton Wilder. It resonates today and is a clever and timely as when written.

Don't see it if You hate absurdist drama, want believable, simple narrative, don't appreciate new takes on the classics

85
During previews
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You like traditional musical theatre writ large,dazzling sets and stagecraft, attractive leads with powerful voices, great costumes.

Don't see it if You like nontraditional musical theatre, hate Disney (sort of) and require edgy characters, narrative, and music or if you want avantgarde

80
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of David Mamet, like tight construction and spare staginess or enjoy truthful acting. Intriguing premise, clever writing

Don't see it if You like flashiness, a lot of stage effects or want overt theatricality. If you hate simple staging and truthful acting avid this.

Also This is an underrated Mamet play. perhaps he suffers from comparisons ... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Cliched

See it if You enjoy overwritten pretentious dialogue and sophomoric musings on god and nature. If you enjoy cliches and bad acting, this is for you.

Don't see it if You want interesting dialogue, believable characters or coherent structure. If you liked The Wolves, you will really hate this.

94
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love great ensemble acting, dynamic writing, powerful performances and a moving, funny inspired night of theatre

Don't see it if You like simple stories, trivial characters or simply hate August Wilson.

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you like Shakespeare performed with muscular energy and by dynamic performers like Harriet Walters done in a non-traditional way, perfect

Don't see it if You are bothered by non-traditional casting or prefer museum quality Shakespeare or hate modern dress staging, this is not for you

62
Insipid, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

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
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Great staging

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

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
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

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
Great singing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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
Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing, Ambitious

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
Great acting, Dizzying, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

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
Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

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
Great acting, Epic, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Entertaining, Dizzying, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

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
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Excruciating, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

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
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Epic, Ambitious

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.

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a clever riff on a classic or enjoy dynamic performers at the top of their game in a stylish production

Don't see it if You want to see Ibsen, hate talk, want plot and hate character driven dialogue

71
Overrated, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You like Irish playwrights and themes, enjoy one acts and light Chekhovian sketches of characters and ensemble acting.in obscure material.

Don't see it if You want sustained narrative or complete plays as opposed to character sketches.

89
For a previous production
Entertaining, Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious, Funny

See it if You like unbridled silliness of the Fawlty Towers kind, physical comedy and knockabout farce where chaos rules.

Don't see it if You hate farce, want serious theatre, resent silliness and are too serious to be around.

100
Great staging, Dizzying, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like great acting, witty dialogue, brilliant staging, clever lyrics and insightful story telling. One of the most exciting shows on now.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, hate the genius of Andy Karl and are just plain churlish.

80
Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate good storytelling, are a fan of George Rose or appreciate a masterful performance and raconteur hold forth on his story

Don't see it if You hate one person shows, have little knowledge of theatre history and haven't a clue as to who George Rose was.

78
Fluffy, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love classic Cole Porter, great voices, silly schtick and great dancing and if you have affection for prohibition era style.

Don't see it if You want believable plot, actually witty dialogue and characters you are invested in or if you want anything more than an extended review.

50
Overrated, Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like anything that deals with the world's fair of 1893 or 1933, like pedestrian though pretentious dialogue​ and uneven acting

Don't see it if You want characters you believe in, narrative that is compelling and a play that builds in meaning as opposed to dwindling to a conclusion​.

88
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You want to see first rate miller performed with brio by a talented cast that is emotionally alive and connected to the material.

Don't see it if You hate Arthur Miller, dislike thoughtful dialogue and raw emotion or want glitter and spectacle.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You love Sarah Ruhl, like your theatre metaphysical, enjoy watching pretentious people on stage and love self indulgent dialogue.

Don't see it if You have a low threshold of pretension, find poseurs annoying or want a narrative that ultimately leads to more than cliched psycho-babble.

84
Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy unique non-narrative theatrical experiences that are unique, witty and often tongue in cheek. Just mindless fun.

Don't see it if you demand plot, hate drumming and don't like seeing people covered in blue makeup.

75
Entertaining, Indulgent, Dated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a new take on a play that seems to have not aged well. Good actors struggle and give their all but in the end OK only.

Don't see it if You have the original in mind or are not a Liev Schrieber or Janet McTeer fan