CAROL C 6124

New York City

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Reviews (270)
83
Funny, Entertaining, Clever
November 23rd, 2022

See it if You want an entertaining 90-ish minutes with a good, funny story-teller. It feels more like stand-up than an actual 'play'.

Don't see it if You want a real play rather than a series of stories by a comedian story-teller

86
During previews
Just fun!, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing
November 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see an old-fashioned toe-tapping musical that reminds you of the classic 50s musicals. Great talent/voices and so much fun!

Don't see it if You want something 'new' or 'ground-breaking' or thought-provoking; This is just clean fun [no nudity or sex] albeit a little punny.

Also It definitely reminds you of older musicals - but done to perfection. ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 13th, 2022

See it if You want to see a one-womam monologue which reveals family interactions explaining the propagation of the patriarchy.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an 80 minute monologue or the subject matter.

79
During previews
Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
November 10th, 2022

See it if You love Neil Diamond's music and are fine with another jukebox musical - this one about Neil Diamond's life.

Don't see it if You are tired of another juke box musical about another rock star.

81
During previews
Great fun!, Entertaining, Great staging, Great choreography, Great singing
November 10th, 2022

See it if You want to see a great cast with fabulous singing and dancing to a silly-premised, updated 'Romeo & Juliet' Juke-box musical.

Don't see it if You don't like juke-box musicals; you don't like updated themes [gay men, empowered women] in your Shakespeare.

Also It does help the fun if you know your Romeo and Juliet - but it's not ... Read more Read less

71
Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever
November 4th, 2022

See it if You want to see a cute 'community theater' - like production set in the 1920s with singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You want a NYC-professional playing of this Shakespearian classic. You like Shakespeare in its original form.

71
During previews
Where We Belong
East Village
Needs focus, Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
November 4th, 2022

See it if You want to know what it is like grow up Mohegan in modern US. Much historical perspective in the context of the performer's personal life.

Don't see it if You dislike one-person shows. You are bothered by the lack of focus [some historical perspective, some personal experience] in the piece.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 4th, 2022

See it if You would like to see a well-acted classic with an unusual cast in a lovely, intimate theater - Albee still resonates today.

Don't see it if You are not up for a 3-ish hour [with 2 intermissions] play; you don't like serious plays - you want something 'light' or comedic.

66
During previews
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched, Confusing
October 29th, 2022

See it if You want to see [another] immigrant story and the first generation American [estranged gay] son. The music is very good although not related

Don't see it if You are tired of this story. You don't want to sit through monologues that are unrelated, including desccription of gay sexual encounters.

Also This would have been much better as an immigrant story [I thought the ... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing
October 28th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a play about the greater human condition - dependencies and 'cost' - in every sense of the word. Great performances.

Don't see it if you find people with disabilities or nudity on stage disturbing. Want something light or a musical.

Also I wanted to like this better - but the plot was too contrived/formulai... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
October 27th, 2022

See it if You want some insight into China under Communist rule, both during and post cultural revolution; how it affected the immigrants who escaped.

Don't see it if You don't like theater with flashbacks and a story that unfolds slowly. This is a minimalist set.

Also This reminded me of Cambodian Rock Band, but paled by comparison. I mi... Read more Read less

79
Dated, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting
October 26th, 2022

See it if You have never seen this classic played [we hadn't]. Want to see wonderful, powerful performances @ the Public.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3 hour play. You want to see an updated take on this theme [this is dated].

72
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great kpop choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining
October 23rd, 2022

See it if You want to see a fun show in a Broadway theater [with a Broadway audience] with KPOP music and dancing.

Don't see it if You want to see a real musical with a real plot. This is just a formula to showcase the KPOP.

84
During previews
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Wonderfully sweet,, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing
October 20th, 2022

See it if You want to see a lovely revival with stellar talent in an intimate theater/stage. The talent/performances is/are exceptional.

Don't see it if You want to see a 'big', 'modern' musical on Broadway - this isn't that.

82
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy great acting/great writing/great staging. The subject-matter is facsinating, given it's WWII-adjacent.

Don't see it if You don't like two-person plays, don't like difficult situations [physical/mental] situations being discussed/depicted.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 23rd, 2022

See it if You want to see this revival of a classic Wilson play with fabulous actors working flawlessly individually and as an ensemble.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of >3 hour dramas with racial/slavery themes. You prefer showy musicals.

81
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 21st, 2022

See it if You want to see this re-imagined, updated, unique all-female/trans revival of a great musical classic. Fabulous talent/voices.

Don't see it if You have a difficult time with reversed-sex roles. You loved the original and don't want to see it changed/updated.

72
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever
September 14th, 2022

See it if You want an entertaining 90 minutes of a play that presents a caricature of real events. Staging is imaginative. Some good laughs.

Don't see it if You expect something insightful. It's basically a farce. Plot is a recognizable formula.

92
Great fun!, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever
August 25th, 2022

See it if You want to see this classic musical with this phenominally excellent cast! Don't delay! - the cast changes on 9/6! It's a great staging!

Don't see it if You don't like fun musical; you saw the movie and didn't like it [live is ALWAYS much better], you don't like fairytales.

Also We saw the original with the original cast. Although >30 years ago, we... Read more Read less

77
She-Wolf
Midtown W
Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 18th, 2022

See it if You want to see an interesting interpretation focused on Queen Margaret throughout the Shakespeare plays that include her.

Don't see it if One actor/multiple characters can be difficult to follow; if you don't know these Shakespeare plays, it's easy to get lost.

83
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
August 12th, 2022

See it if You want to see a dramatic retelling/depiction of a story between two boys prior to and during the advent of war in Afganistan.

Don't see it if You don't want to see an extremely dramatic telling of a story. You don't want to see a depiction of rape/suicide.

75
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Edgy, Intense, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
August 11th, 2022

See it if you like to see new musicals by new authors in their seminal stages. want to see some great young talent

Don't see it if you want to see a fully-formed and polished musical. you don't want to see topics of insanity/murder depicted on stage.

86
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting
July 21st, 2022

See it if You want to see the classic story completely updated and shown in terms of the central family story. The acting/staging is powerful.

Don't see it if You can't sit throught almost 4 hours. You have no interest in updated Greek tragedy.

91
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Wonderfully charming!
June 24th, 2022

See it if You love musicals and appreciate a good fairy tale. This is original and beautiful and you can take the kids!! Talent/staging are excellent

Don't see it if You hate musicals; you hate fairy tales; everything has to be serious.

Also We saw this again - and took our granddaughter as a 12th birthday pres... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 23rd, 2022

See it if You enjoy the full-through, updated Shakespeare that advances the theatrical experience. Masterful use of technology as integral to play.

Don't see it if You can't sit through the full almost 4 hours. You don't like modernized Shakespeare

Also BRAVO to age appropriate cast. Hamlet is exceptional. Use of current t... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Rigoletto
Upper W Side
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious
June 12th, 2022

See it if You want to see a beautiful staging of the classic opera. Erin Morley's voice playing Gilda was breathtaking! The set was magnificent.

Don't see it if You don't like classic opera [everyone should go to the Met at least once].

85
Chains
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
June 12th, 2022

See it if You enjoy Mint Theater productions - middle class English parlor theme with underlying class/sex commentary still appropriate for today.

Don't see it if You don't like old plays; old costumes; or English accents.

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
June 11th, 2022

See it if You want to see a strong new play with a strong cast that 'peals' back the experience of an all-black high school through detention.

Don't see it if You don't like strong language, yelling, physical confrontation, or grappling with difficult questions about our public education system

Also This play reminded me of Waiting for Godot in an inner city school. Fa... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Corsicana
Midtown W
Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious
June 3rd, 2022

See it if You want to see a quartet of characters navigating through their lives. Some of the acting is insightful.

Don't see it if You want to understand the play - neither my husband nor I did. You want to understand the meaning/symbolism of the staging.

Also I LOVED Amy and the Orphans and Jamie Brewer was amazing - and was hop... Read more Read less

80
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
June 2nd, 2022

See it if You enjoy a well acted historical drama that reveals how the Irish famine affected women and the trip of Belfast 'orphans' to Australia.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a realistic representation of the exploitation of women. You can't deal with Irish accents.

Also While the play is historically accurate to some extent, it is also a r... Read more Read less

81
Can be confusing, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 2nd, 2022

See it if You enjoy two-person, naturalistic dialogue dealing with the issues of fatherhood, the impact of childhood and identity in rural America.

Don't see it if You don't like lots of dialogue where you have to listen carefully to understand the progression of the characters.

Also As other have stated, the staging doesn't work. The scene transitions ... Read more Read less

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing
May 26th, 2022

See it if you want to see a fairly realistic family drama that exposes the underpinnings of 'blood' alliances both real and expected.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a family drama - especially one that centers around health issues.

76
Ending is ridiculous!, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever, Absorbing
May 25th, 2022

See it if You want to see a good play that uncovers the underlying politics of small town Americana and contrasts real/mythicized history.

Don't see it if You want to see a cohesive story from beginning to end. You need a meaningful/realistic ending to a well-written play.

84
During previews
Fat Ham
East Village
Great fun, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever
May 23rd, 2022

See it if You want to see a modern play with a 'nod' to Hamlet that's great fun and we'll played. You need to see a Pulitzer winning play.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare traditionally played. You're offended by stereotypes..

75
Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 23rd, 2022

See it if You want to see an updated Chinese play from Shakespearean times that emphasizes the universality of the human condition.

Don't see it if You want to see something light and amusing. This takes work.

70
Overrated, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious
May 20th, 2022

See it if You have to see this award-winning theater piece that provides insight into multiple Black women's lives. You appreciate the performance.

Don't see it if You need anything with a storyline, or a consistent theme. You need to understand everything going on on stage.

74
Not for kids!, Raunchy, Overrated, Intense, Ambitious
May 15th, 2022

See it if You HAVE to see a Pulitzer Prize winning 11 Tony nominated musical w the original Broadway [extremely talented] cast

Don't see it if You don't like hearing the f-word, n-word, and gay sex descriptions [and acted on stage]. You want a happy family-friendly musical.

76
Fluffy, Dated, Funny, Entertaining
May 13th, 2022

See it if you want to see Billy Crystal live - you understand/appreciate Borscht Belt memories/humor.

Don't see it if You want to see anything meaningful; you want to see anything but a Billy Crystal vehicle.

Also The first act was great [I remember the Borscht Belt] The second act i... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Raunchy, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever
May 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a new musical based on Sarah Silverman's 10-year-old journey through divorce, relocation and bedwetting.

Don't see it if you expect a polished musical. you don't like children using sexual language/telling dirty jokes/songs about infidelity.

Also BRAVO to the producers for using children to play children!

75
Repetitive, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting
May 6th, 2022

See it if You want to see a play based on historical events which comments on the overall dangers of 'cult of personality' taken to its limits

Don't see it if You are not interested in plays that make political statements; you don't like being faced with Nazi rule and parallels w current events

80
Difficult scottish accents, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious
May 5th, 2022

See it if You want to see a very creative, mythical a cappella musical in an intimate space with an extremely talented pair of singers.

Don't see it if You don't like small, a cappella musicals with the two players depicting multiple characters.

Also The Scottish accents can be difficult; the transition from one charact... Read more Read less

87
Suffs
East Village
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 4th, 2022

See it if You want to be one of the first to see an epic new musical about the history of the US suffragette movement; including the original fab cast

Don't see it if You don't like the topic. You don't like sung-through musicals, you can't sit through a musical that tries to span the entire movement.

Also Given that the Supreme Court DRAFT opinion on Roe v Wade was leaked th... Read more Read less

73
During previews
A Walk on the Moon
New Brunswick
Entertaining, Formula musical, Indulgent, Cliched
April 28th, 2022

See it if You want a night out - and you're willing to watch a 'borscht belt' version of Madison County with good performances.

Don't see it if You're interested in attending something unique and interesting - this was too predictable, but fine for a Tuesday night out.

84
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
April 28th, 2022

See it if You want a great time and lots of fun at the theater - and you can bring the kids. They take the essence of the movie and make it their own.

Don't see it if You're expecting the Robin Williams/Harvey Fierstein version - it isn't.

79
During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You like a thought-provoking play that addresses many issues - political, personal, linguistic and how they all are intertwined.

Don't see it if You want a linear play that advances a single narrative. It does jump around in time and space and attempts to address many subplots.

79
During previews
Confusing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
April 9th, 2022

See it if You are open to a broad visual interpretation of the material. You like performance pieces that include dance and acrobatics.

Don't see it if You want anything serious or want something that is more expected of Broadway [like live music]

Also I read some of the reviews before we attended, and much of what was sa... Read more Read less

82
Great fun, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
April 9th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a unique new musical that makes fun of itself and ensures your are also having fun. Great talent in a small venue.

Don't see it if You can't find the fun in a silly spoof. You want a serious musical or a subject with meaning.

79
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing, Absorbing
April 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see the original stars in this highly acclaimed play. You need to see Mary-Louise Parker/David Morse on stage.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with the issues of pedophilia and sexual assault.

Also I never saw this. I was hoping to see the brilliant Mary-Louise Parker... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Interesting update, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
April 7th, 2022

See it if You want to see a modern update of this classic. McAvoy is a strong Cyrano but lacks the pathos [I think] the role requires.

Don't see it if You don't know Cyrano - too much of it requires some knowledge. You don't want to sit through 3 hours of fast English-accent dialogue.

Also I LOVE Cyrano. It helps to already know the story - I am not sure you ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Harmony
Financial
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
March 31st, 2022

See it if You want to see an entertaining thought-provoking production about pre-WWII Germany and how history affected a real musical group.

Don't see it if You expect Barry Manilow music or just want an entertaining 'big show' musical.