CAROL C 6124

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Reviews (122)
85
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great staging of a coming of age story. Want to see an innovative a cappella musical with great acting/choreography.

Don't see it if You don't want to see nudity on stage. Don't want to see one more gay coming of age story,

Also This could be truly great, but the story is just too contrived. It is ... Read more Read less

76
Fun!, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a fun night out - with drinks [there's popcorn too] and live entertainment [acapella] and you might learn something.

Don't see it if You are expecting theater - it's not. You are expecting anything but a light, fun night.

78
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a new musical in its formative stage. You are a fan of the authors or the performers [Bryce Pinkham is fabulous!]

Don't see it if You are expecting another "Dear Evan Hansen' [I was] - it's not.

Also Authors/Producers: This could be much better. You need a better ending... Read more Read less

12
Insipid, Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You know someone in the show. About half our audience did. You like 12-year-old boy humor.

Don't see it if You want to see anything intelligent or people with any modicum of talent. This stooped to the lowest level.

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two plays that bring up significant issues.

Don't see it if You are looking for just entertainment, or fancy costumes, music, singing, choreography

58
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see your favorite actor in a live theater performance.

Don't see it if You want an emotionally-charged theater experience. It was very disappointing.

Also I have never seen this play before - nor did I know very much about th... Read more Read less

84
Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an interesting story played to perfection. The performance is worth the time invested.

Don't see it if You don't like one-people shows. You don't like to watch a single performer play multiple roles.

Also Appreciate this is a one-woman show in a small, intimate space; this i... Read more Read less

83
Great for all ages, Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to be entertained and want to see some amazing 'magic'. The mentalists are great but Shin Lim is masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like magic shows. You are expecting something meaningful for the price of your Broadway ticket.

Also This is definitely for the entire family - we had the 5 1/2 year old t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a Tony-winning performance by Bryan Cranston. You want to see an innovative way of presenting the known material.

Don't see it if You want a more traditional straight play. You find multi-media presentations overwhelming.

Also The fact that the play takes place in 1975 and the issues remain the s... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing a great small original musical in an appropriately - sized theater AND you learn some history!

Don't see it if You are expecting a full-fledged musical. You don't enjoy a capella singing or a story told in song/letters.

Also I gave this an '88' for what is it. It certainly isn't 'Hamilton' or '... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Fun!, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a fun musical that's clever and refreshing. A songful 'slice' of single life. Great talented players in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are looking for something OR if you are looking to see a classic large Broadway musical.

78
Great fun!, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a fun night out that includes a tasting dinner! You want to see an inventive way to enjoy Shakespearean themes in a modern way.

Don't see it if You are expecting real Shakespeare - it is not.

80
During previews
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a multi-layered play that exposes Irish political themes through the daily actions of a multi-generational family.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a +3 hour play that slowly exposes itself. You get bored with a plot that moves slowly to reveal itself.

Also I called this 'refreshing' because it is one of the few current plays ... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a fun night out - nothing too heavy; nothing to think about. this is light-hearted fun.

Don't see it if you want any kind of theater that is thought-provoking or meaningful. this is a small cute play - nothing more.

87
During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a realistic play about a realistic family. Elaine May is fabulous!! Masterful! She'll definitely win the Tony for this.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a realistic family drama - with a deteriorating mother/grandmother. You want something light and funny

Also If you have touched anything close to this in your life, this play exq... Read more Read less

23
Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You want to see some obviously talented dancers standing around and walking around.

Don't see it if You want to see talented dancers dance great choreography. You don't want to be 'hit over the head' with the 'message'.

Also There was obviously some great talent here - but not used to any purpo... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an actor at the pinnacle of her craft. McTeer was marvelous! You want to see an artistic interpretation of Bernhardt.

Don't see it if You want a 'light' night at the theater - this isn't it. You have no knowledge of Hamlet - you HAVE to know your Hamlet to appreciate this.

Also The evening is worth every minute to see McTeer act [and she is made f... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see/hear the stories about the 'real' Tevye by the person who wrote the original..

Don't see it if you don't want to struggle with super-titles. you are not into Jewish stories and Jewish humor.

82
Great staging, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You HAVE to see this next chapter for Harry Potter. You want to see Harry Potter re-created for the live stage - how it was done.

Don't see it if You have no idea of the Harry Potter story - you just won't understand enough. You are looking for a fabulous theatrical experience -

Also It just isn't as great as I expected - sorry. You CAN take any kids wh... Read more Read less

82
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you can!! This was a once-in-a-lifetime reading. Great cast! and it was wonderful to have a Q&A with the producer/originator.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the subject of [breast] cancer. Otherwise, see it if you can!!

62
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a new play. The lead does a commendable job.

Don't see it if You want to see anything that provides insight. The play is 'bumpy' and uninspired. Sorry - nothing like Chekov.

84
During previews
Great performances, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want an evening of great performances that is thoroughly entertaining in a small, intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't like 'jukebox' musicals - there is no theme or story at all - just a bunch of 'oldies' performed by a cast of great performers

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Interesting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want to see a new twist on classic Richard III - the more you know of the original the more you'll appreciate this version.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a modern high school angst interpretation of the Shakespeare classic.

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Denzel Washington and a great cast live [David Morse is excellent]. You want to see Eugene O'Neill/a good, solid Iceman.

Don't see it if You don't like classic drama. This is Eugene O'Neill written in 1939 . This is a 4 hour play! This is not for the amateur theater goer.

Also This is NOT a funny play! Why is everyone laughing? I don't understand... Read more Read less

79
Refreshing, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like 'experimental' theater that challenges you to put the pieces/story together. You are a big Alice in Wonderland fan.

Don't see it if You like your plays linear and to the point as opposed to 'wandering' - with the audience left to put the story line together.

83
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like to see new, innovative musicals that might be the next biggest 'one'. You loved Spring Awakening. Make sure you know your Alice!

Don't see it if You need to see a fully-formed linear musical and don't appreciate seeing new musicals during their incubation period.

Also This could be great! The casting/talent is superb, the choreography an... Read more Read less

83
Loads of fun!!, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a creative spoof of a campy movie with extremely creative lyrics, lots of 'tongue in cheek' and great singing. It's a hoot!

Don't see it if You want the polished Broadway experience. It's not that. No scenery, few actors playing lots of parts; lots of silliness.

85
Unique, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see something completely different - a reading of the Great Gatsby - partially acted. You have a good visual imagination.

Don't see it if You want a straight play - this isn't it. You can't sit through > 8 hours of theater. This is a 2 part with dinner break play.

Also This is definitely for those theater-goers who want to see something u... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a well-written, well-acted play. This is definitely worth your time.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a straight play that takes some time to reveal itself.

83
During previews
Well done, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like the play/movie and want to see a solid, well-played production. Very good production in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces; you want a large production; you can't sit through over 2 hours of a straight play.

91
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see great theater. The interpretation of the text [it cannot be the movie!] is masterful and the acting excellent.

Don't see it if You can't get over that the kids are played by adults [get OVER it!]; if you think Jeff Daniels should be Gregory Peck [he isn't!] Go SEE it

Also Anyone has to appreciate that a LIVE theatrical experience cannot be t... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Good idea, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want a concert of random pieces that Toscanini may have conducted. You want some idea of Toscanani's reaction to his time in history.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play - this is a concert with a smattering of Toscanini. The musicians are wonderful. The choice of music is confusing.

Also This could have been great rather than mediocre. The projections could... Read more Read less

78
During previews
So much fun!, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love the movie 'Clueless' or you HAVE to see Dove Cameron live. Take your teenage girls who love the movie. Go for pure fun.

Don't see it if You think this is a new musical - It is NOT!! Watch the movie - if that's not for you, this isn't for you. Maybe not for the purists.

Also For other reviews: remember - this is an existing MOVIE with an existi... Read more Read less

18
Sophomoric, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You know someone in the show and want to see them. You enjoy middle school-level story/jokes/music/lyrics.

Don't see it if You want anything higher level than middle school quality. Pre-teens with a little talent could have done a better job.

62
During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to see a new full-fledged Broadway musical with very talented players. Dancing was entertaining.

Don't see it if You want to see anything innovative or meaningful. This used every old-hat cliché and stereotype to tell an out-dated gay story.

Also If you are gay, homophobic, from the Midwest, conservative or the oppo... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You want to see a two-plays-at once set of plays about modern life and the impact of 'legacy'. They are over 3 1/2 hours.

Don't see it if You want a meaningful, insightful experience. Acting was good - don't quite understand the high reviews.

78
During previews
Kong is amazing, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see this epic new musical. You want to see how King Kong was brought to the live stage - it is simply amazing!

Don't see it if You are expecting a great musical. There is not so much of the 'standard' singing/dancing musical. You know the story - it progresses SLOWLY

Also While the talent [especially the female lead] is up to the task, the b... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Lovely small musical, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a lovely musical about everyday lives of four New Yorkers. Great talent, especially the young performers.

Don't see it if You want a large production; don't like sung-through musicals; are looking for music that will become famous or that you will leave singing.

81
During previews
Creative, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to be entertained in a unique way in an intimate setting. Makes all the right points without hitting you over the head.

Don't see it if You are expecting a 'standard' musical or a standard 'Broadway' experience.

75
During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You must see these excellent actors. You want to see a new play [as opposed to the many revivals]- with a thought-provoking theme.

Don't see it if You want something fun and fluffy. You don't want to have to pay close attention to the dialogue. This obviously isn't a musical.

Also I found this disappointing - I was expecting something earth-shatterin... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Irving Berlin and want to hear his [interesting] life story told through his music by a talented artist.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. You have never heard of Irving Berlin/ you don't like Irving Berlin's music.

73
During previews
Amusing with a 'twist', Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want a 'light' night at the theater - there are some laughs, there is a 'twist'. Nothing mush to think about.

Don't see it if you want to see anything memorable. This is an entertaining evening - nothing more.

84
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to have a great time at the theater! Great talent and the story does justice to the original movie without trying to be the movie

Don't see it if you didn't like the film. You don't like fun musicals. You need something serious with a pithy subject.

84
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a new, current musical that is based on the Twelfth Night characters/themes. You are interested in a new interpretation.

Don't see it if You are expecting Twelfth Night - this isn't it - in any sense. However, it is a most enjoyable new musical interpretation of the classic.

Also I found that this interpretation made the underlying themes more under... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are a big fan of the movie and HAVE to see this incarnation. They DO get in all of your fav scenes! The talent is great.

Don't see it if You'll be heartbroken if this doesn't give you everything the movie did - it doesn't. NOTE: DON'T bring your tweens -

Also The scenes are too explicit for that age group that would understand. ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love an inventive story to go with well-loved 'juke box' music. This is a great job! Think twisted 'As you Like It' to the Go-Gos music.

Don't see it if You want something meaningful, insightful. WARNING: This is not for the under-17 crowd

90
During previews
Great choreography, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You love an all-out musical This is it!! If you can, see it in Boston the theater is fabulous!! Make sure to see the original cast

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or you need the plot to be a to be anything more than it is.

85
Great dancing/choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a lovely revival of this classic musical. Great talent - singing/dancing, excellent choreography.

Don't see it if You want something new/edgy/deep - this is a classic and some may find it dated.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You love Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the park, or a classically staged [very good, not great] Othello.

Don't see it if You dont' like Shakespeare or Othello; you can't sit through a >3 hour classic Shakespeare play; you don't like outdoor theater.

Also No one behaves at the theater anymore! You can't go >3 hours without e... Read more Read less

91
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if This revival is fabulous! Make sure to see the original cast - Lauren Ambrose and the rest of the cast do not disappoint.

Don't see it if You want to see a new edgy work instead of a beloved well-known musical.