CFXD

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  TV professional and theater enthusiast
Reviews (52)
78
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of any one of the five fantastic young performers, or are curious about the similarities between radicals of 1969 and today.

Don't see it if you'd prefer the play to take a rigid point of view on its subjects: both radicals and liberals are satirized but neither are denounced.

83
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Heartbreaking, Funny

See it if you're a fan of any one of the actors--you're bound to leave loving all of them. Elaine May gives an incredible, heartbreaking performance.

Don't see it if you'd like a show with bombast and scenery-chewing performances: this play is naturalistic and intimate.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you're an established fan of Eric Tucker's direction, Bedlam's former projects, or the source properties & are willing to see a fresh take.

Don't see it if you expect either play to be newly illuminated by this mashup. The connections between characters as presented are incomplete & unclear.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you can appreciate the entertainment value of a game ensemble making the most of a cliched and forgettable musical about garage bands.

Don't see it if you're looking for original themes, a rock-solid plot, or characters and relationships that go beyond caricature.

83
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if you're a fan of plays like The Wolves, which explore themes of femininity and coming of age in a refreshing and innovative onstage style.

Don't see it if you have a distaste for moments of the absurd, or are offended by nudity, profanity, and the like.

78
Gone Missing
Midtown W
Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if you're familiar (or wish to be better acquainted) with Michael Friedman and his excellent scores, performed by a pitch-perfect cast.

Don't see it if docu-musicals don't interest you, or a concert setting impedes your enjoyment.

70
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a dedicated fan of the original film, Tina Fey, or any one of the substantially talented members of company.

Don't see it if you'd be distracted by a banal score and uninspired staging. Given the strength of the movie this show as it stands is a missed opportunity.

70
Banal, Slow

See it if you're an avid fan of Shaw or any of the fantastic actors cast in this production.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fresh take on the classic play in staging, design, or performances. This production is merely competent by and large.

65
During previews
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're a big fan of Starkid or the A Very Potter Musical series, Scooby Doo, and parodic humor.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fresh take on mystery tropes, riveting performances, or a level of humor consistent with past Starkid properties.

85
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in a touching autobio concert-musical that combines elements of folk, rock & electronic music by two exciting talents.

Don't see it if you prefer a more classic structure or sound to your musical theater.

80
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a well-realized production of an under-produces musical, performed by a top-notch ensemble cast.

Don't see it if musical revivals are not your cup of tea, or you are looking for more staging than a concert presentation can offer.

60
Cliched, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if you're a Parrothead or looking to have a few drinks pre-show.

Don't see it if you expect an elevation of the musical art form.

90
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you're looking for a still-timely, incredibly performed and exceptionally moving masterpiece of modern theater.

Don't see it if a story that frankly explores religion, homosexuality, and AIDS is a dealbreaker.

55
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you have such an intense interest in ballet history or the complete works of McNally that you are able to overlook numerous flaws.

Don't see it if you would prefer not to see many fine actors slogging their way through a shallow, indulgent and ultimately unaffecting play.

78
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate concert-style or concept album musicals where the medium is almost as important as the message.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional, straightforward musical with an easy-to-track plot.

95
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if you are looking for a deceptively well-crafted and devastating examination of high school girlhood through indoor soccer. A must see!

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate plays in a modern vernacular or about ordinary subjects.

85
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Great writing

See it if you're looking for something that is at once fresh and traditional, dirty and wholesome, nostalgic and forward-thinking. With puppets.

Don't see it if Your party includes anyone 12 years of age or younger.

73
Cats
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a spectacle the specific nature of which is rarely seen in musical theater, with a few iconic songs.

Don't see it if you require even an iota of a plot or narrative force to enjoy a musical.

90
Enchanting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a unique and delicate musical that offers a slice of life look at regular people through a gorgeous Middle Eastern score.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals to be traditional, big, and flashy rather than intimate and dreamily paced.

70
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're ready to be impressed by a talented cast of child actors who play their own instruments in a rock band.

Don't see it if you're expecting the movie painstakingly translated to the stage, or expect a great score from Andrew Lloyd Webber's pedigree.

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you're a fan of the original movie, the music of Sara Bareilles, or quirky romantic comedies with surprising pathos.

Don't see it if you find romantic comedies too treacly for your tastes.

75
Dated, Epic, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you'd like to see a megahit that, despite its age and 80s sensibility, surprisingly holds up thanks to iconic music and great performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cutting-edge show or a modern perspective on musical theater.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of the South Park style of parody, or are open to a deceptively insightful and measured critique of religion.

Don't see it if you find religion or very raunchy humor and language to be thematic deal-breakers.

68
Entertaining, Banal

See it if you're a fan of Carole King and her profound influence on American music

Don't see it if you're looking for more than a jukebox bio-musical with its hit songs incorporated rather uncreatively.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you're looking for a family-friendly spectacle that takes its beloved source material & transforms it into a wholly original musical.

Don't see it if you're anticipating a faithful to a fault screen-to-stage adaptation.

63
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic

See it if you appreciate puppetry and inventive stagecraft--Kong is by far the best performer in the show and is an impressive feat.

Don't see it if you seek any other musical theater fulfillment--the book, score, choreography, direction, and conception are all lacking.

84
During previews
Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you have a taste for reinvented classics. This production sheds new light on a theatrical mainstay that is rarely mounted w/ such freshness.

Don't see it if you're an R&H purist/would prefer not to see some minor and major re-interpretations of the text. The effectiveness of sound design varies.

70
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you're a Donna Summer superfan and are chiefly looking to hear the Summer songbook sung capably by three talented actresses.

Don't see it if you prefer your bio-musicals to have a libretto more advanced, creative, or interesting than a Wikipedia entry.

85
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of the original movie, pop music from the 70s up to today, or any one of the incredibly talented stage actors giving their all.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a musical with a down-to-earth plot or performance/design aesthetic, or you have a distaste for jukebox musicals.

85
Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you're a Jason Robert Brown fan wishing to see his earliest work featuring a small cast giving star-making performances.

Don't see it if you prefer a more explicit overarching narrative structure than the cabaret style of a song cycle.

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy the musical oeuvre of The Go-Go's, or appreciate well-performed and cleverly conceived jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if you're expecting a serious show or songs that are expertly woven into a musical book.

70
Campy, Silly, Fluffy

See it if you have an appreciation for B-movie 1950's sci-fi themes and campy humor.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production value or a sophisticated story.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you're anywhere from a casual to a die-hard Potter fan looking for a stunning and truly magical theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you're uninterested in or uninitiated into the Harry Potter universe (though the practical magic of the show could change anyone's mind).

75
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you're a Stoppard fan with knowledge of the works of Joyce, Lenin, and Wilde, and a healthy taste for the absurd.

Don't see it if you need a more straightforward narrative structure. While the unreliable narration is fun, the production feels too satisfied with itself.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a thoughtful exploration of the deaf community and disability with two good lead performances.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for a slow-moving, intimate play that requires its audience to pay close attention to ASL.

80
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of the original movie or of leads Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, who seriously elevate pleasant but pedestrian material.

Don't see it if you have no familiarity with the source film and are looking for a well-crafted story that need not rely on its built-in fan base.

65
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Emotionless

See it if you have never encountered Carousel before and are interested in hearing (some of) one of Broadway's most beloved classic scores.

Don't see it if you expect any chemistry, good direction, emotion, or clear directorial standpoint out of this disappointing revival.

70
Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if you like raunchy musical theater with an operatic tilt, and are a pop culture fanatic.

Don't see it if you are apt to be offended by foul language or outmoded attitudes towards marginalized peoples, or are expecting a show with deeper meaning.

65
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for an intimate two-hander about Irish teens in the vein of A Clockwork Orange.

Don't see it if you're looking for an easy-to-understand theatrical experience--the play is in Cork dialect mixed with character-specific colloquialisms

10
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if every other piece of live entertainment in New York City has suddenly closed.

Don't see it if you value your time or sanity. This show makes no sense and is so poorly acted that it has become one of NYC's most prolific scams.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you are new to the show, or are a longtime fan and open to a fresh and thoughtful atmospheric staging of one of the great American musicals.

Don't see it if you're averse to having to twist in your seat or crane your neck--it may be necessary in this immersive production.

65
Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if you only came to Broadway to see Jersey Boys and found out it closed.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything past Italian-American stereotype in terms of story beats and characterization.

71
Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of the TV show and can appreciate some clever reinvention of Bikini Bottom and her citizens through design.

Don't see it if you're expecting the same quality of humor and cleverness the TV show provides, or are put off by a facile story or hollow enthusiasm.

80
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if you're looking for a side-splitting comedy in the vein of Noises Off that lovingly and expertly skewers amateur theater.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of broad, slapstick physical comedy.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Epic, Great singing

See it if you haven't seen it before, you're a fan of historical fiction, or you're looking for two masterful performances.

Don't see it if you'd rather not see the Vietnam War dramatized into a tragic romance.

90
Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for an intimate revival mounted in an innovative and relevant staging that perfectly marries the material to the production.

Don't see it if you prefer grander, more traditional stagings or are put off by theater-in-the-round.

70
Cliched, Fluffy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a pop-inflected score, great performances, and a pervasive message of inclusion and love.

Don't see it if you're looking for a wholly original musical, or if drag queen offend your sensibilities.

75
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Dizzying

See it if you're looking for a crowd-pleaser that imbues two supporting movie characters with a rich backstory through a now-iconic score.

Don't see it if you're looking for something unique to Broadway--Wicked can now be seen in several major cities all over the world.

80
Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you're looking for a lovingly-performed show that has a great message of community and multicultural unity in the face of uncertainty.

Don't see it if you're apt to be offended by a musical that centers around 9/11.

75
Overrated, Indulgent, Romantic, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of the old-fashioned musical, sumptuous design, a classic score, and--above all--Bette Midler.

Don't see it if You're not intimately familiar with Bette Midler's ouvre or prefer more modern fare on Broadway.