Charles 6083

Columbus | 65+ | Male
About:  I live in the midwest, but I yearn for NYC. When I go, I see every show I can. What a joy to do that!
Reviews (65)
87
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Gripping history of three generations of the Lehman family and business. Brilliantly acted and staged. Poetic.

Don't see it if you find the length intimidating. The play is not a very deep examination of capitalism itself, but it is a powerful history of Lehman.

78
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if A compelling true life story of the courage of an ordinary citizen, heartlessly punished by our government for her integrity

Don't see it if You want a traditional narrative play. This is akin to a political documentary. A performance piece.

Also Moving, compelling, and disturbing. Be sure to read the playbill’s exp... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, acting, staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if A completely gripping, endlessly fascinating, highly entertaining, deeply heartbreaking work. Magnificent acting, writing, production.

Don't see it if Three and a half hours (per part) is too much for you. But don't dismiss the play too quickly because of its length. It is so good!

Also Brilliant in so many ways. Part Two seemed slightly less powerful than... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Riveting, Masterful

See it if GO! This is one of the best experiences of my theater-going life. It’s Oklahoma! as you have never imagined it before.

Don't see it if you do not want earlier memories to be upended by a radical re-interpretation of this classic musical.

Also Without changing a word or lyric, this show turns Oklahoma! on its hea... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if An intense exploration of race and our resistance to being honest about ourselves

Don't see it if There are psychologically-violent sexual scenes, with nudity and explicitness

Also The play creates provocative sexual metaphors for our racial dysfuncti... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Must see

See it if Despite the title, this is NOT cheap or gossipy. It would be a powerful work of art even if the characters were not political celebrities

Don't see it if One must be able to put political issues somewhat aside in order to see the play as a character study

Also Funny, entertaining, and quite moving. A study of the impact of power ... Read more Read less

83
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’re in the mood for a funny diversion

Don't see it if You want an intellectually substantial evening

Also Pure silly fun. That’s all, and that is sometimes enough.

100
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Brilliant. riveting. must see.

See it if Astonishingly powerful examination of gender, race, and ethnicity. Compassionate and angry, tragic and funny. Unforgettable.

Don't see it if I sometimes had trouble understanding accents when speech was rapid and overlapping. (But ultimately, not a big problem.)

Also I think Jackie Sibblies Drury is perhaps the best playwright of the cu... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Important., Witty.

See it if A comedy, yet deals with serious issues of colorism, internalized racism, and cultural oppression based on race and gender.

Don't see it if The play gives voice to these issues, but it really does not explore them in depth. Feels only an introduction to these -isms.

95
Intelligent, Profound, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You’re ready for a touching, loving, and surprisingly witty view of the hardships of aging

Don't see it if You want a escapist evening. This is a unswerving look at family love and sorrow

Also Another great Kenneth Lonergan script. The cast is astonishing. Elaine... Read more Read less

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Intense, Must see, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You can possibly find a production. Try to find a night with an audience discussion afterwards

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to be challenged

Also Absolutely brilliant. Entertaining and yet challenging. You’ll think a... Read more Read less

89
Hangmen
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are moved by McDonagh's work. Did you love Three Billboards?

Don't see it if you don't like dark humor

90
Indecent
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you can find it performed and staged expertly. Much depends on that

Don't see it if you are looking for something that's merely a diversion

Also A brilliant play, but one that requires expert staging and performance

78
During previews
Slow, Ambitious, Likeable

See it if You’re in the mood for a gentle, sweet little show..

Don't see it if You want something energetic. This is a lethargic show (I saw the show in previews—maybe it will become more lively by opening) I

Also I was disappointed. The pace is oddly slow(at least in previews) and t... Read more Read less

98
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Quirky, Exquisite

See it if I saw the Abridged Version (only 2hours) and even in that form, Taylor Mac and the show are thrilling. See it!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it

Also One of the most extraordinary nights I've ever spent in the theater. W... Read more Read less

99
Must see, Profound, Absorbing

See it if It's one of the best musicals in recent memory. Brilliant book, wonderful score, perfect performances.

Don't see it if Oh, just go see it! No reason not to. It's terrific.

Also Ben Platt is astonishingly good. But don't worry if you can't get tick... Read more Read less

98
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to discuss theater in a smart, entertaining way

Don't see it if you just don't care about the history and impact of musical theater

Also I expected an enjoyable conversation. I got that, and so much more. I ... Read more Read less

97
An Octoroon
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a provocative treatment of race staged in a fascinating way.

Don't see it if you only want to see fluff.

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you're able to explore white privilege and bias, even in the context of a somewhat failed play

Don't see it if you're looking for a light play, or a serious one that is not fully accomplished.

Also The scenes with white characters are powerful and provocative about li... Read more Read less

91
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a feel-good musical. A very entertaining and optimistic show about the possiblity of goodness and generosity in human nature.

Don't see it if it's too early for you to see an entertainment related to 9/11. The show isn't about the horrors of the day, but it is in that context.

Also The show is about persons stranded in strange places on 9/11, not spec... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a enjoyable musical. Andy Karl gives a star-making performance.

Don't see it if you want a musical with challenging content

Also A lot of fun. It draws nicely from the movie, and adds its own origina... Read more Read less

30
War Paint
Midtown W
Dull., Very dull., Very, very dull.

See it if you'd like an expensive nap. Oh, wait. The seats at the Nederlander are way too uncomfortable for that.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch the beloved Lupone and Ebersole flounder.

Also Ms. Lupone reacts to this material by shrieking incomprehensibly and t... Read more Read less

75
The Light Years
Midtown W
Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a provocative consideration of time, aspiration, progress, and stasis.

Don't see it if you're not able to overlook some gaps in the play's arguments

95
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if you can find the van Hove version. His interpretations of Miller are mind blowing. First "View from the Bridge," now this. Sensational

Don't see it if you are not open to serious, profound theater. But, remember, that this show is entertaining as well as moving. See it!!

65
Overrated, Romantic

See it if a good dance show is your cup of tea, or if Gershwin music is enough for you

Don't see it if a trite book and plot will displease you

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A richly layered, mostly nonjudgmental depiction of one school of conservative thought. Dramatic and compelling.

Don't see it if This is a very political play, and it challenges liberal stereotypes of educated religious conservatives

Also Provocative and deeply unsettling. I am very much a member of the poli... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Great acting by both performers. Provocative examination of authors and the cost of a creative life.

Don't see it if You want an escapist, light evening

Also I was dazzled by the performances and the minimilist production. I was... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want an original, powerful, rule-breaking, astonishing exploration of the impact of race on contemporary relationships

Don't see it if You want a light evening. This play leaves the audience challenged and unsettled

Also Simply brilliant. Powerful and fresh examination of race. Somehow, whi... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A smart, moving political commentary that entertains and inspires

Don't see it if This is mostly a one-woman presentation, not a traditional narrative play

Also It’s the sort of evening that makes you want to be a better person. An... Read more Read less

85
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Relevant, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Would I be a barbarian to admit that I found some of this more engaging and relevant than Uncle Vanya?

Don't see it if This is a play of ideas. The characters represent the ideas, rather than the ideas coming from the character development. I’m fine with that

Also I found this both entertaining and provocative. It helps to know Vanya... Read more Read less

85
During previews
I really don’t know what to say about this one!

See it if Like nothing I’ve seen before. Astonishing and brilliantly staged.

Don't see it if As I said, astonishing. But I really can’t decide whether I thought this was a good or a bad thing.

Also I love Taylor Mac. “Hir” is my favorite play of recent years, and “24 ... Read more Read less

89
White Noise
East Village
Powerful. important. wise. provocative

See it if An unsettling account of implicit racism and complicity. Honest and crucial.

Don't see it if The play’s political & cultural points are brilliantly explicated. But dramatically, some plot contrivances were hard for me to overcome

Also I believe Parks is one of the most important playwrights of our time. ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Challenging

See it if A moving and witty meditation on how the artist, and we, understand and remember our own lives and work

Don't see it if The play requires the audience’s thought and patience. Even though it is entertaining, it demands careful attention and tolerance.

Also The play is confusing, contradictory, and unresolved. But I think that... Read more Read less

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You possibly can. It’s a sweeping, riveting play, telling a gripping story, told by a huge cast, all brilliant.

Don't see it if You have a weak bladder. It’s over 3 hours. But it’s so good, it’s worth wearing Depends for!

Also A unforgettable night in the theater. Huge, epic!

95
Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You’d like a comedy about sexism which makes powerful arguments for a diversity of conflicting opinions. Entertaining and provocative.

Don't see it if You want answers, rather than a genuine exchange of diverse ideas

Also Wonderfully funny, provocative and serious about conflicts between aut... Read more Read less

85
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if An innovative, brilliantly conceived exploration of community and self discovery. Positive depiction of young women

Don't see it if Altman-like overlapping dialogue bothers you

Also Completely original and exciting . Both compassionate and honest about... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you agree that Albee is a great playwright, and you want to see how Zoo Story has evolved

Don't see it if you are not very interested in Albee

99
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Masterful, Profound

See it if you love serious theater— this is close to perfection

Don't see it if You’re in the mood for escapism. If that’s what you want, try to get it out of your system fast. You really don’t want to miss this show!

Also Sensational! Brilliant, provocative script. Powerful performances. Nea... Read more Read less

89
Charm
West Village
Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an affirming, life-enhancing experience

Don't see it if You object to a rather formulaic structure.

Also An old dramatic formula is given new life in this warm, honest, loving... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Relevant, Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are willing to be patient with a slightly flawed play about an important subject

Don't see it if You don't wish to be that patient

Also I have great admiration for Akhtar's work, especially Disgraced. Once ... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Escapist

See it if You're willing to pay big bucks for a very entertaining, totally simple minded, feel-good evening

Don't see it if You want more than escapism, and if you fear that the trend toward exorbitantly priced musicals is endangering Broadway.

Also Dolly isn't a very good musical per se, but it is a great star vehicle... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a well done juke box musical. Nothing substantial, but fun

Don't see it if you dislike juke box musicals, or if you want intellectual stimulation

77
The Audience
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you adore British history and acting.

Don't see it if you expect fireworks.

98
Sweat
Midtown W
Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a serious, yet entertaining, treatment of class and racial issues in contemporary US culture

Don't see it if you want a simple minded diversion

Also Based on interviews with actual victims of the current economic climat... Read more Read less

98
During previews
The Profane
Midtown W
Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if you're looking for an entertaining, yet profound show. Beautiful and provocative treatment of intragroup conflict in the current climate

Don't see it if Actually, just see it!

Also Riveting. An accessible, entertaining, and important work about cultur... Read more Read less

90
Significant Other
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a funny, charming, and warm exploration of friendship, partnership, and sexuality.

Don't see it if you're feeling lonely or disappointed in your own relationships, and you're not ready yet to explore those feelings

85
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if you'd like some hilarity. You'll giggle non-stop!

Don't see it if You want someting substantial. The play is a pure delight, but it will evaporate by the time you hit the pavement after the show.

79
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You'd like a light, yet smart, comedy

Don't see it if You're from the Bible Belt (like me) but haven't escaped yet

98
Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Must see, Enchanting

See it if you possibly can! A simply great score, and a charming story. Pure elegance!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it. Just charming!

90
Privacy
East Village
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like an entertaining, yet very smart, discussion of the loss of privacy in the internet age.

Don't see it if you want a lasting drama-- this is more of a fascinating set of demonstrations and audience participations