Chemazzo

Manhattan | 50-64

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Reviews (58)
81
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like political figures brought to life on stage. Don't let the one-person show structure discourage you, the staging is excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like speculation about real-life history or one-person shows.

77
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You like political allegories.

Don't see it if bare sets turn you off.

77
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Profound

See it if you miss incisive satire and insightful comedy

Don't see it if you think we've learned all our lessons from the seventies

76
Funny, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you like the Cohen brothers and Tarantino

Don't see it if you want more than to be entertained or dislike gruesome scenes played for laughs

90
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you like crooners and intimate, believable and complex stories

Don't see it if you are not interested in gay history or issues

76
During previews
Intense, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if you appreciate live music performance and intimate storytelling

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained as opposed to also challenged

51
Indulgent, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you like the premise of "Neurosis, a musical" but don't like musicals.

Don't see it if you've seen "Neurosis the musical". Same idea, better execution.

76
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to lighten up

Don't see it if you expect your Sondheim shrine to be toppled over

31
Confusing, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if you don't mind virtually plotless abstract, impressionistic self-indulgence set to tolerable music

Don't see it if you like staged performance to have an absorbing plot or a compelling message

72
Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like intimate stagings of delicate issues.

Don't see it if you like conventional/mainstream/safe.

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Must see

See it if you've only seen it live with big names. It doesn't get more poignant than this.

Don't see it if you need a full orchestration or stars.

79
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like smart standup comedy

Don't see it if you want the standup comedian to stand up.

80
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love language, poetry and silly fun

Don't see it if you think escapism can't be smart.

80
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like low-key, subtle performances and timeless ideas

Don't see it if you don't go for "talky theater"

90
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you liked Disgraced and think it missed addressing a few issues

Don't see it if you don't care about race, class or gender issues addressed in gripping, realistic, human situations

75
During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you like irreverent musical spoofs

Don't see it if you can't handle irony or audience participation!

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a Spanish speaker and are not familiar with this rare classical comedy

Don't see it if you need subtitles; they're available in some performances but erratic.

100
During previews
Ambitious, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you believe in the conjuring power of theater

Don't see it if you have no imagination or patience.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy being spooked

Don't see it if you're... squeamish

50
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You don't know anything about these historical figures.

Don't see it if You expect to see a coherent combination of drama and ideas, not just two disjointed half-baked halves trying to make a "full-length" play.

100
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like equal doses of intellectual stimulation and humor

Don't see it if you have trouble with abstract ideas.

62
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like farce

Don't see it if you think even tall tales should have some internal logic

70
Great acting, Indulgent, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you wonder what Mr. Perry's been up to.

Don't see it if you saw Leaving Las Vegas.

66
Slow, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you've never seen a Horton Foote play.

Don't see it if you have, since, beautiful production aside, it's not one of his best.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like subtlety and ambiguity.

Don't see it if you tend to have one perspective on things.

78
Great singing, Indulgent, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like obscure revivals, musical revues and dark humor

Don't see it if you expect "production values" in the above

62
Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you've heard of this seventies cult classic and can't find the movie

Don't see it if you expect minimum off-broadway production standards

71
Great writing, Slow, Dated

See it if you like Nielsen or O'Toole or Williams's writing

Don't see it if minor Williams is not your thing

76
During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you liked Spring Awakening and Jason Robert Brown

Don't see it if you expect the main character to be the author of the poetry you hear

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you want to see live theater actors give dated movie performances for no apparent reason

Don't see it if you expect a subtextual reason for an obscure forgotten movie to be revived on stage

85
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you love intellectual, moral, ethical issues being dealt in a direct way

Don't see it if you'd like to escape the current political climate

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a remote current event in three dimensions

Don't see it if you only want to be entertained

60
Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like one-person shows, no matter the story

Don't see it if you've seen enough one-person shows to expect a tighter, less monotone story and some kind of arc/realization

75
Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like to be challenged and yanked out of your privileged comfort zone.

Don't see it if you like a staging of the how, more than the why or the what.

75
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate spinoffs and twists of classics

Don't see it if you don't have an American theatrical background

79
Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience this concept album in an intimate staging

Don't see it if you need big broadway productions to appreciate a book/music/lyrics

70
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Dated

See it if you'd like to have seen all major TW works live.

Don't see it if you expect a reinvented classic.

80
Relevant, Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love moving, evocative and dynamic one-person shows

Don't see it if you lack imagination or empathy

90
Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You like Tom Waits, concept albums and Eastern European sounds

Don't see it if You don't like it to get too loud or profane

60
Insipid, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You get a kick out of British accents.

Don't see it if you enjoy the "dinner play" subgenre. This slow-cooker was a bit on the underdone side.

70
During previews
Confusing, Intelligent

See it if you don't know anything about those birthright trips

Don't see it if you expect ideas to be exposed dramatically or at a digestible pace

75
Great acting

See it if you haven't seen As You Like It recently. Great performances.

Don't see it if you expect the refugee angle to give new relevance to the piece other than the contemporary setting and the background of the performers.

60
During previews
Disappointing

See it if you study acting and are in monolog class

Don't see it if you like theater. Kept asking myself why this story (an otherwise good movie script/novel) had to be staged... and have all that music!

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want your empathy and your funny bone to be equally engaged

Don't see it if you are rigid.

70
Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like to discover obscurer Williams plays and missed recent productions of this one.

Don't see it if it's been a hot few days. The production turns the A/C off and hands out fans and water.

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Ibsen and Strindberg are your thing.

Don't see it if you judge obscure theatre finds by the same high standards as classics.

89
Great singing, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you love folk music and a story to go with it.

Don't see it if you think America can be great "again".

86
Great acting, Quirky, Intense

See it if you like intimate spaces and can "see" what you "hear" with ease.

Don't see it if you lack imagination.

100
Delightful, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if Sleep No More's voyeuristic and overpriced thrillshop disappointed you but you still believe immersive theatre is possible.

Don't see it if you are not willing to leave your comfort zone for a second.

90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you are not familiar with the Asian-American experience.

Don't see it if you have no empathy.