Chip P

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  I'm a musician, and I play in Broadway pits whenever I can. I've also toured. So I have opinions, at least about the music!
Reviews (62)
79
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like small, intimate productions of intimate plays, or you like costume drama, or Russian drama interests you.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding actors with foreign accents in English, or you are easily bewildered by Chekovian absurdity.

Also I'm a newcomer to both Chekov and Pushkin. It was interesting to see t... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Entertaining, Old-school musical, Funny, Fluffy, Some updates

See it if You like old-school Cole Porter (and know the songs), amazing tap dancing, Kelly O'Hara's soprano, a fine orchestra that's really visible.

Don't see it if Old-fashioned musicals don't appeal to you, you can't follow Shakespearean dialogue, multi-ethnic casting distracts or confuses you.

Also Several parts of the 1999 revival were left nearly intact, such as the... Read more Read less

60
Derivative, Plucky, Amateurish, Topical

See it if you like parody shows, enjoy improv actors and their style of acting (and singing), and want to see a spoof of today's "office" culture.

Don't see it if you're impatient with canned music tracks backing up lyrics from an old musical (sometimes slowly), or are bored by youth-oriented parodies.

Also This is a cute show that benefits from plucky commitment of the actors... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Irreverent, A romp

See it if you like irreverent comedy that pokes fun at institutions like Christmas, religion, or Hell itself. Cute songs, and a star turn or two.

Don't see it if you are so religiously conservative that poking fun at Christmas or Hell or the Catholic church is offensive to you. Or you want "serious."

Also I saw the first public performance of this show. It was an ambitious u... Read more Read less

77
Cute, Nostalgic, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you have a connection with Edinborough and/or the Scottish gay scene of the 1980s... or you're interested in getting a glimpse of it.

Don't see it if Non-linear narrative confuses you, you have trouble understanding Scottish accents, gay history doesn't interest you

Also I did enjoy the play, though I must say that there were major portions... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like "Art," or are a fan of Yasmina Reza; you like deconstructing a scene or seeing it deconstructed; you enjoy words and wordplay.

Don't see it if you are easily bored by "talky" plays; you want singing and dancing (duh, it's a PLAY); subtle wordplay and body language aren't your thing.

Also "Life X 3" succeeds where "Meteor Shower" fell short two years ago, th... Read more Read less

91
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Enchanting, Frothy

See it if You love The Go-Go's. Or even if you don't know who they are. Or you enjoy quasi-Greek romps with rhyming verse. Or anything LGBTQ!

Don't see it if You have trouble following Shakespearean-type verse. You hate pop music. You prefer boy-girl love stories (there's only one among several).

Also Bonnie Milligan is delightful and raises the roof with her seemingly e... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Beautiful, Clever, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want a glimpse of Emily Dickinson’s life and writing. You are curious about the music of Amy Beach. You are open to unusual thoughts.

Don't see it if You don’t like 19th-century classical music. One-woman shows don’t interest you. You want action or love stories.

Also Probably not many people would come to a show that was billed as a rec... Read more Read less

65
Confusing

See it if You like absurdism or low-tech chamber theatre. It’s also short, not even an hour long.

Don't see it if You have trouble following confusing, absurdist storylines. You want a convincing resolution at the end. You want realistic acting.

Also Maybe I shouldn’t review this because I missed the first five minutes ... Read more Read less

95
I'm kvelling!, Resonant, Must see, Exquisite, Funny

See it if You love Fiddler and want to experience it in Yiddish. You love the Yiddish language. You want to be moved by a funny, heartbreaking story.

Don't see it if You are put off by hearing a story told in a foreign language, as in opera. You are distracted by supertitles above the stage.

Also The fact that this limited-run presentation of "Fiddler" is all but so... Read more Read less

80
Iconic, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of JRB, Shoshana Bean, or of modern urban groove-based character songs.

Don't see it if you need a book show or need to see long-form character development.

Also I've known "Stars and the Moon," "I'd Give It All for You" and "She Cr... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Clever, Slow

See it if you love pets, or you know someone who does. You like to see new pieces in development.

Don't see it if you don't relate to pets or people who have them. You want to see a finished product of a play rather than an early workshop.

Also The Pet Play is a very cute look at pet owners, their obsessions with ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Heady

See it if Metatheater is your bag. You are entertained by wordplay or borderline absurdist situations.

Don't see it if You want more action and less talk. You are easily distracted by differently-abled actors in roles not specifically designed for them.

Also I'd never seen an A.R. Gurney show before, so I wasn't sure what to ex... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Wonderful orchestra

See it if you like light, nostalgic fare with song-and-dance, a lovely love story, and an old-fashioned full orchestra onstage.

Don't see it if you want realism or grittiness, or are not entertained by lighthearted treatment of old-fashioned class differences in England.

Also A pity that I saw this on the last night, since I couldn't tell all my... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Entertaining, Classic, Refreshing, Dated

See it if You like classic plays as is, with no conceptual frills. You like the works of N. Richard Nash. You like depictions of the American West.

Don't see it if you want something modern or exciting or large-scale. "Plainness" is a theme in this dust-bowl setting.

Also Blackfriars Repertory and Storm Theatre Company give us "The Rainmaker... Read more Read less

94
Historical, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you like backstage stories (this film is full of them!) and if you're a fan of even ONE of the shows, you can time-travel to see its birth!

Don't see it if you don't care about Broadway musicals, or the people who make them, or the business of theater. Seriously, don't bother.

Also This film is a love letter to Broadway and a gift to its fans of all a... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Funny, Fast-paced, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan or are with someone who is, including any child who has read the books or any adult who has seen the movies.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Potterverse, have trouble understanding British accents, or are confused by people playing multiple roles.

Also I'm very glad that I have read all the Harry Potter books and seen all... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Really fetch, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the Mean Girls movie or like to hear young women belt really high...and/or if you enjoy seeing youthful exuberance onstage.

Don't see it if the subject matter, teenage angst and depiction of petty high school social politics turn you off.

Also This musical adaptation is as true to the movie as it can be, while up... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Great acting, Delightful, Over-the-top gay, Resonant

See it if you are not offended by gay stereotypes and are willing to look past the surface to see the story underneath.

Don't see it if over-the-top queeny bitchiness turns you right off. There's much more than that, but you have to wait for it.

Also Jeff Hiller works his gay butt off displaying all the emotions of an o... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you have read the novel, understand Spanish well, or want to stretch your horizons a little. (Subtitles are available in some seats.)

Don't see it if you don't relate at all to Colombian history/politics, don't understand Spanish and can't be bothered with subtitles, or are easily bored.

Also This is based on a well-known Gabriel García Márquez novella, but sinc... Read more Read less

66
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like good ensemble acting involving timely and/or trendy modern subjects. And props. A lot of props.

Don't see it if you aren't keen to sit through a whole act of exposition just to set up an explosive 2nd act. Or you're easily distracted by too many props.

Also Silicon Valley Everyfamily endures entirely modern problems while atte... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Resonant, Important

See it if you appreciate historical shows or shows that are blunt about AIDS, the "gay community," homophobia, and complicated personal relationships.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about frank sexual talk (including kinky or raunchy subjects), or AIDS makes you uncomfortable (though you should anyway).

Also "As Is" was written and first performed when the AIDS epidemic was in ... Read more Read less

90
Poignant, Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like Bill Finn's idiosyncratic through-sung yet talky style, are pro-gay, or liked Falsettos.

Don't see it if you are too squeamish about brain surgery, don't like depictions of romance between men, or didn't like Falsettos.

Also Going in, I knew only one song ("Sailing"), and I have the original ca... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you find racism a relevant topic, and you are interested in reliving it from the perspective of pre-civil-rights 1962 in an unusual setting.

Don't see it if you have trouble hearing/focusing on unamplified dialogue in an acoustically bad space, or are triggered by frank talk about rape and murder

Also All the action of the play takes place in a convent, and the racially ... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if ... you simply MUST see Amy Schumer or Keegan-Michael Key, or you like Laura Benanti, or are a fan of Steve Martin's writing. He's smart!

Don't see it if ... you want substance over humor, or you need your storytelling to be linear. (This isn't!) Good for a few laughs, but not very filling.

Also Keegan-Michael Key and Amy Schumer carry an evening of rather slight b... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Hilarious, Nostalgic

See it if You like '30s nostalgia, belly laughs, character actors, small ensemble shows, tuneful songs, and sexy innuendo delivered with a wink.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, need something much deeper than fluffy (or lowbrow) entertainment, don't like musicals, or want a much bigger show.

Also Enter Laughing has been revived and revised a couple of times; I never... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Clever

See it if you want to see an intense, fast-paced slave-escape adventure, seen through a modern lens. Historical gender-bending intrigues you.

Don't see it if anachronisms bother you, you want a bigger show, you are offended by so much arguing (there's a lot of it), you get confused easily.

Also I saw the first preview, so the cast had a manic energy (my companion ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Cute, Must see

See it if you adore barbershop harmony, you like small musicals like Forever Plaid, or you enjoy seeing cast members play multiple characters.

Don't see it if you don't care for barbershop, you want a bigger cast or bigger production values, you get confused when people play multiple characters.

Also "The Apple Boys" is a very new show, having had its first workshops ju... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like scrappy little musicals that are simultaneously funny and edgy and are not afraid to treat sensitive subjects with a bit of levity.

Don't see it if you are triggered by talk of suicide, depression, feelings of failure, professional and/or emotional lack of fulfillment, in song and dance.

Also Full disclosure: Though I would have loved to stay for the whole thing... Read more Read less

91
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are pro-gay, enjoy seeing realistic portrayals of domestic lives of gay men, are interested in a compelling story about marriage.

Don't see it if you're homophobic, you don't want to be moved by a story with a same-sex relationship at its center, you don't want your heartstrings tugged

Also This play contains things I must not talk about because they would be ... Read more Read less

83
Topical, Clever, Great singing, Fluffy, Feel-good

See it if you like seeing "Broadway types" parodied onstage, including their singing and dancing styles; or sweet teenage love; or LGBTQ themes.

Don't see it if you are homophobic; you want something deeper and less frothy; or belty song-and-dance doesn't appeal to you.

Also This show is appealing on at least two levels: It's a valentine to Bro... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever

See it if you are interested to explore Richard Wagner's reported anti-Semitism; you like opera; you like humor mixed with seriousness.

Don't see it if you are bored by discussions of music and opera; depictions of anti-Semitism make you uncomfortable; Wagner's music doesn't interest you.

Also This show is not for everyone, but with my interest in classical music... Read more Read less

90
Clever, High-energy, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like a high-energy teenager-focused show that combines "Little Shop of Horrors" with "Evan Hansen" and a dash of "Mean Girls."

Don't see it if you don't like teenagers, teen angst, loud music (sometimes), high-tech sci-fi, or the use of projections on a set.

Also I first heard about "Be More Chill" when I was called on to accompany ... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You like stories about garage rock bands. You relate to suburban New Jersey types. You want to see Marilu Henner rock it at age 60-whatever.

Don't see it if You want a better story. You aren't willing to sit through a boring first act to get to a second act that pays off, sort of.

Also I've heard of shows having "second act problems"; this one's problems ... Read more Read less

95
Incredible, Must see, Resonant, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want to be moved. you want high-energy storytelling. you like Caribbean music. you can handle a fable with a lesson about race & class.

Don't see it if You want something completely linear, are confused by actors switching roles right in front of you, or don't like theatre in the round.

Also Lea Salonga (who has now left the show) was perhaps the biggest "name"... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want a fresh take on an old classic. you love the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. you love imaginative, storytelling choreography.

Don't see it if you are bored by old music that everyone already knows. you are disturbed by death portrayed onstage. you don't like nontraditional casting.

Also Even from the back row of the balcony, Carousel's emotional power come... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Clever, Cute, Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like musical adaptations from Shakespeare. You liked "Lone Star Love." You enjoy country-tinged songs. Dialogue in verse appeals to you.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare serious and authentic. Dialogue in verse puts you off. Farcical Shakespeare situations bore you.

Also I don't know "Measure for Measure," the Shakespeare play this is based... Read more Read less

52
Ambitious, Slow

See it if you want to see something new by an emerging writer, even if it's flawed

Don't see it if you are bored by slow pacing.

Also The story is interesting enough: A young Chicago man in need of work (... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Sad, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want a window into gay life pre-Stonewall, when just being gay was so much more dangerous. You want to know what the fuss is about.

Don't see it if you are bothered by bitchy queeny insults or flamboyant gay behavior, or you don't want to be reminded of the gay subculture of the 1960s.

Also Cheers to the star-studded cast of this fascinating and sometimes pain... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy farces, period costumes, clever dialogue spoken in verse, sexy shenanigans, and up-to-date dialogue with occasional anachronisms.

Don't see it if you are put off by arch, heightened acting styles. Or farce. Or period costumes. The source material for the play is old, though updated.

Also David Ives has taken an 18th-century play and updated — no, upGRADED i... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you have any connection with the Deaf community and/or care about power dynamics, communication issues, emerging cultures, or "otherness."

Don't see it if you are put off by seeing ASL used fluently and forcefully, or if clashes between Hearing vs. Deaf culture make you uncomfortable.

Also This is an iconic play from 1979 (John Rubinstein won a Tony) which wa... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Funny

See it if you don't mind a high-pitched, quasi-absurdist two-person show with a gay hairdresser and a Mafioso goombah, both portrayed stereotypically.

Don't see it if you like your acting realistic and your stories told with nuance and believability. (Or if you prefer a bigger show with more characters.)

Also My companion and I gave it a good twenty minutes or more, hoping the t... Read more Read less

80
Shocking, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want to be taken on an unexpected journey with a bit of psychodrama and humor thrown in.

Don't see it if you can't stand violence or sexual content. Also references to classical Roman myth and Baroque opera. Also some psychological stuff.

Also This is a tour de force for Layla Khosh, who plays Nora, a lonely and ... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Enchanting, Resonant, Educational, Great writing, Must see

See it if you are curious about people with Down syndrome, enjoy laughs mixed with drama, or are a fan of Debra Monk or Mark Blum.

Don't see it if seeing an actor with Down syndrome bothers you (though it shouldn't), or you don't want to mix your entertainment with education.

Also This is a wonderful family drama that entertains (Debra Monk, Mark Blu... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you are gay or Jewish or know someone who is... or have a beating heart in your chest. And own tissues (because you'll need 'em).

Don't see it if you are anti-gay, anti-Semitic, don't want to be moved... no, wait, you should see it anyway. You SHOULD see it. Just go. And take tissues.

Also I thought this would be a show about Harvey Milk, but it was not. It w... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like Bob Martin (Drowsy Chaperone), are curious about historical musicals, enjoy anthologies, or are a fan of any of the listed stars.

Don't see it if you require a single book musical with a story (not this time!), don’t like star cameos, or prefer big sets and spectacle.

Also Bob Martin employs his “Man in Chair” character from “The Drowsy Chape... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Thought-provoking, Talky, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are stimulated by philosophical discussions about music, virtuosity, ego, Jewish/Israeli identity, loss, and personal responsibility.

Don't see it if philosophy bores you, you don't care about the 20th-century Jewish resettlement of Palestine, you can't follow heavily accented English.

Also Jascha Heifetz is best known as a virtuosic Russian violinist and show... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Understated, Wonderful score

See it if you want to see Tony Shalhoub & Katrina Lenk lead an amazing ensemble in an understated yet haunting character study with ravishing music.

Don't see it if you like your musicals fast-paced and full of action or dance, or if you don't like singing that sounds out of tune to Western ears.

Also I can't rightly say just WHY I was as moved as I was by this show; it'... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Slow, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are a die-hard fan of Hayley Mills (or Klea Blackhurst) and manage to get a seat in front and up close.

Don't see it if you are at all tired (I zoned out a few times), or if an all-female cast verbally excavating family dysfunction doesn't interest you.

Also I was excited to see Hayley Mills performing live in something, having... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you like Baroque music, are interested in European history, or just want to see Mark Rylance tear it up.

Don't see it if ... you like your music loud (this isn't!), don't care for early music (or a man singing countertenor), or costume drama in general.

Also Mark Rylance is absolutely amazing as an insomniac, probably bi-polar ... Read more Read less