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 (79)
89
Relevant, Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like shows about feisty ladies, are open to an updated Molly, enjoy Meredith Willson's music, would like a Lower East Side outing.

Don't see it if Grand Street is too far away for you, you don't enjoy updated "revisals," pro-feminist stories aren't for you, you want a large production.

Also From the first scene, I knew this wouldn't be the "Molly Brown" of my ... Read more Read less

90
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intense, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you care about gay history and its importance. You want to learn some gay history. You enjoy tight ensemble theatre. You're not in a hurry.

Don't see it if six and a half hours is too long to spend on a story. You are homophobic (though the show might help). You are still triggered about AIDS.

Also I used the word "epic" above, and yet this story really only unfolds i... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Relevant, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if ... you want to be engaged by a study of how the USA's healthcare system is failing. You don't mind outrage porn.

Don't see it if ... you want an entertaining, happy show. You prefer your documentaries to present facts presented dispassionately.

Also I was looking forward to seeing this show, and I anticipated seeing so... Read more Read less

79
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are open-minded about revivals with experimental stagings and concepts; you love the score & don't mind if the staging is nontraditional

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about how WSS should be performed, you don't like modern-dress updates, cutting "I Feel Pretty" is a dealbreaker

Also As an "extra" rehearsal pianist during tech rehearsals, I had a glimps... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Vintage style, Retro

See it if You like Charles Busch or his style. You enjoy old ('30s) movies. You are entertained by purposely over-the-top high-stakes acting.

Don't see it if You need more realism, a larger show, don't like drag, don't appreciate the heightened style of old movies from the '30s.

Also Charles Busch is well-established for writing plays in which he stars ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Ambitious, Important, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if history interests you - you like Jimmy Carter - you enjoy innovative storytelling techniques including gender bending - issues matter to you

Don't see it if Feminism, ecological/climate issues, or gender bending storytelling bothers you - you don't care about history or Jimmy Carter

Also This play is not flawless, but it is important: It invites us to look ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You like Tennesee Williams plays. You are a fan of Marisa Tomei. You like Italian-American culture. You want to hear some haunting music.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals (though this actually has plenty of music). You have trouble deciphering English through Italian accents.

Also Stay through the first confusing minutes of the show while your ear ge... Read more Read less

95
All the Rage
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like autobiographical one-person shows that are honest and funny but also meaningful. You enjoy content that is timely and current.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about the psychological aftermath of sexual abuse, however humorously presented. You don't like one-man shows.

Also Martin Moran is a wonderful storyteller, and he's got great stories to... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Surprising, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing old shows done in new ways.

Don't see it if You want to see your grandmother's Oklahoma! You like your heroes uncomplicated and your endings happy. You want a big orchestra.

Also By the time I saw Oklahoma! I had heard a lot about it. People seem to... 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
The American Tradition
West Village
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
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
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
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
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
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
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
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
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

86
Appealing, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if Comedies parodying Shakespeare appeal to you. You just want light entertainment. You're Italian and like to laugh at yourself a little.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is sacred to you. You want a bigger show, or original music (these tunes are recycled). You want more serious themes.

Also A fictional staging of "Romeo and Juliet" by a community theatre compa... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if ...you are a fan of Bob Dylan's music, particularly his less famous songs. You enjoy a resonant tale told with music on the side.

Don't see it if ... you want a large production. You find the Depression (and desperation) depressing. You prefer that songs advance the plot (they don't).

Also Not being a particularly knowledgeable fan of Bob Dylan, I didn't know... Read more Read less

90
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Relevant, Intense, Full of surprises, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have a soft spot for Dublin, enjoy small, minimalist two-handers, like stripped-down storytelling, are delighted by unexpected poetry

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Irish accents, are offended by talk about abortion, want a show with a bigger cast or production

Also Maz and Bricks has it all: Humor, sadness, social relevance, romance, ... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Dizzying, Amazing

See it if you admire improv artists & enjoy watching them, you like rap (at least Hamilton), you like to see something created right in front of you

Don't see it if You don't like any kind of rap at all, you don't care to watch creative improv artists at work, you'd rather see a traditional musical

Also This rap-based show is presented by an improv troupe that Lin-Manuel M... Read more Read less

90
Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Clever, Exquisite

See it if you would like to see the romantic side of Einstein - you like small ensemble musicals - you aren't afraid of a (very) little bit of math.

Don't see it if you are easily confused - you want something bigger or with lots of dancing - you read the book and didn't like it.

Also Remember the move "Shakespeare in Love," which explores the idea that ... Read more Read less

83
Quirky, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie, you love all things Disney, you love spectacle, you can't stop singing "Let It Go," you love kids in the audience.

Don't see it if You can't stand noisy kids in the audience, you need more substance than Disney usually provides, you won't accept any changes to the movie.

Also This show provided almost exactly everything I expected. I had not see... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Amusing

See it if you loved the movie, you like musical treatments/updates of Shakespeare, you like '70s throwbacks, you enjoy a little blood & gore

Don't see it if you prefer your Macbeth (or your Shakespeare) in its original form, you "don't like silly musicals," you prefer a faster-paced show

Also Scotland, Pa. is based on the indie film, Scotland, Pa., a modernized ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great singing, Suspenseful, Thought-provoking, Topical

See it if You are intrigued by topics of psychology, teen angst, alienation, suicide, family drama. You are prepared to feel and maybe cry.

Don't see it if You want a bigger, happier, more traditional show. Pasek & Paul's music isn't your cup of tea. You're uncomfortable with dark psychology.

Also I admit that it took a while for "Evan" to dip within my price range, ... Read more Read less

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
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
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
Life x3
Chelsea
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
Apes at Play
East Village
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
The Pet Play
Midtown W
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
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
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
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
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
The Rainmaker
East Village
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