chris_

Hoboken | 35-49 | Male
About:  I like theater
Reviews (56)
82
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining
January 25th, 2023

See it if you enjoy small plays about family dynamics.

Don't see it if you want a clear narrative arc. This is a character study.

Also I thought the play was quite enjoyable. All three leads were fantastic... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Without You
Midtown W
Great music and singing, Dated, Absorbing
January 20th, 2023

See it if you enjoyed Rent and want to hear some of the back story.

Don't see it if you've never seen Rent or don't like one man shows.

Also Rapp tells the story of the early days of Rent as well as the tragic e... Read more Read less

78
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Classic, Spectacle
January 19th, 2023

See it if you want big budget spectacle with a well known story.

Don't see it if you want anything beyond the (probably) well known story.

Also The big spectacle cannot be denied. The music is good and all the perf... Read more Read less

87
Heaven
Midtown E
Absorbing, Well acted, Dialog driven
January 12th, 2023

See it if you enjoy small, dialog driven, two-handed plays.

Don't see it if you need action or want something big.

Also The two actors, who are both great, take turns telling the story of a ... Read more Read less

75
Character study, Slow
January 6th, 2023

See it if you want to see two great actors do good impersonations.

Don't see it if you want a show with a clearly defined plot.

Also Both leads are great and bring considerable energy to their parts. The... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Absorbing
January 5th, 2023

See it if you very well written plays about hard topics. This is not an easy watch, but it is fantastic.

Don't see it if you are triggered by frank discussions of sex crimes.

Also This is a riveting play. The entire cast is great and it is so well wr... Read more Read less

92
Delightful
January 1st, 2023

See it if you want to see a fine production of a classic.

Don't see it if no reason

Also Saw it on the final day, so this review is just for posterity. The pro... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Great staging, Stellar cast
December 23rd, 2022

See it if you want a rich, but sad, musical with a great cast.

Don't see it if the reverse chronology will confuse you.

Also This show is amazing. I find it hard to fathom how it was a flop the f... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Relevant, Thought provoking, Clever
December 22nd, 2022

See it if you like a play with modern themes and great acting.

Don't see it if you want escapist works - this play has a message.

Also The play is thought provoking, well acted, and relevant. It is also su... Read more Read less

85
Goofy, Quirky, Funny
December 21st, 2022

See it if you enjoy over the top parody.

Don't see it if you want anything remotely serious or a big production.

Also This has to be the hardest working cast. They jump between roles frequ... Read more Read less

90
Cliched, Enchanting, Delightful
December 12th, 2022

See it if You want to get into the holiday spirit with a big production

Don't see it if Tourist and little kid shenanigans will bother you.

Also The show truly is spectacular. The stage does crazy things and there a... Read more Read less

81
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Troubling
December 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy avant garde musicals.

Don't see it if a portrayal a disturbed protagonist will bother you.

Also [Review from Sept 2022] The show was both unique and a musical, so tha... Read more Read less

84
Great music, Troubled story, Heartfelt
December 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy modern musicals.

Don't see it if flawed main characters or suicide will trigger you.

Also [Review from August pre-closing] The main character is not a good pers... Read more Read less

91
Great music, Heartfelt
December 10th, 2022

See it if you want a touching story told in an interesting way.

Don't see it if you will get confused by cast members playing multiple roles.

Also [Review from August - missed posting and now the show is close :( ]... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Hilarious
December 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy slapstick style physical comedy.

Don't see it if you want a serious show.

Also The stage is the star, though the cast does a fantastic job too :). Th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Nostalgic, Charming, Delightful
December 7th, 2022

See it if you want to get in the holiday spirit with a warmly sung and spoken story.

Don't see it if you want a big production.

Also This is a charming little production. It is six performers on a stage ... Read more Read less

80
Competent but not special, Good singing, Good dancing
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh.

Also I saw the production with understudies for both leads. Julie Benko was... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Entertaining, Classic
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you want a more authentic take on the classic.

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles.

Also Fiddler is one of my favorite shows of all time and this is a great ve... Read more Read less

90
Moving, Epic, Affecting
December 1st, 2022

See it if you enjoy sprawling plays about a serious subject.

Don't see it if you don't want hear about the holocaust or antisemitism.

Also The work is grand in scale spanning over a multiple generations of an ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Fun, Great music, Cliched
November 25th, 2022

See it if you like Neil Diamond.

Don't see it if you want something original.

Also For what this show is - a biopic jukebox musical - it is done well. Th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Updated old fashioned, Delightful, Entertaining
November 23rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy old-timey feeling big musical comedies with lots of dancing.

Don't see it if you tired of repetition.

Also This show feels old fashioned with a modern message. There is plenty o... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Interesting story, Dull
November 23rd, 2022

See it if you want to see great acting from star Audra McDonald.

Don't see it if you are triggered by racism, death, or want anything more than a big narrated monologue.

Also I wanted to like this show. The story could have been done much more e... Read more Read less

90
Predicatable, Entertaining, Fun
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy big, polished, productions with well known music and good singing.

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals or want something deep.

Also This show tries very hard to be entertaining and, well, succeeds. The ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Well acted, Great set, Entertaining
November 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the holiday classic presented with great effects and props.

Don't see it if you want a big production. The set is grand but it is a one man show.

Also Mays acts for 90 minutes straight essentially narrating the classic te... Read more Read less

65
Fine acting, Fine singing, Good music
November 6th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Gloria Estefan's music.

Don't see it if you want a story with dramatic depth.

Also The music is classic, jukebox style rendition of GE's music. The singi... Read more Read less

97
Fantastic singing, Amazing music, Heartfelt, Fun
November 5th, 2022

See it if you want good old fashioned feel good musical with a great cast and spectacular music.

Don't see it if no reason

Also Wow! This show is so much fun. The cast is great and the leads all sin... Read more Read less

93
Parade
Midtown W
Adequate staging, Great music, Beautiful singing
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like well sung but modestly staged shows with fantastic music.

Don't see it if you are triggered by antisemitism or want a happy play.

Also The cast is fabulous. The show is just so well sung. The music is craf... Read more Read less

80
Honest, Heartfelt, Good stories
November 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to hear one man's recollections of significant events from his past, both happy and sad.

Don't see it if you want a well formed story. This is a series of vignettes.

Also Gabriel Byrne is open and honest and a great story teller. This play i... Read more Read less

77
Convoluted, Clever
October 30th, 2022

See it if you enjoy witty fast moving plays.

Don't see it if you are bothered by nudity or racial slurs.

Also I remember seeing the play when it was first out in 2002 and it felt m... Read more Read less

97
During previews
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Minimal set, Good story, Great acting, Great music
October 28th, 2022

See it if you enjoy thoughtful, well acted musicals presented on an intimate stage.

Don't see it if you need a full set for your shows.

Also This is a lovely show! The music is heavily influenced by Irish folk m... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Good set, Thought provoking, Well acted
October 26th, 2022

See it if You enjoy small scale shows that make you think

Don't see it if You want a big production

Also The show is just two actors who are both great. The story is natural a... Read more Read less

80
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Melodramatic mediocre book, Great choreography, Good music
October 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy KPOP style music with excellent dancing.

Don't see it if you need your musicals to have a good story.

Also The music and dancing are fire. The book is simplistic and soapy. The ... Read more Read less

88
A bit long, Good stories, Great music
October 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy Ethridge's music or just like to hear about the life of a celebrity.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 3 hours or are bothered by a little self indulgence.

Also I walked in to the show not being able to name a single ME song. Still... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Interesting story, Good singing, Touching, Hilarious
October 20th, 2022

See it if you enjoy off kilter family drama that is also quite funny with quirky music.

Don't see it if you are bothered by profanity.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by how funny this show is. All of the perfo... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Amazing set, Great acting, Absorbing
October 16th, 2022

See it if you enjoy small plays that are well acted.

Don't see it if you are triggered by discussions of sexual abuse, mental illness, or injury.

Also This is an amazing little play. There are just two performers, a fathe... Read more Read less

40
american (tele)visions
East Village
Vapid, Repetitive, Weird for the sake of weird
October 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see unique projections.

Don't see it if you want your plays to have structure.

Also The technical aspects are about the only saving grace for this one wit... Read more Read less

88
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful
October 8th, 2022

See it if you like irreverent humor.

Don't see it if you don't like irreverent humor.

Also I was not expecting to like this show nearly as much as I did. It is h... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great music
October 8th, 2022

See it if you want a truly unique Broadway musical.

Don't see it if you get triggered easily or don't like stories that are non-linear.

Also The score and singing are just amazing. The story is profound though n... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Banal, Spectacle
October 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Broadway spectacle with a decent, but not special, story.

Don't see it if you want an original work or don't like jukebox style shows.

Also The show is entertaining and fun but not profound or moving. The music... Read more Read less

95
Classic, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
October 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy old school Broadway spectacle.

Don't see it if you want something new.

Also This is a classic. I saw it as a kid in the 90s and again just recentl... Read more Read less

85
Confusing story, Good music
October 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Greek mythology and/or a southern infused jazzy score.

Don't see it if you like character motivations to make sense.

Also It retells the classic myth, but the story just confused me in person.... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Slow 1st act, Interesting story, Great acting
October 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy hard hitting, dialog driven plays.

Don't see it if you want something happy, action packed, or more than two actors talking.

Also The acting is phenomenal and the direction adequate. The set design is... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Dated
October 7th, 2022

See it if you enjoy classic theater with slight updates.

Don't see it if you don't like a play with a lot of talking and not much action.

Also I've never seen the original, but this version supposedly updates it b... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Delightful
October 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a classic show with a big name.

Don't see it if the cost will bother you.

Also This show is the classic revival with nothing new but it is done very ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Good music, Delightful
October 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a good rock score with a few memorable songs and an energetic cast.

Don't see it if you want a deep musical. This is pretty superficial and just fun.

Also Saw it on the second day of previews. The show is energetic with a mix... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Poor execution, Clever idea
October 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to support small theater companies.

Don't see it if you want well formed characters or a story that is fleshed out.

Also I wanted to like it because the story sounded interesting. However, th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Long, Great acting, Great writing
October 2nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy superbly written drama and outstanding acting

Don't see it if it the three hour run time is too much or if you will be bothered by a poor directorial choice in a key scene.

Also The show was nearly flawless till one of the final scenes. It is an ex... Read more Read less

85
Weightless
Upper W Side
Rock show, Great music, Absorbing
October 1st, 2022

See it if you enjoy indie rock and nontraditional theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical. This is a staged rock concert.

Also The show is just delightful. The music is fantastic and the singing is... Read more Read less

93
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Drags just a bit, Good singing, Great cast, Ambitious
September 25th, 2022

See it if you enjoy updated versions of classics.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the casting.

Also The orchestrations have been updated and of course there is the re-gen... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought provoking, Well acted
September 18th, 2022

See it if you like small plays without clean answers.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by explicit portrayals of handicap.

Also I'm still thinking about what the meaning of the work is, and that's a... Read more Read less