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Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if like this story and wanted to see it well acted

Don't see it if you're turned off by casting gimmicks; don't like outdoor performances

Colorful, Great music, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Great staging

See it if you like production with pizzazz and a sense of community and not afraid to be showy; well performed and staged

Don't see it if prefer formal theater settings and productions

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Exuberant, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like to feel the joy of the actors as they put their all into the show, making for a very stimulating and exciting experience.

Don't see it if don't like physical, loud, broad acting in an intimate setting though IMO it worked perfectly here (not for cheap laughs); you have wide ass

Cliched, Impressionistic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musically expressed drama based primarily on personal and relationship dynamics; are cool with impressions rather than definitions

Don't see it if your ass hurts after a while on metal folding chairs (bring a pad); you have trouble hearing - I had problem in making out some lyrics

Also Not sure if sound problem was due to acoustics, under amplification of... Read more Read less

Queen of Hearts
Superb performances, Great staging, Dazzling, Enchanting, Extraordinary

See it if you're open to wonderment and experience based solely on your senses; burlesque and circus performed with top notch skill

Don't see it if seeking intellectual theater (though I found myself reviewing the experience and finding meaning in the interpretations); offended by raunch

Also I went there with skepticism, especially since I'm old and felt like I... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Interesting, Impressionistic

See it if you appreciate style and impressions; like to figure stuff out as the show progresses (I read the extensive program notes after first act).

Don't see it if you prefer a clearly presented story. I was put off, even bored initially but got into it as the show progressed.

The Fat Lady Sings
East Village
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious, Stylized

See it if you like styled and loud performances with much repetition and little sense of plot

Don't see it if inanity alone doesn't amuse or interest you;

Wendell & Pan
Midtown W
Great acting, Engrossing, Intriguing, Thoughtful

See it if you like to deduce past events that inform current action and relationships as they unfold; enjoy intimate theater; focus on family drama

Don't see it if require things be laid out cleanly; roll your eyes at ghosts; are annoyed by actions happening on different parts of stage simultaneously

Cliched, Insincere

See it if you don't mind characters who don't ring true but rather buy into cuteness;

Don't see it if you expect something more than an exercise abut a simplistic premise

Fort Dicks
Midtown W
Cliched, Insipid, Bad acting, Purposeless

See it if the mother of all thunderstorms crashed down while you're standing in front of the theater and you want a dry place - the seats were nice.

Don't see it if you like entertainment, you like a story, you don't think something is funny just because it's cheesy, loud, and mean-spirited.

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if broad comedy with fine performances and songs; all froth but very good at that

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a message or you prefer more subtle humor.

During previews
Dress of Fire
West Village
Stylized, Slow

See it if small, intimate theatre setting good for this highly stylized production

Don't see it if overflowing with long soliloquies that repeatedly hammer a simplistic theme

Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if does very well in bringing to mind the importance of a person's history in how he/she views present experiences

Don't see it if don't like musicals or character driven drama; like flashy staging; put off by overuse on Yiddish shtick

Vibrant, Great staging, Fun, Community, Indulgent

See it if you like colorful and creative musical Shakespeare professionally staged and inclusive of community.

Don't see it if you like staid tradition.

Absorbing, Well paced, Character driven, Lively, Provocative

See it if you appreciate subjectivity in how teens perceive themselves and others and the and immediacy of those years. And juxtaposed timelines.

Don't see it if you prefer straight forward, chronological storytelling (my companion complained of being confused). He also thought it cliched - I didn't

Overrated, Contrived, Uninspired, Degrading, Thin

See it if you've haven't experienced the Delcorte Theatre before or you don't mind a heavy handed Shakespeare play with little wit and much misogyny.

Don't see it if the quality of a play is more important than the hype of an all female cast which does nothing to mitigate the degradation of people.

Clever, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great music, set, and effects on large stage in outdoor setting. Active and compelling production with fine acting; never a dull moment.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare dramas and/or outdoor productions in public parks. Otherwise, go.

Fluffy, Cute, Vignettes, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you like a series of vignettes, sung or otherwise, to portray characters. Fun to watch kids perform.

Don't see it if you like shows with plot and substance.

Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if for the setting - love the amphitheatre at MG Park; engaging update of ancient story

Don't see it if you want a more formal p;resentation

God of Marz
Midtown W
Dumb, Slapdash, Nonsensical, Quirky, Non-coherent

See it if you like getting a free mini Mars bar as the show starts; nice though purposeless aerialist circus act; that's about it

Don't see it if you are not amused by seeing adults act a play that has high school level writing quality and sensibilities as well as cringeworthy dialogue

Midtown W
Poor acting, Purposeless

See it if family drama for its own sake is your thing; you like clippy dialogue

Don't see it if acting was either over-emotive or under-emotive, little middle ground; characters were unpleasantly self-absorbed for no apparent reason

Clever staging and use of props, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like community theatre atmosphere with professional acting, direction, etc; appreciate creativity in staging and use of props

Don't see it if you don't like watching a full Shakespeare play; comfort and good sightlines are important; require traditional theatre presentation

Interesting, Geat performances

See it if you like history and off-off-Broadway staging, emphasize motivation over action, like to figure stuff out as it progresses

Don't see it if you require a plot and a straight forward story; need traditional theatre environment

Delightful, Great singing, Dated, Great cast

See it if you like intimate theater experience; like seeing a cast work hard (and succeeding) in bringing joy to musical theater; love a great song

Don't see it if you're put off by simplistic, obvious plot; get hung up on messages you don't agree with (stay home - the world's bad place);

A Second Birth
Upper W Side
Heartfelt, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate cultural diversity in approaches to life; appreciate sincerity in theater over slick production values

Don't see it if you are put off by a simplistic and obvious plot and production that felt amateurish at times (I wasn't); don't like value challenges

Also I enjoyed this show greatly for its presentation of another way of lif... Read more Read less

During previews
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Disappointing, Undeveloped, Corny

See it if you think loud and active equals funny; enjoyed baudy musical numbers; don't care much of coherence

Don't see it if you get put off by shock value for its sake alone

The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Insightful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear the perspectives of person at different times in his life following an incident that greatly affected him

Don't see it if you want a drama with dialogue and other characters to get alternative POVs; you don't enjoy being read to

Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Great performances, Resonant

See it if you appreciate focused experiences and heartfelt performances.

Don't see it if you want everything spelled out for you and you're impatient

Also I would have rated this in the 70s if it wasn't for 'Costume'. An wond... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Great setting, Entertaining, Great performances

See it if Outdoor theatre in park is superb. Great sense of community, maybe like how Delacorte once was. Powerful performances in nicely set drama.

Don't see it if you're preference is for indoor, with conventional staging.

Midtown W
Great acting, Apt theatre space, Heartfelt, Obvious theme

See it if Excellent acting.; heartwarming; good match with theatre space

Don't see it if Theme merely confirms the obvious without provoking much insight

Enjoyable, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if enjoy outdoor performance that requires some compromise but captures the gist of the story and manages some flourish.

Don't see it if outdoor performance in a busy midtown park is too distracting, especially when sound system is inadequate.

Entertaining, Great staging, Historical, Overlong, Ambitious

See it if like to see literature acted out. As far as I know, it was true to Dumas's story. Good staging (especially the action sequences).

Don't see it if you're hard of hearing (no mikes and some ambient noise) and get uncomfortable sitting on stone steps for a long time (even with cushions).

Funny moments, Quirky, Inconsistent, Cliched, Small

See it if you like small theater with limited scope that pokes fun at the theatre business. And like a bit of outrageous.

Don't see it if Put off by on-stage nudity and much sexual reference. Or if fully developed characters are essential to you.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if dynamic production in large public park stage with clever set that required much energy. Actors met the challenge with vigor. Felt magical

Don't see it if you prefer frumpy indoor productions.

Midtown W
Cliched, Vibrant, Entertaining, Great singing, Enthusiastic

See it if enjoy great singing, especially as ensemble. Joyous performances with high energy and feeling of sincere pleasure in performing.

Don't see it if you like shows with clear sense of plot rather than vignettes. Many cliches though that doesn't invalidate the feelings behind them.

Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Playful

See it if All age apt, especially teens and young adults as individual mortality vs. lifetime growth (for better and worse) are questioned.

Don't see it if Don't like dance.