Claude 7183

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (147)
85
Unfortunately not dated, Entertaining, Slow, Great staging, Great acting
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you would like a play about baseball or a superstar baseball player who comes out.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a lot of discussion of why many people are obsessed with baseball. Or if you are offended by male nudity.

Also I really enjoyed almost all of the performances, particularly Jesse Wi... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing
May 21st, 2022

See it if you are interested in six teenagers of color trapped in a Waiting for Godot-like after school detention.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a play unsuccessfully trying to convey serious concerns about youth culture.

Also Dave Harris is clearly a talented young playwright who hopefully will ... Read more Read less

75
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging
May 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a huge production of a Michael Jackson juke box musical.

Don't see it if do not like very loud and overly produced musicals with minimal plot.

Also The production was extremely smart and engaging as were most of the mu... Read more Read less

80
Excruciating, Intense, Great acting
May 15th, 2022

See it if you are interested in seeing great performances by Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse in a disturbing play about pedophilia.

Don't see it if you are not interested in pedophilia. I am not.

85
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Raunchy, Intelligent, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting
May 15th, 2022

See it if you would enjoy a well written and well acted play about women's relationships in Iran over several decades.

Don't see it if you are not interested in women's relationships or are offended by somewhat graphic words referring to female anatomy.

Also I would see anything written by Sanaz Toossi. And anything with the ac... Read more Read less

95
Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing
May 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a really well written play with outstanding performances.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a play with just two actors in a confined space that lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.

Also I would now see anything written by Samuel D. Hunter.

65
Disappointing, Dated
May 11th, 2022

See it if you enjoy seeing stars in a Broadway show or if you still enjoy Neil Simon.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a pretty dated play in a production which has not figured out a way to make it more relevant.

Also Sarah Jessica Parker was fun to watch although I am not sure if she wa... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging
May 10th, 2022

See it if you would like a creatively staged version of an older play which I am not even sure is that good.

Don't see it if you do not like straining to understand difficult accents which are overamplified. Also, a lot of the dialogue is delivered as rap.

Also I thought James McAvoy was amazing but I expected to really love this ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Riveting, Clever, Enchanting, Great singing
May 9th, 2022

See it if you like Sondheim, you really have to see it.

Don't see it if you do not like Sondheim.

Also I think this was the best show that I have seen all year. I know that ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting
May 5th, 2022

See it if you want to see a very serious play about complicated politics in the Middle East.

Don't see it if you do not want to sit for 3 hours and 30 plus minutes with a mask on watching a difficult play. Also lots of fake cigarette smoke.

Also I though that the acting was great and really enjoyed the first two ac... Read more Read less

50
POTUS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating
April 30th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a group of very talented actresses performing a play centered on rauchy lines. Supposedly a farce.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see such talent utilized in a better vehicle.

Also I know that many people loved this show and thought it was hystericall... Read more Read less

70
Fluffy, Great staging, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched
April 24th, 2022

See it if you really like Debra Messing. Which I do but that still wasn't enough to overlook the over the top sentimentality of the play.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theater that overtly attempt to play with your heartstrings. A little too Hallmarkish.

75
To My Girls
Midtown W
Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious, Fluffy, Clever
April 22nd, 2022

See it if you are interested in Boys in the Band for millenials. Although everyone describes it in this way, it is accurate and prepares you.

Don't see it if you do not want to see 4 (and sometimes more) gay men yelling at each other for over 95 minutes.

Also I don't think that the play is getting enough credit for being quite f... Read more Read less

80
Suffs
East Village
Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
April 18th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a long musical about the fight to win the right to vote for women.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals in which many of the songs seem similar and there is a lot of history with which you may not be familiar.

Also I actually knew a lot about the main character Alice Paul and suspect ... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Great staging
April 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see the big musical that won some Tonys several years ago. Though I can not understand why.

Don't see it if you do not want to see an overblown musical coasting on its awards and maybe previous cast enthusiasm which has now waned.

75
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great singing
March 30th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a traditional musical about New York City during the Civil War. Joaquina Kalukango is the lead and is a true star.

Don't see it if you are not interested a lot of history in your musicals.

85
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
March 25th, 2022

See it if you are interested in the role of Black women in America. Dominique Morisseau provides compelling insight into so many current issues.

Don't see it if I can't really think of any reason not to see this play. It isn't perfect but is rather remarkable.

70
The Life
Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing
March 21st, 2022

See it if you want to see an unusual musical totally revamped by Billy Porter into a commentary on a variety of current social issues.

Don't see it if do not like "classic" plays being tampered with. Especially for political reasons.

50
The Medium
Brooklyn
Dizzying, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched
March 20th, 2022

See it if you are interested an outdated and very loud commentary on technology.

Don't see it if you are not interested a confusing and excruciating presentation on complicated ideas unfortunately reduced to a semi Luddite level.

Also I do not think I have read Marshall McLuhan since college - which was ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
March 19th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a moving exploration of discrimination against Asian Americans with a historical context.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy rather static plays with only two cast members.

Also Shannon Tyo gave an amazing performance.

85
English
Chelsea
Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
March 6th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a refreshing play about the interrelationship of language and your perception of self.

Don't see it if you would not like to see a play that repeats the same classroom scene over and over with variations.

Also I loved the ensemble cast. I also thought that the play should have be... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
February 19th, 2022

See it if you would enjoy a play with dialogue and realistic characters - as opposed to didactic lectures and characters that make no sense.

Don't see it if you are interested in edgier contemporary theater.

65
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing
February 17th, 2022

See it if You like contemporary opera with no melody and all singing done in the same bland style.

Don't see it if You are not interested in contemporary opera.

Also I find almost all contemporary opera to be incredibly similar in music... Read more Read less

90
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful
February 7th, 2022

See it if you would like to see a play that actually delves into issues of race and gender in unexpected ways. And has some great tap dancing.

Don't see it if you are not interested in an old fashioned musical which is not perfect but has a cast trying hard. Or if you do not like tap dancing.

Also Several performances were outstanding. But Joshua Henry was mesmerizin... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Shhhhh
Chelsea
Confusing, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing
January 22nd, 2022

See it if you are interested in theater exploring women's roles - especially sexual roles - in today's society. But I just didn't get much out of it.

Don't see it if you do not want to see but mostly hear graphic descriptions of unpleasant and disturbing situations.

Also I saw this in previews and thought that the play needed a lot of work ... Read more Read less

95
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Riveting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing
January 14th, 2022

See it if you want to see a big, blown out production of one of Sondheim's best plays.

Don't see it if you do not like over produced musicals.

Also I have never seen Company before so I can imagine that a more intimate... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Slow, Fluffy
January 6th, 2022

See it if you want to see a musical based upon stereotypical characters who sing decent songs.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a simplistic view of NYC society from the 1830's to the 1850's.

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing
December 22nd, 2021

See it if you would like to see a work by Sonheim that isn't among his best but with a great cast and great performances.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a not so successful piece of theater with a very unusual premise.

70
Indulgent, Quirky, Great staging
December 17th, 2021

See it if you want to see one of the most bizarre musicals to open recently.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a huge amount of talent and money expended on a questionable enterprise.

Also I just can't get beyound the concept of this musical. Or how James Lap... Read more Read less

65
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great staging, Slow, Overrated
December 10th, 2021

See it if you are interested in the latest work by Lynn Nottage. Otherwise, not so interesting.

Don't see it if do not want to see a play about five people who are superficially portrayed although their stories ought to have been more compelling.

65
Horrifying, Intense, Excruciating, Great acting
December 5th, 2021

See it if you would enjoy an amazing solo performance by an actress. Otherwise, I cannot think of a reason to see this.

Don't see it if are not interested in an extremely disturbing portrayal of a very damaged person.

Also I just happened to see two productions by Irish playwrights in one wee... Read more Read less

65
Medicine
Brooklyn
Overrated, Great acting, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating
December 5th, 2021

See it if you like absurdist Beckett type theater. The entire cast was excellent.

Don't see it if you do not like to feel like you have been kidnapped and forced to sit through visual and sonic torture.

85
Profound, Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting
December 5th, 2021

See it if you would be interested in a period piece that explores race relations that is as relevant today as it was when first performed in 1955.

Don't see it if the unfamiliar way of talking in a period piece irritate you.

80
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Relevant, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting
November 28th, 2021

See it if you are interested in an intergenerational story of three women. Solid performances and Blair Brown was great.

Don't see it if you do not like very fast verbal plays. The three actresses play multiple characters which are constantly shifting.

85
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining
November 21st, 2021

See it if you want to see a new musical with lots of excellent performances, smart lyrics and interesting music.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a peculiarly plotted musical.

Also The first act was wonderful but the second act seemed almost unfinishe... Read more Read less

90
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting
November 17th, 2021

See it if you enjoy an amazing ensemble cast performing an old fashioned play. The play is dated but the actors appear to be having a great time.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy older plays being performed without any glitz - other than the performers.

75
Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Intense
November 10th, 2021

See it if you would be interested in the reenactment of an FBI interview of a person who leaked a confidential document. A long 70 minutes.

Don't see it if you would not be interested in the above.

Also Before the play began, the theater played unbelievably loud hip hop. I... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing
November 5th, 2021

See it if you are interested in seeing a very flawed musical in a big production with a huge talented cast.

Don't see it if you cannot let the flaws of a play be outweighed by the talent on display.

Also Plus it is the Broadway debut of Sharon D. Clarke. She must come back ... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
November 1st, 2021

See it if Ruben Santiago-Hudson was amazing. This was a charming mesmerizing show. Best thing that I have seen since theaters reopened.

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows. Otherwise, I cannot think of a reason not to see this show.

70
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Intelligent, Slow, Intense
October 30th, 2021

See it if you like contemporary Irish theater performed by two talented actors.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a study of a dysfunctional family.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Riveting, Great staging
October 20th, 2021

See it if you are in the mood for a big Broadway musical that isn't really old school except for its enthusiasm.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a new take on old myths.

95
By Heart
Brooklyn
Profound, Enchanting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
October 19th, 2021

See it if Ostensibly, 10 audience members learn a sonnet by Shakespeare. It's actually about censorship and how literature lives in our souls.

Don't see it if You will be bored by the repetition of a sonnet as 10 people memorize it.

80
During previews
The Visitor
East Village
Resonant, Great staging, Relevant, Great singing
October 19th, 2021

See it if It was so great to see a new intelligent musical. However, this play needs some work.

Don't see it if The play addresses serious issues related to American immigration laws but comes across a bit like hectoring.

75
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting
October 16th, 2021

See it if It is very difficult to describe this performance that - as explained by the production - is presented for Black people. Heart rending.

Don't see it if The beginning is interactive and participatory.

65
Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting
October 6th, 2021

See it if you are concerned about the status of people of color in today's society which is controlled by white people.

Don't see it if you do not like Beckett.

85
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking
October 1st, 2021

See it if you like beautifully crafted and thought provoking plays.

Don't see it if you do not like plays without much plot that are driven by monologues by characters who do not actually interact with each other.

Also This is the second play written by Rajiv Joseph that I have seen. His ... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
October 1st, 2021

See it if you enjoy drag caberet mashed up with opera.

Don't see it if do not like a counter tenor voice or bitchy humor.

Also I saw this in previews and it seemed like it needed to be tightened up... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing
September 17th, 2021

See it if you are interested in current trends in contemporary theater.

Don't see it if you are not interested in somewhat hyperbolic monologues or a very loud staging.

70
During previews
Gnit
Brooklyn
Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing
March 12th, 2020

See it if you are interested in what contemporary playwrights are doing.

Don't see it if you do not like pretentious riffs on classic plays.

Also I just did not find anything funny in this production. Clearly it is m... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Intense
March 6th, 2020

See it if you would be interested in a very slow moving play about a recent coal mining disaster in West Virginia with slightly evocative songs.

Don't see it if you are looking for some explanation of how a union state like West Virginia became completely right wing in the most extreme sense.