Claude 7183

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (99)
70
During previews
Gnit
Brooklyn
Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing

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

85
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Enchanting, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you are interested in the history of silent films and broadway musicals.

Don't see it if do not like the Encore format of semi staged performances.

Also I knew very little about silent movies or Mack Sennett or Mabel Norman... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you love Laura Linney and/or Elizabeth Strout.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one actor shows with little plot.

Also Even just 90 minutes seemed a bit long.

70
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Resonant, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like the original with lots of implied violence. And if like Bobby Carnnavale and Rose Byrne.

Don't see it if you do not like intense theater with a lot of senseless killings - like the original.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy contemporary theater that is intelligent and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you are not interested in two quirkly characters interacting on stage for 90 minutes without a lot of plot.

Also Mary-Louise Parker was brilliant. This was the best written new play t... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You would like a traditional rendition of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol with excellent cast and staging.

Don't see it if You just couldn’t bear to see this again.

90
The End of Eddy
Brooklyn
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy an intellectual discussion of the intersection of class, gender and sexual identity.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy contemporary theater that has a lot of clever tricks.

Also Smart and very French. Even though it is a British production.

85
Masterful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy an intelligent production of one of Shakespeare's historical plays with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing another play by Shakespeare with an odd set and costumes.

Also The setting seems to be in a meat locker and I am not completely sure ... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Great staging, Enchanting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You like incredible music performed by some of the best musicians in the world.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Broadway musical or juke box production.

Also Seems like some people have been a little critical - although still po... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny

See it if you are interested in an amazing New York female politician and how truly screwed up our political system has been for a long time.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a lot of anecdotes about Bella Abzug.

Also The premise for the piece - Bella Abzug waiting for her US Senate elec... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a crazy take on politics and international relations between the USA and China.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a somewhat confusing musical that intertwines David Henry Hwang's personal life and politics.

Also After the first act, I thought it was just a huge mess although of the... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Quirky, Funny, Edgy, Clever

See it if You enjoy the hip hop riffs that are the foundation of Hamilton.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy a bunch of young people showing off improv hip hop skills.

Also The show was totally improvisation which I did not know when I purchas... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Absorbing, Quirky, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you would enjoy a play about the stuggles of young people to find their place in the world.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a bunch of pretty self absorbed young people.

Also I was not bored at all during this production and thought that some of... Read more Read less

70
Make Believe
Midtown W
Relevant, Intense, Clever, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you can tolerate half the play being performed by children since the second half is performed by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you do not like child actors having significant roles. (I found their performances incredibly annoying).

80
Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy one person monologues that are well crafted and well acted.

Don't see it if you are not interested in men discussing their emotional responses to tragedies in their lives.

70
Mojada
East Village
Resonant, Disappointing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you are interested in an exploration of issues regarding illegal immigration as a Greek tragedy.

Don't see it if you are non interested in an exploration of contemporary political issues.

Also The second half of the play which I think was supposed to integrate Gr... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a one person show by a very talented one person who has a hell of a story to tell.

Don't see it if do would not enjoy a one person show with some not so great songs.

85
Relevant, Refreshing, Delightful, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy old fashioned musicals with a contemporary twist: girl gets girl.

Don't see it if you are looking for something edgy or innovative.

Also I enjoyed this much than I expected. It is not great but sincere and e... Read more Read less

60
Fairview
Brooklyn
Relevant, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy contemporary playwrights confronting major societal issues.

Don't see it if you do not like extemely polemical theater which beats you over the head.

Also I thought Marys Seacole by the same playwright was brilliant but just ... Read more Read less

60
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Cliched, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a contemporary playwright exploring difficult social issues.

Don't see it if are not interested in a particularly bleak play.

Also The cast tries as hard as it can but I am not sure where this play was... Read more Read less

85
Raunchy, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a riff on a play by Shakespeare with a great cast and which explores current political themes.

Don't see it if you do not like raunchy and frequently silly plays.

Also I thought that this was a big mess - which is what I expected by Taylo... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like classic Irish theater presented in a traditional production.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a play about Ireland during the troubles.

90
During previews
Enchanting, Dated, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like small productions of old fashioned musicals performed by a professional cast.

Don't see it if you do not like a lot of slap stick type humor.

Also The entire cast was excellent and gave completely entertaining perform... Read more Read less

60
Mary, Mary
East Village
Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to relive the early 1960's and think it was an interesting time culturally.

Don't see it if you were hoping for an interesting production of a very very dated play.

Also I was really looking forward to seeing this play. I still remember eno... Read more Read less

80
Ink
Midtown W
Dizzying, Great staging, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a provocative take on the current state of the media especially newspapers.

Don't see it if you do not like very loud busy productions

Also I thought that I would like this more than I did. One of my guilty ple... Read more Read less

70
Coal Country
East Village
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Intense

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.

60
Indulgent, Confusing, Banal, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you would enjoy a few good performances that are pretty much lost in a confusing production.

Don't see it if you would enjoy a muddled play about suicide which offers almost no insight whatsoever.

80
Great acting, Raunchy, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy retro pop music composed by Ducan Sheik sung by Suzanne Vega and some very talented cast members.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy an exploration of 1960s sexual behavior along with some soft core porn scenes.

Also I really enjoyed the songs. I thought Duncan Sheik and his collaborato... Read more Read less

60
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Excruciating, Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in how white elite Europeans view the problems of racism, classism and police brutality in the United States.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy the deconstruction of a classic American musical into a gritty hectoring production.

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you would enjoy a show with a large ensemble cast addressing difficult societal urban issues.

Don't see it if you are not interested a loud gritty play about characters who are not particularly sympathetic.

Also I thought the play should have been significantly edited. Almost all t... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are interested in an amazing discussion of current race relations and the NYC Police Department through the lens of events from 1991.

Don't see it if you are not concerned about our failure to progress in regards to many social issues in NYC since 1991.

Also I never saw this performed previously and would love to see Anna Deave... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Confusing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Evita and the few show stopping songs.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a production trying to make sense of what seems to be not so great a musical.

65
During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in an early play by Tony Kushner.

Don't see it if you do not want to spend three hours watching a muddled play without much direction.

Also Has several good actors who are not particularly well used.

60
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Cliched, Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see every musical that opens this season.

Don't see it if you do not want to see something that is supposedly based upon Macbeth. But isn't really.

Also Usually, I think problematic productions could improve with additional... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a large scale production centered upon gay men in NYC but really about universal experiences.

Don't see it if you are offended by the discussion and portrayal of gay male sexual practices or nudity.

Also Matthew Lopez, a new young playwright, should be commended for taking ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy new productions of semi classic musicals done is a pretty traditional style.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a traditional production of a musical.

Also The production was great fun and the entire cast was perfect. The prod... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Excruciating, Clever

See it if you are interested in an exploration of the effect of slavery on the relationships between races in contemporary America.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a lot of strong language and nudity.

Also I found this play (at over 2 hours with no intermission) difficult to ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy drama exploring the role of women throughout history.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a rather one note play about the historical devaluation of women.

Also I did really enjoy one of the scenes during which the former wives of ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Cher.

Don't see it if if you do not like Cher or biographical musicals.

70
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you enjoy big, over the top, old fashioned Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy slap stick humor.

60
Raunchy, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy loud and vulgar riffs on classic dramas.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy slap stick and juvenile humor.

90
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy serious drama about complicated cultural and gender issues which are intelligently presented.

Don't see it if you are not interested in being immersed in a different and foreign culture - which actually is not so different or foreign.

65
Cliched, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see another play about teenage angst with a sci fi plot twist.

Don't see it if you are tired about plays about geeky teenage boys who want to be cool.

Also The cast is energetic and the teenage girls in the audience appear to ... Read more Read less

95
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great writing, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent plays with a great ensemble cast anchored by a remarkable lead actress.

Don't see it if you find baseball statistics annoying.

Also One of the best plays that I have seen this season. Thrilling and upli... Read more Read less

75
Resonant, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you would like female powered stories told in broad swipes.

Don't see it if you are bothered by melodrama and white violence against African Americans (because it is depressing, not that the truth shouldn't be shown)

Also Clearly the producers want to bring this ambitious play to Broadway bu... Read more Read less

85
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if you would like a great ensemble cast riffing off a Chekhov masterpiece.

Don't see it if you do not like of a lot of characters talking without much happening.

85
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Quirky, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like very ambitious - and a little odd - musical theater.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy almost 2 hours of "a cappella" singing.

Also While the play is billed as a cappella singing, I thought that there w... Read more Read less

80
Dizzying, Funny, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like huge Broadway productions that will never be re-created.

Don't see it if you need to avoid strobes, loud noises and a fair amount of vulgarity.

Also I did not intend to see this but was able to obtain an inexpensive tic... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Susan Sarandon on stage along with some other good actors trying their best.

Don't see it if you are not interested a play that seems to have ambitions but fails to achive them.

Also I saw this early in previews so it is possible that it could get bette... Read more Read less

50
White Noise
East Village
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you love work by Suzan-Lori Parks and have to see everything she does.

Don't see it if you think that an African American man wanting to be a slave to an annoying white man is an interesting concept.

Also I found this play to be so offensive. I do not even have words for my ... Read more Read less