Claude 7183

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Reviews (76)
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

90
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a very straight forward linear play with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you are not interested in an old fashioned play with a new but very old fashioned production.

80
During previews
Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you might like an unusual take on Hillary Clinton, strong women and women's role in today's society.

Don't see it if you think Hillary was a conniving woman who got what she deserved. Or if you will just be too depressed to re-live Hillary's loss.

Also The play was more interesting upon reflection than while I was watchin... Read more Read less

90
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy complicated commentaries on relationships between immigrants and whites in America. With great acting and writing.

Don't see it if you are not interested in human stories that also have political connotations.

Also I was completely enthralled from the moment that the play began. The p... Read more Read less

50
The Mother
Chelsea
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Confusing

See it if you like experimental (kinda experimental) French drama and Isabelle Huppert.

Don't see it if you are not interested in characters who are as grating as nails on a chalkboard and have no semblance to any reality whatsoever.

Also I have seen Isabell Huppert in two previous productions including The ... Read more Read less

75
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you love classic Sonheim with a fantastic score.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another failed production of this show.

Also The actors were too enthusiastic for me and the production was confusi... Read more Read less

75
State of the Union
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned political drama that is surprisingly relevant to today.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a traditional drama with a very linear plot line.

75
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Glenn Close on stage. It is a very small theater and she was magnificent.

Don't see it if you are not interested in historical dramas presented in a somewhat contemporary manner.

90
Exquisite, Great singing, Riveting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you want to revisit an old friend and discover that you still are as close as ever.

Don't see it if never liked a chorus line or if you don't have a heart.

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy beautifully performed songs by Bob Dylan performed by an incredibly talented cast.

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for a play highlighting so many ugly aspects of America.

65
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Clever, Overrated

See it if you are interested in a teenage girl's feminist anthem.

Don't see it if you are not interested in banal lyrics and music.

80
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like a play with plot, characters and even a set.

Don't see it if You don’t like highly political plays which point out that our swamp has been around for a long time.

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

50
Burn This
Midtown W
Excruciating, Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you are interested in screen actors trying to do stage acting.

Don't see it if you are are hoping for an entertaining or though provoking evening.

Also I gave this play a score of 50 since I have come to conclude that it i... Read more Read less

100
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the most brilliant stage productions performed in New York this season.

Don't see it if you have difficulty sitting for a long time.

Also The three actors were brilliant - which I should have mentioned in the... Read more Read less

75
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy an intelligent play with a good cast.

Don't see it if you are not interested in paying attention to a complicated plot.

Also The play just seemed to need some more work or editing. The plot was e... Read more Read less

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like clever plays that rely upon intelligent beautifuly written dialogue.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a very long play about the Irish troubles (at least metaphorically).

Also Unfortunately, I did not see this with the original cast so I cannot s... Read more Read less

75
Dizzying, Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a group of actors performing their hearts out in an amusing NYC based musical.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy very very fluffy musicals.

Also I was concerned at the beginning, It had a slow start but then came to... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you want to see a classic musical with an excellent cast in a full blown production.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see a more contemporary or edgy production. This does attempt to skirt the gender issues but is pretty traditional.

65
Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love Bertolt Brecht and you just don't get to see much by him in NYC.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a stilted translation and performances. It was a little hard to endure.

70
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Tom Stoppard's style of intelligent writing. He is sort of a show off of all he knows or has researched.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy essentially a philosophic discussion that goes on for over a 100 minutes.

70
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You are interested in two great performances in a play about the lives of African Americans involved in the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if You not so interested in Christian themes.

80
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You have to see Stockard Channing in anything. Same for Hugh Dancy.

Don't see it if You are put off by excessively long and somewhat didactic “serious” new dramas.

Also As with a lot of new dramatic plays that I have seen recently, this is... Read more Read less

70
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Intelligent, Indulgent, Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Great acting in a play that goes off the rails.

Don't see it if You can not suspend your disbelief for some preposterous plot turns.

85
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Must see, Resonant, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like great singing in a smart production of an old fashioned musical.

Don't see it if You would be disturbed by language that could be viewed as colloquial or patronizing.