Claudio V

Manhattan

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Reviews (138)
74
Washington Square
West Village
Minimalist, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Good acting

See it if If you know/like the novel and you would like to see an extremely stripped down version of the play

Don't see it if If you expect a lavish production. Four actors and two armchairs, on a bare small stage, are all you get here.

5
During previews
The Fre
Soho/Tribeca
Cliched, Bad acting, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like whatever Taylor Mac writes you might actually enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained and stimulated. Instead you will be totally confused. And did I mention the painful and amateurish acting

40
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if An actor impersonating a few gay characters all attending a bday party in LA sounds good to you. Lots of stereotypes not much substance.

Don't see it if If you did not like” bright colors and bold patterns “. This show is even worse ( I know, unbelievable but true ). Very poorly written.

50
Where Are We Now
East Village
Too long, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a die hard Bowie fan and you want to hear his songs performed in a cabaret style.

Don't see it if You expect to hear more music than just talking. Plus the choice of songs could be much better.

70
Ambitious, Absorbing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to sit through a two hours monologue with some clever ideas but also some overindulging moments about his “ scandal “.

Don't see it if If monologues are not your thing and you are a Trump supporter. This is definitely not the show for you.

59
During previews
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to listen to two (quite good ) singers perform on a totally bare stage and sing about racially charged events/relationships.

Don't see it if You want a “ full “ musical production and a clear and well developed story. Also these are basically two solo performances.

67
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Uneven, Bare staging, Resonant, Slow

See it if You Don’t expect a real play but basically two monologues about two female Jewish athletes in Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if You are looking for a “ full “ production with great acting. The actors try quite hard but they are very uneven.

79
Great “ location “, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and his gothic writing. The acting is excellent and the Merchant’s house itself is the perfect location

Don't see it if If you want to see a more “ traditional “ play or if listening to XIX century short stories/poems is not exactly your cup of tea.

68
Square Go
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if If you want to see an edgy production about coming of age/bullying in a very unconventional setting.

Don't see it if You have a problem with very heavy Scottish accents, ( minimal ) audience participation and adults playing teenagers.

59
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like “ traditional “ plays ( with an Irish touch ) that deal with drugs, dementia, loneliness, dysfunctional families and alcoholism.

Don't see it if If are looking to be challenged and provoked. This play goes from drama to farce and back without any logic, 90 mins but still too long.

86
Plano
East Village
Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a very innovative kind of play about 3 sisters lives/relationships. The writing is smart/unconventional and the acting is superb.

Don't see it if You are into traditional plays with a clear beginning, an even clearer end and formal/conventional characters.

88
Generation NYZ
East Village
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to spend 75 minutes with 7 NYC kids who tell their stories of growing up in a society that has a hard time “ understanding “ them

Don't see it if You live under a rock and really don’t care about the problems that most youngsters have to face growing up in today’s world.

33
Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
Cliched, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if If are a big fan of the Writer and really want to see one of his rarely produced works

Don't see it if If you don’t like old fashioned plays produced in a very old fashioned way.

51
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show with not much of a story but that tries to find parallels between Moby Dick and opioid addiction

Don't see it if You like your shows with a clear story and message. This one is sadly quite confusing

51
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Raunchy, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You can handle a show with VERY loud music, simulated sex and drug scenes, nudity, audience participation and a heavy Scottish accent

Don't see it if If you have great memories of the movie. This production is mostly interested into shocking the audience and nothing else.

69
Indulgent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like rap mixed with neuroscience. Baba is almost entertaining and clever as usual and tries to make a “ difficult “ subject “ lighter “

Don't see it if You don’t like rap/hip hop or if you have seen other Baba’s shows. This one is definitely not his best. You might be disappointed/confused

83
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like plays that deal with stories that reflect what’s happening in today’s world where different cultures/religions try to coexist.

Don't see it if You Want to see something fluffy and You have a short attention span. This is an almost three hours play that requires your focus.

33
Party Face
Midtown W
Banal, Insipid, Sitcom-ish

See it if you are a BIG fan of Hayley Mills. There are, honestly, no other reasons. But be prepared for a “ just ok “ performance.

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 100 minutes of insipid “ chitchat “. It tries ( badly ) to deal with serious matters but it fails big time.

78
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to spend almost two hours enjoying a good community theater production of a lesser known musical by William Finn

Don't see it if You expect a “ broadway “ quality production. This is definitely community theater but it is still worth the trip to Brooklyn.

45
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if Your idea of entertainment is 80 Minutes of gay stereotypes and banal dialogues. He does his best but it is not enough.

Don't see it if You are looking for a monologue that goes deeper into the main character. This one man show might be funny but it lacks substance.

69
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to experience a great performance of a five hour play which has been cleverly staged. Not easy at first but it grows on you

Don't see it if If you look for something new and exiting. Even the unusual staging cant hide the fact that the script is dated and overly melodramatic

79
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, A little confusing

See it if You want a story that deals with a metaphysical subject in a smart and unusual way. You might leave asking yourself a few questions.

Don't see it if If you Like plays that give you all the answers with a neat and clear ending. Some people might find the story confusing at times.

17
During previews
Bad singing, Worse acting, Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like depressing stories that really go nowhere. And if you enjoy bad acting and terrible singing this is definetly the show for you.

Don't see it if You Can get tickets for ANY other show in town.... nothing can be worse than this train wreck.

86
A Brimful of Asha
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Charming

See it if You want to see a charming duo of real life mother and son bickering about intergenational " cultural " differences.

Don't see it if You look for a " big " production and don't really care about the efforts of a an Indian mother who desperately wants to see his son married

47
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are really in the mood for an old fashioned play with a very British accent. Don't expect anything " original " and you will be fine.

Don't see it if You go to the theater to be challenged. It is a very " conventional " production and this revival doesn't make much sense today.

80
During previews
Endlings
East Village
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a brilliant play about family connections, love, heritage and life choices all interwoven in ( at times ) very “ meta “ way.

Don't see it if You like more “ traditional “ plays with a script that follows a kind of predictable path. Some people might find a little self-indulgent.

25
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Boring, Confusing, Slow

See it if You are in the mood for a 75 minutes monologue that at time might sound like a poem....

Don't see it if One actor playing every role might confuse you. The story is at time quite incomprehensible and it is hard to follow the different character

48
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are looking for a very intimate and stripped down version of the novel with only two actors playing all roles

Don't see it if If you don’t know the novel very well... you will be confused. Most of the play is basically just a monologue by the “ creature “.

97
Refreshing, Must see, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful

See it if Pure genius... the music, the lighting, the choreography ... once is not enough

Don't see it if You did not care much about Talking Heads. Also if you expect a regular“ concert “ this is definitely much more than that.

21
During previews
Fur
East Village
Meaningless, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to seat trough almost two excruciating hours of total nonsense action about a “ surreal “ love triangle.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with some meaning, any kind of meaning. This one is a total train wreck and don’t get me started with the acting.

81
All My Fathers
East Village
Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a well written play about a family and his secrets/unresolved problems with a touch of Pirandello/Freud.... Smartly Done

Don't see it if Not interested in a play about the meaning of being a real father, cancer, dementia and family issues with actors who break the 4th wall

78
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You’d like a play about women bonding, cursing and arguing on a road trip to attend a friend’s funeral. Quite entertaining and well acted.

Don't see it if a play that revolves around three women and their lives/problems/insecurities doesn’t sound like a good way to spend 90 minutes .

53
Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see an updated adaptation of three sisters that tries to mix Chekhov text with a modern esthetic and language.

Don't see it if If you like your Chekhov the way is supposed to be. This adaptation tries too hard to be “ different “ and, in the end, falls flat.

77
Entangled
Midtown W
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a well acted play about the effects of a mass shooting on both a victim’s mother and the shooter’s family. Devastating.

Don't see it if If you expect a “ real “ play with plot/dialogues. Each actor delivers a monologue and they basically never really interact.

80
Unusual, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Like solo performances, minimal ( but inventive) staging and stories about borders crossing with a ( too ? ) light political touch.

Don't see it if You expect a show that resembles a “ traditional “ play. This is a very inventive solo performance. The script could be more “ political “.

50
During previews
City of No Illusions
East Village
Entertaining, Resonant, Quirky, Relevant, “ unfinished “

See it if You want to see a play ( with music ) about illegal immigrants/refugees ( and they problems ) in Buffalo NY.

Don't see it if You expect a well written/acted play. Maybe because it was one of the first previews but unfortunately this play feels rushed and unfinished

86
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a play with a strong political and ethical message. Three actors play all the “ real “ characters and they are simply great.

Don't see it if If you want something “ light “ and “ entertaining “. The whole play is based on true facts that happened during the “ Vietnam War “ years.

74
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like short one act plays with characters and stories that can make you feel a little “ uncomfortable “.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of LaBute and the way he writes. Two of the acts are monologues and the staging is extremely minimal.

76
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You want to listen to ( mostly) xmas songs interwoven with words from letters written by soldiers who made the xmas truce of 1914 possible

Don't see it if You are not into A cappella singing, Christmas music, war stories and plays with no real plots.

51
During previews
Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if If you like Shakespeare’s comedies and especially Twelfth Night. This production gives a more updated twist to both the staging and costumes

Don't see it if If you like Shakespeare to be staged in a very Classic way. This production tries to be more “ modern “ but it doesn’t succeed.

79
During previews
Education
Midtown E
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to immerse yourself in a play that tries ( and quite succeed ) to deal with religion, free speech, education, parenting and more.

Don't see it if You are not looking for an intense play where the author has tried to deal with too many issues at the same time. It might be overwhelming

90
During previews
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Innovative, Great acting

See it if You like to be surprised, challenged and entertained. The subject might be gloomy but the “ execution “ makes it “ funny “ and inventive.

Don't see it if you like traditional theater and might get confused when the author tries new ways to talk to the audience ( literally and figuratively )

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

See it if you like theater with a strong political message. It takes time to grow on you but it is worth sitting through a, at times, slow production

Don't see it if Politics and theater are not a good mix for you. This is a very intense production and if you look for “ light “ entertainment keep looking

77
Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play that doubles as an African America ( not-so-distant ) history lesson. Slow at moments but never boring.

Don't see it if Malcom X is not exactly on your radar. If you are not familiar with him and his life you might find yourself lost and confused.

24
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Bad dancing, Worse acting

See it if You Have very low expectations. This production is definitely much worse than the movie/book.

Don't see it if You liked both the book and the movie. This adaptation is amateurish at best and the acting/dancing is totally forgettable. Just don’t go!

95
Oh My Sweet Land
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you want to experience a forceful and absorbing play about a woman and her stories/memories about war, politics, torture and sex.

Don't see it if You look for a night of light entertainment. The stories that you will hear during this strong performance will leave you devastated

52
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Intense, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You really like the book and you don't mind sitting through a confusing adaptation. The staging is intriguing.

Don't see it if If you expect a faithful adaptation of the book. This play takes lots of liberties and you might find yourself confused and bored.

29
Unpacking
Soho/Tribeca
Banal, Disappointing, Bad acting, Amateurish, Insipid

See it if You want to see a low budget show with a mostly incoherent story and underdeveloped characters.

Don't see it if If you expect to be entertained, this play is nothing but entertaining and even the " in the dark " gimmick gets " old " fast.

68
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if If you want to see a play about class, manners, loss and more. The actors are quite good and make the characters almost believable.

Don't see it if If you don't like a play that tries to deal with too many subjects at the same time. It gets confusing at times and it is definetly too long

51
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You never saw this play before. It is worth seeing ( at least once ) even this is not the best production. And Sally Field is quite good.

Don't see it if You don't like stripped down versions of classic theater. If you saw this play with Cherry Jones in 2013 this production will disappoint you