Claudio V

Manhattan

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Reviews (162)
70
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Interesting music
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You might enjoy two monologues with very interesting music. This play is not much more than that.

Don't see it if You expect a play with a clear story. The two characters tell their own stories that should have been better developed.

70
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Good acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining
November 1st, 2022

See it if If you are interested in a play that deals with Chinese History ( past and present ) and family connections

Don't see it if Chinese History/Culture/Characters are not your cup of tea and if you don’t like very simple stagings

69
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Great staging
October 31st, 2022

See it if You want to learn about the existence of Summer Camps where young German-Americans were, supposedly, indoctrinated by Nazi propaganda

Don't see it if You really want to know more about those camps. The play doesn’t really go deep enough and at time it sounds just like a summer fling story

35
MONSTRESS
West Village
Insipid, Excruciating, Mediocre acting, Mediocre singing, Disappointing
October 29th, 2022

See it if You would like a play with LOTS of forgettable music and with a very confusing plot based on Greek mythology.

Don't see it if You expect something with some kind of a plot. It feels like a patchwork of musical “ numbers “ in need of a better cast.

80
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing
October 29th, 2022

See it if You are tired of the “ usual “ productions of Chekhov’s works and would like to enjoy a very deconstructed version of his first play

Don't see it if If you expect a respectful and traditional production of “ Platonov “. This one is not, definitely…

68
During previews
Long, Indulgent, Slow, Great staging, Dated
October 27th, 2022

See it if If you like the author and you can’t wait to see an off Broadway revival of this play with an interesting cast.

Don't see it if If you expect a revival with some new ideas. The staging is quite clever but everything else is very predictable… definitely too long & slow

79
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Clever, Refreshing, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining
September 20th, 2022

See it if You Were a fan of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. NOT the soulless Broadway revival but the original from the Jane St Theater. Weightless rocks

Don't see it if You like big Broadway productions and especially if “ Phantom of the opera “ is your cup of tea. You will be highly disappointed.

66
Los Otros
Midtown W
Good singing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Monotonous, Ambitious
September 10th, 2022

See it if A “ musical “ where the two only characters take turn singing and never interact until the last 10 minutes might might be your idea of fun

Don't see it if You want your musical with a memorable ( and not monotonous ) music. The story has its moments until a totally improbable ending

69
Great staging, Amateurish, Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy
August 7th, 2022

See it if You want to spend two hours watching a musical production that tells a very sweet story (happy ending included ) with a very young cast.

Don't see it if You like edgier musicals. Camp is not very original due to a story line that goes from predictable to, in a few moments, extremely silly.

79
During previews
Dreaming Zenzile
East Village
Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing
June 2nd, 2022

See it if You want to see a show inspired both by Miriam Makeba’s life and her last live performance in Italy. Great singing and interesting dancing

Don't see it if You expect a clearly structured “ play “. Some dialogues are not in English and might be hard to follow.

79
Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing
May 5th, 2022

See it if You want to experience an unusual “ musical “ performed by two very talented actresses. The singing is strictly a cappella.

Don't see it if You expect live music, not “ a cappella “ singing and a “ big “ production. This musical is clever but kind of low key

79
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
March 17th, 2022

See it if If you would like to see an uplifting musical with a very good cast and a simple but “ clever “ staging.

Don't see it if You want to avoid any story related to 9/11 and if actors performing more than one character might confuse you.

59
During previews
Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious
February 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a play that tries to deal with quite a few ( too many ? ) subjects: LGBTQ, religion, guns, animal rights, human rights.

Don't see it if You expect a play with a clear message. It touches too many subjects but none is fully developed.

74
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Great costumes, Delightful, Indulgent, Quirky, Fluffy
February 20th, 2022

See it if You don’t mind 70 minutes of a basically plotless show that tries to be a critique of the aristocracy and its “ emptiness “.

Don't see it if You like shows/plays with a clear narrative. Not much happens in these 70 minutes and BAROCOCO would work better if had some kind of a plot

76
Through the Fire
Midtown E
Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting
January 31st, 2022

See it if You like monologues, especially when the actors plays more than one character. The acting is quite good while the writing might need help

Don't see it if Monologues are not your thing and if you avoid performances ( partially ) in Spanish with loud music, rapping and cursing.

78
Old fashioned, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging
January 29th, 2022

See it if If you want to see a new, smart and “ funny “ production of an “ old fashioned “ musical. Simple but great staging and very good cast.

Don't see it if If you expect something “ edgy “. No matter how hard they try “ the street of New York “ is still an old fashioned melodrama.

80
Quirky, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful
January 22nd, 2022

See it if You are in the mood for some unconventional take on stories about the absurdity of religion. Expect very good acting and a minimal set

Don't see it if If you expect two traditional plays. They are both quite “ unusual “ and they might be confusing if you are not “ prepared “.

Also I found both plays entertaining and smart. Somehow they reminded me of... Read more Read less

71
For a previous production
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Great for the holidays, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining
December 5th, 2021

See it if If you are in a holiday spirit and want to spend almost two hours watching a “ sweet “ and entertaining Xmas play. The acting is quite good

Don't see it if If you are a Scrooge… this play will definitely not be your cup of tea. It gets slow at times ( especially the first half )

69
Great writing, A little old fashioned, Funny, Entertaining
November 8th, 2021

See it if If you are familiar with the play and you would like to see it with a new twist ( set in a Caribbean location with a spanish speaking cast )

Don't see it if If you don’t speak Spanish and reading subtitles bothers you.

67
And So We Walked
West Village
Clever staging, Too long, Indulgent, Relevant, Intelligent
October 30th, 2021

See it if You like monologues where one actor plays different roles. This show will definitely help you better understand native Americans history.

Don't see it if Monologues are not your thing. This one woman show is quite clever and charming but way too long. Some parts are repetitive and slow.

81
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You want to experience a great night of music and ( real ) stories about immigrants and their hard lives during the previous administration.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows partially in Spanish and if you voted for Donald Trump !

Also After the performance every member of the show moved outside ( the str... Read more Read less

69
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious
October 21st, 2021

See it if If you like monologues that try to deal with deep/uncomfortable/challenging subjects. The acting is definitely very good.

Don't see it if If you think you might spend 90 minutes watching a light/amusing monologue. She does her very best but the “ story “ is not easy to follow.

35
During previews
Persuasion
East Village
Boring, Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing
September 18th, 2021

See it if Only if you love everything written by Jane Austen.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a clear “ story “. This one is extremely confusing especially if you don’t know the novel.

78
During previews
Ni Mi Madre
West Village
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful
August 18th, 2021

See it if You like monologues about a mother and her chaotic but entertaining life raising children from different husbands and “ cultures “.

Don't see it if You want a more polished production. At time the performance might be a little “ campy “ but it is definitely worth the price of admission

74
For a previous production
Washington Square
West Village
Minimalist, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Good acting
March 12th, 2020

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.

80
During previews
Endlings
East Village
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever
March 7th, 2020

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.

5
During previews
The Fre
Soho/Tribeca
Cliched, Bad acting, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing
March 2nd, 2020

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

25
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Boring, Confusing, Slow
February 12th, 2020

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

40
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
February 10th, 2020

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.

48
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Confusing
January 31st, 2020

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 “.

50
Where Are We Now
East Village
Too long, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
December 13th, 2019

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.

97
Refreshing, Must see, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful
December 11th, 2019

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.

70
Ambitious, Absorbing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking
December 11th, 2019

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.

21
During previews
Fur
East Village
Meaningless, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing
November 4th, 2019

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.

59
During previews
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing
November 4th, 2019

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.

81
All My Fathers
East Village
Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing
October 21st, 2019

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

67
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Uneven, Bare staging, Resonant, Slow
October 15th, 2019

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.

78
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
October 8th, 2019

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 .

79
Great “ location “, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing
October 2nd, 2019

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.

53
Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky
July 25th, 2019

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.

68
Square Go
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Confusing
June 15th, 2019

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.

77
Entangled
Midtown W
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
May 7th, 2019

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.

59
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal
April 27th, 2019

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.

80
Unusual, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful
April 17th, 2019

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 “.

86
Plano
East Village
Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
April 15th, 2019

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.

50
During previews
City of No Illusions
East Village
Entertaining, Resonant, Quirky, Relevant, “ unfinished “
February 10th, 2019

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

88
Generation NYZ
East Village
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Delightful, Absorbing
January 26th, 2019

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.

86
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant
January 26th, 2019

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.

33
Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
Cliched, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Amateurish
January 26th, 2019

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.

74
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing
January 19th, 2019

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.