Claudio V

Manhattan

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Reviews (118)
50
During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

2
Disappointing, Amateurish, " cheap ", Insipid

See it if You might like the idea to see an updated production of Cymbeline even if it has a very amateurish feeling and the acting is uneven at best.

Don't see it if if you like your Shakespeare the old good fashioned way. Cymbeline is not exactly easy to follow and this production doesn't help at all.

Also I am very open to move the " action " of any Shakespeare's play from t... Read more Read less

81
Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You want to see a site specific production where you are " in " the show. The staging is definetly ingenious in spite of the limited space.

Don't see it if If you prefer more polished productions. This one has ( at times ) a " works in progress " feeling. Be prepared for not so comfortable seats

80
Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

See it if You want to see a new and refreshing production of a classic. The rendering of the Chromolume is priceless.

Don't see it if You are still stuck in the past and you think that the original production can't be " updated ".

51
During previews
Overrated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Banal, Entertaining

See it if You are into plotless shows that revolve around " mind reading ", " magic " tricks and.... you got the picture....

Don't see it if You don't easily fall for this kind of shows. The tricks are impressive and too good to be true but the feeling of being manipulated is real

83
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very intense monologue about a very current topic ( gun violence in schools )

Don't see it if You don't want re-live recent facts about a massacre of school children

68
During previews
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a play about Islam, immigration and prejudices.

Don't see it if You expect a perfectly written play, after a quite good first act the story becomes confusing and kind of hard to believe.

93
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Must see

See it if You want to see an enchanting and " splendiferous " show that mixes music, puppetry, dancing and of course acting.

Don't see it if You think theater has to be old school. There is nothing " old " in this production, maybe not Kneehigh best show but it is still great

81
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if Liked " Sense and Sensibilty " by the same director ( Eric Tucker ) It has a lot of similarities in common and I mean A LOT.

Don't see it if You might be confused by a production in which actors, out of the blue, start dancing "thriller". It is Vanity Fair with unexpected twists

82
During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Masterful, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You are familiar with this Play and you want to see it in a totally different light. The staging itself will leave you breathless.

Don't see it if You like your O'Neill's plays staged the old fashioned way. This production has definetly a metaphysical " feeling ". ( Pirandello anyone ?)

92
887
Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to enjoy a masterful solo performance that, with a very clever staging, recreates the author's childhood memories.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalistic solo performances. This show is basically a " memoir " that might look slow at times. It is partially in French

88
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

31
Insipid, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a play that deals with very serious topics( guns, faith & politics ) with a simple staging

Don't see it if You want to avoid a play that deals with guns & faith. It pretends to be a serious "work" but in the end is like a bad and long SNL sketch

Also I don't recommend New World Stages to anybody. They are the rudest peo... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a slow, confusing and hermetic play about the troubles of a family of immigrants from Nigeria.

Don't see it if You prefer your plays to be " easy " to follow and with a clear message. The writing is quite pretentious and confusing.

52
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You are a die hard fan of Annie Baker and you enjoy whatever she writes.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a linear plot and characters/stories you might care about. This is not one of her best works, for sure..

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You are in the mood for a fast paced, irreverent and cleverly staged version of this Shakespeare's play. It is a lot of fun

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare the old fashioned way. The whole text has been " revisited " and now has a strong Latin/Caribbean vibe.

49
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like shows that try to mix classic tragedy with today real war stories

Don't see it if You are not into overly intellectual and pretentious theater pieces. This show will leave you totally bored and confused

79
Great singing, Cliched, Indulgent, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You want to see Glenn Close in a stunning performance. She is Norma Desmond,everybody else is good not great. And no more chandeliers please

Don't see it if You think that Lloyd Webber's musicals are derivative and knock-offs of Italian operas. They are basically Puccini on steroids.

5
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Boring

See it if You like meaningless experimental theater and really ( REALLY ) want to waste 90 minutes of your life

Don't see it if You'd rather spend those 90 minutes in a better way. Can I suggest to go on line and watch cheese age instead ?

69
Resonant, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a play about bullying in high school. With some stretch of your imagination it can remind you of Dear Evan Hansen.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for another play about bullying. The writing is uneven and the play itself needs a more plausible ending.

70
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like a monologue that mixes Shakespeare with the writer/actor personal war stories. It sounds heavy but it is actually entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't really like solo performances ( on a totally bare stage ) especially when they deal with war and its consequences ( PTSD )

79
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to be reminded how much human and environmental damage the big oil corporations can do. It is devastating

Don't see it if you are looking for something more conventional and funny. For sure this is not the " feel good " play of the year.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You want to have a new and updated look at the biblical story of Judas' last days

Don't see it if You can't care less about Judas' possible fate ( heaven ? Hell ? ). It is a play witty at times but in the end in need of editing.