Cliff 8097

White Plains | 65+ | Male
About:  Theatre addict, on and Off-Off Broadway, The methodology of acting and the collaborative effort behind any production is, in itself, rewarding for me, nothwithstanding the quality of the production or acting.
Reviews (62)
Coal Country
East Village
Reality bytes, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if Realistic script of witness statements in the criminal action against the head of the mining company who disregarded Federal safety reqs

Don't see it if Leaves too much to the imagination. Barren set.Message that should be told, but needs more poetic license, to stray from the factual script.

Needs trimming, but worth it, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want a light comedy faithful to the movie, even in casting. Buy a glass of wine at beginning: refills free during show!

Don't see it if You have impatience for a 2 hour plus play: definitely needs trimming.

You don, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Very amusing 1-man show that modernizes Judaism and the 10 Commandments, with many hilarious moments

Don't see it if You are anti-semetic.

We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Borderline entertainment, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you like music that's fair-to-good, with a few interesting vignettes that try to create a story, see it.

Don't see it if Boring.

During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if MTC/City Cen production has elements of good Off Broadway show: decent acting, some humor, and nice set save an otherwise perplexing plot

Don't see it if Casting and actors produce a wasp bourgeoise, instead of scripted Jewish slumlord and his family.

Also I can't believe that the non-Jewish actors, utilizing non-Jewish accen... Read more Read less

A Peregrine Falls
East Village
Must see, Great writing, Absorbing, Crescendos into an intense, gut-wrenching ending

See it if You can handle a play about a pedophile who cons the audience into liking him, initially, just as the victims.

Don't see it if You want a light play that will not disturbingly, poignantly impact on you.

Also This is a subject that needs to be brought to the stage and peoples' c... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Self-indulgent, educational, layered

See it if You'll learn or recall everything about Bess Myerson while enduring fallout effect she had on her daughter:Mommy Dearest without coat hanger

Don't see it if If you dont remember Burt Parks. If you want to see Bess Myerson on stage: regrettably, she is an actress off stage who speaks by phone

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Pace yourself,

See it if Caffeinate yourself and become immersed in 3 hours of Shakespeare at its finest, in power hungry quest for royalty.

Don't see it if You have trouble with Shakespeare period writing, and if so, it will be a sign of the winter of your discontent.

During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Absorbing, Best dramatic musical since evan hanson

See it if Musical w amazing script n score of "normal abnormal" family, punctuated by current opiate and me too issues confronted w brutal honesty.

Don't see it if You want a traditional, senseless musical with a simplistic "Happy, Happy Haopy Talk" and "Oh What a Beautiful Morning", with no reality.

Also I've seen a lot of theatre over the years, and place my bet on this on... Read more Read less

During previews
Great playwrite, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if This lively, at times hilarious while also empathetic and thought provoking, shows life's inter-relationships through great characters.

Don't see it if You have to concentrate, as there are layers developed in character relationships: it can be confusing with number of roles.

Funny, Epitome of satire,, Clever, Banal

See it if Seen again after 10 year lapse, and just as absorbing and uniquely satirical as ever: Uganda depictions are at times uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You can't laugh at the fact that any religion is in part based on an illogical allegiance with doctrinaire dogma.

Also Scientific reality is that man created god and not vice versa: this me... Read more Read less

West Village
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, evolving, introspective

See it if Actor's roles shift in intense show that grabs you immediately, and literally and figuratively doesn't let go until the surprising end.

Don't see it if You have fear of abduction or your children's safety.You want modicum of levity, which just isn't there.

The White Chip
Midtown E
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant interplay between 2 great actors with absorbing script and tragic, unpredictable ending.

Don't see it if You're bored by simple set,, no action, pure dialogue.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You admire great writing and acting even if it's slow moving without set change.

Don't see it if You're an animal lover. Too long: needs trimming and intermission, best before mother arrives.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You loved the movie which is miraculously followed, with Beetlejuice exceeding expectations but remainder of cast disappointing, as was scor

Don't see it if You want to humm any of the songs. You're sick of satanical musicals after Hadestown and Hercules.

Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You grew up with Motown and want jukebox musical w subtle plot.

Don't see it if You know the Temps so well that find it sacrilegious for them to change cadence of practicality every song.

West Village
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brings to poignant reality military PTSD with unexpected, somewhat forced, surprise connection from Vietnam to Afghan war, realistically don

Don't see it if You've had a depressing day and want to see a show for levity: this one stays mentally embedded well after curtain call.

During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The unique family,biracial gay couple w artificially inseminated daughter w anger, raises marital and parenting issues relevant to anyone.

Don't see it if You do not want to be challenged; cannot accept gay intimacy, even though not offensive.

Profound, Clever, Absorbing

See it if The lead/writer suffers from cerebral palsy, and brilliantly presents an enlightening, 4th-wall-breaking insight into his life, and mind

Don't see it if You are not interested in Off, Off Broadway and aren't willing to take a chance to expand your perspective on theatre.

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You can handle 1 more vintage gay play after a season with The Boys in The Band and Angels in America: this is up there with Angels.

Don't see it if You've seen enough Broadway revivals of 30-40 year old Gay plays this year.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Inaudible

See it if You love a cappella singing, incredible percussive dancing and good acting yet one strains to understand dialogue and plot emerges too late.

Don't see it if You don't like straining to understand poor articulation with accents making it hard to follow lines

Delightful, Great staging, Profound, Must see, Refreshing

See it if Under-rated by Critics and should have won best revival Tony. Prof. Higgins=weak; Eliza and her dad=worth price of admission. Staging=A+

Don't see it if No negatives unless you're a prune and regret spending $ for a show. "Just U Wait Henry Higgins" as she peregrinates through the mansion=A+

A Blanket of Dust
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if Straining credulity, this play is a must see not because it is convincing, but because it crawls into the mind of a 9/11 widow.

Don't see it if Even if you are insulted by conspiracy theorists, see it for the acting and great venue alone.

During previews
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting and set in Victorian setting with feminist twist.

Don't see it if You want modernism. Directing was boring and rigid

Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if The best off-Broadeay Musical I've seen since Hamilton. Brilliant script/lyrics; great singing; lyrics define roles.

Don't see it if See it. Don't see if you're misogynistic.

Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if 3 scenes simultaneously on stage with, at times, synchronized script, unlike anything ever seen, which extraordinarily melds and complements

Don't see it if this is not a happy play: it is, however, a powerful message of depression and suicide running within a family over generations.

Also I was amazed by the acting and how the play was directed: the scenes a... Read more Read less

Ya try, but ya just don't get it show, Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if This is the type of show that would never play in Peoria, but you know it's ambitious and well-acted

Don't see it if If you can't take a one man show requiring one to psychoanalyze the actor

Also O.K.: the new "it" is here. Camcorders on stage. They kind of get it r... Read more Read less

Medea (BAM)
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A unique modernization of the well-known Greek tragedy with lead performances so amazing that they will be difficult to forget

Don't see it if First read Wikipedia about the story: if the concept of the mother's transition is bothersome, do not see the show.

Also One should see this show and then West Side Story, merely to realize h... Read more Read less

Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Jerry herman forgotten treasure, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want a clever musical without a formulaic plot, that warrants a revival.

Don't see it if If you've seen 1 too many musicals centering on an actress found by a Director with a love triangle. But, this show has an unpredictable end

Also Jerry Herman had the success of Mame and Hello Dolly in the 60's, with... Read more Read less

During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
The poignant continuum of failed immigration policies, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that puts the painful realities of family separation into modern political perspective, pre-Trump. Unique direction.

Don't see it if You do not want to confront the dilemma we face on immigration policies.

Also This show reflects that even with DACA and Dreamers, inequities and un... Read more Read less

17 Minutes
Midtown W
Hard to take, but worth it, Absorbing

See it if You can examine the psyche of the grieving mother, the officer who was afraid to respond, his Captain, and others in a poignant portrayal.

Don't see it if You feel that some subjects are too sensitive to dramatize, in this case, a school shooting.

The cast is inspiring, Ambitious, Dizzying, Clever

See it if Plot very difficult to follow given multiple characters with bizarre folk lore story - born with a pig's tail- but sit back and enjoy spirit

Don't see it if Off Broadway with bare essentials, with winding story lines that may lose you, yet different, with an immensely charismatic cast.

Off, off but right-on broadway, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if There is some brilliant writing, acting (rage monologue from a terminal hospital patient) in this hidden gem off, off Broadway, a must see

Don't see it if Needs some trimming, and rock band neighbor makes it difficult at times.

Also Anyone who loves theatre - - the methodology of acting and collaborati... Read more Read less

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Unconventioal tennessee william's

See it if William's foray into comedy with development of classic woman lead role, in deep South, but infused with catholoc Sicilean heritage.

Don't see it if Critics complained that it is a failed comedy, and if you want levity, the laughs are few and far apart. Hindsight, read about play before.

Also Marissa Tomei is fantastic; Tony Award performance, of woman emotional... Read more Read less

Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Genius in a unique genre,

See it if You can appreciate the creative genius in freestyle, improv rap, unpredictable and without a script or score.

Don't see it if You're expecting anything traditional, beyond a stage, lighting, sound system, and audience: from there it's a rap-session "Second City"

Also Hip hop on steroids: as creatively ingenious as a Coltrane tenor solo,... Read more Read less

Bella Bella
Midtown W
Indulgent, Distracting, self-indulging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you're a devoted fan of Harvey Feinstein, you'll allow some flaws in his acting and respect his creative perspective.

Don't see it if I get it; I understand Bella's daughter inspired by Harvey's adaptation; but it's a he playing a legendary she. Just not fair.

Also Even if her performance was great, would you want Beyonce playing Bara... Read more Read less

Is This A Room
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if True story about hard luck interpreter who is investigated and charged with disseminating government top secret papers.

Don't see it if Few are enamored with the FBI but this show makes 3 agents look totally stupid, which questions its objectivity.

Dizzying, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You are Jewish or want to appreciate enhancing known musical with its ethnic soul.

Don't see it if You get whiplash reading subtitles, dont want to enjoy the cadence of Yiddish or have no interest in dissecting and understanding the essenc

Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Excruciating, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You're into sophomoric drunkfest, after coming into Manhattan from a bridge or tunnel. Only redeeming quality is the venue, itself.

Don't see it if You want a modicum of substance to your evening: I don't even think designated actor was drunk; assuming this, the acting was o.k.

During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intense, Quirky

See it if You would like a bizarre, dark musical with great score, solid acting and a script written during a hallucinogenic trip.

Don't see it if Your musical acceptance can't exceed Rogers and Hart level.

The Exes
Midtown W
Insipid, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if You want mundane, non-inspirng, safe night at Theatr e.Poorly acted but insipid script to work on,with subject that should've produced more

Don't see it if You can't appreciate the good with the mediocre in theatre and value both as a means if measuring the genre.

During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Slow, Great writing

See it if Any Tracy Lent play is thought provoking and funny. Despicable lead male may provoke self-analysis for any mid-life single guy in audience.

Don't see it if Full nudity scenes titillating yet unnecessary for character development. 3 hour Play needs trimming.

Also Play's dialogue and cynical 1-liners keep audience alert and laughing,... Read more Read less

During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if If you remember LBJ or not, the politics and protests of the 60's, and a flawed Pres. leading after JFK. Acting and script are superb.

Don't see it if You loved Nixon. Play needs 10-15 minutes cut from each act: runs 3 hours.

Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting: The Green Book/Driving Miss Daisy, with a more substantive story line.

Don't see it if You're a snob and stick to inane Broadway musicals, without substance.

Entertaining, Clever

See it if Complements ugly Xmas sweaters with mindless, sophmoric entertainment: if they took acting lessons, they could be modern day Martin & Lewis

Don't see it if You have to pay full price: go to Radio City for an Xmas Show.

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Absorbing dark comedy with a twist on gay marriage

Don't see it if See it, unless you're homophobic, in which case, move to Utah.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Insightful exploration of the mind of a dying woman and her alter ego keeps an otherwise immobile performance alive until it explodes at end

Don't see it if You get itchy and impatient as one's character slowly develops in front of you: be patient.

During previews
First Love
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You are touched by concept that first love may arise in one's golden years.

Don't see it if You need action and get ticked-off by senseless symbolism, here in the form of a cupid-like distraction who annoyingly appears and disappear

Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if See it, even if Rap is not your thing. He is brilliant.

Don't see it if Just see it: you'll never forget Baba and his impact.

Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy great acting and insight into troubled child's escape from abusive home into transformation to a different person, to adulthood.

Don't see it if You want glitter in a set and need staging to be entertained; 1 man, center stage, that's it.