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 (112)
83
Memorial
Midtown W
Broadway bound ? -, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing
January 28th, 2023

See it if The show presents the controversy over the Vietnam Memorial which in itself, synthesizes some of the same conflicts we face today.

Don't see it if I'm not sure if the show would play in Peoria, but it begs for wider distribution, with some work for Broadway.

83
The Piano Lesson
Brooklyn
- give it time and the ending makes it worth it, Absorbing
December 21st, 2022

See it if You liked "Fences", "Jitney" and other works, this one with an unpredictable and gripping ending

Don't see it if The show has a slow moving, redundant plot over the fate of a bequethed piano, which is tedious until it moves from 2nd gear to overdrive at

70
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ridiculous -, Excruciating
December 21st, 2022

See it if You can make sense over producing a show about the American Revolution with an all woman, multi-racial cast, whose talent is wasted

Don't see it if You're expecting your 7th Grade Civics Book put to music

Also The above said, the actress who played Ben Franklin was almost worth t... Read more Read less

79
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
December 21st, 2022

See it if Well, it opened-and-closed, but 10 years from.now, when its revived for "Encores", see ot for its exceptionally talented performers.

Don't see it if You can't take acscreaming Next Gen audience who obviously got more out of the show than the Critics did.

79
A poignant book for a jukebox musical -, Great singing, Clever
December 21st, 2022

See it if The darkside of Neil Diamond's depression, self-depracation and marital abandonement present a better story line than most jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with a show accreditting Diamond with poetic genius.

Also In "MJ", Michael's dark side wasn't portrayed; in "Aint Too Proud", th... Read more Read less

69
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Banal
December 4th, 2022

See it if You like musicals that challenge the audience, pushing limits, with some chaos.

Don't see it if Opening scene of a zealous Black Preacher and his stereotypic evangelical congregation, will either draw you in or more likely, offend you.

78
During previews
Edgy, Great acting
October 2nd, 2022

See it if Three Card Monte card Shark brothers, allegoricaly hustle each other in their card game of life.

Don't see it if At times show is stagnant.

71
Strings Attached
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing
September 22nd, 2022

See it if A train ride with parallel universes:3 Physicists visited by 3 historical Physicists, and let's add a love triangle for clarity.

Don't see it if There's a reason, I guess, that I was bored in High School physics class: if you were too, skip this show.

82
Jasper
Midtown W
Poignant realty - absorbing and thought provoking
September 18th, 2022

See it if Great acting, solid staging for Off Broadway, gripping story about a husband's and wife's struggles with sick child and marriage pressures

Don't see it if You want sunshine and roses in a play: this is serious, tragic, at times disdainful, with hope arising through an unexpected ending.

79
A one-man theatrical feat, Confusing, Absorbing
September 17th, 2022

See it if You admire great acting and a creative script by one man creating multiple roles and dialog, albeit at times confusing and rambling.

Don't see it if No staging, props or foot movement, with one actor at times succeeding in morphing into multiple roles, and at other times boring.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious
September 17th, 2022

See it if You'd like an entertaining review of Irving Berlin's movie scores, interspersed with an informative narrative of his life.

Don't see it if You need a plot with a beginning and end: this is more like Smokey Joe's Cafe than it is a typical musical.

79
Entertaining, Clever, A comedy with a corpse:
September 17th, 2022

See it if You like a clever satire on the CIA's bungling efforts to create a regime change in Chile during the 60's very funny and at times insiteful

Don't see it if Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with a carpet-wrapped corpse on stage.

87
Love Quirks
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great songs, acting and story - not to be missed
July 17th, 2022

See it if You appreciate great lyrics - the best of any current on or off Broadway show -set to a great insight on 4 single roomates in NYC.

Don't see it if You have no interests in "Friends", as it is somewhat on the same story line, updated and with great music.

90
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Broadway bound - creative, funny, delightful
July 10th, 2022

See it if Great story, staging, special effects, acting, singing, with fantasy becoming reality for a troubled 18 year old girl, brilliantly portrayed

Don't see it if The songs are rhythmic with relevant lyrics, but not memorable otherwise.

72
POTUS
Midtown W
All star cast in an amateur show, Disappointing
July 3rd, 2022

See it if You want to see an eclectic array of talented women in at times an entertaining, but all too often a corny slapstick show.

Don't see it if You can't take sophomoric humor akin to Spamalot and The Play That Goes Wrong.

88
Funny, Entertaining, A legend in a great production
July 3rd, 2022

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Billy Crystal in a surprisingly entertaining, hilarious show with a great supporting cast.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it, even if you are uncertain as to Billy Crystal: he will amaze you.

85
Amazing production
July 1st, 2022

See it if You are open to a modernized Hamlet that captures every essence of the play with effective use of cam corder and multi media.

Don't see it if You are afraid of a 3 1-2 hour production even if I tell you it will fly by.

80
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing
June 24th, 2022

See it if An interesting dilemma - necessity for a family's matching kidney Donor - - which unexpectedly takes a plot twist.

Don't see it if You tire of the number of plays premised on internal family conflict, although this one has a different, slightly implausible twist.

80
Great acting, Sensuous - beyond comparison
June 24th, 2022

See it if Marvelously acted play by Aedin Moloney, the most sensuous theatre ever. Adapted from Joyce's Ulysses, her passion exudes from the stage.

Don't see it if You are provincial and cannot handle a woman emoting over her sexual drive and encounters,

76
During previews
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Thought provoking for days
May 29th, 2022

See it if Great acting with misfits at a dinner of old acquaintsnces missing Gabriel: his potential connection with a tragic death may explain title.

Don't see it if Youre annoyed by it dragging at spots and you need an intermission for a 2 hour play.

Also The playwrite leaves it to your imagination as to the title's signific... Read more Read less

78
"deaf poetry" merges with "six"
May 12th, 2022

See it if You appreciate new, talented actors address the pressures, stigmas, prejudices, and obstacles facing Black women, in particular.

Don't see it if You require a defined story or plot: this is poetry in motion and a precursor to "Six" with a seven-women ensemble complementing each other.

86
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant and unique:
May 12th, 2022

See it if The best Off Broadway musical in years. Great story; Mexican inspired music; creative staging and dancing, timely and insightful.

Don't see it if You want to build walls instead of bridges.

74
Flash/Frozen
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious
March 12th, 2022

See it if You're interested in Learning of true story and like ice skating

Don't see it if You want a polished production and dislike a 1 hour show

Also Use your imagination:ice stating over a simple wooden, prop-less stage... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Absorbing, Spoiler alert - over the top nudity
March 12th, 2022

See it if Well-acted, intriguing story, you accept visual shock

Don't see it if Overdosage of male nudity ain't your thing

Also There were really only 2-3 scenes where brief glimpse of male nudity c... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing
March 10th, 2022

See it if You love Nina Simone's Music, respect a strong acting role, with minimal script in-between songs

Don't see it if You are bothered by a limited set and week script to replicate time-frame and week story line

Also The entire show is staged for 2 Nina Simone concerts, first in Westbur... Read more Read less

88
Dated, Great acting, Entertaining, Tony's get ready
March 10th, 2022

See it if Sara Jessica Parker is magnificent; Matthew Broderick shows some excitement beyond his normal stiff, deadpan performance; a must see.

Don't see it if Neil Simon's gem is flawed in that the 3 roles played by SJP are all somewhat ditzy women; would be different if written today.

Also But for the lead women roles being outdated, I would have scored this ... Read more Read less

83
Black No More
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Broadway bound - make room hamilton
February 27th, 2022

See it if Incredible score, dancing, singing and talent abound in the Hip Hop operatic wonder

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional musical

78
During previews
Great acting improves a tired play
February 27th, 2022

See it if Great acting and character development in a secondary Eugene O'Neill play

Don't see it if You have a drinking problem or want a light night at the theatre

Also An incredible cast, good set and great lighting resuscitates a somewha... Read more Read less

75
First Down
Midtown E
Absorbing, Football from a different perspective
February 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy exploring relevant issue from all sides

Don't see it if If you are Islamaphoebic

50
Improv with dick jokes: that's it
February 18th, 2022

See it if You think it's humor in itself just to mention sexual organs

Don't see it if You dont want to embarrass the actors

Also Totally ridiculous, nonsensical, embarrassing production for anyone to... Read more Read less

70
Chaotic energy
February 18th, 2022

See it if You appreciate effort and an ensemble of talented young actors with some humorous moments and clever lyrics

Don't see it if You're sick of seeing Off Broadway Musicals that will never get there

Also Lots of energy and some humorous moments and clever parody songs save ... Read more Read less

78
A Class Act
Midtown W
Great dedicated actors collaborating in an entertaining and insightful show
February 11th, 2022

See it if You appreciate an ambitious musical with a great score and book that's not all sunshine and lollipops

Don't see it if You are skittish about an Off Broadway musical without a budget to stage pizzazz

Also Great story of Ed Kleban, the lyricist for A Chorus Line, with vivid d... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Space Dogs
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Ambitious
February 7th, 2022

See it if You admire creative script with decent music, and want to excel at Trivia

Don't see it if You're expecting anything remotely traditional in a "musical"

Also Midway through the redundancy of this ambitious production, I was wond... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Sanitized but fun
January 27th, 2022

See it if You liked Michael Jackson, his music, or want to learn more about him - Good Acting

Don't see it if You want the full MJ story

Also It's got the Jackson Five; the Jacksons (minus Janice); the adult Mich... Read more Read less

89
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
A must see
January 27th, 2022

See it if You appreciate great acting and writing

Don't see it if It's not a traditional Broadway Musical - not dark, but somewhat discouraging

Also Sondheim's genius with a seamless gender-change for the lead role and ... Read more Read less

79
Sugar Ray
Harlem
Ringside for a strong one-actor show, Absorbing
January 24th, 2022

See it if You appreciate fine acting even if in a simple, off-off-Broadway production

Don't see it if You disdain boxing or want a polished production

Also Great acting; small theatre; simple boxing ring as stage; no hoopla - ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
- incomprehensible, Confusing
January 20th, 2022

See it if If you like decent hip hop on stage and think way outside of the box

Don't see it if You're expecting a smooth ride on stage

Also I tried; I really did; but I just couldn't make sense out of this play... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Broadway at its best
January 17th, 2022

See it if You don't need modern-day relevancy on stage and can appreciate a master musical in a flawless performance

Don't see it if You have zero tolerance for nostalgia and are totally ignorant

Also Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster may each carry-off Tony's for their per... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Ambitious but a work in progress
January 16th, 2022

See it if You like families disected on stage and appreciate great acting and strong playwriting

Don't see it if You want a tidy play less than 3 hours

Also This play needs more editting, as it is tedious at times and an 8:00 p... Read more Read less

72
Poignant, great lead acting, insulting
December 15th, 2021

See it if You appreciate a lead actress who can transcend a cliched storyline, giving a Tony-deserving performance

Don't see it if You prefer dialogue over sung-lines, and are sensitive to elements of racism and antisemitism.

Also It is somewhat difficult to review a show which has climactic, back-to... Read more Read less

90
Incredible lighting and staging, Great singing, Clever
December 11th, 2021

See it if You're open to a creative, completely unconventional musical, that succeeds in delivering a different experience

Don't see it if You have no clue as to, or condemn the use of hallucigenic drugs

Also One of the most creative musicals that have graced Broadway in years, ... Read more Read less

73
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Great acting, Confusing
December 11th, 2021

See it if You appreciate great acting

Don't see it if You have difficulty with quick scene and character switches

Also Although the show had great acting - - and is worth the price of admis... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Unmatched creativity - improv meets hip-hop
December 2nd, 2021

See it if You want to see the most creative Broadway show you'll ever see

Don't see it if You cringe at hip-hop, rap, and beat boxing, and have no sense of adventure

Also Imagine improv, a la "Second City", combined with hip hop, rap, beat b... Read more Read less

73
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Dizzying, Disappointing
December 2nd, 2021

See it if You would like to sit ringside atca SuperBowl half-time show, and appreciate great singing

Don't see it if You are expecting to take away any memorable songs or valued story

Also O.K., truth be told, other than realizing that the casting is meaningf... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining
December 2nd, 2021

See it if You like talented kids, a somewhat dark-musical, and Diana Ross

Don't see it if You have seen 1 too many Broadway shows about kids "coming out"

Also This clever musical, with a cast of absorbing, talented kids, is somew... Read more Read less

83
The Visitor
East Village
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 2nd, 2021

See it if You like meaningful, dark musicals

Don't see it if You support Trump's immigration policies

Also While critics found this show to be "dated", I disagree and feel that ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
October 6th, 2021

See it if Excellent acting in 1-man show

Don't see it if You want a huge production with large cast and set changes

Also With a great Blues guitar as the sole accompaniment, this one man show... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Clever
October 6th, 2021

See it if You want to see incredible acting without a spoken word in a unique context

Don't see it if You don't like a "dark" show with haunting impact

Also This is a 1-woman show with exception of a cameo appearance when a bed... Read more Read less

68
Edgy, Banal, Ambitious
October 6th, 2021

See it if You relish ANY Broadway production and welcome intellectually challenging storyline

Don't see it if You cringe by overuse of the "N" word

Also The show tests the audience's perception as it metaphorically traces t... Read more Read less

66
Chasing Jack
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched
October 6th, 2021

See it if You are hungering for ANY live theatre, with dialog

Don't see it if You loathe mediocre acting and script

Also Basic interesting context of following anguished physician through a m... Read more Read less