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 (92)
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Also But for the lead women roles being outdated, I would have scored this ...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

74
For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Reality bytes, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant
March 9th, 2020

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.

82
Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking
March 9th, 2020

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

75
Needs trimming, but worth it, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious
March 7th, 2020

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.

65
Incantata
Chelsea
Ya try, but ya just don't get it show, Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious
March 1st, 2020

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

78
You don, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever
February 27th, 2020

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.

88
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
February 27th, 2020

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

66
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Borderline entertainment, Disappointing, Ambitious
February 27th, 2020

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.

82
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Jerry herman forgotten treasure, Clever, Entertaining
February 24th, 2020

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

68
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing
February 24th, 2020

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

78
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
The poignant continuum of failed immigration policies, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing
February 24th, 2020

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

80
A Peregrine Falls
East Village
Must see, Great writing, Absorbing, Crescendos into an intense, gut-wrenching ending
February 24th, 2020

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

79
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Hard to take, but worth it, Absorbing
January 22nd, 2020

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.

65
Disappointing, Self-indulgent, educational, layered
January 20th, 2020

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

78
The cast is inspiring, Ambitious, Dizzying, Clever
November 16th, 2019

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.

83
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Pace yourself,
November 15th, 2019

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.

82
Off, off but right-on broadway, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
November 8th, 2019

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

90
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Absorbing, Best dramatic musical since evan hanson
November 6th, 2019

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

85
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Unconventioal tennessee william's
November 3rd, 2019

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

81
During previews
Great playwrite, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious
November 3rd, 2019

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.

86
Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Genius in a unique genre,
November 1st, 2019

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