Cliff 8339

New York City

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Reviews (15)
73
Typically wonderful sondheim lyrics and some beautiful songs, Not a lot of nuance or depth in the characters, Better acting, Good singing

See it if You love Sondheim and if the notion of lost close friendships resonates with you

Don't see it if You’re looking for well rounded characters or more interesting character development

96
Great dancing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Beautiful melding of an over the top story of self-absorbed actors and a poignant one about the struggles of a teenage lesbian.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a less formulaic show with something new and profound to say

Also This show may be formulaic but it is perfectly executed by a very stro... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Great staging, Disappointingly descended into slapstick

See it if Two excellent lead performances

Don't see it if Intriguing themes set up in the first act could have been explored with seriousness (laced with humor) in the second act. Instead, the play

Also lost its bearings and turned into an over the top farce

47
Disappointing, Didactic, Contrived, Inconsistent acting, Sometimes amateurish writing

See it if A moving performance by Rodney which, however excellent, could not rescue this mediocrity

Don't see it if The rest of the actors ranged from staggeringly bad to workmanlike; an adult playing a 12-year old didn’t work; having anyone behave...

Also childishly, even apparently cheerfully, after being told her entire fa... Read more Read less

74
Disappointing, Great performance by masur, Difficult to hear understudy girl’s lines, Girl’s lines lacked emotional resonance, Girl failed to display the requisite emotional growth

See it if Masterful performance by Masur, great timing, great emotional depth Impressive that a young girl could memorize so many lines

Don't see it if For girl’s character to “sing” requires an actress of greater subtlety, able to hit varied notes. Character development needed emotional...

Also revelation through the acting to match the script’s factual revelation... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if For Elaine May’s amazing performance and strong performances from the others.

Don't see it if You want some dramatic arc or character development instead of merely a perceptive portrait of a family dealing with a decent into dementia.

Also Michael Cera’s character (almost cartoonishly oblivious from beginning... Read more Read less

85
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if For a riveting performance by the mother (Close) and father and to see a familiar story told, with poignancy, from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You mind a mishmash of different accents and one cartoonish character (the brother of the maid).

90
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Absorbing, Masterful, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if An important untold story told beautifully with wonderful music displaying the composer’s versatility, extremely clever lyrics and book.

Don't see it if You’re looking for simple rock music, banal lyrics or an insipid book.

85
During previews
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You love Cole Porter songs, Kelli O’Hara, exceptional choreography and a witty book (and who doesn’t?)

Don't see it if You’re looking for something more cutting edge or profound.

Also I found the attempt to address the original misogynistic elements of t... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Two astonishing lead performances, exhibiting the emotional range and subtlety necessary to make these characters come alive and draw us in

Don't see it if The power of a lot of refreshing, authentic, witty, and romantic dialogue, and sharply observed characters were somewhat attenuated by ...

Also too much ideological pontification.

69
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Disappointing, Intermittent big laughs but not enough to sustain momentum

See it if You don’t mind an uneven show with a few big laughs

Don't see it if You’re looking for consistent, sharply observed humor. Inadequate mining of rich material from the excesses of both right and left.

80
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great music direction, Great choreographed movement

See it if Unbelievably creative direction, choreography, sound effects, music direction; feels like you’re immersed in the refugee camp

Don't see it if After the wonderful opening scene of the second act, felt too didactic to be emotionally compelling

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Brilliant acting by all; theme in lesser (playwright and director) hands might be didactic but not here; subtle character development.

Don't see it if You’re interested in formulaic treatment of nuanced issues.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh. Brilliant comic timing. Penetrating insights into himself. A certain sweetness in that he is the butt of his own jokes.

Don't see it if You are embarrassed about uncontrollably laughing out loud.

73
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great acting and a poignant story and don’t mind a contrived plot device.

Don't see it if You are troubled by a contrived plot that, upon reflection, does not withstand common sense scrutiny.