Cloud9

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Miserable Russians, dumb musicals.
Reviews (102)
83
Great staging, Delightful

See it if The band kills- unbelievably good music. You identify w/ them and that drives the plot's interest, alongside an examination of the genocide.

Don't see it if The plot is bult on coincidence- so all feels very melodramatic. You'll either buy the plot or not (I didn't)- but at least there's music!

87
Dana H.
Gramercy
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This was brutal, in a smartly felt and compelling mode. Tracks the playwright's mother through her kidnapping.

Don't see it if Trigger warnings for sexual assualt.

87
Suicide Forest
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Run to see this play. Each time I thought the playwright had reached the end, she added a novel, engrossing twist.

Don't see it if Alienating, distancing in the best possible way.

77
Intelligent, Great singing

See it if A dark room, a man speaks in a sing-songy voice for 2 hours: almost immediately, my brain told me it was naptime.

Don't see it if Glad to see different concept for staging, tho this one didn't work for me. Most liked: the great music; the tonal breaks w/ diff actors.

86
Must see, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if I've read and seen it a couple of times- and still don't "understand" this play, but nonetheless find it extraordinarily affecting.

Don't see it if Other than the jaggedness of the play - a strength for me - the only real downside in this production is that the cast seems *too young*.

86
Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Dream production of such an important, influential play/"chorepoem." The singing, acting, dancing are all perfect here. Everyone was happy!

Don't see it if Can't think of why you wouldn't... Even if you can't buy at face-value, the Public offers daily lotteries at an incredible value.

83
Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Warm-hearted improv music-comedy. Hard not to laugh the whole night.

Don't see it if Depends on the energy your night. Most everything hit right the evening I watched, tho some night's maybe the scenarios might not work!

Also The show's a bit raunchier than Who's Line Is it Anyway -- so you gott... Read more Read less

86
Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if One of the most ambitious plays in theater right now. It confronts the tangle of racial and sexual trauma at the core of the American psyche

Don't see it if The play opens up real traumas. One of the women I saw this with sobbed for the second half of the play, & we each left emotionally drained.

89
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Emotional, riveting musical that deserves the praise. Some genuinely tearful moments, esp. in the second half.

Don't see it if If anything, the plot and action are *too* tense -- and some of the moments feel like getting hit in the stomach.

82
Delightful, Clever

See it if We were laughing the whole night thru this raunchy and smart monologue on oral sex that especially worked to deflate overpuffed masculinity.

Don't see it if I never lost myself completely like I do with the best comedy -- though was consistently happy throughout.

74
During previews
Sincerity Forever
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Disappointing

See it if Smart dialogue, glad to see this influentialMac Wellman work staged. That said, overly didactic and not enough pay-off to the script's turns

Don't see it if Some interesting formal devices, though the play itself seemed somewhat undercooked.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Masterful 3 & a half hour epic of American dreams and rituals. Unparalleled acting, staging, etc. throughout.

Don't see it if Absorbing and fast-paced, the play doesn't ever seem to critically question its subjects - especially their role in slavery or capitalism.

Also The original Milan & Paris production was closer to 5 hours. The trims... Read more Read less

90
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great singing, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if Big-hearted, fun, & undeniably smart musical that does its best to break down any stable sense of a self. Larry Owens = a national treasure!

Don't see it if With Playwrights Horizons' Student and Under 35 deals, this near-perfect musical is also made affordable for a larger audience.

72
Disappointing, Great staging

See it if A play about finding your animal self, with consistently memorable staging, lighting, and sound design throughout.

Don't see it if Super twee (take it or leave it), not a huge amount of dramatic movement or tension. Eliza Bent was great as the Roman Centurion son!

85
Pathetic
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Teenage goddess cults, sex and power relations, bloody violence - what's not to like? Jarcho understands the power of affect and feeling.

Don't see it if The narrative drops off in the 2nd half of the play, so even at its short length, the action could have been more concentrated.

89
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Exuberant, near-perfect staging that brings out the text's magic, all while feeling like a John Legend concert.

Don't see it if I could quibble with the ending or some actors' chemistry, but it wouldn't diminish this excellent production hitting all the right notes.

85
Great acting, Resonant

See it if Well-acted production of one of the great realist plays. If you've never seen the play before- this is a strong version!

Don't see it if Some unevenness, though always big-hearted and engaging.

Also Show-Score marks this as two hours long- it' actually THREE hours. (I'... Read more Read less

90
Fairview
Brooklyn
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if It's a masterpiece of an intricately put-together meta-theatrical family drama with race at its center.

Don't see it if Jackie Sibblies Drury is as good of a playwright as New York has right now, writing through the form, affect, and politics of theater.

82
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Pitch-perfect performance -- stunning sets, singing, and dancing! I'd say Benanti steals the show, but the whole cast seems perfect.

Don't see it if It's a classic broadway musical, staged excellently. Aim for close-up seats!

75
BLKS
Midtown W
Raunchy fun, Sitcom energy

See it if A three roommate sitcom with well-defined characters and strong, raunchy humor.

Don't see it if A striking debut, tho also seemed like an audition for a Netflix writers' room. Never really engages with what makes theater its own medium.

85
Plano
East Village
Refreshing, Resonant, Dizzying

See it if A frenetic, spinning top of a play where nightmares multiply and the action never settles. Great especially on gender, and never precious.

Don't see it if It never settles - so at certain moments, I wanted the play to knock me down, to bowl me over, which it consistently refuses to do.

88
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Extraordinary, shatters the stage, time and space to think through global care work, invisible labor, and race. Killer staging and acting.

Don't see it if Went with a friend, who thought the entire play was too high-keyed & a constant state of screaming. She hated it. So your mileage may vary.

89
Daddy
Midtown W
Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if Damn, Daddy. It's overlong. There's too much dialogue. But to his credit- Harris is one of the few playwrights who understands fantasy.

Don't see it if Excellent acting, staging and writing. Smart and totally refreshing play.

83
La Celestina
Gramercy
Absorbing, Fresh, Classic

See it if Repertorio Espanol's classic plays are always such a treat- and this was no different. Incredible entrance into a 500 yr old text!

Don't see it if An old text (one of the 1st Ren plays) brought to life, so no complaints. Rep E. provides such a service to the city and theater ecoystems.

Also Excellent staging of moods (raunchy, cloak-and-dagger, grief, contagio... Read more Read less

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Lush 3-hr epic with dozens of actors, 2 geese, and a rabbit. Dancing, love, violence - all designed to make you like it.

Don't see it if Doesn't quite hold up - especially the Irish-for-export aspects and decadent Banshee-ridden finale - but an enjoyable evening nonetheless.

83
One Green Bottle
East Village
Great acting, Delightful

See it if Delight of a play- offbeat slapstick parodying the classical stage, family relations, among others. Strong acting throughout!

Don't see it if The 3 people I saw this with debated whether or not this was just a night of "dumb fun" or something deeper. That's yours to decide I guess!

85
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great singing, Delightful

See it if A smart and dark performance that perhaps would stand better as a cabaret show than a full-blown play, WGD plumbs the feeling of loneliness.

Don't see it if The lead singer/actor felt perhaps too stage-y, too much of a performer for the relatively plain-spoken and deadpan text and music.

75
During previews
Endlings
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Cliched

See it if Was expecting (hoping!) to love this, but didn't find it as pointed as it could have been- mostly a little too broad, a little too gimmicky.

Don't see it if Some nice moments (the staging, the diving scenes, the "white play"), but never felt it hit as hard or as smart as it could have.

Also The play relied too heavily on its schticks: A lot of the humor - olde... Read more Read less

87
Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if Jess Thom performs Not I, followed by a video contextualizing the production and advocating for neurodiverse approaches to theater.

Don't see it if Not sure why ya wouldn't. This version brings so much out of Beckett's canonical text.

85
Intelligent, Epic, Absorbing

See it if Even if it isn't ADS herself, this production is so strong. Nice to see this brought back, at what seems like a good moment to center race.

Don't see it if ADS is about as relevant of a playwright as you could imagine, so no reason *not* to see it!

83
Black Exhibition
Brooklyn
Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Play charged with energy and desire, with dialogue that's both literary and everyday

Don't see it if Sometimes gets too far into the masks themselves, drawing away from the energy of the play as it is here.

Also Against some of Harris's work - esp. Slave Play - this is probably les... Read more Read less

79
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Slow start (build-up, setting the conversation), until the play explodes into a powerful conversation of morals. Great peaks here.

Don't see it if The first half of the play takes its sweet time, and doesn't feel necessary.

84
Great staging, Epic

See it if I was maybe the only person in the audience who hadn't read or seen anything in the Harry Potter universe. The play still rocked!

Don't see it if You'll get scared of dementors! That- and the first half of the first play is too much build-up, not enough action.

73
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Striking acting and staging, full of cathartic and powerful moments (with a tour-de-force closing monologue) on contemp Catholic politics.

Don't see it if Unlike Arbery's intricate and exciting Plano, the plot here is static: 4 conservatives debating, animated by submerged sexual tension.

77
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant

See it if Great acting, mannered British humor, repressed desire, and a look at a turbulent love affair. Some good moments of suspense and passion.

Don't see it if About as well staged as you'll see this late Pinter. Not my favorite work, it's self-contained and dialog-driven, somewhat static.

83
Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fun night out, full of laughs, not trying to be anything more than it is. Zulema Clares remains one of the best actors in the city.

Don't see it if Rapid-fire back and forth dialogue, if you're Spanish isn't up to par you'll do a fair amount of reading on a sometimes-delayed supertitle.

70
The Comedian's Tragedy
Soho/Tribeca
Great staging, Clever

See it if Strong acting and staging. Writer fully bought into conceit/theme/language.

Don't see it if I wanted to like this, but the scenes just didn't do much for me.

83
Handbagged
Midtown E
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Watch Margaret Thatcher promote racist free-market policies- as presented here it's a vicious dark comedy.

Don't see it if Forceful, sad, and funny, the play is essentially a slide-show history of the British 80s, without much narrative arc.

Also As a person who rarely cries during plays, I unexpectedly found myself... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if A real pleasure of a show, consistently and absurdly funny throughout. Works to deflate colonial history, masculinity, & the security state.

Don't see it if The machinery driving this show is somewhat one-note, so if it succeeds (which it does), it often feels like it can't go much further.

83
Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if Visually stunning, presents a host of class warfare, local earth gods, and the lingering ghosts of the land in a now-capitalist China.

Don't see it if For all of the fantastic choices throughout, much of the play's speech (often allegorical) has a dulling effect on the action and atmosphere

83
Something Clean
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Somewhere between realist drama and Brechtian Lehrstück, the play addresses the aftermath of trauma and developing new forms of intimacy.

Don't see it if Some of the scenes are choppy or overly didactic, though it coheres strongly. Excellent staging that breaks up the realism.

75
Butterflies
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting

See it if Superb acting that gave depth and humor to these characters. A fast-paced jump through the decades of 2 sisters' relationship.

Don't see it if The script includes a lot of unmotivated action- so some of the plot seems fairly arbitrary, lessening the emotional impact.

82
Great writing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Delightful production of one of the great playscripts - and one which seemed to "get" Chekhov's power.

Don't see it if Some rough edges - though nothing damning.

Also If some recent Chekhov productions (Nelson's Vanya, for example) have ... Read more Read less

78
Lunch Bunch
East Village
Great acting, Clever

See it if Delightful, short (hour long) play with perfect acting and snappy directing. Workplace lunch as the one part of life you can control.

Don't see it if Never 100% hits home -- often stays at a fun/quirky level without aiming for gold.

80
Thoughtful, Great staging

See it if Mashup of horror and family drama for a look at how different people work through trauma and separation. Great lighting & sound!

Don't see it if Certain scenes drag without much narrative force- instead of producing melancholia they describe it.

69
Intense, Great writing, Uneven

See it if One of the great scripts in theater- playing with paranoia and fantasy.

Don't see it if Uneven acting. The space could use also use a little more acoustic panelling- voices got too much volume and reverb throughout in setting.

85
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fugard restores the political violence to Godot in a devastating production.

Don't see it if Some will find this tedious, others hypnotic. Little humor or overt action to break from the bleakness.

79
Screwball, Great staging, Edgy

See it if Biting screwball satire on black representation in cinema (& the arts more generally) with quite some kick.

Don't see it if The 2nd half, taking some real risks, sometimes falls flat in its sudden shifts. These are compounded by (directorial) problems in pacing.

87
God Said This
West Village
Refreshing, Delightful

See it if This was great, and totally unexpected. A tear-jerker in the best sense of the word. Family portrait draws through a full set of emotions.

Don't see it if Uneven in some scenes, but always worth the payoff emotionally. I imagine some viewers might find this "too much"

80
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Thoughtful

See it if Pulse-taking of a small-town, lonesome West built on Costco parking lots, Lewis & Clark memories, and the opioid crisis. Strong acting.

Don't see it if Hoo boy- three hours in that stool just about put my butt to sleep. The guy next to me literally fell off of his chair at one point.

Also Worthwhile and rewarding to watch, if often frustrating in its writing... Read more Read less