Cloud9

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Miserable Russians, dumb musicals.
Reviews (115)
81
Great writing, Entertaining
November 20th, 2022

See it if Tightly written and staged study of 2 brothers - Lincoln and Booth - that turns from comedy to tragedy

Don't see it if Staging perhaps a bit too realist? Idk, it's good!

78
During previews
Resonant, Absorbing
November 20th, 2022

See it if Well written and staged thriller. Audra McDonald runs the play!

Don't see it if Script structured around a speech means the action & characters are somewhat alienating, hard to become immersed in story

85
Fat Ham
East Village
Great staging, Funny, Delightful
July 25th, 2022

See it if Delightful production of Hamlet set at a Southern barbecue, with a lot of life and song.

Don't see it if Rather than the usual manic depressive Hamlet, he's just depressed here. As a result, the energy on stage dips a bit in some early scenes

88
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Great writing, Epic, Ambitious
July 25th, 2022

See it if Just a killer production -- maybe the best staging of a Greek drama I've seen?

Don't see it if At times shifts into a contemporary British psycho-drama, which can be distracting. But nonetheless a lively and smart production

79
Romantic, Profound, Epic
July 5th, 2022

See it if Queer intergenerational drama/melodrama w/ some muted fantasy elements. Charts how masculinities are passed down thru families.

Don't see it if The energy builds over the course of the play-- so the ending felt much more powerful than the earliest scenes.

83
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
June 5th, 2022

See it if Strong moments throughout

Don't see it if Both "relevant" but also other moments in text felt dated or not explored enough in production

84
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Dated, Entertaining
June 5th, 2022

See it if Smart, brassy production of a classic

Don't see it if The direction didn't do much of anything w/ its gender swap. Some of the emotional core of the show also felt missing

90
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Exquisite
June 5th, 2022

See it if This searing play stands as the highlight of the season!

Don't see it if No notes, just an incredible production.

83
During previews
On Sugarland
East Village
Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 27th, 2022

See it if No driving conflict here, but Harris is still about as good of a playwright as we've got right now, and the cast was perfect.

Don't see it if No complaints here- solid time at the theater!

85
Must see, Great acting, Enchanting
February 18th, 2022

See it if Brisk version of long day's, killer acting and staging

Don't see it if Huge cuts mostly work, but when the play slows down for one of O'Neill's poetic monologues you can really feel the key changes

85
Masterful, Must see, Resonant
November 19th, 2021

See it if Love this expanded production of Twilight -- incredible full-range look at Los Angeles, Rodney King, and race.

Don't see it if lol

80
Great acting, Delightful
November 14th, 2021

See it if Absolute pleasure of a show - mines the thrills of being a spectator, getting carried away by the romance of celebrity and art.

Don't see it if Honestly can't imagine disliking this show.

82
Entertaining, Delightful
August 10th, 2021

See it if Smart and very fun adaptation of Merry Wives by Jocelyn Bioh. Cuts the bulk of the B plot (the romance) to focus on the baiting of Falstaff

Don't see it if No major complaints here -- is it Shakespeare's best play? No. Is it charming as hell? Yes.

83
Great staging, Delightful
March 9th, 2020

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!

83
One Green Bottle
East Village
Great acting, Delightful
March 6th, 2020

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!

87
Dana H.
Gramercy
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
March 4th, 2020

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.

85
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great singing, Delightful
February 27th, 2020

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.

87
Suicide Forest
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing
February 27th, 2020

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.

75
During previews
Endlings
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Cliched
February 21st, 2020

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

77
Intelligent, Great singing
January 30th, 2020

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.

87
Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying
January 18th, 2020

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.

86
Must see, Great writing, Enchanting
December 4th, 2019

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*.

85
Intelligent, Epic, Absorbing
December 4th, 2019

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!

86
Great staging, Great singing, Delightful
December 4th, 2019

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
Black Exhibition
Brooklyn
Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining
November 18th, 2019

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

83
Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Clever
November 5th, 2019

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

79
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting
November 1st, 2019

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.

86
Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious
October 30th, 2019

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.

84
For a previous production
Great staging, Epic
October 30th, 2019

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.

89
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 30th, 2019

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.

73
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Clever
October 2nd, 2019

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.

82
Delightful, Clever
September 15th, 2019

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.

77
Great acting, Resonant
September 15th, 2019

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.

74
During previews
Sincerity Forever
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Disappointing
August 27th, 2019

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.

83
Entertaining, Clever
August 27th, 2019

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.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing
July 15th, 2019

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

70
The Comedian's Tragedy
Soho/Tribeca
Great staging, Clever
July 2nd, 2019

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.

90
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great singing, Resonant, Refreshing
June 30th, 2019

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.

83
Handbagged
Midtown E
Great acting, Funny, Clever
June 29th, 2019

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

72
Disappointing, Great staging
June 28th, 2019

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!

82
Great acting, Funny, Delightful
June 27th, 2019

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.

85
Pathetic
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Delightful
June 20th, 2019

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.

83
Great staging, Delightful, Clever
June 13th, 2019

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

89
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
June 12th, 2019

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.

83
Something Clean
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing
June 9th, 2019

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.

85
Great acting, Resonant
June 9th, 2019

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

75
Butterflies
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting
June 8th, 2019

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.

90
Fairview
Brooklyn
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing
June 4th, 2019

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 writing, Enchanting, Delightful
June 1st, 2019

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

82
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful
May 30th, 2019

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!