Cloud9

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Miserable Russians, dumb musicals.
Reviews (84)
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
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
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.

90
The Head and the Load
Upper E Side
Resonant, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if Gorgeous. Imagistic opera in 4+ languages, taking viewers on an intense trip of African porters during WWI. Almost 40 singers and musicians

Don't see it if Entry-level tickets are fairly expensive, but are there worth it? A definite yes.

91
Smart, Refreshing, Fun, Great staging

See it if One of the best new plays I've seen in the past few years. A smart, absolute delight of a teen melodrama. Excellent on all levels.

Don't see it if Must see.

85
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if A diva at work. Hear gorgeous songs; dark, funny & personal stories about a childhood adoring Prince and trips as a black child down South.

Don't see it if Not all scenes connect, and some of the songs are filler. Excellent evening of music and stories nonetheless!

83
Thought-provoking, Political, Journalism, Docu-drama

See it if Powerful story about a journalist in Chechnya, set in documentary style with impressive formal strengths (main character played by 3 actors)

Don't see it if Narratively a bit weak- a set of scenes presenting the journalist in action, though without much of an arc until the final portion.

85
During previews
The Conduct of Life
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Saw this production w/ 2 other folks. Amongst the 3, we had diverse reactions (1 hated it), though all thought it worthwhile to watch

Don't see it if Centered on a military torturer's private life, we see him increasingly enact punishment on his wife and a sex-prisoner trapped in his home.

Also Similar to the first half of the movie and novel "Room" - an intense f... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Clever, Cliched, Funny

See it if Charming moments & real laughs throughout and a nice set of love stories driving the plot, all excellently staged and acted.

Don't see it if Overly precious, the play often seems like it's presenting & explaining queer sexualities to a much straighter audience.

Also The play begins with a monologue from a wealthy white woman who is som... Read more Read less

69
Dated, Historically interesting, Psycho-sexual

See it if Glad I got to see this play, especially from a historical standpoint: of seeing a crucial work in the development of naturalist theater.

Don't see it if Directorially I wasn't convinced as to why I was watching *this* play *now*. A difficult text, the actors seemed to work in differing styles

Also A work written in a specific voice (and with Strindberg's characterist... Read more Read less

83
Alexandria
West Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if An actual thriller, the play looks at questions of religion and morality, with real excitement and engaging plot twists.

Don't see it if Perhaps too talky for me, though my companion found the work super stimulating.

Also I invited a Christian friend, who I learned heavily identified with th... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Stripped-down, fun performance packed with humor and solid live music. A bit like attending a Nickel Creek concert. Highly recommend it!

Don't see it if No huge complaints- the script cuts were maybe too severe, and the performance perhaps didn't hit the play's full range.

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

83
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Anti-capitalist

See it if Intelligent performance of Brecht at his most "capitalism=fascism" moment. The acting, most of all, succeeds at being Brechtian.

Don't see it if Script is convoluted and talkier than it need be. You won't fall asleep, but you'll likely lose interest in a few moments of the text.

85
Absorbing, Documentary, Investigative, Archival mystery

See it if Kobayashi searches out the family and characters of a mysterious wire tape from a 1950s dinner party. A masterful archival documentary.

Don't see it if Is there anything special about this family? No more than any other. It has the (in)significance of most lives, which felt poignant to me.

74
During previews
Travisville
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Thoughtful

See it if Tense drama on race & the slow arc of history. Alliances shift as a city creates its "economic development plan," displacing black residents

Don't see it if Most scenes are written in the same tone - 2 or 3 men around a table disagree about ideas. As a result, it can be overly talky at moments.

84
During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if Mixes constitutional history of the 9th & 14th amendments with personal/family stories of violence against women. Powerful, thoughtful work!

Don't see it if Hits very hard in the personal moments. Thursday was an absolute star (sorry for voting against you :)! Certain moments felt underdeveloped.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Soft-spoken production, almost mumblecore, created some quiet, gorgeous fireworks. Intimate, in-the-round staging.

Don't see it if The production worked extraordinarily well for me, though I saw a significant number of folks fall asleep.

Also Almost every choice in this production is stylized, so you'll have an ... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Structured as an allegorical melodrama, Maple Town features strong direction and acting. Thrilling, high-drama moments and laughs.

Don't see it if The work loses force in its final third- I think, on account of its explicit formula: moral polarization, public nomination of virtue, etc.

Also Inventive staging + the allegorical nature actually provide a strong l... Read more Read less

81
Intense, Epic, Entertaining

See it if Muscular production that emphasized the play's action, with some strong (if unexpected) choices throughout.

Don't see it if Some extraordinarily strong acting, though some others less impressive. Glad we went, and grabbed a drink in Riverside Park afterwards!

77
Resonant, Relevant

See it if After some breathless reviews, I was expecting to be blown away by this. It was fine: some strong moments, though didactic & often too slow

Don't see it if I appreciated the talkback afterwards, which was thoughtful, though wish the crowd had been given a choice on whether to stick around for it

84
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if An unexpected pleasure- charming production of a 17th C gem. Talented cast, enjoyable in one of NY's most winning theaters.

Don't see it if The sub-titles seemed a bit slow / off-pace, so some of the subtleties of the humor were lost on me.