Cloud9

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Miserable Russians, dumb musicals.
Reviews (56)
83
Classic, Fresh, Absorbing

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
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

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
Must see, Masterful, Intense, Resonant

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
Great staging, Fun, Refreshing, Smart

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
Masterful, Enchanting, Absorbing

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
Docu-drama, Journalism, Political, Thought-provoking

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
Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

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
Funny, Cliched, Clever

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
Psycho-sexual, Historically interesting, Dated

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
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

84
Historical, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if A love-song to avant-garde pasts, the play oscillates between alienation and absorption, digging into the ghosts of theater.

Don't see it if I'm not sure how much this would mean to someone who isn't already invested in the theater's past.

84
Resonant, Slow, Quirky, Intense, Great staging

See it if A play set across time, we see memory and the present overlap. Likely the most formally interesting show running in NY now.

Don't see it if Some of the dialogue is banal on purpose, other times it is just banal. Fairly staid gender views. Slow pace (tho often to solid effect).

84
Epic, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Careening from scene to scene, the play presents the shock of the Civil War, faith, poverty, and property.

Don't see it if Very long, very wordy, I saw a few folks actually fall asleep. I'm not sure Caryl Churchill would mind, as the play works in true epic form.

91
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Get to see two stages of Albee in one-- his fantasies of becoming animal remain compelling.

Don't see it if It's true that At Home doesn't have the completeness of the Zoo -- but it's actually much stronger than I'd heard or expected.

70
During previews
Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Banal

See it if A lot of Annie Baker's tics here: circular narrative, interest in psychoanalysis, childhood memories, and naturalistic dialogue.

Don't see it if The play vacillates between writerly exhaustion and self-congratulation. Prone to lines like: "There are no more stories."

Also Having seen (and enjoyed) nearly all of Baker's plays, I'd say this on... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Dizzying, Indulgent, Masterful, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Early expressionistic O'Neill- staged as well, I think, as I'll ever see it. Uses the booming, cavernous space of the armory to great effect

Don't see it if Never the most subtlety written play.

Also I sat near the back (row V). Seat worked well enough, but I'd definite... Read more Read less

78
Dated, Great writing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Decent well-made play with some emotional pyrotechnics

Don't see it if Didn't really connect with me, though I'm not yet sure why that was (writing, staging?)

67
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if Technically impressive, tour-de-force work from actors.

Don't see it if For all the work that obviously went into this, BJJ's writing didn't feel like it gave me enough depth to care.

49
During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Romantic, Cliched

See it if You like sitcoms (strong HIMYM vibes) and tearjerkers. Probably best in its feelings of loneliness.

Don't see it if Same old theme, jokes, & writing. Pretty cliched marriage/children plot. For a gay love story, SigO felt unbearably *straight.*

Also Broadway needs to get better about race - more inclusive of more voice... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Part post-apocalyptic tale (think Station Eleven); part chattering old folks in the garden. Funny, visual, memorable.

Don't see it if Probably a little half-baked. But charmingly so. Volume a little low, so I'd check about listening devices if hard of hearing.

76
Resonant, Delightful, Banal, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You like the classic American school of drama - well-made, psycho-sexual-historical, dredge up the past type of play.

Don't see it if That's not what you're into. This is a Donald Margulies play- well written & staged.

72
Great staging, Epic, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Rare chance to see a solid staging of a Spanish Golden Age classic. It's physical and very visual, with ++ music from a live group.

Don't see it if Calderon's script can be very creaky- with subplots and characters disappearing only to surface acts later and its humor a bit distant.

Also I'm glad they chose to do this as one night rather than rotating in re... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Well-staged & choreographed modern dance. Some large group scenes, some intimate two-person.

Don't see it if Modern dance isn't your thing? Honestly it's pretty enjoyable.

74
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Dizzying

See it if Comes down to how much you like Pinter. A smart, no-frills production of an often-frustrating play. What you see is what you get.

Don't see it if The play, though well acted, is almost all words - no action. And those words, deliberately circular, provide little entrance for viewers.

87
Delightful, Refreshing

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
Thoughtful, Entertaining, Delightful

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
Anti-capitalist, Intelligent, Intense

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
Archival mystery, Investigative, Documentary, Absorbing

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
Thoughtful, Funny, Relevant

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
Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

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
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Entertaining, Epic, Intense

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
Relevant, Resonant

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
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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.

86
Raunchy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Raucous, violent & raunchy. An educational school game about slavery goes too far. This play has both a heart and real teeth.

Don't see it if I'm not sure the script fully buys into itself until quite far in the game, when sex and humiliation meet.

Also Watched the DC production with the same cast. Saw this with a high sch... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Epic, Great staging, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if A work that reminds you how much theater can matter, trying to draw everything into its messianic orbit.

Don't see it if At times too slick for Kushner's Brechtian epic. Also, though the power remains, certain elements feel more cringeworthy over the years

89
Ambitious, Epic, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if One of Shakespeare's most delightful late romances - performed here in a crisp, clear production. Hits the humor throughout.

Don't see it if Perhaps stronger on the humor/rustics side than the pathos of the court, where some resonant moments were undercooked.

Also Well worth seeing if you're into Shakespeare.

73
Dated, Indulgent, Intense, Intelligent, Slow

See it if Talky well-made psychodrama. Two brothers- a successful if slimy doctor, the other a cop who follows the rules- work out old family traumas.

Don't see it if The Price often becomes Freudian monologues one after another. The acting luckily is quite strong. Solid production of C-list Miller.

80
Delightful, Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Great staging

See it if The staging is remarkably inventive, and for that alone 946 is worth watching. Ditto the killer live music.

Don't see it if Juvenile mindset emphasizing WW2 triumphalism and "benevolent" or "enlightened" British views of race. Treacly, it works hard to manipulate.

80
Raunchy, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A creepy, voyeuristic thrill. Exploring an enclosed, imagined world.

Don't see it if It's *all* atmosphere, placed in an exceptional gothic staging. Emotionally only hits a few points.

Also My tickets were comped, so I can't speak for value. My sense is that S... Read more Read less

88
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Must see. Extraordinary production of one of the great plays. Dark and perverse power fantasies played out with A+ staging.

Don't see it if In French w/ subtitles, tho much better if you understand some basic French. Prob not for kids- but there *was* an entire school class there

82
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Really enjoyed this more than I was expecting. Consistently puts you off guard, animates & deflates an overpuffed feeling of masculinity.

Don't see it if Short and maybe a bit slighter than it could be, but still packs a wallop.

80
Delightful, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if Smart productions of 3 important plays by women playwrights of the early 20th C. I'd never seen Bonner's work before- a real surprise.

Don't see it if These plays have all aged a bit over the years in both content & style- socially-conscious works that hit timely racial & gender issues.

Also Solid and worthwhile for an hour entertainment. The Bonner was more Ex... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Entertaining, Storefront, Stylized, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Fassbinder writes heavily schematic, melodramatic plays- characters don't have backstories and they appear/disappear at will.

Don't see it if As a result, the play is not like much else you'll see in theater. This is a stylized production with strong directorial choices that don't

Also always work out, but really pay off when they do. Some of the actors w... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Formally playful. A lot of guided meditation / direct address -- sort of like a pleasant yoga class.

Don't see it if Offers a somewhat limited emotional/dynamic range.

84
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Raunchy, Clever

See it if Hilarious, raunchy, and with some A+ singing to boot. Hard not to have a fun night.

Don't see it if Could still use a little tightening up in parts. Also- wouldn't see if you're not trying to see simulated sex on stage.

86
Must see, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if All-encompassing in its sweep, yet centered on a handful of cab drivers in Pittsburgh's Hill District. We get powerful characters & emotion.

Don't see it if Jitney is likely B-level Wilson, which still leaves it stronger than the vast majority of plays.

85
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if I'd read Anna Deavere Smith before, and found that she's magnetic live on stage. Not a huge crier- sobbed throughout the second act.

Don't see it if Price prohibitive for many viewers.