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Reviews (40)
93
Masterful, Inspired direction, Packed with talent, Brilliant
July 18th, 2022

See it if A brilliant production of a Sondheim classic inspires you. An embarrassment of riches of talented actors. Creative direction

Don't see it if you need elaborate scenery…or if you just don’t like Sondheim (crazy, no? But these people exist)

69
Vanity project, Well acted, Underwhelming
July 11th, 2022

See it if you like S Silverman and her humor, liked her autobiography, and if you like coming of age plays. (Sorry, people had much worse childhoods)

Don't see it if you dislike low humor, or children led cast. I walked out wondering why this was done . Not bad, just a pointless exercise.Vanity Project.

90
Fat Ham
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever
June 26th, 2022

See it if you want to see a Pulitzer Prize winning play that totally deserves it. Clever, funny, great acting, brilliant writing. A must see.

Don't see it if you are bothered by subtle and not so subtle references to Shakespeare.

83
Raunchy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Innovative
June 19th, 2022

See it if Want to see an award-winning musical, one that breaks the mold…from the perspective of a black gay man? No holds bar. Honest, touching.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional musical with a start middle and end. Or, if you don’t want LGBTQ+ themes or actors. Come open minded!

80
Great staging, Funny, Clever, Entertaining
June 5th, 2022

See it if you want to see a bright, clever, funny, entertaining production. I laughed the whole time. Brilliant comedy and acting

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare, his comedies, or if you can’t let loose and enjoy a bit of British humor or wit. I had a blast

80
Great acting, Strong storytelling, Great staging, Masterful
June 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see some great acting, esp Feinnes and Webb. Hare’s play captures the good and bad of the American character. Strong staging

Don't see it if a play more about dialogue, than action will bore you. Bit too verbose. Still, good representation of R Moses who left his imprint on NYC

83
Great direction, Resonant, Edgy
June 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see an updated version of a classic. Amy Lennox is riveting and sings Cabaret like no other. She, alone, is worth it Fast paced.

Don't see it if you expect this production to push the boundaries from previous production. That said, a very strong revival

88
Hilarious, Campy, Great cast, Joyous
June 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see one of funniest, most energetic, campiest musical productions in years! Pure joy. Diverse, body positive cast was amazing

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical with type casting. This cast rejoices in whom we are today. They exuded joy. What talent!

63
Impersonal, Poor scenic design, Miscast, Slow
June 2nd, 2022

See it if you like T Williams and A Adams. But, be forewarned: Adams can’t carry the title role; other cast members not much better. Sets don’t help.

Don't see it if you don’t mind an amature approach to one of TW’s finer plays. No delicacy. No heart.

84
Cock (London)
West End
Absorbing, Precision direction, Great acting, Well-crafted
June 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to be engaged in a well written, acted and directed play. Captivating. Relevant. JB is pure charisma

Don't see it if you are turned off by a play that explores gay sex and relationships. Though, it is so much more. Long, without intermission

77
Touristy, Cheesy, Great special effects, Entertaining
June 2nd, 2022

See it if you just want mindless Disney like family fun. Theme park on stage. Exactly like movie. Amazing staging / effects. Energetic.

Don't see it if you want a musical with memorable songs or music. Still no sure why it was a musical. Frenzied and over the top. Excess

78
Uneven, Choppy, Great acting, Ambitious
May 29th, 2022

See it if you want to see one the best actors of our generation: MBP, who gives a masterful performance. She very believable and nuanced. Top notch.

Don't see it if you expect to be moved. Disturbed, yes, moved, no. Uneven cast is not able to effectively navigate the demands of fluctuating timelines.

64
Over-the-top, Heavy handed, Relevant
May 15th, 2022

See it if you are interested in the “plight” of the cis white man and the sacrifices made in the name of self image and preservation Topic relevant

Don't see it if you expect a well crafted T Letts play, subtle acting, or inspired direction. Humor not funny. Message is delivered in heavy handed manner

84
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Masterful, Contemporary
April 27th, 2022

See it if you want a show that updates a Sondheim classic in a masterful way (loved Bobbie as a woman). Mind blowing direction and sets. Top ensemble.

Don't see it if you don’t like Sondheim or if you want a traditional interpretation…or if your are not open to gender swapped roles.

65
To My Girls
Midtown W
Watchable, Clichéd, Enthusiastic
April 20th, 2022

See it if you would enjoy a bit of Priscilla Q of the Dessert vibe. Great set, enthusiastic ensemble. A few (very few) poignant moments. Too clichéd

Don't see it if you’d hate to see a production of Millennials do Golden Girls in Palm Springs. It tries, too hard, to be funny and relevant.

78
During previews
Nostalgic, Uneven, Entertaining
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a competent revival of an older classic. Amazing score. Cast is fully invested. You will have fun.

Don't see it if you expect amazing vocals from BF. Cast was uneven, (B Feldstein was underwhelming, R Karmloo was great). Good, but not great revival

70
During previews
Deja vu, Light, Entertaining
March 20th, 2022

See it if You want to see Debra Messing play a wide a range of characters..and, want, for most part, light fun dialogue.. entertaining. Cast is strong

Don't see it if You dislike a plot that seems a bit deja, a rehash … and tries to appear deeper than it really is… a bit pedantic

92
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting
March 13th, 2022

See it if ..you want to see a strong revival with great acting, touching plot line. Entire cast is great, even clothed, but in particular J Ferguson

Don't see it if You are turned off by baseball, a gay centric play or are adverse to male nudity

78
Feel good, Tight production, Traditional staging
March 6th, 2022

See it if You want it to back fond memories of simpler, more innocent times. HJ has stage presence, but SF takes it with her amazing voice

Don't see it if ..you want something breakthrough or novel. This is a feel good production, American as apple pie. Doesn’t break new ground

78
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Interesting
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want to see some very skilled actors tackle a thought provoking script that still makes you laugh (at least smile)

Don't see it if you dislike a bit of over the top storytelling and direction. … still interesting plot and premise (No Exit, anyone?)

74
Disjointed, Great acting, Uneven, Creative
December 12th, 2021

See it if You want to see a classic Sondheim musical directed by the talented J Doyle .. with amazing cast ..S Pascal and J Kuhn (+ others)

Don't see it if you want to be moved & enthralled by the lyrics and music. Unfortunately, the direction is disjointed/uneven… much gets lost in translation

84
Masterful, Innovative, Wonderfully quirky
November 25th, 2021

See it if You want to see something truly breakthrough…with amazing direction, scenery, acting, lighting, music You’ll love or hate it

Don't see it if you need the comfort and structure of a conventional musical. This is daring theater, not for the faint of heart.

80
Relevant, Thought provoking, Intelligent
November 24th, 2021

See it if you are open to a play, written in 1955, that can still astound you at how relevant and on message it still is. Layered and nuanced.

Don't see it if you are not up to being challenged, or if you have hearing problems (beloved dialogue is often swollen up by bad accents and poor diction)

79
Great acting, Fun, Entertaining
November 11th, 2021

See it if you like superb, outstanding acting (Rob McClure), and a show that is generally light, and fun. See it just to watch Rob act!

Don't see it if you mind a deja viu movie experience, non memorable music/lyrics, ho hum sets.

77
Overrated, Cliched, Great singing
October 18th, 2021

See it if you want to see some excellent acting and phenomenal voices, all executed with a lot of passion and talent

Don't see it if you must have a memorable score, and strong book. It was a rather cliched presentation of race and ethnicity. Could have been so much more

73
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Resonant
October 18th, 2021

See it if you like well written dialogue that slowly takes u along a voyage, that has a beautifully resolved ending. Strong acting / scenic effects

Don't see it if a play with 95% monologues challenges your attention span. .. or if u hate to wait until the end to understand the point of the play

66
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Boring
October 18th, 2021

See it if you are interested a meandering story about a New Yorker from birth to death interests you.

Don't see it if you expect great acting (not even E Falco can save this script), want good sets and lighting (cheap and forgettable cones to mind).

98
Compelling, Amazing, Epic
October 18th, 2021

See it if You want to see an amazing and sublime production. Acting is best ever, scenery and lighting is top notch. A well crafted script

Don't see it if If you don’t like epic tales … or if you tail can’t stand seated for 3 plus hours.

80
During previews
Fun, Delightful, Great acting
February 25th, 2020

See it if Pure nostalgia, pure Fun. Beth Maloney is energetic and convincing - what a talent. Great production values. Full orchestra, small theater

Don't see it if Earth shaking, no. Dated, a bit. Long, yes - needs a few cuts here and there. Broadway level sets, no.

Also I throughly enjoyed myself. BM was amazing. I walked away with a smile... Read more Read less

76
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Bad book, Great production, Great acting, Great score
February 25th, 2020

See it if you are a J. Herman fan, like Encores' throwback productions, want to hear a great score, like good acting (Douglas Sills)

Don't see it if a dated and flawed book will stop you from enjoying what good there is to be found in the production.

Also Encores pulled out all the stops with this production. One of the best... Read more Read less

79
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Clever
February 17th, 2020

See it if You want a nontraditional musical about Girl Power with great energy, laughs and score. The Six women performers are wickedly talented.

Don't see it if You dislike the Spice Girls or are bothered by seeing what’s nothing much more than a feel good pop concert with a “storyline”.

Also This will become a cult favorite for women (Like Cage was for Gays). T... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Overrated, Edgy, Ambitious
February 16th, 2020

See it if You want to see raw energy explode on stage in a grittier, more edgier production. Isaac Powell is an amazing Tony; he is reason enough

Don't see it if Not only you are a purist, but if it bothers you that video/multimedia can sometimes upstage and often overpower the actors

Also This is a case where the director just got in his own way. Still, wort... Read more Read less

81
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Resonant, Great acting, Funny
February 10th, 2020

See it if you want to see a funny, modern “Neil Simonesque” play about marriage, relationships and the need for good communication

Don't see it if Dislike a more structured play, a bit of a throwback in writing style, or if easily offended by sexual jokes and/or profanity

90
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent
December 9th, 2019

See it if you like great writings and dialogue, solid acting and directing....like plays that are thought provoking and stay with u

Don't see it if you have no interest in gay history / subject mater, dislike sparse sets or, finally, dislike thinking too much, are restless or have ADD

75
Great singing, Entertaining, Knockout lead
November 28th, 2019

See it if You are a Tina Turner fan and if you want to see an incredible performance by Adrienne Warren

Don't see it if you're not into Jukebox musicals, or don't mind if some of the songs seem a bit forced into storyline

70
Entertaining, Light, Fun
November 18th, 2019

See it if you want to get into the traditional holiday spirit with eye popping sets (and should I say legs?). Very wholesome.

Don't see it if You dislike pure Americana, religious themed numbers, or live animals paraded across the stage.

80
For a previous production
Great acting, Traditional, Moving
November 18th, 2019

See it if you want to see a simple moving classical musical with a lot of heart

Don't see it if listening to a musical in Yiddish and having to read subtitles bothers you

30
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Confusing
November 10th, 2019

See it if You want to be bored and confused

Don't see it if You think you are going to see something clever and profound

Also Who had the bright idea of having actors switch roles EVERY scene. Not... Read more Read less

85
Indulgent, Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing
October 21st, 2019

See it if you are open to being challenged on your own currently held racial views. Play is funny, yet puts you out of your comfort zone. See it.

Don't see it if If you need a play to spoon feed you - and be literal. This requires you to think and question. Be prepared to feel uncomfortable.

86
Slow, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Relevant
October 21st, 2019

See it if even if you are a liberal, and you are open to hearing not only what the "other side" thinks, but why. Thought provoking. Challenging.

Don't see it if if you are close minded, need a narrative story flow, don't like to be challenged, hate a play that is more about dialogue than action