Crank It Up a Notch

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (40)
75
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Uneven, Fluffy, Hilarious, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you can't resist the sure-fire elements of an actor/protagonist who will do anything for a job including become a man-in-a-dress.

Don't see it if the man in the dress is not something you find funny anymore, or, more importantly, if you need good music and choreography in a musical.

Also On the plus side, Santino Fontana is terrific as Michael/Dorothy, and ... Read more Read less

70
Poorly staged, Cheap, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if you don't need quality production values to go with quality material & love to see all American history through a critical or cynical eye.

Don't see it if you need meat with your chili...or you want to revisit the show for nostalgic reasons. This is an imaginatively dark interpretation.

Also I do not mind the directorial choice to point out the darkness of the ... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Provocative, Edgy, Audacious, Ambitious

See it if you believe our country's tangled racial history has impacted us all personally to an unacknowledged extent.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with sexual situations on stage

Also Very well done. Not so much a play that dares to make us uncomfortable... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you enjoying seeing a few sacred cows get skewered in a good-natured way, and if you like Broadway musicals as much as you like irreverence.

Don't see it if you offend easily, can't look beyond a little vulgarity and hate musicals.

Also I recently revisited this show, having seen it with its original cast ... Read more Read less

92
Betrayal
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you consider the domino effect our actions have on others in our lives, and believe there is as much power in what is not said as what is.

Don't see it if you need your plays need and tidy, or if you need to see an elaborate stage. This is a spare production, and all the more effective for it.

Also I have seen three productions of this play (the only NY production I d... Read more Read less

79
All My Sons
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Great writing

See it if you appreciate seeing an American classic on Broadway. Not the most dynamically directed production, but Letts and Walker were outstanding.

Don't see it if you have seen other productions of the play. This was good, but I have seen it better.

80
Atmospheric, Absorbing, Intense, Suspenseful, Relevant

See it if you like Irish theatre, enjoy solid dramatic story-telling and want a look at the early years which shaped 20th century Irish history.

Don't see it if you like flashy productions.

Also An interesting companion piece to the contemporary "The Ferryman."

75
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Chekhov's characters (in this case, from Uncle Vanya), filtered through a contemporary American sensibility.

Don't see it if you don't like actors commenting on the roles and scenarios they are enacting.

95
Deeply moving, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate the seamless transition between book and score, applied to a moving look at the difficulties of modern adolescence.

Don't see it if you need light and diverting entertainment.

90
Profound, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love Bob Dylan's music and are moved by a collage-style view of the plights of people living under difficult circumstances.

Don't see it if you need songs to reflect the exact experience of the characters who are singing them. The poetic license ultimately pays off hauntingly.

Also I'll admit the show seems choppy at times, but the book, music, perfor... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Unfocused, Dizzying

See it if you love towering acting in plays about the history of the theater, and women trying to hold their own as equals when men are in control.

Don't see it if you want the play you are watching to be as intriguing as the scenes the characters in it are working on. Starts strong but loses momentum.

Also I wanted to like this more. The actors are magnificent, the dialogue i... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Well acted, One note

See it if you are moved by the effects of Alzheimers on both victim and family. The play is both sensitive and unsentimental; the actors are strong.

Don't see it if you need more than a production that establishes one note successfully and doesn't vary from it. Though not long, the play grows tedious.

Also I saw the original production of this play and remember the lead chara... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you have never seen arguably the greatest musical of the 20th century on the stage, or even if you have and want to savor a new production.

Don't see it if you need your musicals to be performed at "larger than life" level. This is staged realistically and has the depth to support this choice.

Also I revisited it shortly before it closed and it was in wonderful shape,... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want to have a good, fun time. I had a smile on my face from first moment to last. It's intentionally old-fashioned and it works.

Don't see it if you need to see something profound. But this light show is perfectly constructed, staged and performed for what it is.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you never cease to be amazed by artists (in this case, playwright, director, actors and scenic designer) at the very top of their game.

Don't see it if you need to watch a linear story, although if you are patient with Three Tall Women you may find you've been watching one all along.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you haven't or have seen it before. The plays grow richer the more you see them, and this is a wonderfully theatrical production.

Don't see it if you grow easily restless and like your plays short. Both plays are close to 8 hours long, though they are never boring and move quickly.

89
Hangmen
Chelsea
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you like your suspense blended with dark humor, you enjoy surprises right up until the postscript and you are dazzled by great stage craft.

Don't see it if you are looking for profound symbolism. What you see is what you get here, which is exactly what Martin McDonagh intends.

82
A Soldier's Play
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if good story-telling and/or historical significance are what you must love about theatre.

Don't see it if you find flashbacks distracting, although in this case they prove essential.

Also I'm surprised this fine play, which became a popular movie in 1984, ha... Read more Read less

65
Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you enjoy summing up your life with pop-cultural references.

Don't see it if you like your comedies succinct.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to see three fine actors tackle the work of one of the greatest American playwrights.

Don't see it if you can no longer watch plays about Caucasians. Albee truly did write about the white world.

Also The Zoo Story is a magnificent play. What the actors are currently doi... Read more Read less

90
Compassionate, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Atmospheric

See it if you like plays with challenged characters, reflecting both the triumphs and tragedies found in trying to rebuild their lives or just get by.

Don't see it if you like your plays short and with few characters to focus on or do not like the profanity of street language.

Also I would be surprised if we did not see this play reopen in the near fu... Read more Read less

65
Undramatic, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are attracted to plays about the writing process & you mainly attend theatre for the acting, which is excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer seeing what is happening to being told what is.

Also So-so play, very good production. Cromer, Parker and Hochman clearly b... Read more Read less

88
A Life In The Rye
East Village
Intelligent, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you have an interest in JD Salinger, the background to his artistic process and how he dealt with the public's response to his work.

Don't see it if you don't like Salinger, you need an intermission in an almost 2 hour show, or you don't like black box theatres.

Also (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) The play is a little too long. Some repetitive ... Read more Read less

82
Profound, Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you love great, unforced acting and are moved by the challenges faced by the elderly. Pryce and Atkins are brilliant and well supported.

Don't see it if if the plight of the elderly, including widowhood and dementia, upsets you too much for you to watch.

Also Zeller addresses similar themes in many of his plays, but writes spari... Read more Read less

90
Tuneful, Inspiring, Good if slick writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Carole King's music (and see a shrink if you don't) and appreciate her transition from songwriter to singer-songwriter.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals. You may appreciate this one in that the story of a woman coming into her own is good & the songs are wonderful.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love a great score, sung and danced in the tradition of Broadway's finest. This production lived up the show's classic status.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals that reflect the sexist attitudes of the past. (Attempts to modernize were not entirely successful.)

Also Gloriously sung and danced. Kelli O'Hara at her very, very best.

80
Great acting, Profound, Hilarious, Raunchy, Audacious

See it if you appreciate dark substance beneath the surface of riotous comedy.

Don't see it if you are put off by crudeness.

Also I know that "Gary" has come and gone. I hope that it has a future beyo... Read more Read less

79
Long Lost
Midtown W
Challenging, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like to explore complicated family dynamics. Margulies as always provides more to a seemingly obvious scenario than meet's the eye.

Don't see it if you need characters to be clear heroes or villains.

82
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Compelling

See it if you go to the theatre for strong acting. Radcliffe soars in his role, the ever-reliable Jones matches him and Cannavale matches them both.

Don't see it if you want a debate. It's clear who the playwright is on the side of, though the actors keep all points of view on the table.

82
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you are touched by personal shares or are fascinated by the change having a baby brings to one's life. No, you don't have to be a parent.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows, or you need to see a play when you go to the theatre. This is more of a bright and humane stand-up act.

Also Birbiglia is a charmer and a great story teller. The time flies by and... Read more Read less

78
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Good acting, Atmospheric, Unpretentious

See it if you are not in need of something heavy and enjoy unforced comedy. This is light, feel-good entertainment.

Don't see it if you need quick pacing. The show takes its time, but we are likely to be smiling at its feel-good climax as long as we don't think too hard.

Also Perhaps its slight, but it's well written and director Daniel Sullivan... Read more Read less

65
Mother Night
Midtown E
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Clever, Untheatrical

See it if you like material that is clever and relevant to our times though set decades earlier. Fans of Vonnegut might like seeing his work staged.

Don't see it if you need to see your drama shown as opposed to narrated. Vonnegut's depth and imagination are evident, but never come to dramatic life.

Also The cast was excellent, and confidently differentiated between the sev... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you love seeing great singing, dancing and acting coalesce to create a truly moving slice of life (and after-life).

Don't see it if you resent a director's vision being imposed upon a show you already feel you know, or if you don't connect with truly legit singing.

Also I have loved this show for years. What a gift it is to see it performe... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like to see strong scenes with great dialogue add up to a strong play, as opposed to big moments blowing you away.

Don't see it if you are not of, or interested in, a contemporary, ethnically diverse urban mindset.

Also This one hasn't really stayed with me, perhaps because they had techni... Read more Read less

90
Harry Clarke
West Village
Great acting, Clever, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if if you appreciate virtuosic acting and are fascinated by the differences between who a person is on and underneath the surface.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person plays (although this one never grows tedious).

Also Billy Crudup is extraordinary and not to be missed.

86
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see one of our generation's greatest actors doing what he does best & if you want to see a moving story told without melodrama.

Don't see it if You would have trouble with the castrati character Farinelli being acted by one actor and sung by another.

Also Rylance is extraordinary and the piece is both humorous and touching. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Confusing, Indulgent, Epic

See it if you enjoy grand, theatrical staging, and you feel the need to see the roots of American capitalism put through the ringer yet again.

Don't see it if you prefer plays about three-dimensional characters to black-and-white political commentary, however clever it may be.

Also Act One is exhilarating, but Act Two is a major letdown, unfortunately... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Touching, Ambitious

See it if you like well acted family comedy-dramas, and are interested in the lives of people with special needs.

Don't see it if you want to see something less conventional.

Also This is more a gentle than an edgy piece, but that doesn't stop it fro... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Exquisite, Resonant

See it if you find drama in being in another's land and enjoy the music of the middle east.

Don't see it if you are looking for a splashy musical. Its music is lovely, but the impact of The Band's Visit is closer to that of an intimate play.

85
Challenging, Haunting, Ambitious, Intimate, Poetic

See it if you care about the hold siblings can have on one another, and the thin line between actors and the characters they are playing.

Don't see it if you need linear, plot-driven drama instead of character study, or only like the commercial successes of our most ambitious playwrights.

Also This was both sensitively and humorously performed, and the fading cha... Read more Read less