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Reviews (31)
69
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want a lighter than usual Tennessee Williams play and for a great performance by Marisa Tomei. Also, the second act is much stronger.

Don't see it if you want a play with depth or one that will make you think. Also, the strong Italian accents often were distracting. The first act dragged.

79
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A devastating, well acted and written play about tracing the impact childhood trauma has on adulthood. Plenty of humor amidst the darkness

Don't see it if you dislike psychological plays or the subjects of abandonment and dysfunctional families will be too upsetting.

Also Half of the play is told through the voice of the children. The child ... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a less sexist and ageless version of a classic musical with an extremely talented cast led by the amazing Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if you dislike old-fashioned musicals with great songs and excellent choreography mixed in with elements of farce.

Also If one doesn't compare it to some of the more innovative shows on Broa... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if for her excellent performance blending the Constitution and it's lack of female protection with the domestic abuse suffered by her family.

Don't see it if If you dislike what is basically a one person play or if you lack interest in female empowerment,.

Also It certainly offers hope without being preachy in today's climate.. He... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want an incredibly well-written and acted play with themes that still resonate today, enjoy plays in which you hang on every spoken word

Don't see it if are not a fan of Aaron Sorkin or expect to see the novel repeated verbatim.The children played by adults gives Atticus a fresh perspective.

Also It was truly a perfect night of theater with an amazing cast. The obvi... Read more Read less

95
White Noise
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a compelling play that forces you to think, long after the end. The actors, especially Daveed Diggs, were as great as the writing.

Don't see it if you are not open to ideas of race and white privilege, and people may be "do-gooders so that we don't have to deal with who we really are."

Also The three hours went by so quickly, maybe too fast. I could easily see... Read more Read less

70
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great staging, Absorbing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want an entertaining ,enjoyable and whimsical musical with talented performers .It is a fun evening that doesn't require much thought.

Don't see it if you require a cohesive plot or if you are expecting a play dealing with the Blitz. It could have been set anywhere.

Also The songs were good but not necessarily memorable. Also, if you don't ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great acting with a script of dark humor and darkness. It commands your attention throughout especially as the tension builds.

Don't see it if the subject of alzheimers is too upsetting, although it is not the central theme.

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Performance of a lifetime

See it if Bran Cranston is there. Using madness to garner great ratings still resonates today along with his all too real mixture of fear and rage.

Don't see it if Bryan Cranston is missing or if you are bothered by the use of cameras, video or watching a nervous breakdown that seems all too real.

Also Any scene with Bryan is amazing -- one of the best performances that I... Read more Read less

78
Life x3
Chelsea
Great writing with thought-provoking premise not meeting its potential

See it if you enjoy 3 variations on the same event, each with subtle differences examining if a changed action or word leads to different results.

Don't see it if you compare it to God of Carnage or Art. The first act did have biting humor and destructive elements of "Carnage." Never met its premise.

Also The premise of single action or word altering events was much better s... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a show about relationships and missed opportunities in life, along with unlikely friendships. Cast, writing and music were great.

Don't see it if you are expecting a political show

85
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enjoyable, funny and entertaining

See it if you enjoy a fun British farce about attempts to fix a snooker match by a rising phenom's family and friends. Snooker knowledge not require

Don't see it if you are expecting it to be as humorous as One Man Two Guvnors

90
Absorbing, Great acting, riveting and timely

See it if you enjoy a drama told from different viewpoints with a riveting performance from Kerry Washington, the mother of a missing biracial son.

Don't see it if Kerry Washington is not in it

90
Emotional view, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if for a amazing, emotional , superbly acted play (especially by Mark Strong) which still resonates today.

Don't see it if You dislike a heavy drama with minimalist staging,.

94
There's no place like home

See it if you enjoy an ambitious, thought-provoking, intense musical with an inspiring cast. Theater in the round adds an even great intimacy.

Don't see it if you are not open to all kinds of families, and if you don't want to be reminded of how your childhood family life never leaves you.

90
Noises Off
Midtown W
Timing is everythiing

See it if you enjoy clever, funny, great verbal and physical comic timing along with an amazing cast, especially Andrea Martin. Gold standard of farce

Don't see it if you desire serious drama, only laugh at highbrow humor,.or if Andrea Martin is not in it--no offense to an understudy.

85
Dizzying, Great staging, Exquisite, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy gorgeous sets designed to be a pleasure palace, Both leads were terrific, The mashup songs will remind you of "name that tune."

Don't see it if You do not want a flashy show with unoriginal songs and a familiar plot. They talent, music and sets were amazing

71
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever, Dated, Funny

See it if You enjoy an old fashioned sitcom with great delivery, especially by Rita Rudner. Definitely entertaining.

Don't see it if You desire thought provoking shows with depth. The show was both funny and forgettable.

Also Although some of the music had its moments, in general, the songs did ... Read more Read less

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if for exquisite writing equally matched by astounding performances. A knowledge of mythology is not necessary to appreciate the story.

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are told through song or if you only enjoy traditional theater. My way of basically saying, see it.

Also It was a wonderful show with a timeless story that also seemed scarily... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are open to a stripped down, dark version of the original. Unique use of contrasting bright lights with moments of utter darkness.

Don't see it if you are expecting "old" Oklahoma. While the songs and dialogue remain unchanged, the presentation is darker and feels much more contemporary

Also The actors were great. By replacing a full orchestra with a few instru... Read more Read less

75
The Mother
Chelsea
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of the mesmerizing Isabelle Huppert. Scenes are replayed with slight variations as she descends deeper into madness.

Don't see it if you want a traditional linear plot or if you dislike replayed scenes left up to your own interpretation. Isabelle Hubbert made the play.

Also While certainly not new, replaying scenes with slight variations is in... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a mixture of drama and laughs with great acting, especially the amazing performance by Adam Driver. He was scarily great!

Don't see it if you dislike plays with dialogue more important than the plot. The three men were terrific, but Keri Russell's character lacked depth.

Also Adam Driver was equally great at portraying humor mixed with pathos..A... Read more Read less

85
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great ensemble acting. Although the play contained both humor and rage, the acting elevated the script

Don't see it if Plays about rage or addiction will bother you. Or if Ireland isn't starring.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoys one-act plays designed to make one feel uncomfortable, with no easy answers but with plenty of dark humor and excellent acting.

Don't see it if you dislike one-acts or require complex plots. The first play seemed designed to provoke and force you to draw your own conclusion.

Also Although the second play was more cliched, the verbal barbs and acting... Read more Read less

100
Great in every respect

See it if you enjoy a moving, raw, intimate show with both humor and melancholy.. His monologues and delivery are as amazing as his acoustic songs.

Don't see it if you dislike Bruce Springsteen or if you are expecting a typical concert.

90
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Riveting and intense acting, especially glenn close

See it if you love astonishing acting. Even if you are tired of Joan of Arc shows, this is told from a mother's point of raising a "different" child.

Don't see it if you are not open to seeing yet another Joan of Arc show or if Glenn Close isn't in the show. Also, the second act is far superior .

Also While the first act is good, the show truly comes alive in the second.... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want an interesting play and use of Bob Dylan's music. Although the writing was somewhat cliched, it really takes off with the music

Don't see it if you are expecting a concert of Bob Dylan songs.

81
Humorous and topical

See it if you are interested what makes something true in journalism told from two different perspectives. Daniel Radcliffe is great as a fact checker

Don't see it if the subject matter holds no appeal.

Also the role of Cherrry Jones should have been more developed. The play do... Read more Read less

94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Incredible writing matches the acting

See it if you enjoy a gripping play dealing with an extended Irish family's interpersonal relationships mixed with politics with shocking results.

Don't see it if you dislike long plays despite the fact that the time flies by

50
Misery
Midtown W
Title says it all

See it if you want to see Bruce Willis sleepwalking through his performance or if you are a fan of Laurie Metcalf. She is terrific.

Don't see it if you are a Stephen King or William Goldman fan. Skip it if you want a suspenseful play, especially if you read the book or saw the movie.

90
During previews
The Humans
Midtown W
Controlling the uncontrollable

See it if you enjoy a sad, funny, disturbing, realistic portrait of a middle-class family failing to control the uncontrollable --life. Amazing cast.

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained without having to think or feel.