Dan 6098

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Reviews (56)
80
Ink
Midtown W
Excellent production needs secondhand smoke warning,

See it if A set that is almost a living member of the cast, expressive lighting, sound and fine Actors (often not understandable in dialect spoken).

Don't see it if Secondhand smoke, characters (17 out or 18 ) smoke often at the same time, it goes out into the audience. I felt Empathy for none on stage

Also I think the reason to see this 2hr and 45 minute play is for the set, ... Read more Read less

50
Singing great, patter not so good

See it if You enjoy Ruben & Clay's singing...the rest of the cast sings well too. It's heavily handed Christmas and that's what the title says.

Don't see it if the book of a show is important to you. The talk getting from one song to the next is banal, jokes are forced. 2nd act has a heavy intro.

96
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great story, excellent learning venu

See it if Gloria Steinem; admire, don't know, or dislike this tells her life and significance, with others in the Women's Movement. Nicely told.

Don't see it if It's in the round, and multimedia is used it's not proscenium. 7 talented women play probably 30+ parts. Hate Learning, skip it.

2
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
I've had a more enjoyable time getting a root canal

See it if new to the work of Marin Ireland and Abby Rosebrock's writing I learned a lot from both, knowledge is power and so is cash in the pocket.

Don't see it if expectation is for a comedy, or a drama with a life changing message, it's 2 hrs. that seemed like 75 years. The Theatre's cold too

Also I truly loathed this play. I think it's after life will be classrooms ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Snappy dialogue, good actors, attractive production...no playbill

See it if Witty humorous dialogue delivered by fast talking charming Actors in a delightful setting. Factually close enough to truth cause wondering.

Don't see it if You think the second act should be as tight and well written as the first. If you have a program collection, the producers don't care bupkis

72
The Children
Midtown W
Excellent acting, slow moving story, should have been set in japan

See it if seeing 3 excellent actors work beautifully together.

Don't see it if you want a plot that moves faster than frozen molasses... this one doesn't.

48
Stay away if you have breathing problems...(in fact, just stay away anyway).

See it if You like great lighting, this is the shows best feature...Talent is good, but what they have to say and sing isn't.

Don't see it if Over amplification bothers you, stage fog (very light but still there) on from the minute you walk in till you run out at the end).

Also I don't understand why we in the audience and those performing on stag... Read more Read less

17
God awful

See it if Your home is being fumigated and you have no warm place to go.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason to see it, and many reasons for not seeing it...

Also The show is under rehearsed…the back up singers are better than the st... Read more Read less

90
Biting, truthful, overindulgent, too long

See it if You're a Democrat and loath our current President. Very funny at times. Convinced me Michigan's governor should be in prison.

Don't see it if You are a Trumpette...you'll only get angry (because Michael Moore tells the truth). Make sure you see the ending, Everybody Dance Now

92
Excellent cast who all play musical instruments and dance

See it if This new musical has a cast of fantastic actors who are also fantastic musicians. The story is good, everyone gets a solo, a fun evening

Don't see it if You don't like country music or shows like Bright Star. It's not perfect yet, there is some writing that needs a little clarification

46
Dorian Gray (NYMF)
Midtown W
Badly directed with an under-rehearsed cast

See it if You have no airconditioning in your home...it's cool in the theatre. You like watching under rehearsed young actors move boxes throughout.

Don't see it if You want a well directed musical with 4 basic songs and variations of them repeated. Actors trying, but failing because of their director

Also I have gone to the NYMF for years, this was the worst directed staged ... Read more Read less

52
During previews
The Traveling Lady
West Village
Time stands still, the fault of poor pacing

See it if Your choice is watching paint dry or 9 excellent actors work (there are 10 in the cast). This play should have been a short story.

Don't see it if you have anything of value to do with your life for 100 minutes...you don't get that time back and you can't yell "Speed it up a little."

80
Regardless of which woman plays regina...the star will still be linney

See it if you don't know the play (there are some!), You want to see Laura Linney do either part (she's terrific and steals the show as Birdie too).

Don't see it if I saw Nixon as Regina, she did nothing literally but sit in a chair expressionless as Richard.Thomas did the worst death scene ever.

Also Nixon's voice sounded like a chicken being run over by a tractor...Lin... Read more Read less

5
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
God awful

See it if it closed last night...you're saved from seeing it.

Don't see it if You want to see an adaptation of a Classic done well...the adaptor and the director made sure you wouldn't get it in more ways than one.

92
Indecent
Midtown W
It was beautifully directed, choreographed, scored, and acted... well worth seeing.

See it if You like Talent, the cast has it. Great staging, incidental music, story, Cleverly staged, and choreographed.

Don't see it if You need everything explained...there may be questions unanswered in your mind when you leave. The some actors play several characters,

42
2 hrs. and 40 minutes torturing dreyfus and me in the audience

See it if you're a masochist. Musicians excellent. You have good lower body circulation, my butt fell asleep. Over Acting is your 'thing' it's here.

Don't see it if You like a good script...this important story gets short shifted. You have a comfortable chair at home...you may miss it at this production

Also Direction or Script...who to blame. I don't know. 1/2 or more of the r... Read more Read less

70
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Well written 'till the end when it just petered out

See it if Excellent writing, but the author chose to do an ending that was another long monologue and left me wanting a more satisfying conclusion....

Don't see it if you hate words or on water pills (no intermission and 2 hrs + long)...you want to know an authors 'real' ending I left guessing at blackout.

Also Two very fine actors, and one hired possibly because he had tattoos (o... Read more Read less

92
I don't like o'neill, but this should be seen

See it if The Acting of Obi Abill must be seen, studied, and if you're an Actor steal everything he does if you can. Top ratings to the production too

Don't see it if you expect to understand every word...they use dialect which is sometimes not clear, and partially the fault of O'Neill's scripted words.

Also I don't like O'Neill, I don't like puppets, but this play, which uses ... Read more Read less

59
The View UpStairs
East Village
Loved the set and lights...and that was about all

See it if You love a set that emcompases the theatre making you part of 'the action.' Nathan Lee Graham gives a great monologue... Lighting is great.

Don't see it if You don't like prose set to music, songs are unmemorable, lyrics even worse. Lead actors who can't sing, but look good, Avoid this.

Also The story should be told, it's good...how they tell it is not handled ... Read more Read less

100
Leaving the theatre i felt there was hope, and goodness, for us...even in this era of trump

See it if You are still recovering, as I am, from 9/11. Everyone in this cast is excellent, each plays many characters. It's truly an ensemble show.

Don't see it if You don't like talent, you need a huge set to entertain you. You hate people, especially Canadians,...You have no heart... See it anyway!

Also The pace of this show is exceptionally fast, and you get caught up in ... Read more Read less

53
One man show theatre smelled of fetid urine.

See it if You like Theatre Stories (if you are in the Theatre you've heard some of them before, several times). Great lighting, Good Set...

Don't see it if You want to hear an intimate story told in an intimate way...The actor plays as if the theatre seats 2,000...it seated 25 the night I went.

35
Needs more than a piano, blond wig looks like roadkill, pirelli ain't a man

See it if you enjoy hearing good human voices sing unamplified. limited ability in lighting handled well,

Don't see it if you want to hear an orchestra with the singers...for this very difficult piece. This is done on a shoe string budget, with some miscasting

59
Tap dancing actors in dog makeup, soldiers with ace bandages on their legs not sox.

See it if You are a child, or you're an adult who has children with you, or if you are suffering from dementia, or are bringing someone who is..

Don't see it if You can't suspend your belief that Actors are playing dogs, in dreadful makeup, tap dancing, to bad choreography sometimes in the dark.

Also They did their best. This is truly a Children's Theatre production. Th... Read more Read less

52
The Encounter
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Headphone throughout the show, lighting that helps you snooze

See it if You enjoy Radio Shows with sound effects, A fine actor running himself ragged for more than 90 minutes, in a wreck of a set.

Don't see it if You like visuals along with your Theatre, You don't like Fringe Shows, you want to see Actors interacting not just hearing them do that.

Also This really is a Fringe show with a huge sound budget, a fine actor wo... Read more Read less

90
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Dinner theatre production, foster fabulous, small cast, no orchestra...just a little band.

See it if You know how wonderful Sutton Foster's work always is.,,,she's helped by a Shuler Hensley who does a great performance too.

Don't see it if You expect sets, costumes, or an orchestra...because you aren't going to get much in that department. Choreography ain't Fossy's either.

92
Elaine may's work should be seen

See it if Elaine May gives an Acting lesson and performance that is stunning. The ensemble she works with are on an equal level.

Don't see it if care of an aging parent is hard, this piece shows both sides of the task well... is what we gleen do your best, and forgive? Unclear ending

Also I'm happy I saw this play, though I'm not sure what we gain from it ot... Read more Read less

72
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Loved the play in '81

See it if You've not seen it. The story is a good one, both Theatrically & historically important.

Don't see it if If you saw it as a Trilogy, with Harvey and Estelle, this version may disappoint. I missed words that aren't there now, and Actors too.

94
During previews
Talented cast, not unique tale

See it if Fine actors, singers, and 'steppers' telling the story of self realization at a fundamentalist church school is something you like.

Don't see it if If you suffer from homophobia, fear of bare bottoms, or demand fine singing with an Orchestra, (these men do it acapella) stay home.

88
Talented cast and great fun

See it if Very talented cast who sing well and seem to like working together...great band too. No plot, but I didn't care I just had fun.

Don't see it if If you want a plot, there ain't one. If you want good dialogue, there ain't none. If you want sturm und drang it's missing.

45
During previews
If you saw the '68-70 version keep your memories, stay away

See it if you've never seen the show, as it is now you'll see a badly cast star production poorly directed, 4 people left during the telephone game.

Don't see it if you're old enough to remember how things were, how gay people were, in the 60's-70's... dialogue cut, I missed...and the intermission too.

Also I saw the show in 9/'69, I was young then. The play was important, I c... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Oh sooooo dull, except for the non-singing musicians

See it if You want to hear an excellent Pianist, Oboist, Organist/Harpsichordist...but you get the 'play' and, a dull singer too , that ain't good

Don't see it if you have good sense. Even the improvised dancing by Robert Fairchild was noisy...and uninspiring. Go to something nice, it's the Holidays.

94
Excellent production, acting, and direction

See it if You like Good Theatre (even if it's in a language that you don't speak...there's simultext in English translation at your seat. Go at once.

Don't see it if You only want to hear English in the Theatre; or admire the work of a very fine company with a customer and set designer who are geniuses.

Also Watching the work of Zulema Clares and Luis Carlos de la Lombana are a... Read more Read less

20
The Show-Off
Midtown W
Absolutely awful

See it if someone threatens your life if you don't attend...(by the end of the play you'll confess to anything to stop the torture from on stage)

Don't see it if you have any artistic taste at all... the set is great, and some of the authentic costumes but.... that's it....stay away if you're smart

22
During previews
Save your money rent the movie...

See it if I really can only recommend the shirtless bodies in the show. I couldn't understand the dialect...I cared nothing for any character in it.

Don't see it if You like to understand the words in the script. You don't like attractive shirtless men. You are forced to sit in chairs on the stage.

86
Not finished but well worth seeing

See it if Excellent Choreography, very good Music (but too much of it) Sydia Cedeno's in it she's wonderful, as is the rest of the cast. They Tap too

Don't see it if a finished production is your aim...Great Sets they don't have (Great Costumes they do). Book needs trimming, lyrics need tweaking,

Also This is one of the best NYMF shows I've seen since 'Cloned' in 2013. B... Read more Read less

85
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Excellent cast, thought provoking plot worth seeing

See it if You enjoy thinking, Anita Gillette's characters say things that will stay with you ...she's excellent, as is every cast member. Set too.

Don't see it if you expect a normal plot line... scenes are expertly repeated. The second act could be trimmed, writing is not quite as tight as the first.

92
High score for technical aspects of show

See it if Technically a knock out. Great Dances, Leading Man excellent. Setting, lighting, Truck, over head Car Chase, Tilt-a-whirl Stunning.

Don't see it if the songs are OK...and grow on you but are repeated (in many cases) often with variations. Many characters 'expanded' in second act..

Also I'd see this again in a flash....

86
Cagney
Midtown W
Fast paced, great tappin' fun show

See it if Good, tight Theatre entertainment is something you like. Good actors, dancers, and great fun filled evening

Don't see it if Musicals with most Actors playing many parts and Tap Dancin' ain't your ideal. This show has all, and it's good.

94
Opening song alone knocked off my sox

See it if Multimedia, green screens, exciting recording tracks, two amazing Actors (especially Val Vigoda) who plays, mixes, sings at the same time.

Don't see it if You expect it to be like Cats. You are so jaded that seeing two phenomenal Actors working hard, and telling a charming story... don't go.

72
Never seen a production of play before...don't go

See it if 2 hrs and 5 min with no intermission is your ideal. 1 excellent Actor, 1 close to excellent Actor, 2 badly directed Actors is your goal.

Don't see it if You want sets, costumes, as the script by the Author demanded... You're on 'water pills', you leave you don't get back in. You hate Williams

Also If you have never seen this play, it's not going to give you the full ... Read more Read less

95
Not a rotten actor in the bunch...contemporary writing

See it if You wana know 'what happened next.' You crave to see Acting so good it makes your teeth ache, Costumes too. Houdyshell almost steals show.

Don't see it if You need an intermission, 90 min long, none offered. You don't like to think...lots of options offered to problems. "F" word used by all

91
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
I normally hate doyle's direction, but this should be seen.

See it if You know Ann Harada's work; she's in it, A hard working wonderful cast, great musicians, A+ staging. Fans, Confetti, and White Tabi Socks

Don't see it if You want the complete score, it's cut. Costumes (table runners don't count), Set...non existent. Traditional all male cast (women this time)

Also I’ve always felt (from what I’ve seen) that whatever Theatre John Doyl... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Ingeniously funny and soberingly serious in it's insanity.

See it if You like Talent, everybody's got it here... great script, music, lyrics, direction, Actors, and choreography... lighting and costumes too.

Don't see it if red glitter pasties give you the DT's... Pre show free Donuts and coffee offend you. There's no reason you shouldn't see Baghdaddy...go.

59
S l o w moving, good actors...but why bother?

See it if You enjoy paying to listen to silence, there's a lot of it... you like watching snails race, that's the pace of the play. No Intermission.

Don't see it if You enjoy a good comedy...this one Ain't... You want to feel uplifted stay home...Seneca the Younger' s Medea is more uplifting.

96
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Not a musical comedy but worth seeing

See it if Great Music and Orchestrations, Great Acting, Great Choreography, and a progression of a Composer's lifetime work...a compelling story.

Don't see it if You expect a Comedy, Chronological storytelling is demanded, You want a flashy show with a pretty set, a leading man singing his guts out.

Also I'd see this show again in a flash. It's not a typical musical, but it... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Calderon's Two Dreams
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Important

See it if You're a Theatre History buff. The second 1/2 of the evening is never performed. Excellent staging, and enhancing musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if you have hemorrhoids...the evening is 3+ hours long and the chairs aren't very comfortable after the first 2 hrs. You're a traditionalist.

Also These two plays (same play but the second 1/2 was revised by Calderon ... Read more Read less

82
In Transit
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy acappella singing and good harmonies, the dances are good, so good in fact that I didn't know what to watch singer or background

Don't see it if You only like a typical musical with an orchestra or band...there aren't any here it's all done with the human voice. Plot is slight...

76
A Dog Story
Midtown W
Cutsie, musical, cute dog, left humming the title song

See it if You like a story where women are treated like sex objects by one man and a necessity for a job promotion by another...You love dogs.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, don't like dancing, and don't like a truly innovative set that many of us in NYC would like to take home with us.

Also This really is a show you'd expect to see at the New York Musical Thea... Read more Read less

78
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Great acting, eye popping sets, fun evening

See it if You enjoy laughing, like a story that starts in one year and ends 46 years later...all loose threads tied. All the Actors are excellent.

Don't see it if You want a great ending, the last 5 minutes are downers...and I think could use some re-writing.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to see a Master Class in Acting...these two women are amazing and should not be missed. They sing well too...time flies ...see it.

Don't see it if You don't like Gospel music that swings, or you hate powerful voices. You don't like shows without an intermission...none here, none needed

Also If you are an Actor, I'd truly suggest you see these two women work...... Read more Read less