Dan 6319

New York City | Male
About:  I see a lot of theater, but just recently joined Show Score. I enjoy a wide variety of theatrical genres, and forms. The opinions I present here are my own.
Reviews (50)
100
During previews
Felix Starro
Midtown W
Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like original material not usually seen on New York stages. The mixing of immigration with faith healing is very interesting.

Don't see it if You dislike challenging material.

65
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Like watching paint dry, Relevant, Slow

See it if See it for April Mathis, who is a gem among gems.

Don't see it if you are expecting a good yarn about the first female pro baseball player.

Also Ms. Mathis is her usual riveting self. The problem is the endless expo... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Misfire

See it if you want to support new work by a young playwright

Don't see it if if you want a see a good play.

Also It aims to be an absurdist cautionary tale about people's growing lack... Read more Read less

90
Suicide Forest
Brooklyn
Crazy good, Ambitious, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want your theater to transport you to places you've never been, and to make you consider things you've never had to consider before.

Don't see it if You're looking for safe, linear theater.

Also Mind blowing is how to best describe this play, this theatrical medita... Read more Read less

75
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Dizzying, Resonant, Loud

See it if If you like political theater.

Don't see it if If you like nuanced theater.

Also Much of this piece is performing through yelling and staged chaos. The... Read more Read less

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if If you like linear story telling: this happens, then that happens, then that happens. A solid yarn.

Don't see it if if you have a short attention span. You have to pay attention to what's happening, and do some thinking.

Also Excellent performances from the whole ensemble -- and it's a big one. ... Read more Read less

95
Catch As Catch Can
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if If you like smart, adventurous writing performed by an exquisite cast.

Don't see it if If you're lazy and don't want to engage the playwright's mind.

70
Skewed lens

See it if To support the work of a Native American playwright, who has something to say about uber-liberalism.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything particularly insightful.

Also On the one hand, it's hard not to be excited that Larissa Fasthorse is... Read more Read less

90
Sesar
Midtown W
Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to experience a play that is generous in spirit, featuring a superb craftsman.

Don't see it if If you're a cynic or a purist.

Also Mr. Patoboy is an incredible performer.

75
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Slow

See it if You like a watch a con game and real game of snooker played on stage.

Don't see it if If you have no patience for strong accents, and a plodding story.

Also This story spins it wheels trying to set up an elaborate game in Act 1... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if If you want to see Janet McTeer.

Don't see it if If you want to watch a good play.

Also Ooof. The play's a mess. It feels like stunt-casting, find a really go... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Clever, Disappointing

See it if If you like navel-gazing plays that examine a life lived, and lessons learned.

Don't see it if You have no patience for theatrical devices like multiple actors playing the same role over time.

Also This was a bit too gimmicky for me. While the actors employed to tell ... Read more Read less

89
Fairview
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you want your assumptions about theater narratives to be shaken.

Don't see it if If you don't like circular storytelling and are put off by confrontational theater.

Also The playwright is playing with conventions here, at first letting the ... Read more Read less

80
The Great Leap
Chelsea
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious, Bd wong is the reason to go.

See it if If you like new works that play with conventions, and want to learn about a side of China you not familiar with.

Don't see it if If you don't like characters who are mouthpieces for a playwright.

Also This is a good effort from Lauren Yee. I got to see King of the Yees i... Read more Read less

60
Excruciating, Why??

See it if If you like to see movie and tv stars on Broadway.

Don't see it if If you don't like self-loathing bitchiness play out out for two hours.

Also I am a HUGE fan of Joe Mantello's work. I think he is one of the very ... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Cliched, Meh

See it if If you like dioramas and miniatures.

Don't see it if If you want a more nuanced story about migration.

Also Not exactly what I expected -- but I was game. It's a solitary experie... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Banal, Quirky, A moshpit of misguided intentions

See it if You like scatological operettas.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a story.

Also The opening number is hilarious. ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like a good contemporary British play.

Don't see it if you don't to watch navel gazing.

Also I enjoyed this play, especially Ms. Gough's marvelous performance. I d... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Packs a punch

See it if you like your classics dusted off and given a new spit shine. Chay Yew's directing complements Luis Alfaro's pungent take on Oedipus.

Don't see it if you like your classics straight up.

Also Luis Alfaro rejiggers Sophocles' play into a critique of our criminal ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
KPOP
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if If you want a unique theater experience, with AMAZING singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater.

Also I know Ars Nova's work (Great Comet, for one). I also know Woodshed Co... Read more Read less

76
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Intense

See it if you're a fan of the book, and you have a high tolerance for violence.

Don't see it if you're easily put off by violence, and you're looking for a linear plot.

Also It's a good show. Mr. Sturridge and Mr. Birney are in fine form. All i... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like you like your theater edgy, well-thought out, and provocative.

Don't see it if You like realism.

Also Great music playing by a very talented cast. The adaptation by Ms. Bar... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Cliched, Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if you like a show that works too hard to push your emotional buttons,

Don't see it if you don't like faux-edgy shows trying to hide its formulaic bones underneath a veneer of social commentary.

Also A lot of audiences will like this show. Michael Grief works miracles w... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant, Ponderosa is too ponderous.

See it if You want to see a quiet, quirky play about a family in transition, and the careful re-calibration of relationships.

Don't see it if If you're looking for an explosive play about gender identity.

Also MJ Kaufman's play is a lyrical attempt at mapping how a family navigat... Read more Read less

75
Falsettos
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Romantic, It's about act 2

See it if You like schmaltzy musicals, awkward kids and baseball, overly anxious parents, and tearjerkers.

Don't see it if If you want a fresher take on gay relationships, and parenting.

35
Mojada
East Village
Disaster

See it if You like to support the work of Latinx artists.

Don't see it if If you want the work of Latinx artists to be given a better production.

Also So many missteps in this production, not the least of which is directi... Read more Read less

50
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Flat, Disappointing

See it if you're curious about Marc Blitzstein's seminal work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent rendering of Cradle Will Rock

Also Like the original, a single piano is used with no amplification of voi... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Absorbing

See it if you're a sci-fi fan and want to support new work by one of the city's most creative theaters (Play Co.)

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, or like things to move at a fast clip. This is definitely a slow burn.

Also The performance I saw was still finding its footing. I appreciated the... Read more Read less

50
Daddy
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You're curious about Jeremy Harris and want to see Alan Cummings. Or you want to see a swimming pool.

Don't see it if If you want an intelligent play about age, class, and power.

Also This is only the second play of Mr. Harris that I've seen, the first b... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want a fun comedy about a topical issue.

Don't see it if if you're looking for deep insights.

Also I think of it a "light woke" play. It doesn't go very deep with "issue... Read more Read less

60
The Head and the Load
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if If you want to see the work of William Kentridge.

Don't see it if If you want more than an accumulation of images and ideas that don’t cohere into any discernible story.

Also I like William Kentridge’s charcoal drawings and animation. The Head a... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Over produced

See it if You are a fan of Hansol Jung. This play presents another facet of her amazing writing.

Don't see it if If you have no patience for non-traditional story telling.

Also I am a fan of Ms. Jung's work, after seeing Cardboard Piano at Humana,... Read more Read less

98
The Chinese Lady
Midtown W
Exquisite, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if You like entering worlds different from yours.

Don't see it if If you want you don’t want to think.

Also I found this play a timely reminder of who we are as a country. I read... Read more Read less

50
Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Excruciating

See it if You’re a fan of The Flea.

Don't see it if You don’t like two-dimensional treatment of race relations.

Also I like Mr. Solondz films. This play is not likable. It lacks smarts an... Read more Read less

60
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Excruciating, Badly staged.

See it if you want to support a young playwright, and the work of a good theater company.

Don't see it if you don't like indulgent, insipid execution.

Also There is a good idea here, and a whiff of a story. It is wrapped in th... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You want to see a rarely performed Shakespeare play -- done well.

Don't see it if You have a limited attention span. This requires you to pay attention -- for six hours.

Also Well done by the National Asian American Theater. Henry VI is terribly... Read more Read less

60
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Insipid, Disappointing, Misfire

See it if If you like sitcomy plays, with a steady rhythm of set-up / punchline; set-up / punchline.

Don't see it if If you want a nuanced play about gender identities, and the internal hierarchies within the LGBTQI community.

Also I generally like Jordan Harrison's work. Certainly, Pam McKinnon knows... Read more Read less

80
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like quirky, violent theater, peppered with very good performances.

Don't see it if You you like straightforward narratives, and genteel theater.

Also Lots of great performances, and the story takes risks not ordinarily s... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Teenage Dick
East Village
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if If you like your theater fare to be equal parts funny, moving, and unexpected.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make you think as you laugh.

Also The playwright Michael Lew hit this out of the park. Same goes for the... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Epic, My kids loved it

See it if If you are a Harry Potter fan and you like or want to instill an appreciation for live theater in your kids.

Don't see it if If you Harry Potter makes you roll your eyes.

Also At six hours for Parts 1 and 2, it's a significant commitment of time,... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you enjoy riveting theater. Well-written, beautifully performed and directed.

Don't see it if If you like your plays obvious and predictable.

Also Get a second mortgage or sell your children, but do not miss this tour... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Good, not great.

See it if You like quirky stories about brief, unrequited romance, and you like 90-minute theater experiences.

Don't see it if You're looking for a pulse-quickening theater experience.

Also Bottomline, this is a well-executed adaptation of the film. Mr. Yazbek... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, More of this please

See it if you like meaningful theater. Guirgis engages your mind, and this play makes you consider the world today. It's funny, and it's riveting.

Don't see it if You want to sit back and escape.

Also For me, this is Mr. Guirgis's best work. I like his other plays, but t... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Entertaining, Dated, Saigon has fallen

See it if You haven't seen it before and are curious about the helicopter, or if you want to see another story about how America saved the Vietnamese.

Don't see it if You're offended by racial stereotypes.

Also I watched this musical several times during it's initial run on Broadw... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Doesn't quite add up

See it if If you're a fan of Sarah Ruhl, and plays that ruminate on life and parenting

Don't see it if You're expecting profound insights or even a fun rethinking of Peter Pan.

Also Sarah Ruhl's play spends a lot of time spinning its wheels on how a fa... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like riveting drama. The cast is electric, and August Wilson's play is given a terrific production by director Ruben Santiago Hudson.

Don't see it if you don't think Black Lives Matter.

60
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like advice columns.

Don't see it if you think a play should have a good, engaging story.

Also Another epistolary play. This one, sadly, doesn't bother to provide a ... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you like complex plots, sung-through musicals, and being in the middle of the action because, immersive.

Don't see it if You have a short-attention span and expect buttoned-up show tunes.

Also Dave Malloy does a yeoman's job of putting Leo Tolstoy's words to musi... Read more Read less

85
Vietgone
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Rethinks vietnam

See it if You like geek theater, fast action, stage combat, and comic books.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for slapstick and jump cuts.

Also Vietgone takes all the tropes of America's involvement in Vietnam and ... Read more Read less

95
Among the Dead
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that are funny and moving at the same time. Great acting and staging.

Don't see it if You want the same old formulaic stuff.