Daniel 8031

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (31)
65
Quirky, Filled with tropes, Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining
August 30th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a light, funny adventure tale with outstanding acting, simple and elegant staging, and great lighting design. Great for kids.

Don't see it if You want a substantive story with deeper character development.

Also I want to be clear: This show was very well acted (with a remarkable a... Read more Read less

84
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky, Intense
May 9th, 2022

See it if You like realistic shows that feel like they can be about real people. This show explores difficult issues with warmth and humor.

Don't see it if You wouldn't enjoy two people talking and watching their relationship deepen and strain; lots of movement is important to you.

Also The characters are deep, the writing is excellent. It feels like you a... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Ambitious
March 21st, 2022

See it if You're interested in a nuanced and multi-faceted look at race and racism; you want to see great and deep writing with an original structure.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in explorations of racism that simply assume its existence.

Also It's worth noting, as neither a plus nor minus, that I found character... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever, Ambitious
November 5th, 2021

See it if You'd enjoy a refreshed look at a classic that offers more nuance and excellent acting.

Don't see it if You want a truly deep investigation of race, or you aren't a big fan of creative dialogue.

Also This play is most interesting in light of its source material. It show... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You are interested in the events surrounding the Rodney King beating; you enjoy a variety of perspectives on the same story.

Don't see it if You want to follow a single character through a single story or really want a clear plot; you're not interested in the politics and issues.

Also What is great about this show is that Anna Deveare Smith finds the hum... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
October 20th, 2021

See it if You enjoy straight plays where every element of the production (writing, directing, acting) is exceptional.

Don't see it if You want extended, realistic dialogue scenes; you don't like actors talking to the audience; you want one main character to follow.

75
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Family play, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Funny
March 8th, 2020

See it if You are interested in diving into Memphis culture and being immersed into another world; you like parlor-style dramas with twists.

Don't see it if You want something bigger and broader; you want plays that push the boundaries of dramatic structure.

80
During previews
Lively, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining
February 22nd, 2020

See it if You like interesting stories of other cultures/history, are interested in family dynamics or the Khmer Rouge, and like lively performances.

Don't see it if You mind a predictable plot, you have trouble following complicated moves in time/space, or you are sensitive to loud things.

Also The first half of this play was absolutely magnificent. It was inventi... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious
December 20th, 2019

See it if You enjoy stories with many characters; plot threads that interact and overlap as it all moves forward; and intense social relevancy.

Don't see it if You will be confused by modern language and slang, or want small plays about a small group of people.

Also Although set in just one halfway house, this play is wild and sprawlin... Read more Read less

85
Provocative, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
December 13th, 2019

See it if You are interested in the history of NYC; how marginalized groups can be led to conflict; or you enjoy outstanding acting and staging.

Don't see it if A clear story line is important to your enjoyment, rather than reflections from many perspectives.

90
Entertaining, Fluffy, Informal, Quirky, Hilarious
December 5th, 2019

See it if You are a '90s kid and enjoy off-the-wall humor with intentionally low production values handled with aplomb.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep, straight play; wacky self-referential humor doesn't appeal to you; you won't get '90s references.

Also This play is weird. It is 100% itself, with deeply committed actors wh... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Entertaining, Strong characters, Great acting, Witty, Enchanting
November 16th, 2019

See it if You enjoy historical tales of impressive people, like strongly drawn and powerful female characters, or are interested in women in science.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot movement; you are picky about overall show structure; you need stakes beyond the internal life of the characters.

Also This show was funnier than I thought it would be, with impressive, dee... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Masterful, Great writing, Ambitious
October 5th, 2019

See it if You enjoy deep, ambitious explorations of life and qualities of life, and will enjoy a sprawling plot spanning long periods of time.

Don't see it if You absolutely don't like long shows; gay themes are not OK for you; you have a lot of trouble keeping track of sprawling stories.

Also Part 1 was a transcendent experience for me; I loved it. (I have yet t... Read more Read less

90
Dust
East Village
Immersive, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
September 15th, 2019

See it if You would enjoy extremely impressive acting diving into the mind, connections, and disconnections of a young woman who committed suicide.

Don't see it if That would be triggering; you want a clearer plot; you need more of a clear message or deeper tie together at the end.

Also This is about the experience. I felt like the ending did not hold toge... Read more Read less

70
Engaging, Funny, Ok, Quirky, Entertaining
September 7th, 2019

See it if You enjoy slightly weird theater that plays around with form and expectations.

Don't see it if You want something highly professional, polished, or deep. This is best seen as a fine but not amazing piece doing something weird.

Also It all depends on the spirit in which you take this play. If you come ... Read more Read less

90
Fairview
Brooklyn
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Ambitious
June 17th, 2019

See it if You like plays that ask deep questions without providing all the answers and confronting hard issues, in particular race in America, head-on

Don't see it if You're looking for something fun or simple. You want clear, easy, happy endings. You're unwilling to engage with some justified anger.

Also This show is raw and forceful. It twists and turns with brilliant redi... Read more Read less

85
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Serious, Powerful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
March 22nd, 2019

See it if You enjoy serious dramas with deep implied meaning. You are interested in how systemic oppression can ricochet into personal lives.

Don't see it if You want a comedy or something light. You want plot over character drama. You don't like looking for themes in the play.

95
Great acting, Enchanting, Resonant, Relevant, Hilarious
March 10th, 2019

See it if You enjoy biting satire. You find reflections about the complexity of race in America compelling. You enjoy watching a clever, crazy scene.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy with a serious edge. Inventive theatrical styles (with time jumping) annoy you.

Also I did not realize how funny this show would be, and while I don't usua... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
March 8th, 2019

See it if You enjoy a virtuosic group of 20+ actors bouncing off each other in interesting, deep ways, all grounded in Ireland's history.

Don't see it if You have trouble when many things are happening on stage, or with accents. Straight, serious plays aren't your thing.

80
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Clever, Great acting, Slow, Atmospheric, Intimate
February 2nd, 2019

See it if You like layered, compelling, broad-strokes stories where characters journey through difficult situations.

Don't see it if Your attention easily wanders when the pace slows, or you need to dive into the details of each character step.

Also I have conflicted feelings about this show. I felt drawn into what was... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Cliched, Disappointing
October 11th, 2018

See it if You enjoy science, weirdness, ambition, and total wackiness... and you have a tolerance for missteps.

Don't see it if Getting all the moments right really matters to you, and you need strong internal consistency. You don't want something weird.

Also I went to this for the sciencey elements because I'm a sciencey person... Read more Read less

50
The Dragon Griswynd
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow
September 6th, 2018

See it if You really enjoy fantasy/sci-fi and don't mind a relatively slow, talky piece that never quite lands.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to constant exposition and one-dimensional characters that never break out or change; constant cliche dialogue bothers you.

Also I really wanted to like this play. I thought it was bold to bring toge... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Quirky
June 10th, 2018

See it if You enjoy excellent dialogue, and like to see numerous strong characters bounce off each other as you gain a window into their lives.

Don't see it if You need a single central character to identify with or you need all of the plot threads to wrap up.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Mediocre, Standard, Historical, Slow
May 23rd, 2018

See it if You are really interested in Lewis (especially) and Tolkien and would enjoy a somewhat exposion-y moment in their lives.

Don't see it if You want especially witty or clever dialogue, or more than putting things they're known to have said into their mouths.

95
During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing
May 13th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a well-crafted, traditional drama with excellent acting, well-drawn characters, and important resonances with society today.

Don't see it if A longer play (that is willing to take its time), or a traditional dramatic structure, does not agree with you.

95
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
April 13th, 2018

See it if you enjoy really taking something in. Told in a series of still dioramas, each one deserves contemplation.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving plot, sharp dialogue, or extended scenes. Each scene and even the characters are lightly sketched.

Also This is the story of two refugee boys from Afghanistan. It is touching... Read more Read less

80
The Low Road
East Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking
March 31st, 2018

See it if you enjoy clever writing, history (especially the American revolution), and pointed societal commentary.

Don't see it if you will be put off by a very heavy-handed perspective, you dislike endings with weird stuff out of nowhere, or you're averse to overwriting

Also I agree with most of the points this play makes very strongly and I en... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Funny, Overrated, Raunchy, Thought-provoking
February 23rd, 2018

See it if you care about race, enjoy dirty humor, and funny impressions verging on caricatures (but, at least, usually, punching up).

Don't see it if you don't like direct, modern, dirty humor, are going to be upset by over-broad stereotypes, or need your main character to feel competent.

Also First of all, this is basically a well-produced stand-up comedy show. ... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant
February 21st, 2018

See it if You want an intimate, cerebral, open-ended exploration of a historical period in America.

Don't see it if You need an intricate plot, you mind a history lesson with an agenda, or you mind a show that's heavy on theatricality and clever dialogue.

Also The ending was a little bit unsatisfying, and the dialogue was sometim... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
February 4th, 2018

See it if you enjoy really good acting and good dialogue, and you like something a bit abstract that makes you think.

Don't see it if you mind a show with some exaggerated twists to make its point, you need a lot of motion in your plot, or you mind long monologues.

80
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant
January 31st, 2018

See it if You want to be challenged by an interesting premise and get deeply invested in the characters.

Don't see it if You want a "light, fluffy, happy show," or if you mind a bit of exaggerated theatricality.