Daniel 8095

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  I'm a retired HS English Teacher and Staff Developer in the NYC City School System. I have never written a play more than 10 minutes long so I am hardly qualified to judge or criticize the merit of a play. I do go to the theater a lot though. I will strive to express how particular aspect of a sho... Read more Read less
Reviews (32)
88
Funny, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in more "edgy" dramas that treat delicate themes of racism/relationships. Can suspend your disbelief long enough to get.

Don't see it if the heavy themes above don't appeal to you, you have little patience for long revelatory monologues, have an objection to strong language

89
Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a tragic-comedy that explores the quirky life of a young man of Dominican descent, with social-racial implications.

Don't see it if you either don't understand Spanish, or are averse to reading titles above the stage. And of course, if themes and story don't appeal.

79
Slow, Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if enjoy fringe theater experiences that strive to thematically approach issues and challenges of living truthfully in one's life journey.

Don't see it if you have little interest in exploring the issues of self-discovery, themes of gay identity, themes of the impositions placed by Church.

Also The show is ambitious, a bit long and talky at times, and includes a s... Read more Read less

87
Confusing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are ok with hypotheticals, and a penetrating, disturbing look at an aspect of human condition: aging and it's dynamic consequences.

Don't see it if you have trouble with non sequential, alternating, and sometimes ambiguous narrative

Also The two veterans deliver masterful performances. I wouldn't miss it.

85
American Moor
East Village
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interesting in seeing a mind-challenging, verbally dense show of ideas and anguish. If you like highly charged performances.

Don't see it if you don't like getting bombarded and at times overwhelmed by a highly personal response to important and relevant social themes and issues.

Also The actor is highly attractive and magnetic.

85
Mac Beth
West Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you already are familiar with Macbeth, and are interested in seeing how it can be re-imagined and condensed in a fascinating manner.

Don't see it if you have no particular interest or familiarity with Shakespeare's original text Macbeth. Or if you are disturbed by senseless violence.

75
Superhero
Midtown W
Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if if you would like to chance to see talents like Baldwin and Pinkham up close and personal in a small house.

Don't see it if you would prefer something a bit more positive and inspiring.

90
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if you want to laugh and cry, be very moved; if you are a member of the LGBT community or know and love anyone who is.

Don't see it if you have an issue with a 3 hour long play, although it moves smoothly and quickly. If you can't tolerate plays that focus on gay issues.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if enjoy some very good singing of some terrific tunes, including 3 that became very well known via television and popular singers.

Don't see it if you have trouble with narratives that don't really make much sense, and contain a story line in which a psychologist violates ethics surely.

92
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you are open to an alternative view of this classic, which has phenomenal singing and staging, and ultimately puts the accent on dance.

Don't see it if you are not a big ballet fan, because this version, especially the second act beautifully threads ballet into the story line, i.e. Oklahoma.

92
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you are a fan of thought-provoking, sharply funny, yet deeply serious plays, with characters who demonstrate shifting and flawed moral fiber

Don't see it if you prefer more escapistic fare, with humor that is not topical or controversial in nature. Or you need a concrete resolution by the end.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you are taken with shows that have warmth,heart, speak to the issues that still resonate for some, you like good singing, smart songs.

Don't see it if you get turned off by plays that sometimes resort to stereotypes, that perhaps could use a clearer, sharper narrative, that can get "heavy".

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are excited about seeing power house actors like Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf together.

Don't see it if you like plot driven plays, and not plays that rely more on the psychology of memory, that also confront life's meaning, and death's.

87
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you like broad, physical humor that looks like its beating up the poor actors, who are still having lots of fun

Don't see it if if very physical humor, with little cerebral humor, gets on your nerves.

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if you are looking for a show that is truly uplifting and joyful, if you like up tempo rock and pop style music done with warmth and class.

Don't see it if you are not ready to see or accept a drag queen as the sympathetic lead of a Broadway musical, or if you don't enjoy the pop/rock sound.

88
During previews
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you have a heart for the dynamics of family relationship, and the way we create and find new family. If you like music to tell a story.

Don't see it if you have little interest in mother-daughter relationships, or the plights of undocumented immigrants. If you don't care for musicals.

86
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like plays that deal with and treat political figures as well as our all too recent political past that still resonates today.

Don't see it if you have little interest in or connection to the Lyndon Johnson presidency, the political and social upheavals of that time, quick scenes.

90
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if if you like shows that are tightly written with humor and sadness that have big laugh out loud lines and treat failed relationships.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing in-your-face full frontal nudity of a lead male who is not that hot, you are not into human failures issues

95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you are willing to be heartbroken an but hopeful by the end, accompanied by beautiful songs and music, great performances.

Don't see it if you prefer flashy, razzmatazz, more conventional, "just good fun" musicals. This is not that.

87
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you might enjoy learning about aspects of cultural evolution told through talk and inventive rap idiom, with some engaging visuals.

Don't see it if you have no patience or tolerance for rap as a medium of communication

90
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are willing to be a captive audience member, so to speak about a young guy's traumatic experiences you know where and what he learned.

Don't see it if you have little to no interest in plays that are tightly focused on serious, complex issues that have no easy answers, on a small stage.

90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you know and love "Fiddler" and want to see how beautifully, simply and artfully it can be done, in Yiddish yet.

Don't see it if you think you will get distracted looking at the English subtitles and don't know the show it all. At least see the movie first.

88
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy a show that is light, fun with with clever bits. Also if you like a small show with versatile performers, smart lyrics

Don't see it if you really need to see young, attractive guys in the lead, because neither male leads is that. If you are uncomfortable with happy endings.

85
Skintight
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are interested in topics that still resonate about, such as the nature and power of physical beauty and the ties of family.

Don't see it if you cannot sustain some strong language, you are not interested in the dynamics of same-sex attraction and its impact on a family.

90
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that diverge from sequential narrative to illuminate the impact different stages of our lives have on our identities.

Don't see it if you prefer sequential narrative, including those that lead to a certain, dramatic "climax," or a clear, unambiguous resolution at the end.

Also The performances are excellent, and sometimes completely heartbreaking... Read more Read less

90
Exquisita Agonia
Gramercy
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like intense, emotional psycho-drama that is extremely well acted

Don't see it if your Spanish is weak or non-existent and you feel that reading the translation on the LED screen in front of you would be too distracting

Also I was particularly impressed by the performances of the lead actress L... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Sea Concerto
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you like poetic, memory plays, not unlike the plays of O'Neill or Miller in style. If you like ambitious work that has very strong acting.

Don't see it if you have gotten used to briefer, concise plays that have impact on their audiences in about 90 minutes with no intermission. This goes slow.

Also I commend this playwright for evocatively handling complex issues at t... Read more Read less

73
Dress of Fire
West Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if you enjoy giving some of your time and thoughts to plays that explore universal ideas about the nature of war, exemplified by Trojan War.

Don't see it if you lose patience with talky, low budget plays that are mainly political treatises, where the acting and direction are uneven.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a big Charles Busch fan and love the way he incorporates drag queen humor, Hollywood melodrama & respect for the great movie divas

Don't see it if you have little exposure to the films and great actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you don't care for Busch's delivery style.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like high energy, youthful shows, which pay some respect to an old classic tale by presenting an imaginative, musical prequel.

Don't see it if you are not ready to run with the illogical fantasy of the narrative, don't like youth oriented music and lyrics, and don't like tampering.

Also I mean that this prequel musical , does to some extent contradict some... Read more Read less

95
The Low Road
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you have a vibrant interest in history, politics, economics and what is the make up of our moral fiber. Also if you like vibrant acting.

Don't see it if you are not willing to commit the time and engagement that is required to really enjoy this show, nor have much interest in social satire.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you have an interest in the convergence of politics, medicine, history, culture, fantasy, LGBT rights and progress.

Don't see it if you can not stay seated for too long and if you don't like illogical flights of fantasy.