Daniel51

New York City

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Reviews (31)
89
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love Will Eno's quirky, unexpected sense of humor, and are willing to go along for a somewhat abstract ride through a character's life

Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with the idea of 1 character being played by a dozen different actors of different genders and races.

91
Profound, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You need a reminder of the way we are all connected as humans & a reason to forgive. Or if you want to see a classic, beautifully staged.

Don't see it if You are jaded or don't want to cry like a kid, in public.

100
Resonant, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some of the greatest theatre artists alive working at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You are afraid to confront the reality of deep-seated racism in America

95
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You love Lett's brand of subtle, soulful storytelling. Expect psychological kinks, surprising plot turns, understated humor & mid-life angst

Don't see it if You are expecting star names or a zeitgeist political play. This one is a complex human story that is meandering in the real way life is.

76
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are deeply engaged with the current rift between the red and the blue in American politics and culture, and enjoy Shavian-style speeches

Don't see it if You can't follow lengthy rhetoric-filled political arguments. Or if you would be upset by discussions of topics such as abortion and race.

94
During previews
Riveting, Raunchy, Profound

See it if You are deeply engaged in our current discourse about racial politics, especially as they arise in the context of very personal relationship

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual imagery and terminology being represented/discussed very explicitly

90
During previews
Dizzying, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are familiar with Chekhov's play and want to re-experience it through a contemporary filter.

Don't see it if You are expecting a literal adaptation of the play.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in politics, history, and whether the constitution is still an ethical document.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big spectacle, with lots of characters. It's more of a theatrical lecture with direct address.

99
During previews
Joan
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see an extremely powerful and incredibly moving performance from Johanna Day - so simple and unaffected. She is a master.

Don't see it if You want a Broadway style show with high production values. This is simple and pared down.

76
During previews
Downstairs
West Village
Profound, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You love Tim Daly - he's giving a fantastic performance.

Don't see it if You don't like symbolism, ambiguity, and unexplained plot events.

79
Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if You want to look at race and class issues from a lot of different angles

Don't see it if You dislike long monologues and a potentially confusing plot

88
Williston
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You're interested in the way corporations are dehumanizing the workforce and local populations.

Don't see it if You are not looking for an intense, topical 3-hander

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Profound

See it if You want a look at toxic masculinity through the lens of 1970s America.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by bad language and shocking situations. Also, the plot is non-linear, so it can feel a little trippy at times.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging

See it if You want a high energy journey through an amazing woman's life.

Don't see it if You don't love her music

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You love improv and want to watch an amazing ensemble create theater on their feet.

Don't see it if You want to sit down the whole time.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if You're seeking a powerful insight into human psychology.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lighthearted comedy.

81
Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to watch beautifully crafted performances, especially by Kristine Nielson, by actors who navigate moral complexity and inner demons

Don't see it if You are expecting a fast-paced suspenseful family drama. This has lots of layers of metaphor, which take patience to uncover

91
Monsoon Season
West Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 2 actors at the top of their games command the stage and conjure a whole cast of characters from nothing. Phenomenal acting.

Don't see it if You aren't open to an experiment in theatrical form. (Each character has a 30 minute solo performance, that connects to the other's story.)

71
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Intense

See it if You're a stalwart Theresa Rebeck fan & don't want to miss her latest. To her credit, she defies a particular genre or theme, and takes risks

Don't see it if You're expecting a profound psychological portrait of a man consumed with anger and ego - this just scratches the surface

94
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Profound

See it if You love powerful, truthful acting of the highest caliber. This is Rattlestick-style realism: you feel like you are present w/characters.

Don't see it if You are triggered by a stark, realistic portrait of addiction. This doesn't sugar coat.

87
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Resonant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You are fascinated by American politics and political history. It feels epic and comprehensive in the way it covers a specific timeframe

Don't see it if You are expecting a moving, personal relationship drama. (It's almost like a theatrical history lesson, but very well presented.)

95
During previews
Great acting, Riveting, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You love Shakespeare but can't sit thru 3 hrs. This is lean, mean, and poignant with great performances esp. Rebekhah Brockman as Isabella

Don't see it if You aren't prepared to reconsider the way male lust and power are intertwined.

95
Resonant, Funny, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a top notch production of a classic Irish play.

Don't see it if You are expecting something avant-garde or contemporary.

70
The Convent
Midtown W
Delightful, Intense, Relevant, Cliched, Slow

See it if You are a feminist and you want an insight on the kinds of things that are hot button topics in womens lives today.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced and plot-heavy drama. This moves slowly and is very much about the characters' backstories

97
During previews
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to know the real deal about how slaves were treated - subjects of surgical experimentation without any regard for safety or dignity

Don't see it if You are squeamish or want a whitewashed version of how medical advances were made.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want a phenomenally acted drama that is also very funny and moving. It's about family, love, and how we as a society treat special needs

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason why not to see it.

81
Absorbing, Dizzying, Exquisite, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You are fascinated by the parallels between these 2 classic plays and want to experience some top notch classical acting.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with these 2 plays or don't have a lot of patience to make the links.

75
Wild Abandon
Chelsea
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to know what a woman's life in the theater and music industry is really like. Also, see it with your mother or daughter.

Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows. The actress is very good, but it's hard for any 1 person to sustain an audience's interest for 90 minutes.

81
Final Follies
West Village
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Great staging, Clever

See it if You love Gurney's writing and want to take a trip down memory lane.

Don't see it if You are looking for something that moves at a fast pace.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Romantic

See it if You want to see the best classical acting the city has to offer.

Don't see it if You don't like heightened language.

73
Quirky, Resonant, Edgy, Dated, Clever

See it if You love ghost stories and local history, and want to experience an immersive evening with a small audience.

Don't see it if You're creeped out by being within arms length of the actors.