Darrel

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Love going to theater, especially off broadway, with my wife and friends!
Reviews (99)
58
Slow, Boring

See it if you are a big John Larroquette fan and don't mind a play with no worthy post show conversations with your theater mates; a big yawn

Don't see it if you want to be bored with a lousy obscure story line and nothing to hold your attention; many audience members left during the intermission

69
Disappointing, Clever

See it if you like one person shows with no strong take aways or linear story line; at times boring; clever staging and use of minimal props

Don't see it if you want to be entertained and don't like one person shows with no strong linear story line

75
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you're a Quinn fan, like political humor; want to be entertained & cry at same time regarding our current state of affairs; short & sweet

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows; awkward sense of Quinn's monologue delivery is offputting for some; don't know if intentional or not

69
During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a big Tom Stoppard fan and want to engage in heavy thinking during and after the show

Don't see it if you are not entertained by a lot of convoluted dialogue with characters that are hard to relate to with some predictable elements in story

92
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you love Edie Falco since performance was intense w/rapid fire dialogue; she & the rest of cast was excellent. staging complemented story

Don't see it if you don't like political themes with a lot of intense dialogue

83
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to be entertained in intimate space with excellent singing (no disco), staging & dancing; don't look too deep into story & enjoy

Don't see it if you need a strong book, want disco music; don't like hedwig; expensive production for the Atlantic; serious $ behind it; headed to BDWY

83
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to be mindlessly entertained with solid music, decent story, excellent dancing & completely engaged audience in intimate theatre

Don't see it if you want to be intellectually stimulated and hate the go gos music or do not enjoy gay and lesbian story lines or hate campy shows

79
Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want pure mindless visually pleasing entertainment with excellent vocals and enjoy Donna Summer music and like enthusiastic audiences

Don't see it if you don't like donna summer music or want thought provoking theatre

74
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you are a big bengsons fans and loved Hundred Days. A hugely schizophrenic production: awesome lively creative 1st act; boring slow 2nd act

Don't see it if you need a consistent performance without a self indulgent big letdown 2nd act with minimal entertainment value; show should have been 1 act

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy first class writing, excellent cast & a revival surviving the passage of time with relevant contemporary social sex & race themes.

Don't see it if you need more than a simple set with a lot of dialogue requiring concentration. Nice first show at brand new intimate Helen Hayes theatre

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy well acted, written, staged drama that stays w/you after show. contemporary complex social issues imbedded in story.

Don't see it if your don't want a though provoking well acted one act show that can really hit home and cause your to reexamine your social values

69
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy intimate setting w/very talented well credentialed cast, don't mind minimal staging & underdeveloped lyrics & not meaningful story

Don't see it if you want developed solid story. opportunity to be bored; excellent cast voices tarnished w/weak lyrics & over-exaggerated & loud production

61
During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a Rajiv Joseph fan or Atlantic member. 3 hr convoluted political drama focused on a true or not true/lies theme w/implausible story

Don't see it if you want entertainment. I'm frustrated in not figuring out what message playwright wanted to convey to his audience. decent acting & staging

70
During previews
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want simple story mindless family show that caters to new broadway audience & tourists. Nice colorful staging & few good musical numbers

Don't see it if You want real thoughtful theatre experience with a story and meaningful score. Acting is passable and no songs worth remembering.

79
During previews
Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see mass appeal, light not thought provoking, theater with a lively energetic cast aiming to please its nontraditional audience

Don't see it if you want meaningful sophisticated theatre. the show will draw a new crowd & will do well with tourists. Bdwy definitely has a place for it

59
During previews
Dated, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy intense drama about aids & a 2 person cast w/a lot of dialogue. A show for a patient theatre goer; limited audience/appeal

Don't see it if You have to work at enjoying show w/an intense subject matter. You come away from the play drained & need to contemplate the shows takeaway?

69
Overrated, Slow

See it if slow to develop family drama where everyone has a secret; decent acting; nice set; underwhelmed; no uplifting take aways from production

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas; have work to figure out everyone's life secret to put puzzle together to make sense of the show

77
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like wellacted fast paced dialogue & don't mind challenged by show's take away; definitely prompts after show discussion on show meaning

Don't see it if you don't want confusing story line & show's meaning; elements of waiting for godot; shows pedigree & expectations leads to disappointment

67
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like one women shows about rape

Don't see it if you dont like intense 1 person shows (about rape) & leave show being emotionally drained & question the entertainment value of production

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be entertained w/ a fine young cast w/ excellent social infused material & solid staging for small space; millenials would enjoy

Don't see it if you dont like perceived asian stereotypes, bi racial relationships or sexual and parential conflict themes

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you like well cast, staged & acted original creative show with off the path subject matter; ambitious creative undertaking with sister show

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of bilingual dialogue at times slow moving pace which can be trimmed down

69
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like immigrant themes w/ solid acting & don't mind slow paced show or you enjoy a lot of theatre seeing its companion show in same day

Don't see it if you don't like; a lot of bilingual dialogue w/ story that takes time to develop, unclear goal for theatre goer, or recluse husband character

82
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy traditional musicals but this w/an underlying serious thought provoking theme. cast that can act, sing, dance & play instruments!

Don't see it if you don't like 40's music & a lot of song & dance or somewhat predictable story lines. Laura Osnes is excellent! show deserves to do well!

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a theatrical event. Not a great O'Neill play but absolutely wonderful acting, great staging & lighting; Cannavale is superb!

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional staging and short plays (90 minutes); otherwise its a memorable performance and staging; very visual

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like themes on modern social & romantic challenges facing people in their late 20's & need to set stage for their lives ahead; WELL DONE

Don't see it if you're impatient & want 1st act gratification & can't wait until show is over to obtain satisfying theatre experience; or need happy endings

93
During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to be entertained w/ solid acting, singing & staging; pure entertainment with not a lot of deep thinking required; very up to date

Don't see it if if don't like full fledged musicals; an excellent movie adaptation

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy intense, thought provoking, fast paced, well acted and staged dramas; a must see!

Don't see it if have a hard time w/ accents; try to spend extra $ for better seats; sat in the balcony & lost some of experience; missed facial expressions

70
Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you are a big supporter of Second Stage and enjoy political protest themed entertainment with a hard working cast; rooms set was authentic

Don't see it if you must relate to a character; don't care that you leave show w/unanswered questions; your mind wanders when not fully absorbed by show

71
During previews
Pleasant

See it if you like low budget weak staged four person musical with a somewhat dated theme/story with a cast that has decent voices

Don't see it if a poor staging & dated story will affect you enjoyment of 4 actors w/decent voices work hard to entertain you; lyrics were above average

73
Raunchy, Quirky, Intense

See it if you enjoy unusual & unique performance art w/great shock value & enthusiastic creative cast w/heavy audience involvement in intimate space

Don't see it if you are offended by loud music, nudity, & in your face type performances where you can't hide from cast. story got distracted by visuals

68
During previews
Disappointing, Boring

See it if you're big Armie Hammer fan. unfortunately can't think of another reason to see this uninspiring non thought-provoking tempidly acted show

Don't see it if you don't like male focused family relationships making life/career decisions. not sure how 2 gender fluid roles fit in; food focus overdone

70
During previews
Confusing, Great staging

See it if you're a T. Letts fan & don't mind post show confusion on meaning of play. Great use of 6 actors for 1 role & top notch staging; short show.

Don't see it if you want to understand show's take aways and not ponder its meaning; non linear plot. no stand out performance; polite audience ovation.

69
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you need an intensive expose on the trials & tribulations of being deaf & fitting in in the hearing world & didn't see original production

Don't see it if excellent acting but lead (James) dominated stage making for intensive focus on simple set & character. dated; too long; easily distracted

72
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy well staged traditional musicals. 2 leads forced, strained below par performances; just OK. Sound was inconsistent; costumes a 10

Don't see it if you want blockbuster lead singing or contemporary themes. Norbert LB gave an award nod performance. Good seats adds to enjoyment.

64
During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like to support small theatre companies. Cast worked hard with a less than fully developed story; still should be workshoped.

Don't see it if you are impatient w/ a work in progress & don't like a bare bones production w/ a less than refined cast. Title not tied to true story line.

61
During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like any the cast members; otherwise skip this very disappointing, flat, uninspiring 2nd Stage production with no meaningful story

Don't see it if you want to be entertained or see quality thought provoking theatre; decent acting w/flubbed lines; interesting story but not well executed

70
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you're a Ayad Akhtar fan, Lincoln center subscriber or like financial industry/ junk bond themed shows

Don't see it if you want light entertainment or don't like financial market theatre. Decent acting an alot of dialogue

84
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy uniquely pleasing staged heartfelt acted musical in form of modern folk concert romantic story of couple on how they met & married

Don't see it if you want more traditional musical theatre with a heartier story line and an unpredictable outcome. Kudos to NYTW for this creative endeavor

89
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy thoughtful well acted creative plays with a hard working no name cast that has solid chemistry and timely message for audience.

Don't see it if You don’t like small plays with minimal sets, sports themes and no headlines cast members.

93
Intimate, Entertaining, Sophisticated

See it if You want an up close & intimate discussion with sophisticated theatre goers & a come from away producer in a fast paced one hour discussion

Don't see it if You don't want a behind the scenes look into this production's life leading up to a successful run on broadway

94
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to be moved by a fine show of a socially sensitive topic focused on a gay man's love life, mother relationship & adoption of a son

Don't see it if you don't want to attend a must see emotionally charged moving well acted and staged production focused on a gay man's life

59
During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like off beat intellectual heavy dialogue w/ stark set & 3 man show. You don't mind trying hard to follow story line & like gospel theme

Don't see it if you want to be distracted w/ mindless entertainment & need to have staging be an integral party of the show value; one set staged production

75
During previews
Pleasant, Slow

See it if you like old time irish one act love based themes; well acted; basic staging

Don't see it if you don't like similar one act plays which may seem dated and slow

70
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if your are n l butz or zosia mamet fan and don't mind family crisis health problems, drugs, or poor relationship themes

Don't see it if you don't like painful family crisis with health problems, drugs, poor love & friend themes. nothing unique that cries out solid theatre

78
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like illusion & magic & being entertained excellent command of audience; you leave perplexed & puzzled trying to figure out what you saw

Don't see it if you expect traditional theatre not a Las Vegas type act; surprised Atlantic Theatre put this show on stage

72
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you like light romantic comedies w/ decent greek chorus & good acting & pleasant voices w/a nicely used set/staging & mindless entertainment

Don't see it if you want meaningful thought provoking original theatre. female lead was miscast; not convincing rich girl with everything but true love

42
During previews
Disappointing, Boring, Slow

See it if Only if a Ernest Shackleton fanatic; otherwise don't go. Better in regional kids/family circuit & not at 2nd stage even if show rented space

Don't see it if You like good theatre. Lead without commanding voice; lyrics lack substance; music repetitive and boring. Staging adequate. 90 minute yawner

74
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you light small but ambitious productions w/energetic cast & political &social themes; very current even though pre and post 9 11 story.

Don't see it if show length could be cut; 1st act too long. hard to be humorous and silly with post 9 11 story line.

55
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you like sex themed shows with decent acting but uneven self-indulgent ramblings that don't always make sense with a weak second act.

Don't see it if you don't like uneven self-indulgent ramblings, disjointed and sometimes confusing themes w/ weak 2nd act that didn't hold my attention.

52
Quirky, Unique, Creative

See it if you enjoy: out of the "box" productions; don't need structure or a traditional staging to enjoy; 1 man shows; or uncertain story line.

Don't see it if don't like unusual seating and staging and story without a defined path or purpose. slow at times, unpredictable pace, beginning or end.