Dave

Westfield | 50-64 | Male
About:  Theater fan who wishes critics had to buy their own tickets to better understand paying customers' perspective.
Reviews (97)
98
During previews
Searing, Surprisingly funny, One of the very best american plays performed by a stellar cast!

See it if You enjoy wrenching, yet often funny, superbly performed

Don't see it if You want something light

94
During previews
Dylan songs sung by great singers and great acting; often funny but often grim

See it if You like Bob Dylan's later songs or great acting and singing

Don't see it if you expect a Dylan jukebox musical or need light stories

79
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
The director and choreographer's changes are almost always poor; the director needs to value the audience more than his reputation as an innovator; only maria has a broadway quality voice, The director needs to focus on the audience, not his reputation as an innovator; too much movie, not enough theater

See it if You like the play so much that even the lack of strong singers other than Maria and the surplus of distracting, pointless video is ok

Don't see it if see above

79
Very funny and intriguing, but the finale is obviously fake

See it if You enjoy mind reading by a very witty star

Don't see it if You don't

93
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Much better than the tonys excerpt!, Funniest play since mormon! stellar cast!

See it if you like to laugh and admire great performances

Don't see it if you lack a sense of humor or care more for great singing than great laughs

55
Overrated, Disappointing, Best for garland fanatics and those who know nothing about her life

See it if Seeing the movie Judy is insufficient for you or you cannot attend Broadway or Off Broadway shows

Don't see it if You want new insight into her early life; paying $10 for parking and a lot more for tickets annoys you.

Also Two pretty good, but far from Broadway level, dance numbers and good, ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a well acted plays about anorexia and dysfunctional families

Don't see it if that is too negative for you

69
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Another overpraised british import; 1 hour of plot repeated 3 times; good acting

See it if You know little about the Troubles in Ireland; you gain prestige points from preferring British imports to american plays; 3 hours is ok

Don't see it if You dislike redundant, predictable but not always credible overpraised plays

60
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Songs 10, book 3;, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see the female sing well but move awkwardly wearing a black knee brace beneath a white gown; the male sing poorly but move well

Don't see it if Boring interludes of a projected Hammerstein spouting trite observations are not your style

Also Save your money

87
During previews
Laurie metcalf is the best stage comic actress i have ever seen!, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want a funny yet intelligent show with 2 superstar actors, even if, like me, your feelings on the Clintons are mixed

Don't see it if You dislike politics or the Clintons or shows without a climactic moment

95
During previews
Stop reading and buy tickets!, Great singing and dancing!

See it if The singing and dancing are superb and the play is often funny.

Don't see it if You dislike classic musicals

90
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny yet moving; urie is great

See it if You want to a great performance by Michael Urie, laugh and perhaps cry

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with homosexual content

70
During previews
Nothing (except michael hall) indeed! often funny, but ultimately empty

See it if If you love Michael Hall, enjoy many funny bits; do not seek meaning or action in plays

Don't see it if You get bored easily; want a play with substance or where something happens; found Wakey or Realistic Jones lacking

92
During previews
Come see a living legend lead an all star cast!, Very funny yet very sad

See it if Elaine May, Joan Allen, Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera and a great script!

Don't see it if Dementia portrayals hit too close to home for comfort

90
During previews
Mcteer is brilliant! best cast since three tall women!, Funny

See it if Wonderful acting; thoughtful but very, very funny

Don't see it if you dislike powerful women

81
A very funny tale of not wanting a child

See it if Mike Birbiglia is very witty throughout this show

Don't see it if the idea of not wanting a child offends you or you dislike stand up comedy

80
A must see for anyone affected by cancer, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you enjoy funny lyrics and dialogue while deftly exploring a deadly serious topic

Don't see it if A play about cancer scares you

81
Great dancing and singing, but, Dated

See it if you can overlook its sometime tolerant view of domestic violence and crime and focus on the great dancing and excellent singing

Don't see it if old fashioned musicals are not your taste

81
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
The best off broadway musical of 2017; surprisingly clever

See it if You enjoy excellent slapstick and can withstand a slow start

Don't see it if You only enjoy serious plays

95
During previews
See it before it vanishes! excellent magic and very funny!

See it if you like world class illusions by a very funny and charming magician in a small theater

Don't see it if you dislike magic or have no sense of humor

1
During previews
Paid $9 to see it--would pay $900 not to see it again!, How can a 2 hour satire of trump not have a single funny joke?, Worthless!

See it if you are a masochist

Don't see it if you value your time

75
During previews
Familiar, but excellent leads, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You did not see the film, which will make it much more rewarding and surprising.

Don't see it if You saw the movie or dislike minimalist staging, which this production takes to an extreme.

100
Joins next to normal and curious incident at the summit of shows about mental/emotional issues, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you can handle deeply affecting shows about mental illness; like great lyrics, writing and acting

Don't see it if you were not moved by or comfortable with Curious Incident or Next to Normal

65
During previews
Relevance
West Village
White feminists shown as evil, vapid or unable to pronounce uber! tweets revealed to be not always nice! very talented cast given stacked deck to play!

See it if You like seeing an aging white feminist literary icon shown lacking any positive qualities and publicly humiliated

Don't see it if You like nuanced plays or at least 1 of 3 white characters to have 1 remotely sympathetic quality while the black character is flawless

Also This was the first preview, with the script not yet finalized, so I ca... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Justifies the hype--and even the prices!

See it if I hated spending so much--but the show was worth it! Incredibly innovate and surprisingly historically deep and accurate.

Don't see it if You can't afford it or dislike diverse casts (in which case, shame on you)

82
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
A little pc, Great cast, A funny dark political comedy with a weird ending

See it if you enjoy dark political comedy

Don't see it if you are tired white (especially white male)=guilty plays

69
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Too superficial; too long; too talky, A good short play hidden in a boring long play

See it if You like to see plays with secrets you guessed long before they are "revealed"

Don't see it if Many funny jokes within an hour of unneeded, boring wasted time bothers you

90
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Quirky; often hysterically funny; stellar cast!

See it if You like offbeat humor; relationship stories; Jane Alexander, Michael Urie and Jams Cromwell

Don't see it if You prefer basic humor

78
During previews
Great for tina fans; good for others

See it if you like Tina or jukebox musicals. The lead is a great singer

Don't see it if you do not--the script is nothing special and the staging is basic, unlike beautiful

80
Disney does a great job of featuring racially diverse, talented performers, Let yourself go--great staging and excellent singing

See it if You or your kids like Disney shows

Don't see it if You don't

70
During previews
Banal, Great singing, Singing10/script2/staging 1

See it if you love Meat Loaf's songs, don't mind a script that lazily rips off Peter Pan and horrible staging and can get cheap tix

Don't see it if you mind the view from the right side being obstructed

92
Great dancing, Great singing, Get ready, 'cause here they come!

See it if you like the Temptations

Don't see it if you don't like the temptations--which means you are a stiff

Also an excellent jukebox musical, with great dancing and a lot of humor

79
Great performer!

See it if You like Emily Dickinson or excellent acting

Don't see it if You don’t

88
During previews
The wildest pre-show ovation i ever witnessed!

See it if Fun show! The very young crowd greeted the performers' entrance louder than Jerseyeans welcoming Springsteen or the audience at Hamilton.

Don't see it if You dislike folk rock, the one antiTrump song; too much pre-show hype or shows aimed at people under 30.

Also The man playing Orpheus is much weaker than the rest of the cast, espe... Read more Read less

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Bryan cranston is the best american actor

See it if You like cerebral, yet funny dramas

Don't see it if 2 hours without an intermission and some useless or redundant scenes will annoy you

78
During previews
She has 2 pulitzers, but this play has only 1 good act!, Funny, Cliched

See it if You like the only female playwright ever to win 2 Pulitzers; you like very funny, well-acted first acts

Don't see it if The repetitive, cliched second act will spoil your enjoyment

78
Inner Voices 2016
Midtown W
3 interesting minimusicals!

See it if You like 30 minute, minimalist one performer musicals with talented people and content ranging from very funny to very sad.

Don't see it if The above does not appeal to you

79
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great, massive kong puppet; pretty good singing and dancing; weak book

See it if You love King Kong or giant puppets

Don't see it if you don't--otherwise it is just ok

80
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
A 88 and a 95 with a 50 in the middle!, Clever, Funny

See it if You can put up with a boring middle short play between a very clever play and a hysterical play, both with great casts

Don't see it if You do not like clever comedy

80
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
You won't nap during this high energy. very funny show

See it if Similar to the author's One Man, Two Guvnrs in cleverness and acting skill

Don't see it if You dislike shows using British regional accents; the idea of snooker games bores you

81
During previews
Quirky, edgy, funny sex comedy with great cast!

See it if You are ok with vagina jokes as long as they are funny and lesbian scenes

Don't see it if If not

85
During previews
Stand by them, Relive 1950-1965 in pop music

See it if you like 50's and 60's songs sung and danced by a very talented and energetic cast

Don't see it if you don't

75
During previews
MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me
Upper W Side
Good for adults--great for kids; repetitive;, Clever

See it if kids will love it and adults will find it fun, but ultimately repetitive, as all the many bits are very similar

Don't see it if you need words, not just actions

96
The tornado in spain; robbed by the tonys; iconic

See it if You want to see the best musical of the 20th century in an excellent, more feminist revival

Don't see it if You think nothing older than Instagram is to your taste

91
During previews
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Explosive acting; gets the maximum out of minimum staging, Great value

See it if you enjoy brilliant unknown British actors; exciting drama; suspense

Don't see it if You need spectacle; have no interest in plays without big names

98
Run to the box office!, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You realize that Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Edward Albee are icons

Don't see it if You want ordinary, simple drama

76
Fun and interesting, but could be better

See it if You love Wicked

Don't see it if You expect more than a static presentation while sitting still

88
During previews
Stellar cast; immortal playwright!, Absorbing, Clever, Masterful

See it if You enjoy the work of Albee, who ranks with the greatest American playwrights, especially with a stellar cast for $30 in an intimate theater

Don't see it if Sex or violence put you off or you need a simple story filled with happiness

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Great for oz fans and very good for everyone!

See it if You like Oz; bravura singing; intricate staging

Don't see it if You hate Oz or want socially themed musicals

89
Resonant, Still vibrant!girls and boys just want to have fun!

See it if you like Cyndi Lauper; lots of positive energy and catchy pop songs; a good message about tolerance and understanding

Don't see it if you are viciously against cross-dressers