Dave 8117

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Recently moved back to NYC, and I love the theater. I hope you find my thoughts helpful!
Reviews (101)
80
Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a creative, multi-media event that walks you through the baby boom years.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or want a standard play.

Also I didn't appreciate this show until I understand what it was. Rick Mil... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Great singing, Cliched, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you'd like to see a fairy tale with great staging and singing - and in Yiddish!

Don't see it if you don't like reading super titles or want a deep drama.

Also It's a little silly and contrived, but how many chances do you get to ... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like thought-provoking and challenging dramas. Or if you're just a fan of Pryce. Great acting.

Don't see it if you want something light and cheery.

Also I'm still thinking about what I saw. This play takes you right into a ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Timeless, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if This is a classic show with great music and a timeless story - made even more "real" by presenting it in Yiddish.

Don't see it if you don't like reading super-titles or don't speak Yiddish (even German will do).

Also In case you're concerned that presenting "Fiddler" in Yiddish is just ... Read more Read less

85
Great holiday tradition, Classic, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if This is a great NYC Christmas tradition - singing, 3-D effects and the Rockettes! Definitely worth fitting into your schedule.

Don't see it if You don’t like big, variety show-like extravaganzas.

75
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Intense, Uneven, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you'd like a well acted portrayal of a very possible set of events. Great study of how we react to fear, hate and injustice.

Don't see it if you want a light play. This explores our motivations for some very raw emotions and reactions to events that are happening all around us.

Also Overall the play is very good. It held my attention, but there are som... Read more Read less

70
Not sure about the kid, Clever, Funny, Mixed

See it if you've seen a lot of shows - and have an evening open to see a show with some funny bits. The "In Memoriam" piece was great.

Don't see it if you expect a consistently funny show. There are moments, but overall it was just okay.

Also I was a big fan of Forbidden Broadway many years ago, so I was excited... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The White Chip
Midtown E
Clever, Thought-provoking, Touching, Funny, Great acting

See it if you'd like a funny and touching personal story of a man's relationship with alcohol - and his eventual determination to be sober.

Don't see it if there isn't much downside to this play. It gets a little preachy at the very end, but otherwise it's solid on all fronts.

78
A great idea, Touching, Uneven, Funny, Clever

See it if You’ve had a baby - or are planning to have one.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents. You don’t shows that are a series of short scenes.

Also Some of the “scenes” are better than others, but this is still an ente... Read more Read less

68
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Funny, Interesting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like one woman shows and/or shows about relationships and growth.

Don't see it if You prefer a big production.

75
Nostalgic, Touching, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you'd like an entertaining combination of reminiscing, story telling and a little stand-up comedy. Not hilarious, but funny and touching.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or stand-up.

90
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you're ready for an intense play about intolerance, relationships and family bonds. The acting was fantastic.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with plays which address homosexuality, discrimination and/or intolerance.

90
Fun, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a high energy musical with an amazing set. Great job incorporating dozens of hit songs. Not much of a story but who cares?

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or want a strong story. If you didn't like "Glee", you probably want to stay away - there are plenty of mash-ups.

Also Don't read too much into my "Glee" reference. There are some similarit... Read more Read less

85
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a great, but intense show. Excellent writing/acting which shine light on a serious issue and really hold your attention.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with tough issues like eating disorders and the family situations which create them.

82
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever, Funny

See it if you'd like a show that's really funny because it's all true. It's a great concept that is well executed.

Don't see it if you don't like improv or audience participation. It's woven into the story well, but some people just don't care for it.

65
Quirky, Uneven, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like musicals about high school angst.

Don't see it if you're expecting a strong, Broadway-level experience.

Also My expectations were fairly high for "Be More Chill", and it didn't li... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Great singing, Dated, Great staging, Clever

See it if you 'd like some strong performances, creative set design and changes, and some very funny sections.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals. It was first performed in the 196s and takes place in the 1930s.

Also This musical has quite a history, which makes it worthwhile seeing. Th... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting

See it if like a touching story with fantastic acting and singing.

Don't see it if you only like comedies or lighter musicals.

Also Believe it or not, I was able (on purpose) to see Evan Hansen without ... Read more Read less

82
Creative, Clever, Great singing, Funny

See it if you’d like to see great improv presented as an awards show. Very creative and funny.

Don't see it if you don’t like improv - or if you prefer improv that is more interactive.

76
During previews
The Bigot
Midtown W
Feel good, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like dramas about intense family/friend interactions. Strong acting.

Don't see it if you expect "Archie Bunker 2.0" or a comedy. The show has some laughs, but I didn't find it funny.

Also I enjoyed "The Bigot". It is a feel good, mostly predictable story, bu... Read more Read less

50
Good acting, Silly, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like roles which are silly caricatures. The acting is good with some funny moments. The bit on the British currency is great.

Don't see it if you're expecting witty, intelligent British humor. The play relies on silly puns and overly simple characters.

95
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like funny, well written musicals and/or you liked the movie "Tootsie".

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, comedies or just would rather not have a fun time at the theater.

Also This version of "Tootsie" is fantastic! It is not the movie script on ... Read more Read less

50
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like more avant garde plays. Given what they had to work with, the acting was promising.

Don't see it if you prefer a coherent script. I'm sure there were good intentions, but this either missed the mark or went over my head.

85
The Day I Became Black
Soho/Tribeca
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you're interesting in a very frank, very personal view of racial identity - which happens to be very funny too.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or are uncomfortable with discussions of race issues.

65
Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Interesting

See it if you like shows that explore relationships. The acting is good, but the script is uneven.

Don't see it if you want a tight story and an ending that flows from the action.

Also The play held my interest, but I felt there was a lot to the backstory... Read more Read less

60
Good acting, Good idea, but missed the mark, Disappointing

See it if you'd like a "Cliff Notes" version of several classic Christmas stories.

Don't see it if you're expecting a lampooning of the stories or anything close to a "madcap tour".

Also I'm glad most other reviewers like this, but it didn't work for me. I ... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the movie and willing to have someone poke fun at it. Like the movie, this keeps moving from scene to scene. Very funny.

Don't see it if you haven't seen the movie or don't like silly parodies. This has more singing than dialog.

Also I love the movie and I thought this show was great. Some bits aren't q... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like mentalists. Brown has mastered his craft, but he also has a great stage presence and adds elements to keep if funny,

Don't see it if you don't like mentalist or magic acts on Broadway.

Also Admittedly, I like mentalist and magicians. This show has a lot of the... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Terrific variety show format with amazing singing and stories. Must see if you’re a fan of Kristin Chenoweth.

Don't see it if You don’t like Kristin or want light entertainment.

Also This is actually a review for Kristin’s November 2019 show - “For the ... Read more Read less

78
Victor
West Village
Different, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you know and like Edgar Oliver. You're intrigued by a very long relationship between two people who seem to want to be alone.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or want something lighter.

Also This show was hard to review. Edgar has a very distinct style as he te... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Informative, Unbalanced acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if very interesting historical play about a story that is well worth hearing. The acting was mixed, but overall it was good.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in - or upset by - stories concerning Nazis and persecution of Jews.

Also The play starts off a bit stilted, but then settles into a good rhythm... Read more Read less

92
Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want a fun musical that is well done on all fronts.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or you don't like musicals or dark comedies. This show doesn't have a deep meaning or message.

Also It's a quirky musical, for sure, but this production is really worth s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
When It Happens to You
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you are ready for an open and honest recounting of the response a woman and her family have to her being raped.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with discussions of rape or the sharing of raw feelings. It's draining to watch, but very worthwhile.

Also It doesn't get any more real than this - Tawni O'Dell wrote a very per... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if This is a well-written, well-acted near monologue (there’s a small “off screen” part) which is both funny and insightful.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-ish man shows or are looking for something light.

70
The Exes
Midtown W
But still worthwhile, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to see a show with solid acting by all and a nice set that is definitely entertaining.

Don't see it if you're expecting a hilarious show.

Also From the earlier reviews, I was expecting an amateur attempt at hilari... Read more Read less

92
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if an amazing, funny and moving performance. One person shows are challenging, but Alice Ripley keeps you interested the entire time.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or topics like gender issues, civil rights or family problems.

Also This play covers a lot of serious issues, but it also has plenty of ge... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Quirky, Dance challenged, Disappointing, Great music, Great singing

See it if you love Meatloaf and especially the Bat Out of Hell album. That is all in here, with strong singing and a great band.

Don't see it if you've had enough post-apocalyptic shows with 80s shoulder pads and shiny clothes OR if you're distracted by bad choreography.

Also Parts of the show were absolutely great, especially the music. But the... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a first-hand account of life in prison. Great acting to create a variety of characters. Funny and disturbing at the same time.

Don't see it if you're easily offended. This is a very frank and raw description/re-enactment of the people and situations he encountered.

74
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Silly, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you'd like a funny, creative musical with strong lead performances. The story and music aren't consistently tight, but it's entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or you're looking for a thought-provoking experience. This is fun, but silly.

85
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see "Uncle Vanya" but interpreted in a much more enjoyable version. Funny but still thought-provoking as Chekhov would want.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that break the 4th wall. Or if you love Chekhov and don't want his plays messed with.

Also I saw a classical presentation of "Uncle Vanya" and I did not care for... Read more Read less

80
Exposed
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you'd like a creative exploration of relationships and how we judge vs. support people we care about. Supporting cast is excellent.

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with references to pornography.

80
Funny, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you liked the movie (although it isn't the same story) or want to see a more "over the top" musical. Very good acting and singing.

Don't see it if you don't like silly musicals.There are a couple touching moments, but that isn't what defines this show.

49
Disappointing, Childish, Banal, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you will see anything with Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if you value your time.

Also I really don’t understand how this made it to Broadway. Most of the di... Read more Read less

65
Knock It Off!: A Farce
East Village
Hit and miss, Overrated, Cliched, Clever

See it if you like very silly plays and aren't easily offended.

Don't see it if you want a consistently funny show.

Also The show has some great acting (one person plays three roles at once) ... Read more Read less

80
The Poor of New York
East Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'd like a well-written and well-acted play which offers a glimpse into NYC in the 1800s.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals (there is singing, but it's not a musical) or comedies.

Also It's impressive how many actors and different scenes have been fit int... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like a thought-provoking play about the "evolution"/use of media. To me, it was less about Murdoch and more about "The Sun".

Don't see it if you don't like plays, particularly with fast-paced dialog.

Also "Ink" shines some light on the beginnings of the Murdoch/Fox News empi... Read more Read less

75
Raunchy, Quirky, Cliched, Confusing, Funny

See it if you love anything that even mentions Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is excellent. It's a pretty fun way to spend an evening.

Don't see it if you expect a real parody of Big Bang Theory. This was more of a musical using characters from the show than a creative parody.

Also I've never experienced such drastically opposing views of the same pla... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see two great actors. Very interesting intersection of the Clintons'/politicians' personal and political lives.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the Clintons, political-themed plays or just plays in general.

Also This is basically two people talking, with a couple other small but ke... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Funny, Intense, Personal, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you would like a personal view into how one person dealt with a very difficult situation in her life. Somehow it's even funny at times.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or shows with a definite ending. Maddie's experience is still continuing...

90
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a very entertaining musical that also has a strong, positive message. It was much funnier than I expected.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or gay-related themes.

Also To be honest, I went to "The Prom" thinking is would be more like "Mea... Read more Read less