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 (115)
82
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
A good time, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals. This has great 80s and 90s music. The plot is better than most, but it's a low bar to meet!

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, dislike 80s and 90s music or really want a moving plot.

Also I shouldn't admit it, but I really like the jukebox musicals, and this... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Love Quirks
Midtown W
Fun, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you like musicals or plays about the challenges of making and keeping relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

Also This is a funny, touching musical about four "friends" and their vario... Read more Read less

70
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
But it feels like half a show, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're intrigued by a cabaret-style presentation on death and dying which is rather upbeat.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about death or if you will be frustrated by seeing "half a show".

Also I saw the show with the understudy, who was excellent. This is quite o... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Almost there, Quirky, Slow, Creative

See it if you like shows with audience participation, single actor plays and morality stories.

Don't see it if you don’t like single actor shows or morality plays.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if three very well written and acted plays. The two new plays show how it is not so easy to dismiss the past as being "in the past".

Don't see it if you don't like thought-provoking or plays addressing prejudices.

20
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
I wanted a show, not a movie..., Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to see it rain on stage - but I don’t think it’s worth it for that. You’re not getting that time back.

Don't see it if You don’t want to waste your time or money.

Also I can find something good about pretty much any show, but this was AWF... Read more Read less

75
Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
Almost there, but not quite..., Funny, Quirky, Strong acting, Clever

See it if you're interested in a funny but thought-provoking study of relationships.

Don't see it if you are offended by (male) nudity or crude language,

Also This show definitely works at being a bit shocking, which may put off ... Read more Read less

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

65
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Words, words, words

See it if you're interested in a 2 1/2 hour character and relationship study. It has good parts, but...

Don't see it if you want a crisp, well-edited play.

Also First of all, great set. The basic idea of the play is good, but there... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Depressing, but worth it, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a thoughtful, well-done play about what drives us and the demons we live with.

Don't see it if you want a light show. Also if you don't like a lot of yelling. The characters are rather angry, which can be tough at times.

Also The writing and acting are so good that I was really pulled into this ... Read more Read less

85
A Peregrine Falls
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're interested in a great portrayal of family dynamics as they address a very serious and traumatic situation.

Don't see it if you want something upbeat. This isn't light entertainment.

Also While the play deals with a serious and upsetting topic, it is well wr... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining, The funniest orthodox jew you’ll see

See it if you would like to see a very funny stand-up comedian and learn a bit about Judaism at the same time.

Don't see it if you don’t like comedians or would be uneasy with religion-based humor

75
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Modern take on a classic, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want a well written and acted play, updated so it isn't sexist. The feminist emphasis was well done.

Don't see it if If you only want Dracula performed as written. The set was very creative, but minimal, which some people might not like.

80
Cliched, Edgy, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Alanis Morissette or at least like her big hits. Or if you’re ready for a show that addresses several of today’s issues.

Don't see it if You don’t care for her music or want something light. It does end on a hopeful note, but it is a tough ride.

Also This was a lot darker than I was expecting. Music and singing were gre... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want a fun evening at a show. This is an impressive show for a 0ff-Broadway - original music, great cast and terrific acting.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or if you only like serious plays.

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