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 (54)
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

80
Creative, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you'd like a creative, pretty fast-paced show. I'm not a Sondheim fan, but the singing, staging and writing made up for that.

Don't see it if you really don't like Sondheim or shows that move backwards. This show takes a little more effort than other musicals.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in Orson Welles. It’s a very interesting story which focuses on his later life.

Don't see it if you only like linear shows. This show jumps around in time, but it is pretty easy to follow.

80
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see fun, light musical. If you want to focus on the show's message, that's okay too -- but not necessary.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious and/or don't like musicals.

94
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Classic

See it if you want to see an extremely well-done classic musical. I was reluctant to go, but I am so glad I did!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. It's a little old-fashioned, but they have "updated" it - in a good way.

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want a taste of the roots of racism in this country. The play has creative staging, strong acting and is even funny at times.

Don't see it if This play addresses slavery and racism from several points of view. It's raw, blunt and disturbing, but very well done.

85
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like Carole King's music or music from the 60s and 70s in general. Great story. I really liked how the songs were woven into the play.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or Carole King's music. Try it - this is one of those musicals that will appeal to most anyone.

65
For a previous production
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Amusing, Overrated

See it if you like slapstick humor, prat falls and silly comedies.

Don't see it if you're expecting more "Monty Python"-like humor. It has some very funny moments, but not as many as I wanted.

Also I waited several months to see the play, and - sadly - I was disappoin... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Touching

See it if want to see a well-done, touching show about the relationships of a Chicago family with a daughter who has special needs.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with depictions of people with special needs.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Timeless, Dated, Clever

See it if You like musicals that poke fun at politicians and deal with serious issues (like WW III) in a funny way.

Don't see it if You don’t like silly musicals or won’t understand the 1980s references. It’s still enjoyable, but it could use some updating.

80
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want strong acting by several very different characters. It shifts from very funny to quirky to upsetting - and back again.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. It holds your attention for the full 2 hours, but it was a little exhausting by the end - worth it, though.

92
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Want a great show that’s both funny and touching. Definitely exceeded my expectations- great acting and creative staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like historical plays or exploring the topic of antisemitism. The play drags a little, but overall it’s worth it.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're a fan of "Sex and the City" . It's so well done, though, it will be funny even if you don't know the show.

Don't see it if you're easily offended or don't like a lot of puns about sex.

100
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see an amazing, creative musical - and learn a lot about Hamilton along the way. Worth the cost and/or wait to see it!

Don't see it if you don't want to pay a lot to see a show - and aren't lucky enough to win the lottery (I wasn't).

75
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Clever, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you want a light, fun and interesting play with some twists. Also great for snooker fans, whoever you are!

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding British or Irish accents. The play takes place in Sheffield, and they worked hard to be authentic.

70
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like a combination of theater of the absurd and post-apocalyptic social commentary. Good acting and an interesting premise.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional type of play. This play is creative, silly at times yet serious and a bit disjointed.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Raunchy, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy edgy character development - and want to hear good South Carolina accents.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and/or want a satisfying ending. I was fully engaged, but the ending left me wanting something better.

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You like plays which are entertaining, funny, but also make you think. It's a morality play in a stylized ancient Chinese setting.

Don't see it if You don't like morality plays. It challenges you to think about how are actions define us and who is responsible for what we do.

50
Disappointing, Confusing, Disjointed

See it if You want to see a raw play that’s not quite done. The concept is interesting, but it’s hard to follow or identify with the characters.

Don't see it if You need a tight script and developed characters. Their personalities changed so quickly that I just didn’t care about them.

85
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You'd like to explore your consciousness, learn a little science - and be entertained - all in about 90 minutes!

Don't see it if You have an aversion to scientifically-trained and peer-reviewed Canadian rappers. They might not be for everyone, but give it a try.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You're open-minded and want to see a well-written and acted play that really makes you think about beliefs and social responsibility.

Don't see it if You "know" that only your way of thinking and living is THE right way. It may be, but "Alexandria" will challenge you to think about that.

95
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if You want to laugh. Mike describes his rather challenging life in a way that is just hilarious!

Don't see it if You are easily offended. Mike tells us all about his life, and some people may find it to be a little too much information.

65
Dizzying, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Cliched

See it if The Pretend Men are a creative, energetic and group. Their show is a silly romp through police shows.

Don't see it if At times, Police Cops gets very silly, but not in a good way.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Fantastic, fascinating funny and heart-wrenching musical. Very well done.

Don't see it if You need to have an open mind to enjoy this musical.

65
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

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if enjoy interesting plays in a very intimate setting. It's fascinating how a play written in the 1940s feels like it was written for today.

Don't see it if you don't like political themed plays. It is also long (2:40), but it holds your attention.

75
Clever, Great singing, Choppy, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy strong singing and a great concept - musical review of the changing perceptions (and self-perceptions) of women.

Don't see it if you're expecting a tight, smooth storyline. The flow is a little uneven, but it's still entertaining.

76
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you'd like a funny, thought-provoking play -- and you don't mind making fun of evangelical ministries.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by religious-themed plays. If "Book of Mormon" wasn't for you, then this isn't either.

Also This is a funny play with a clear message. It starts off very strong a... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're a Cher fan. Even if you aren't, it's a creative look at Cher's life with great singing. It's not deep, just lots of fun.

Don't see it if you don't like Cher or light musicals. Warning: "If I Could Turn Back Time" will definitely be stuck in your head for a week -- or more.

92
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you want to be touched by the depth of human kindness in a very dark time. To use a cliche - you'll laugh, you'll cry - and you'll love it!

Don't see it if you want a show with elaborate staging. All of the scenes are created with a dozen chairs and not much else. It's brilliant.

75
Funny, Indulgent, Clever, Choppy

See it if you're willing to see Colin Quinn at his "good" but not his best. He has a lot of funny insights, but the show doesn't flow.

Don't see it if you want something as good as his "The New York Story".

75
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Creative

See it if you want to see a very different type of "show". It's a great concept that's executed fairly well.

Don't see it if you don't want to try something very outside the box. For me, it played the sentimental card a little too much, but it was still enjoyable.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you liked variety-type shows or want a little extra Christmas. This isn't great art, but it was fun and the singing was excellent.

Don't see it if you want more than silly jokes and Christmas carols -- but there's nothing wrong with either of those.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Great writing

See it if Great character development of four steelworkers and their relationship during WW II. Well written and acted with virtually no set.

Don't see it if You have problems understanding strong accents or trouble following plays with frequent flashbacks.

90
Great singing, Funny, Clever, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you want a fun time at a great off-Bway musical about life in NYC - terrific actors & singing, funny but touching story.

Don't see it if you want dialog. There aren't many musicals off-Bway, but this one is really worth it!

92
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if want a riveting, touching, sad and funny show. It's hard to believe it's 3+ hours long - it's so well done, I didn't want it to end.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 3 hours or don't want to understand how the fight for Irish independence/the IRA could affect generations of one family.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Not quite finished

See it if you want to see great acting - especially Cherry Jones - and a nearly complete play. Creative staging, funny and thoughtful, until the end.

Don't see it if you want a strong ending. It was great until it lost its way. It felt like a lot of the story had been edited out at some point.

95
Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if A creative story with fantastic music, strong cast and great sets. I was a little hesitant to see it, but I loved it. Put it on your list!

Don't see it if You don't like the Wizard of Oz or just aren't a fan of big production musicals.

82
High energy, Great singing, Entertaining, Raunchy, Loud

See it if you like pop punk - or any high energy music. Not a deep story, but it has good music, strong singing and it's funny - very entertaining!

Don't see it if you don't like concerts or are easily offended. The music is loud, you have to stand, and it definitely works at being offensive.

72
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Silly

See it if You enjoy silly but entertaining performance art. It’s not thought-provoking, but it’s fun - and a perfect 1 hour long.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows where the actors come out into the audience. They also expect audience participation, but not too much.

49
During previews
Slow, Lifeless, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if like me, you feel you should see a classic play like "Uncle Vanya". Great theater space and staging.

Don't see it if You want inspired acting and a flowing translation. Yes, Chekhov is depressing, but the actors were too - or just bored like I was.

98
During previews
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if you want great acting applied to a fantastic script. O'Regan is riveting for the entire production, creating a multitude of characters.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows. It's hard to imagine not enjoying this show, although it certainly isn't light and fluffy.

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched, Unoriginal

See it if you loved the movie or like Bryan Adams songs - or want to see a fun show. The supporting actors are excellent and the singing is great

Don't see it if you hope to see the next Julia Roberts or are expecting to hear anything but the original movie script. No chemistry between the leads.

77
Great singing, Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see a feel-good Broadway show with great singing and sets and a decent story line, but without the dance numbers and glitz.

Don't see it if You want catchy songs. They were sung well, but I won't be downloading the album.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy strong acting (and a solid script). Dilorenzo holds your attention nonstop for 90 minutes - she's funny, quirky and a little scary

Don't see it if You're offended by swearing or descriptions of sexual acts - although both are just a small (but meaningful) part of the play.

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Disjointed, Incomplete

See it if You enjoy good, ambitious acting, even without a strong plot. I understood who the characters were, but not why they were together.

Don't see it if You are bothered by under-developed and inconsistent characters. The relationships don’t make sense - we are missing the whole back story.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Clever

See it if You want to spend 90 minutes in the head of someone with OCD. It may not be “fun” but it’s a riveting true story. Great experience!

Don't see it if You go expecting to laugh. Many reviews describe it as funny. I found it to be too real to be funny, but I really liked it.

60
Clever, Dated, Edgy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Very creative. It’s a theater experience unlike any other you’ve had.

Don't see it if Show was not as creative as it used to be. Many of the bits were repetitive. Don’t see it if you can’t sit through 90 minutes of silence.

80
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if Shakespeare meets the Wild West - with singing. Very funny and well acted.

Don't see it if You don’t like cowboys who rhyme.