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 (85)
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

82
State of the Union
East Village
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
God Shows Up
Midtown W
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
Red State Blue State
West Village
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
Nassim
Midtown W
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.

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

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
Maverick
East Village
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
The American Tradition
West Village
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.