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
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.

83
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
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
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
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
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
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.

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.

76
Nuclear Follies
Greenwich V
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
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
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
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Occasionally Nothing
East Village
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
Hurricane Party
West Village
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
Killjoy
Gramercy
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.