David 57

Ossining | 65+ | Male
About:  My theater loves include, among others: Shakespeare, Sondheim, Ionesco,the Bedlam Company, Bernstein, ancient Greek, Signature Theater, Public Theater, Neil Labute. I am a psychologist by profession and deeply believe that theater as well as personal life is always political.
Reviews (132)
90
During previews
The Fre
Soho/Tribeca
Brilliant and mind-blowingly playful, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if creative and political is what you are looking for

Don't see it if conventional is what works for you

62
Sporadically funny, often soporific, the camp is not camp enough so the whole thing sags, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love Busch so much you want to encourage him

Don't see it if you are hoping for the camp masterpieces of C Ludlam and Everett Quinton. This is quite weak: the camp humor is too muted and undeveloped.

78
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, A powerful intelligent play beautifully acted that would have been much better seen in a smaller house.

See it if intelligent psychological drama interests you -- very much a play for the older generation.

Don't see it if you don't love literature

95
During previews
Riveting, Brilliant labute at his best, do not miss, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are looking for intense psychological drama, very well acted and directed

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or spectacle; this is bare-bones theater at its best

Also Labute is a national treasure and this play is one reason why

91
Excellent horton foote, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a subtle drama about the intersection of familial anxiety and politics

Don't see it if if you are looking for light fare

92
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Here is theater that creates community and is heart-wrenching at the same time. necessary., Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you were paying attention, or were forced to pay attention during the AIDS years. If interested in what the generations owe to one another.

Don't see it if Everyone should see it.

80
Soft Power
East Village
Fascinating, if not entirely successful exploration of the interpenetration of chinese and american culture, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you like glitz with serious intelligence.. great performances and production values throughout

Don't see it if you insist on a clear unified theme..this is a bit diffuse at times, but well worth seeing

95
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Terrific political theater: godot updated to the present moment with skill and great performances and great staging. not to be missed., Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy political theater unafraid of the awful truth with some laughs to leaven the darkness

Don't see it if you want to be entertained

90
During previews
Smart, political theater that packs an emotional punch, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like political theater and are distressed by the state of the nation at the moment

Don't see it if you want light entertainment, or don't pay much attention to politics

85
Mojada
East Village
Powerful, slightly flawed updating of medea., Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy politicized tragedy.

Don't see it if you want something fun or light.

48
During previews
One joke is dragged out over 90 minutes to no apparent purpose

See it if satirizing Chekhov is your thing. The actors do their best with very thin material.

Don't see it if you think comedy should include meaning that is comprehensible.

84
Deliciously off-beat and yet deep exploration of walt whitman, Great singing, Edgy, Delightful, Clever

See it if Walt Whitman matters to you and quirky vitality turns you on

Don't see it if you want normal in any sense

80
If you can keep the religiosity at arms length, the energy, expressivity and generally great performing make this a worthwhile theatrical experience., Clever, Great staging, Great singing

See it if ingenious theatricality, great singing and inventive staging appeal to you

Don't see it if you can't put aside the goofy religiosity of the text

Also This show offers some insight into the power of religious texts in spi... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Something Clean
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a well-acted, well directed play about the psychology of guilt, crime and family

Don't see it if you want something light

80
Socrates
East Village
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent theater that uses history to make its statement

Don't see it if you are not ready to listen carefully or don't enjoy historical themes

82
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
A dark ride through the human condition, acting that is transcendent

See it if you are up for a painful encounter with the way we humans manage death, acted with consummate skill by two masters

Don't see it if you are not ready to feel the pain

93
Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Just great in every way.

See it if It's great Sondheim -- a musical for adults.

Don't see it if if it will bother you that some original material (eg "hills of tomorrow") has been cut.

81
Real
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if thoughtful, well-acted and directed theater with a twist interests you.

Don't see it if you are looking for simple narrative or melodrama.

100
Brilliant relevant theater, brilliantly acted and brilliantly directed. not to be missed.

See it if The performances are outstanding. Labute's ear for contemporary speech and psychology is breathtaking.

Don't see it if you are looking for light fare or melodrama or easy comedy.

72
Life x3
Chelsea
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Reza has a great ear for contemporary mores and foibles. You see yourself onstage and you laugh.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth. It's not clear what is uncovered by starting the play three times. In the end Reza has little to say.

Also The actors are terrific. The script is witty, but empty.

94
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
A brilliant, affecting evening in the theater that is political, intimate and must be seen.

See it if With great sophistication explores the interplay of world politics, intimate life and the cyber revolution..

Don't see it if you prefer your entertainment without intelligence. But really, ignore my sarcasm: this is a must see.

90
Goodbody
Midtown E
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like a sly send-up of murder mysteries with a feminist tilt

Don't see it if stage violence bothers you.

93
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Great, moving theater dealing with important historical, political and moral questions, well acted and very well-staged. not to be missed.

See it if Great acting illuminates a dark moment in American history with considerable theatrical flair.

Don't see it if you watch a lot of sit-coms and don't care much about history.

87
The value of integrating vanya with romeo and juliet is questionable, but oddly (and i mean oddly) compelling often enough so it is entirely worth it.

See it if you love Chekhov, Shakespeare and Bedlam and great acting and you are not afraid of innovation. If you love these classics, this is a must

Don't see it if you are looking for tradition or a lazy evening in the theater

Also Eric Tucker is a daring genius and his troop is amazing. This deserves... Read more Read less

50
Disjointed, directionless, soporific despite the noise.

See it if you are dying to see Lea DeLaria in a play, though her acting was truly mediocre.

Don't see it if you are looking for character development or focus.The device of using Midsummer Night's Dream's play within a play had unexplored potential

Also In the very last speech there is some hint of what this play might hav... Read more Read less

61
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
A masterpiece abused - technology mistakenly applied, Great acting

See it if you must see every WSS revival - the music is still there, but the mistaken use of video ruined just about everything

Don't see it if character and plot as opposed to spectacle matter to you

Also they cut "I feel pretty." Kind of tells you how tone-deaf the directin... Read more Read less

78
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Very well acted and directed, but exploring a subject of dubious interest and somewhat gimmicky

See it if the supernatural grabs you and good performances are enough for you

Don't see it if you want something relevant to contemporary life or issues

90
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like political theater that shows us a truth about our situation

Don't see it if you want light entertainment

20
Embarrassingly unprepared performers, seemingly talented but not ready for performance, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you want to support young performers starting out

Don't see it if you are looking for a professionally prepared show

Also This was opening night and nothing was working: cues, music, etc. perf... Read more Read less

90
Omg, what inspired madness! mac wellman channels ionesco and no doubt the latter is doing a tap-dance in his grave!!, Great acting, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you want to see cutting edge theater of the absurd performed with inspiring gusto and skill.

Don't see it if you are looking for normal. Exhilarating, but not always comprehensible.

86
During previews
The Michaels
East Village
Richard nelson takes on later life and death. perhaps not as riveting as his previous masterpieces, but in the same vein and well worth your time, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Slice of life elevated to high art and are willing to face the darker sides of life

Don't see it if you want fast-moving or dramatic

91
All My Fathers
East Village
Excellent psychological drama with humor and sophistication, probing the vexing question of what our origins mean to us, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy serious drama that takes on difficult psychological questions with a sense of dark humor

Don't see it if you want something light. But really, don't miss this: La Mama does it again!!

85
Ludwig and Bertie
East Village
A fine theatrical treatment of a piece of history and philosophy that is worth our attention; well-acted, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If philosophy, history and madness interest you

Don't see it if you are looking for light or amusing theater

88
Sincerity Forever
Soho/Tribeca
Politically conscious with resonance of ionesco, but in a distinctly american voice. wonderful young cast., Relevant, Great acting, Edgy, Funny

See it if you like political theater and are prepared for some intensity amid the laughter.

Don't see it if you need a traditional narrative or have room in your heart for right-wing bigotry.

90
Delicious, witty, subtly serious stoppard for theater lovers, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

See it if if you love language, Shakespeare and Stoppard

Don't see it if you know nothing of Hamlet and Macbeth. The plays rely on minimal literacy with the two plays.

69
This talented and vivacious young woman needs material with some depth

See it if Seeing a young singer/actor/ dancer with lots of energy getting started interests you

Don't see it if you are looking for depth or meaning

90
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Plus good songs, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate a deep dive into race and sexuality with humor and music, very well-performed and staged.

Don't see it if you are looking for traditional themes or need a traditional narrative.

20
BLKS
Midtown W
Avoid if possible; makes memories of "moosehead murders" seem fun by comparison, Excruciating

See it if you are twelve years old and dying of boredom

Don't see it if can't see why anyone would want to see this, but there was laughter in the audience though applause was brief.

91
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
A brilliant theatrical and musical engagement with a central problem of this historical moment: the impact of the cyber-revolution on human life., Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if great singing and meaningful theater are your thing

Don't see it if you are looking for traditional linear narrative or light entertainment

95
During previews
Funny, dark, moving, do not miss., Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy seriously funny, deep and dark theater

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment

Also Shepard was a genius taken from us too soon. This is a tribute to his ... Read more Read less

80
Important subject, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you care about the corruptions bred by American race politics in the entertainment industry,

Don't see it if you will be bothered by some gimmicky satire of academia that is unnecessary

85
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Slow uneven start, but in the second act packs a unique and disturbing punch. see it if you care about race in america.

See it if A racialized drama interests you, very well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment.

70
Minor Character
Brooklyn
Fun, amusing tackling of vanya, but short on substance. not clear what the re-working they do adds to the play.

See it if great performances outweigh substance. If all things Vanya interest you. If mocking Russian angst amuses you.

Don't see it if You've had enough Vanya lately or you find Russian angst more tedious than funny or touching

80
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
A valiant and at times successful effort to deal with the vexed problem of race and sex, at times very funny, powerful, but also confusing.

See it if If you are interested in problems of race, sex and politics and are aware of therapeutic lingo enough to find it funny when satirized.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment and/or have never been in therapy

77
Lured
East Village
Flawed but dealing with something difficult and important. well acted and directed. less brutal than their warnings suggested.

See it if you like serious political theater that is raw and unflinching.

Don't see it if You are ambivalent about homosexuality or homophobic.

89
During previews
A fascinating existentialist riff masterfully performed by a truly gifted actor. ionesco and pirandello come to mind. do see it.

See it if Great acting and theater of the absurd grab you.

Don't see it if You are looking for linear narrative. It is the opposite.

90
Touching and richly textured slice of american life during the depression enriched poignantly with dylan's songs very well performed.

See it if The wonderful performances of Dylan's songs are reason enough to see this, but the subtle deployment of a historical narrative to comment on

Don't see it if (cont') American life make this a wonderful evening in the theater. There are flaws, but the whole is so good they needn't be mentioned.

85
As true a production of this play as one could wish for,

See it if you like Vanya or Russian theater and appreciate great acting.

Don't see it if you are looking to be entertained.

Also Richard Nelson works his everyday magic. Immensely rewarding.

81
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want serious drama about difference

Don't see it if you are not up for painful developments. Some editing for continuity needed, but generally worked very well.

85
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you know what a great and literate voice Gurney was and you appreciate great acting.

Don't see it if you are expecting all three to be up to Gurney's highest standards.

Also The last of the three was for me the strongest, but was so good that i... Read more Read less