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 (115)
Sincerity Forever
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

During previews
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

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

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

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.

Minor Character
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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want serious drama about a contemporary issue.

Don't see it if you want something light.

Also I don't agree with those who found the ending problematic. It was dist... Read more Read less

During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Wonderful representation of the sex and gender conundrums of our day with lots of laughs and great acting.

See it if sex, gender and laughing is what you are looking for.

Don't see it if you have a narrow view of married life.

Police Cops
Midtown E
These guys are terrific and hilarious! don't miss this!

See it if you like satire exquisitely executed. They take aim at some current cultural tropes that are ripe for ridicule and they do it with skill.

Don't see it if you are a bit of a sourpuss.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a play that deals with a big issue:morality in war, with great acting.

Don't see it if a bit soporific in the first half, but picks up steam in the second.

Midtown E
This is great theater: terrific acting and directing, and dealing with a theme of contemporary urgency. not to be missed.

See it if you appreciate the insidious building of intensity through pitch-perfect colloquial dialogue impeccably acted.

Don't see it if A Welsh accent is a problem for you or you require spectacle to be engaged. The set is minimal, which adds to its brilliance.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you enjoy painful, funny, not terribly linear, bittersweet, well-done

Don't see it if you want conventional story-telling

West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like politically themed well-acted theater

Don't see it if you are bothered if the politics are not clearly delineated, the representations a bit over-broad. J. Castano great, but a bit caricatured

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like a historical drama about an important subject and can tolerate some (not all) sub-par acting and somewhat sluggish directing.

Don't see it if you want things polished and perfect.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Life x3
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love Shakespeare well-done, gripping.

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

Also The adaptation is excellent, the performances excellent. The very firs... Read more Read less

During previews
Teenage Dick
East Village
Smart idea executed with insufficient depth

See it if highlights the very important issue of our culture's troubled relationship with disability. Acting and the small dance number are excellent

Don't see it if The development is more sophomoric than sophisticated. If you can ignore that it is playing with something very important ...

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Dark, brilliant, not for the faint of heart, very affecting

See it if the worst of the psychology of racism interests you and you want to see great acting

Don't see it if you don't want your laughter spiked with bile. Great but not amusing.

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Clever

See it if you want a cleverly staged addressing of the evils of the ivory trade.

Don't see it if you expect a dramatically compelling performance, real characters. Clever stagecraft doesn't make up for lack of plotting.Too declamatory.

Life Among the Aryans
Lower E Side
Excruciating, Could this have been worse? yes, if the actor who could not remember his lines actually did.

See it if you might like a clever idea satirizing the alt-right

Don't see it if If you expect minimally acceptable acting, such as remembering lines.

Also I hesitated to write such a negative review in consideration of the ef... Read more Read less

Lauren ambrose is just terrific -- go and see this wonderful revival of a true musical classic.

See it if Only someone painfully young who never has heard these glorious songs might not like this.

Don't see it if Hard to imagine who wouldn't like this.

During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like August Wilson's work

Don't see it if you are looking for something new about Black experience in the bad old days.

During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if wit with very little substance, but clever as hell

Don't see it if very little depth here

Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see a genius actor doing his thing perfectly.

Don't see it if you have a problem with a one-man show.

Also Billy Crudup is so, so, so good.