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 (98)
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Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

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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.

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Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

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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.

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Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Riveting, Must see, Epic, Dizzying, Ambitious

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

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During previews
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 ...

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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.

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Clever, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing

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.

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Could this have been worse? yes, if the actor who could not remember his lines actually did., Excruciating

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

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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.

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81
During previews
Cliched, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

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.

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During previews
Intelligent, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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

Don't see it if very little depth here

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Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

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.

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During previews
Go and see this beautiful, emotional show and weep for the sickness that afflicts our country...

See it if you are interested in the real impact of xenophobia and racism on people's lives and are willing to feel it.

Don't see it if you think it's ok to send people back to Mexico who have families and lives that are here.

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During previews
Run, do not walk, to see this brilliant, touching piece of theatrical genius. updated and excellently edited for today.

See it if your brain and heart are working. VAISHNAVI SHARMA as Eliza is magic. Edmund Lewis as Henry's mother among others, is superb.

Don't see it if you like Lion King.

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First half dragged a bit, then picked up emotion -- singing was not as good as i was hoping for

See it if you like old rock' n' roll and a good true story

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

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Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you political, historical, yet highly entertaining theater

Don't see it if only the very narrow-minded would not like this

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During previews
Warm, uplifting, emotional, beautiful

See it if political themes involving gay, Jewish or oppression of any sort interests you, presented with good music, good staging and great performers

Don't see it if everyone should see it

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During previews
First act oddly unengaging, second act much better

See it if you are at all interested in Malcolm X. Excellent acting and directing.

Don't see it if you are expecting a polished consistent script.

Also The first act suffered from a cartoonish rendering of Malcolm's enemie... Read more Read less

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Fluffy, Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would want to see a great performance of a very minor play.

Don't see it if You don't love Shakespeare.

Also The mostly very young cast (except Falstaff) is sensational and wrings... Read more Read less

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

See it if you are interested in race handled with sophistication

Don't see it if you prefer theater to be,light and apolitical

Also the play is underwritten -- so much more needed to be said and shown, ... Read more Read less

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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

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During previews
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

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.

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During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

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

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

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

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During previews
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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

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Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

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Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the interplay between psychology and history

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

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For a previous production
Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you appreciate a create satiric attack on our current political tragedy and want to be uplifted.

Don't see it if Everyone should see it .....

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First of the two one acts was extraordinary; the second, better known, "zoo story" was somewhat dated and the directorial choices struck me as distracting. but do go for the first half: it is worth it.

See it if you like Albee and appreciate great acting. The first half is brilliant

Don't see it if you don't like Albee or you are expecting "Zoo Story" to be as good as the first time you saw it.

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Funny, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like a quirky play about young people today

Don't see it if you are looking for polished drama

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Tackling a difficult subject it was good bu flawed;deserves to be seen, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if if you are interested in a serious, though imperfect play about contemporary politics

Don't see it if you want a cleanly edited piece of traditional theater

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During previews
Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the history of modern(ist) culture and the problem of the narcissistic artist

Don't see it if you like melodrama and need a clear narrative

Also First act was slow and unengaging, but second act pulled it together a... Read more Read less

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During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Edgy

See it if you want to see issues of gender and culture made into a witty, piece of excellent theater with a slight sci-fi twist.

Don't see it if You think gender is unimportant or you can't tolerate seeing religion mercilessly and justifiably mocked.

Also Robert O'Hara has done it again: funny and brilliant and scathing. Mor... Read more Read less

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For a previous production
Enchanting, Delightful, Hilarious, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want your faith in musical theater restored.

Don't see it if No imaginable reason not to see it.

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At the beginning confusing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want an innovative take on Pericles, Prince of Tyre, well acted

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. Wear warm clothes: the theater was virtually unheated.