David 626377

Burke | 65+ | Male
About:  I taught Internatonal Baccalaureate high school theatre for fourteen years in Virginia, earned Master degree and completed PH.D requirements at UVA. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (56)
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like classic stories brought to life in a new way that makes them more meaningful to today's world and life in the US with star power

Don't see it if You have never read the book or studied the background of US history and know nothing about Jim Crow laws and the plight of living in South

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Edgy, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you loved the puppetry of War Horse, like great choreography, excellent movement by the puppeteers, can feel empathy for Kong & projections.

Don't see it if You hate bad acting, god awful music, are not amused by puppets being the main actor, technical aspects of a play, have no empathy for Kong!

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love plays from the British Commonwealth filled with great character studies, quirks, biting pathos, terse dialogue spoken in dialects

Don't see it if You are not sitting in the front of the orchestra, have no hearing impairments and are adept at listening to Irish brogues from all actors!

Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if if you enjoy seeing a show that while it has lots of comedy on its outer surface, it is relevant today with the number of old family members

Don't see it if You do not wish to be moved by touching performances especially Elaine May, Alice Ripley, Mike Cera and others. The scene elements work well

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like all plays of Edward Albee who send you out of the theatre thinking about life, humanity and your place in society; you want purpose

Don't see it if you do not want your mind to be challenged how you think about love, life and your purpose in this world and relationships with those by you

Great staging, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you love R&Hj musicals, love to hear great songs recreated, a solid classic story told by expert actors/singers and dances wish you could do

Don't see it if don't like retelling of classic musicals with a new twist or edge to make them relevant to today's audiences; dislike dancers who can't sing

Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like musicals that have excellent dancing, quality songs from a theatre composer like Menken, and solid direction from Robert De Niro.

Don't see it if Do not like remakes of movies and one man plays from which the musical was based or are not entertained by a quality cast of singers/actors

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love Sara Barriles pop music with a country edge, like lowlife, sleazy character who offer little to humanity, depressing lives, or love

Don't see it if You dislike pop music, want to be depressed and find no redeeming qualities in any of the characters, their actions or their lives. Walk out

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Indulgent

See it if If loved the movie and like to watch talented kids rock out with all their hearts, bodies and minds in sincere effort to entertain you; cute

Don't see it if you don't like music of Andrew Lloyd Weber; this is him at perhaps his most youthful display of childishness; fraught with insipid rhyming

Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like to be bored to death; I have not been this bored in the theatre since seeing Little Women and The Wiz. Every song is just alike.

Don't see it if Want excitement, a moving story filled with passion, characters who actually matter and have a purpose for being there; really shows its age

Funny, Great staging, Must see, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want a fun, fabulous, laughter-filled evening in the theatre with a great cast, amazing voices, unexpected thrills, chills and fure fun.

Don't see it if You do not like silliness, contemporary music from some of the great music artists of the day, amazing physical comedy and stunts, and sets.

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love the music of Ahrens and Flannery and love the myth of the last remaining Romanov Anastasia.Recognition scene was powerfully acted.

Don't see it if Don't like incredible scenic projections, beautiful choreography, amazing scenic design, or inspiring performances by a very talented cast.

Epic, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like the big epic musicals like Les Miserables and love hearing over-blown music sung by new cast filled with special effects no less

Don't see it if First saw the show in London with Jonathan Pryce and Lea Solonga and can't ever get their performances out of your mind, soul and body....

Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like truly break through performances by true stars coming into their own in a new show: Corey Cott & Laura Osnes are brilliant in show.

Don't see it if Don't like a great deal of dancing in your musicals as so many are today; you do not appreciate the choreography of Andy, who did Hamilton.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if banal, trivial and one of the worst shows to hit Broadway this season. Sets look like a high school production, choreography lifeless, dull.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full, awe-inspiring evening in the theatre, with great performances, great music and something for your expensive ticket

For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you love farce in its broadest terms, adore slapstick pratfalls, gut wrenching laugh lines that leave your sides aching and tears on face.

Don't see it if you hate farces, classical clowning, baudy jokes, ribald humor, sets falling apart, and expert actors who must have split second timing.

Midtown W
Banal, Dated, Insipid

See it if You loved the show the first time around and can't wait to see how it has been updated with actually very little change to the choreography.

Don't see it if Hated the show originally, did not think there was any story to the it, thought costumes were stupid, music deadly dull, only hum Memories!

During previews
Midtown W
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You like musicals that have no real meat on their bones, fabulous book or music to run out singing & performances that are run of the mil

Don't see it if You want something substantial to make you forget life and get lost in a wonderland; you were thrilled with Phillipa Soo in Hamilton,

Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You love to bold new and inventive interpretations of Tennessee Williams Memory play. Sally Field gives one of her best performance ever.

Don't see it if you expect to see a full set filled with period furniture, the fire escape and the St Louis dancehall or if you are a traditionalist.

Also There will always be a strong polar pull of people who will love the s... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Pay any price to see the price

See it if You love Arthur Miller plays with an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Mark Ruffallo, Tony Shalub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito!

Don't see it if Don't like absorbing talky and occasionally slow moving dialogue. Staged with expert care, the play is probably one of Miller's best works!

Also The setting is an attic in NYC that is a unique approach with the roof... Read more Read less

The Front Page
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you can get through the first act and all of its exposition dialogue; you love Nathan Lane, Robert Morse, John Goodman, and Jefferson Mays.

Don't see it if you can't sit almost 3 hours of comic antics played by a looney bunch of newspapermen, dislike old talky plays, comedic schmaltz, slickness.

Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Romantic

See it if You want to experience the most revolutionary musical since the Czars! The staging is most creative ever; the music is lush, romantic Go now

Don't see it if Like music that will sweep you off feet and make you want to dance with the cast; want a traditional musical; don't like Josh Groban's voice

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Romantic

See it if You love old musicals that still have a lively pulse, fun characters, great singable songs from B. Lane and Harburg, Irish legends, and love

Don't see it if don't want to come out of the theatre humming most of the score, are thrilled with lessons on race or to see great performances by Errico.

Also The staging is very creative in the small space but captures all the f... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like watching revivals of old shows even if you have seen it in many re-incarnations; of all the recent ones this one is the worst ever!

Don't see it if you like happy memories from any of the earlier revivals, don't like modern contrivances, worst directing by an accomplished professional..

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to be wowed by the incredible timing of all the dancers where no one is ever out of sync, fully drawn characters, great score sets.

Don't see it if you think is movie is best Disney ever; hate villains, lovers and splashy sets and costumes; hate comic book characters come to life.

Great writing, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love the old classic masters of musical theatre with scores that you can actually come out singing and feel like no cares in the world

Don't see it if you don't appreciate the incredible Kelli O'Hara and her glorious voice, the amazing dancing of Corbin Bleu, the humor of the gangsters

Also Roundabout has done an impeccable job of staging and updating the show... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you love musicals that are filled with flamboyant characters, teens who need help in life, & well-meaning adults who think they know better!

Don't see it if You don't like shows with messages of any kind but love quirky, and very funny lines written by some of best artists. Energetically cute!

Riveting, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You are moved by all the things that are happening the US today from guns to climate change to especially the plight of racism and bullying.

Don't see it if You have no desire to cry, be moved by the story and the incredulous performances by Kerry Washington, Jeremy Jordan and Steven Pasquale.

Also At the end of this almost two hour show without intermission, the ligh... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Romantic, Relevant, Intense

See it if you do not mid nudity in all its various stages in person; you like to explore relationships between diverse personalities and how they work

Don't see it if nudity will offend you and your thoughts on gay men and their lives; you don't want to become emotionally involved in the lives of threesome

Exquisite, Great singing, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you like best possible combination of great acting, singing and staging of classic musicals; If current cast opened show Tony was theirs!

Don't see it if If you don't wish to laugh your head off; for first time comedy sears with the heart in great performances by this totally new cast of great

Also Laura Bennati and Higgins have so much chemistry between them show is ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you love material by Tena Fey, her sense of comedy, style and wit and loved the movie and want to see iconic scenes recreated that you loved

Don't see it if You are expecting the great musical of all time as there is not one song you can come out humming; just three lead girls who belt out songs.

Great acting, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want to spend the evening absorbed in the lives of misfit characters, love great acting, directing, and touching performances great cast

Don't see it if you are homophobic, don't appreciate 50 year old plays written with warmth, humanity and desperation; and directed with a modern perspective

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like Eugene O'Neill's plays, want to see a star performance by Denzel Washington, surrounded by a talented cast of misfits talking life.

Don't see it if If can not sit through a four hour show with two intermissions Denzel doesn't come on until final five minutes of act one, then sparks fly.

Also As a theatre major having to read O'Neill, I like many of his other pl... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want a fun night in the theatre watching a talented cast like Ethan as Spogebob. Never saw cartoon but have not had as much fun in years

Don't see it if You are expecting Shakespeare or don't like all stops pulled out to entertain you with great singing, dancing and clever scenic devices cute

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like watching one of the greatest actors of all time Mark Rylance performance with his usual command of the language and stage;inspiring

Don't see it if You do not like Handel music, countertenors, historical drama, candlelit stages; splendid costumes, and watching history come to life evenly

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy great classic comedies like this one translated brilliantly and performed with high style, exact comedic timing/ fresh performance

Don't see it if do not like the comedy and brilliance of acting by MIchael Urie who excels with his perfect sense of getting the most out of each line given

Dated, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like American drama at its finest by one of great American playwrights Lillian Hellman and want to watch two great actresses butt heads.

Don't see it if you do not want to be absorbed in a truly great piece of drama performed with the utmost skill, talent, brain-power and guts in rivetingshow

Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you like stories of mankind being respectful and generous to mankind; stories that are truthful in their storytelling and memorable lifelike

Don't see it if you don't enjoy some really hokey jokes, corn-fed humor and down-home folksy songs and humor; or if you don't wish to have your heart ache.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you always wondered what Noah did after she left her kids and husband, had many thoughts ,debates in your head to rationalize why she left.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate writing at its finest, want to watch inspired performances by a truly talented cast, with nuances to each of their role

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You love political thrillers involving real live people who had goals to accomplish. The performances were stellar by entire ensemble cast.

Don't see it if If are not a fan of historical, political movements and events that turned the tide on relationships between countries or hate thinking!

During previews
Delightful, Must see, Dated

See it if you want to see Wilder's character actually brought to life by a musical comedy star like Bernadette Peters who shines in cast with VGarber

Don't see it if don't want to come out of the theatre humming actual songs that stick in your brain for days, don't like technologically evolved scenery .

Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You liked watching James Cagney in all his movies but know little about his life. You loved how he danced and tapped his way thru life.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a Busby Berkley or Seigfield Follies kind of production numbers. If you hate tap dancing & don't know James Cagney.

Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you love Cirque shows mixed with a traditional Broadway story and songs. The show has amazing choreography with highly energetic dancers.

Don't see it if You do not like cirque elements blended into a lackluster love story with traditional Broadway music. Expect to see only Cirque elements.

Also Never having been to a Cirque performance, I was unsure as to what to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if You love the performances by Andy Karl, wish to be thoroughly entertained and have always loved the movie. Musical score is shows highlight.

Don't see it if If you hated the movie as you won't like the musical version any better. It is filled with a wide variety of characters who reside in town.

Also Seeing a show in previews can be the stuff that is made of technical g... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Simplicity highlights message

See it if You love a Sondheim musical, want to experience marvelous singing voice of Jake Gyllenhall amidst captivating staging. Ensemble is amazing.

Don't see it if Do not like the tonality of the music in this impressionistic work by one of the outstanding composers of the American Musical theatre.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Super choreography, Refreshing

See it if You like old-fashioned musical filled with a great score by Irving Berlin with show standards that one has not heard in years; great tapping

Don't see it if don't want to leave the theatre humming all those great old songs like "Old Fashioned Walk, Check to Check, Easter Parade & White Christma

Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like music from Next to Normal composers; want an emotional rollercoaster ride, watch an amazing star is born perform his heart out.

Don't see it if Don't like to be absorbed in emotional storytelling at its finest with music that will tug at every heartstring you have within your being.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Relevant

See it if live the original story and have seen it many times; They always come up with great actors who still carry the show to soaring heights now.

Don't see it if you always hated the story, thought the score was banal and insipid, you don't want to come out of the theatre singing Popular or other hits

On The Town
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like old movie musicals brought to life on the stage, filled with great music from old-time master like Gershwin, charmed by ballet.

Don't see it if can't stand classic music from genius composes like Gershwin, hate ballet and long dance productions, large singing chorus and boy gets girl

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you love a challenging evening in the theatre and want to become absorbed in thought-provoking characters whose lives actually do matter.

Don't see it if You find autism an affliction you simply are not interested in; transforming technical theatre staging, hate sitting in tight cramped seats.