David Andrew Laws

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Nashville-born, Kentucky-raised, Pittsburgh-educated, Bulgaria-enlightened, New York-located. Artistic Director of Hamlet Isn't Dead, New York's 837th-best theatre troupe. Writer, actor, director, teacher, and now, apparently, reviewer.
Reviews (36)
75
During previews
Interesting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy bold, big actors and ideas. These are true clowns, verbally and physically, with powerful command of their craft and themselves.

Don't see it if you're prudish or looking for an easy time at the theatre.

Also This play has something very deep and nuanced to say, so much so that ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Amazing, Important, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a ride. A stimulating experience, where something is always going on, usually on the stage and inside of you simultaneously

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. No warning (that I saw) about some of the violence (maybe that was considered "spoilery"? Still).

89
Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy new works that present touchy topics with thoroughly eloquent and deeply connected performances. Great modern storytelling.

Don't see it if you like your themes and messages spoonfed to you. This show presents a lot of complex, sometimes uncomfortable narratives.

80
Dated, Moving, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of the show; most of the audience was the night we saw it. Lots of applause when specific people entered and singing along.

Don't see it if you think an already difficult plot can be salvaged by updating the casting without updating the story.

75
Intimate, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you're a Lithgow fan. The phrase "I could watch them read the phone book" applies and this is that. Bedtime stories by papa Lithgow.

Don't see it if a man on a simple stage can't keep your attention. You want a big, flashy production.

63
During previews
Dated, Great design, Slow, Resonant

See it if you enjoy drawing room dramas (doesn't get much more drawing room than this) or want to see Elizabeth McGovern onstage.

Don't see it if you can't sit for two and a half hours listening to morally ambiguous characters squabble.

Also This is theatre as a museum piece, despite the inventive design that h... Read more Read less

96
Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing, Resonant, Powerful

See it if you enjoy clear and relevant narrative about being a kind, caring human being; you don't mind taking a metaphorical look in the mirror.

Don't see it if you need something overly spectacular or don't want a show that zips back and forth between hilarious and heart-breaking.

Also Also, obviously this show deals with some sensitive topics, specifical... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a strong, all-female ensemble shaking up a centuries-old history. Also, the titular role will leave you spell-bound.

Don't see it if you're looking for flashy spectacle, or don't like audience interaction. This is a story told to YOU for YOU.

72
Clever, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the consistently masterful staging and design that TFANA offers. Immersive and intimate from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you want to be swept away. There was so much potential here, but it could have been much more. The acting and direction sometimes faltered.

Also Maybe it was an off night, but there was such a specific world created... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Must see, Great acting

See it if you enjoy relevant, timely, poignant (but not too-on-the-nose) theatre that will absorb and entertain you throughout. Great great great.

Don't see it if you think Shakespeare only belongs to the past, the old, or the cliche. This is today's theatre for today's audience.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Fine

See it if you want an excuse to drink and dance. The singing & music are good, but the story is uninspired & the whole set-up is just a little lacking

Don't see it if you're not willing to push your way to the front and *make* yourself a part of the show. It's aggressive, but not in a way that's charming.

89
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a charming, powerful, female Hal (& a hilarious Falstaff) turn an ordinarily-boring political piece into something fresh.

Don't see it if you already have set-in-stone opinions about what the play(s) "should be", or need elaborate sets/costumes to suspend your disbelief.

72
Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if you'd like to learn more about the complexities of race and class struggle within the history of America.

Don't see it if you're afraid to confront themes of racism and prejudice that are still resonant today. The play is good, though a bit dialectical.

60
For a previous production
Fine, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an Irish family drama with mystical elements. Beautiful set design from an ambitious company.

Don't see it if you expect to be blown away. Honestly, it was fine, but that's the best word to describe each part: acting, writing, directing. It was fine.

65
Ambitious, Slow, Dated

See it if you're a fan of Ionesco & absurdist theatre in general. It was certainly absurd. Also if you know someone in the cast & want to support them

Don't see it if you're not willing to work for it a little. The story is tough, & the uneven acting (and apparent lack of direction) don't make it easier.

30
Excruciating, Bad, Misguided

See it if you know someone in the cast. That's what brought us, and the only thing that kept us. Well done, friend, legitimately.

Don't see it if you don't need to be talked down to through the world's most well-known pieces of literature. Seriously, a program note would have sufficed.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Epic, Original, Delightful

See it if you enjoy anything!. This is literally my favorite show in New York. There is no reason not to go again & again. Take friends, make new ones

Don't see it if you don't want to move. You're not willing to dance. You're afraid of the theatre or spectacle or something truly amazing.

70
Original, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you're in the area and like new work. Two of the actors are great, even in spite of the writing. It's a fun night out, just don't go alone.

Don't see it if you're not willing to be generous. The script is not the strongest, but the actors give it as much life as they can.

88
Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the book or the movie, or like your theatre live, active, and for YOU, not a fourth wall or the blankness of the audience.

Don't see it if you're squeamish or prudish. Plenty of nudity, drug use, and all that fun stuff. If you prefer your theatre non-interactive.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you can. This show is brilliant, no ifs, ands, or buts. True to the story with amazing music and a message of community that is *essential*.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespearean purist. This show is more adaptation than not, so don't go in expecting more than a few handfuls of verse.

88
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a wonderful new verse play by David Ives, are a fan of his work, or great, smart, clever writing in general.

Don't see it if you're not interested in working a little to keep up. The play goes a mile a minute, and I could see where folks might get left behind.

82
Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you want to see a variety of new works that displays the spectrum from younger to older talent and abstract to concrete writing.

Don't see it if you're only interested in a singular storyline. This is more like a showcase of writers, and has all the successes and pitfalls of such.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you want to see Shakespeare done the way Shakespeare intended: loudly, bawdily, irreverently, and cleverly.

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare as a museum piece: stiff, dusty, and something from & of the past.

67
During previews
Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like muscle-y mens moving well; are a fan of the original work, either as a book or a movie; like a good mix of show and tell.

Don't see it if you're scared away by intense or uncomfortable things (lots of trigger warnings here), especially violence and sexuality.

90
Informative, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're interested in NYC culture, history, landmarks, or the evolution of success and fame in this city.

Don't see it if you can't be on your feet for about an hour, or have no interest in celebrities or the past.

99
For a previous production
Clever, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Exquisite

See it if you like brilliant comedy. Simply put, it's one of the best shows I've ever seen. Impressive, astonishing, and wonderfully clever. See it!!

Don't see it if you've got a literal, metaphorical, or psychological stick up your butt. If you don't like to laugh, you will hate this show.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if you're open to not only a modern interpretation of Shakespeare, but a clever and very stylized event.

Don't see it if You don't like looking at audience members, audience interaction, or hearing girls talk about "girls".

Also If the Caeser in the Park this year wasn't your bag, maybe this will b... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Profound, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you're open-minded to a theatrical piece that will certainly inspire conversation. Want to support new work and Eco-conscious theatre.

Don't see it if you demand perfection in acting or execution. You're not willing to work to understand the play (and even then, it may elude you. It did me)

Also I'm under the impression, from the program notes as well as outside di... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you're ready to give in to the Bacchanalia that is slowly but surely becoming the modern renaissance of (at least) the NYC theatre scene.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist, or unwilling to play along, even if you don't quite "get it".

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Moving

See it if you like to see intimate, masterful work done by a true force of energy. David is specific and intense, & feels like a part of your family.

Don't see it if you prefer linear, by-the-numbers theatre, and are afraid of being spoken "to" rather than acted "at".

90
During previews
Brilliant, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you enjoy humor at all. Seriously, this is the cleverest, most genuine theatre I've seen in a long time. Endlessly inventive and lots of fun

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or get turned off by the sound of other people laughing. The humor is relentless, so, if that's a problem....

75
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Original, Great singing

See it if you'd like a relaxing evening of new and upcoming music. Very enjoyable, very personable, lovely evening.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything grand. This was very much a workshop atmosphere. Don't expect a fully-produced, fully-plugged in show.

79
During previews
Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare or at least willing to try. If it's your first time (& it probably is), this is a great first impression of T&C.

Don't see it if you don't care for Shakespeare or can't sit for three hours. Or if you're *spoiler alert!* hoping for a traditional, Hollywood happy ending.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Epic

See it if you don't want to miss one of the most original pieces of theatre around. Truly, truly an immersive, inventive, and beautiful evening.

Don't see it if you crave too much structure. I sometimes found myself making up a story, then chastising myself for not being fully present.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Great writing, Clever

See it if you like theatre that isn't stuck in its time. Ivo van Hove does a great job of bringing Arthur Miller to our place and time.

Don't see it if you're not willing to work a little. Some of the dialects lack, and you have to be willing to invest in the emotions of the characters.

66
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you're in the mindset to see a show for, by, and about female empowerment. It definitely has a lot to say about the past and modern times.

Don't see it if you're too big a fan of the play already. The cut is odd, the choices are bold but often miss, and there's absolutely no one to root for.