David DCFH

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (121)
50
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
A trifle, Highly indulgent, Well-sung and performed, It made me want to die, The beginning of something but not a complete work

See it if You like concerts & want to see a talented young singer. You like balloons. You are looking for a show that is literally only an hour long

Don't see it if You want to see a complete work that isn't by a self-indulgent playwright who doesn't know what she wants her work to be. You hate balloons.

65
Overrated, Lots of pacing with a microphone cord, Poorly directed, Not theater, 80-minute stand-up act

See it if You enjoy the comedy of Amy Schumer and other "sex comics." Novak is smart and funny but she needs discipline as a performer.

Don't see it if You want to see theater. This is not theater; it is stand up. You don't like blue humor and talk of the act of fellatio and penises.

90
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Wonderful jane alexander, Great acting, Great american play

See it if You want to see an insightfully written and directed new American play. Jane Alexander is at the top of her game. Funny and complicated. Go.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about divorce or dysfunction in 50 year marriages. You don't want to hear the great Jane Alexander talk about oral sex.

50
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Is this a play?, Mercifully short, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy seeing recordings of FBI interviews reenacted on stage, and never find out what it is the interviewee is guilty of leaking.

Don't see it if You are interested in seeing a play and don't want to support a trend of verbatim recordings being staged.

78
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Ready made for tv or film, Letts at his most autobiographical, Indulgent, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You love Tracy Letts' intelligence & his ability to write strong female characters & lost, suffering males. Sexy, smart & infuriating play.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with full body (male & female) nudity & sex acts. Not interested in self-destructive characters & collateral damage inflicted.

48
Wives
Midtown W
Mercifully short, Goes nowhere, Confusing ending, Collection of sketches, Shrill

See it if You are a Playwrights Horizons subscriber or have scheduled to usher for it and don't want to cancel. You are a fan of Adina Verson.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a bunch of sketches and spin their wheels and make no point. An ending that is confusing and entirely dissatisfying

45
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Another dysfunctional family, Slow, Indulgent, Banal, Shrill

See it if You are a 2nd Stage subscriber. Otherwise skip it. Precocious screechy kids abandoned in an attic by parents. Then they grow up! No surprise

Don't see it if You have low threshold for screechy precocious kids & mentally unstable moms who run off & ambitious dads who ignore. Not impressed w/Wohl.

50
Insipid, Fluffy, Anachronistic (but not in a good way), Disappointing, Confusing

See it if It's a nice night and you have nothing to do other than go to Marcus Garvey Park and watch dancing that leads nowhere.

Don't see it if You have seen past productions of the Classical Theater of Harlem. This one is not up to caliber of past shows. It's boring.

65
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Has tyler perry seen this?, Indulgent, Great singing, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if A strong black, gay, cis-gender male voice trying to figure suss out a world of confusing sexual & racial existence, acceptance & evolution.

Don't see it if I didn't understand this. As a white, straight, cis-gender male I didn't get it. Strong, intelligent, conflicted and earnest but lost on me

70
Dying City
Midtown W
Intense, Not a great play, Dated, Great acting, Very strong stage debut by winstead

See it if You are a fan of Winstead from TV & Film. She makes an impressive stage debut here. Iraqi war story involving very distinct twins-same actor

Don't see it if If you saw it at Lincoln Center in 2007 with Pablo Schreiber I would skip this. The re-staging is static & indulgent for playwright.

75
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Star turn by santino fontana, Relevant, Doesn't rise to the level of the film, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if There is a great cast of funny people (Julie Halston, Reg Rogers, Michael McGrath) and there is divergence from the film's plot.

Don't see it if You are expecting the film. The book is strong, but the play-within-the-play conceit doesn't work as well as the TV show inside the film.

90
Masterful, Delightful, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love classic musicals expertly done. O'Hara doesn't disappoint. Wonderful singing & dancing. Stephanie Styles is a talent to watch.

Don't see it if You do not like Cole Porter or plays within plays. You find the show old-fashioned or don't like period shows. You are a Shakespeare purist.

90
Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if top notch revival of this show with the great Laura Benanti. Danny Burstein is perfect as Al Dolittle. Well-paced; gorgeous costumes & sets

Don't see it if You don't like long classic musicals. You don't like Laura Benanti. You insist on happy endings (for Higgins).

49
During previews
Disappointing, Abusive, Toxic, Horrible people, Painful

See it if You enjoy terrible plays about terrible people. Hamish plays against type. Feiffer struggles as a playwright with this toxic play.

Don't see it if You would rather not spend 80 (mercifully short) minutes spanning the course of an 8 year extramarital affair w/2 abusive co-dependents.

68
Superhero
Midtown W
Gratuitous characters, Music all the same, Good set, Missed opportunity, Strong performances, weak show

See it if You like musicals in which no song is distinguishable from the other. You enjoy sappy stories about mothers and sons coming together.

Don't see it if You want a musical w/ memorable score. You want a story that warrants having a superhero in it. Conflict! Why the blg. super role at all?

90
During previews
Less is more, Revelatory, Great staging, Fantastic direction, Distilled

See it if You want to see Merrily finally work. Always great music, but the book was always a problem. No more. More with less book & less performers

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim or poignant stories of broken people and relationships and how they got that way. You like musicals big & bloated.

60
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
No clear protagonist, Play is about a therapy group, Focus as vague as title, Marin ireland great as usual, Cast makes most of weak material

See it if You enjoy seeing plays with good actors making the most of weak material. Point of the play is very unclear. If you are fan of Marin Ireland

Don't see it if You need characters to root for, plot-driven focused text not a lot of filler. You don't like Marin Ireland or plays about group therapy.

68
Disappointing, 18 years later and the play is no better, Difficult to watch, Tells rather than shows, Glad to see elaine may

See it if You are compelled to see Elaine May on stage. You are a die-hard Lonergan & Cera fan. You like plays with narrators. Old people endearing.

Don't see it if You think Elaine May & an all-star, highly talented, cast will make more of this Lonergan trifle than it is. Not great; lazy playwriting.

77
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Satiric

See it if Satiric exploration of PC behavior & perils of exhibiting too much/too little sensitivity to heredity. Backstage play by Native American

Don't see it if Don't like plays about backstage creative process. Don't like laughing at overly PC behavior or real-life insensitivity to Nat. Amer. people

75
During previews
Talky, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Feminist

See it if McTeer is wonderful as arguably one of history's greatest, most controversial and feminist actresses. Rostand & Cyrano kind of take over.

Don't see it if you don't like history plays or backstage plays or Shakespeare. Or maybe see it if you don't like Shakespeare; Sarah had qualms with him.

23
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Daniel sullivan cannot save this piece of garbage, Atrocious dialogue, Disappointing, Excruciating, Uninspired

See it if Fan of high school playwriting. See the limits of a talented director. This should have stayed at the bottom of the playwright's drawer.

Don't see it if You expect the usual caliber of Sullivan's work. You have a load of laundry to do. Your niece is performing I'm a Little Teapot. Netflix?

90
Carmen Jones
East Village
Masterful, Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Sensual

See it if The 95 mins flew by. Anika Rose is sexy & intelligent. Fantastic singing all around, with the exception of Joe who strains on high notes

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary lyrics set to Bizet.. If an opera purist this may not be for you. You don't like sparse imaginative staging.

55
Skintight
Midtown W
A trifle, Privileged unsympathetic characters, A chuckle for the jewish & gay 1%, Unless you are part of the jewish and/or gay 1%, skip it

See it if You are part of the privileged Jewish and/or gay 1% and have a sense of humor about yourself. Desperate to see Idina Menzel do a non-musical

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with relatable and sympathetic characters. You don't want to see fictional Calvin Klein's family whine.

60
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Not sure what was trying to be said, Committed ensemble, Great set

See it if You like plays that are trying to make sense of gender evolution and gay politics. You enjoy Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Don't see it if You want a play with a solid plot and characters to root for.

60
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Way too long, A more existential and anatomically graphic version of pitch perfect

See it if You enjoy plays that should end about a half hour before they do. You enjoyed movies like Pitch Perfect. Actress playing Ashlee is wonderful

Don't see it if You enjoy plays without a clear protagonist; ones made of sporadic monologues, a device which it more unclear who and what the play is about

90
Dizzying, Not boring, Finely-calibrated, Synchronized, Not an easy play

See it if You want to see phenomenal theatrical storytelling. Three generations simultaneously on the same stage. It is finely acted and directed.

Don't see it if You want an "up" show. It is not an easy play and if you are looking for a light, "feel good" show, this is not for you. It's heavy stuff.

70
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Doesn't add up to much, Good performances, Haunting but tedious

See it if You like anything Hnath does. You would like to see good performances and hear good dialogue and sharp storytelling.

Don't see it if You are expecting some spooky scary show. The chill is very subtle. We don't even get to hear the scary Japanese story.

55
During previews
Sometimes insightful, Unnecessary, A very long 85 minutes, Slow, Banal

See it if You enjoy a deconstructed story of the lifespan of "Chris" played at different ages (from birth to death) by male & female actors in 85 mins

Don't see it if You enjoy a play that allows you to follow a character in a linear way. Maybe if you enjoyed Mary Page Marlowe which was a better play.

78
Great set, Great staging, Rebecca jimenez is someone to watch, Intense, Confusing

See it if Complicated story that presents as fluffy simple ones. Layered motivations. Good young performers. Well-staged & realized new dramatic voice

Don't see it if You like crystal clear story-telling or it bothers you that some is performed in Spanish and you don't speak it. On stage violence/blood

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Well-performed and directed, Balanced, Frightening, Controversial

See it if You like plays that challenge your point of view and shake you up a little. Reunion of graduates from strict Christian school in Wyoming.

Don't see it if You find fierce talk of religious and cultural war coming in the U.S. unsettling. You don't want to sit for over 2 hours w/ no intermission.

60
Jukebox musical dressed as art, Tourist show, Fluffy, Insipid, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie. You enjoy shows that require minimum mental engagement and love pop rock medleys. Burstein is great as always.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie and are not a fan of jukebox musicals made to look like La Boheme. It has tremendous production values & costumes.

Also This is a tourist show. It is filled with songs young people will know... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Great production, so-so shakespeare, Excellent cake, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want a well-paced production of a so-so late career Shakespearean tragedy. Jonathan Cake gives a phenom performance; Burton too.

Don't see it if You want a comedy or don't like violence. You don't like 3-hour long plays or sitting al fresco.

49
Characters poorly defined, Poorly directed, Tyler perry shakepeare, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Shakepeare set in present day Atlanta with upper-class black people with "street" energy. "Stacy Abrams 2020" poster looms unexplained.

Don't see it if You want to see a seriously conceived Shakespearean production and are not interested in a Showtime at the Apollo or flash over substance.

78
Terrific performances all around, Great dialogue, Tight, Nostalgic, Poignant

See it if you would like to be a fly on the wall at the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primaries. Strong Metcalf & Orth. Lithgow a disappointment.

Don't see it if You're a little tired of Lithgow's hammy 3rd Rock schtick. You do not like historical fiction or can't see it before Sunday when it closes.

90
All My Sons
Midtown W
Masterful, Epic, Well-paced, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Arthur Miller done in it's glory. Letts is phenomenal and is supported by a stellar cast. It's is so well directed and paced

Don't see it if You don't like Arthur Miller & the torment of the human condition. You want light & fluffy material. Easily confused & can't follow plot.

65
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Young & problematic playwriting, Good performances, Sudden tone change at end, Uneven, Nj housewife becomes norma desmond

See it if You want to see Susan Sarandon and the ever-brilliant Marin Ireland make the most of what they are given. Too long w/sudden tone shift end.

Don't see it if You avoid work of young playwrights awkward finding their way. You dislike deluded selfish women who do community theater & raise bad kids.

80
Profound, Should be seen, More psa than play, Important, Fast-talking

See it if You have an open-mind and think that questioning the U.S. constitution is a good thing. Even if you are an Originalist, you should see it.

Don't see it if You like plays to be more than a one-person show and don't want to feel lectured to. You have hearing issues; there is fast talking debate.

80
Fleabag
Soho/Tribeca
Raunchy, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You can get a ticket. If you have seen the Amazon/BBC show & enjoy Waller-Bridge. She commands the stage & is a masterful storyteller live.

Don't see it if You can't get a ticket. Not the end of the world. See the Amazon/BBC show which is almost as good. She'll be around again.

30
During previews
Terribly misguided and excruciating, I wish i had seen it in london, Sam gold ruined this production, Directors' theater run amok, Tremendously disappointing

See it if Pedro Pascal as Edmund really impresses. If you know him from his work in Narcos, he comes through as focused and clear. A surprise.

Don't see it if Not even Jackson can save this. She is diminished by the surrounding misguidedness. Everyone tries very hard but is lost. Shame on Gold!

49
During previews
African crime story goes off the rails with evangelical interpretive dance, Too long, 30 minute story takes 1 hr & 40 mins to tell, Are we in the past, present? is it a fairytale?, Pointless

See it if You like plays with a tone that keeps shifting from comedy to crime story to evangelical fantasia to morality tale with dubious setting.

Don't see it if Your threshold for evangelical gospel song and interpretive dance breaks is low. You are looking for a well-told story rooted in reality.

79
Uplifting, Poignant, It's not great, Has heart, Some really good numbers

See it if It's not Book of Mormon or Something Rotten, but it is good. It has a message and some solid tunes. Very broad but committed performances

Don't see it if You don't like gay-themed shows or sometimes very broad sophomoric humor. You are looking for a serious musical (i.e. Sondheim).

77
Noura
Midtown W
Intense, Profound, Life of iraqi refugees, Problems with acclimating to culture, View of immigrant experience and repercussions of difficult choices made

See it if You are not familiar with the Iraqi immigrant (refugee) experience in the U.S. & would like a taste of it. Raffo is a great talent.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a christmas story about families facing choices of losing identity of homeland in favor of being more American.

69
Downstairs
West Village
Uneven, Daly siblings no chemistry, Actor playing jerry is fantastic, Conflict & confrontation comes late, Disappointing

See it if Plays that don't come alive until the third scene when Tyne Daly's husband enters with conflict & confrontation. Very slow until then.

Don't see it if You are expecting chemistry between the Daly siblings. You have a hard time with implausible plot twists and resolutions.

75
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Dated, Well-paced, Better than expected, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Period piece with some relevance to our present situation. It moves quickly with strong performances even though it is a build up to a laugh

Don't see it if You are looking for encouragement as a resister of our current political situation. You wish playwright had set the story in current milieu.

65
During previews
Confusing, Great staging, Empowering to hearing impaired, Sincere, Intense

See it if You enjoy seeing new ways of staging (entire performance is echoed by "shadow" actors using sign language). Interested in new work by Lucas

Don't see it if You don't enjoy gay-themed plays and need to have characters who inspire empathy. Essentially a show business story about writers w/deadline

85
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Good community theater, Malvolio steals the show

See it if You enjoy a warm, tuneful, community oriented evening with 2 Tony award winners. Malvolio steals the show; unusual but warranted.

Don't see it if You can't get to the Park for tickets Sunday morning because it closes August 19th. You are a Shakespeare purist or don't like musicals.

30
Banal, Excruciating, Ugh!

See it if You want to see Armie Hammer moonwalk across the stage. You want to know the real reason that Tom Skerritt and Dennis Arndt left the show.

Don't see it if You have literally any thing else to do with your time.

70
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Ambitious, "six short women", An unremarkable life told in 6 movements, Quiet desperation

See it if You want to see the life of an unremarkable character honored by being played by six actors. Six GREAT actors and supporting players.

Don't see it if You think casting 6 actors to play one character is a gimmick to make a thin story more engaging. Steer clear of Albee lite "6 Short Women"

85
Epic, Indulgent, Masterful, Intelligent, Didn't buy lane as cohn

See it if You didn't get a chance to see the original 28 years ago. You enjoy melodrama (score pushes this) I recommend seeing Pts 1 & 2 in one day.

Don't see it if You remember Ron Liebman's Roy Cohn which was far superior to Lane who seems more Archie Bunker than evil scourge. You find play overrated.

90
Travesties
Midtown W
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like to work a little at the theater. You enjoy Stoppard & historic fiction. You enjoy a mashup of styles & an expert take on Stoppard

Don't see it if You are a lazy theatergoer, not at all interested in history and enjoy linear trifles and predictably shallow sitcom-y plays.