David L 6228

65+ | Male
About:  I've attended theater my whole life. I love the experience of a live performance. I do my own writing so I see shows with a critical eye. Though I must admit it's rare I dislike a show or can't find anything redeeming in the experience because I appreciate the hard-working artists who work in theate... Read more Read less
Reviews (104)
75
Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like to be challenged by plays that ask questions. This show has an unusual narrative structure and questions truth vs. fantasy.

Don't see it if You like a clearcut story. The beginning and ending was confusing.

88
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see an imaginative retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde tale by two very talented actors playing multiple parts. Fast paced and fun.

Don't see it if You want to see a more traditional version of the story with a large cast.

80
Funny, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You loved the movie and want to see a quirky and inventive retelling of the story with dark humor, impressive sets and costumes, and puppets

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy raucous comedy or silly antics. The show is fairly hyperkinetic.

91
Refreshing, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love popular songs made famous by the Temptations sung and danced to perfection by a great cast.

Don't see it if You want a deeper look at the lives of the members of this singing group or you prefer original songs.

65
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You’re interested in some details about the life of the writer. The show has two good actors, some musical interludes, and puppets.

Don't see it if You want some insights into the writer’s stories. The play doesn’t really deal with his creative work directly.

92
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a great Cole Porter sung and danced to the highest heights by a great cast led by Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase.

Don't see it if I see no reason NOT to see this wonderful revival.

80
During previews
Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a rarely produced political musical that still seems relevant today. The cast is well-chosen and sing the score with gusto.

Don't see it if You want a musical with more than a piano. The show is done with a minimal set and spartan costumes so don't go expecting anything fancy.

90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You care about Gloria Steinem and the history of the women’s movement from the 60s. An inspiring story in a lovely setting.

Don't see it if You don’t care about women’s rights.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see an unusual look at a famous rock group. Two women and a man exchange gender roles.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Van Halen.

79
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a fresh take on a children’s classic. Ali Ewoldt who played Christine is wonderful playing various characters.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting a traditional play with lots of actors.

85
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fine cast perform a sympathetic portrait of dementia and how it affects a tight knit family. Elaine May is impressive.

Don't see it if You are caring for a relative with dementia. You've already experienced things dealt with in the play and may find it too sad.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You want to see four very talented singers perform a clever and jaunty score about four New Yorkers trying to connect in a challenging city.

Don't see it if You don't like small scale musicals with hardly any set design or dancing. This is a physically modest production depending on the actors.

82
During previews
Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an unusual approach to the musical form. The one person segments with Rebecca Luker and a young boy were standouts.

Don't see it if If you want fast paced musical comedy or dancing and high production values.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You like comedy with twists and turns and are curious about the game of snooker. I laughed out loud a lot.

Don't see it if You like subtle, cerebral comedy. And you don’t like British accents.

85
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Clever, Quirky

See it if You like wonderful acting and a play about contemporary themes. This is not your typical family drama but a quirky view of father and sons.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that comes to a clear resolution.

100
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if You love this classic musical. The whole production is first rate. Harry Hadden-Paton is the best Higgins I've ever seen. Loved it!

Don't see it if I can't think if any reason not to see it.

76
During previews
Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if If you love GoGos music and Elizabethan period comedy. Show has nonstop energetic singing and comedy. The show is LGBTQ friendly.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary music meshed with a period setting and don't support gender fluidity.

92
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if A rarely done musical theater classic sung to perfection by a cast led by the amazing Anika Noni Rose. One of the must-sees off Broadway now

Don't see it if If you want elaborate costumes and sets. Otherwise I can't think why you would miss this.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you want to hear diverse voices of women standing up against oppression and sexism through brief confessions.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play.

70
Disappointing, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want to see an imaginatively staged production about the illegal sale of ivory. The topic is original. But the play isn't profound.

Don't see it if You're expecting to get a deep exploration of the illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.

94
Intelligent, Great writing, Profound, Great acting, Epic

See it if You like theater on a grand scale that challenges the mind and the heart. A fine revival of one of the great American plays.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays that challenge your intellect. This is not light entertainment.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like finely acted historical drama with some exquisitely sung music from the period.

Don't see it if You want something profound or complex. Not much of a story.

90
Intelligent, Hilarious, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like well paced and smartly observed comedy drama performed by a pitch perfect ensemble. Staff meetings made entertaining!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it!

92
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a story about a period of American history rarely portrayed on stage. An fine study of four black friends in 1961 Nashville.

Don't see it if I would not miss this powerful play.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like serious and thoughtful drama about a tragic situation, acted impeccably by an all-female cast.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about illness.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a truly original work about the immigrant experience and displaced Americans. First Thai American play I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You’re expecting just a ghost story. It’s much more than that but it’s better to see it without knowing the plot.

95
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love beautiful music, thrilling singing and dancing, imaginative staging and characters you care about. The best new musical of 2018-19.

Don't see it if You don’t like challenging and emotional theater.

92
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a top-notch ensemble of actors led by Santino Fontana in a very funny musical with a lively score, updating the movie plot.

Don't see it if You like serious musicals where everyone is miserable and sad. This is the opposite of that.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like imaginative and surrealistic drama about family dynamics, expressed through playful language and acting. Surprising.

Don't see it if You like easy to follow narratives or logical situations. This play challenges your expectations of how relatives interact.

90
Enchanting, Absorbing, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You wanted to see a heartwarming classic musical given a touching, well-sung production, uniquely performed in Yiddish.

Don't see it if You don't like reading subtitles.

88
Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see an epic tale of a business family over decades, acted to perfection by three British actors directed by master Sam Mendes.

Don't see it if You like old-fashioned drama. This is a sleek production with more storytelling that actual dramatic scenes.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a different view of a classic play. This version is set in South Africa. The actors are very good.

Don't see it if You want to see a faithful version of the play. A lot of liberties has been taken with the original text, not always for the better.

92
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a strong revival of a Sondheim show with a wonderful score. Six inventive actors are on stage for almost two hours.

Don't see it if You like a full orchestra and a show with only happy songs.

90
During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be reminded of an important moment in US history performed by three fine Asian American actors.

Don't see it if You like a large cast and traditional staging.

90
Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like truthful, heartfelt stories well-told.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows and don't like upsetting material.

88
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to see four fine actors perform a timely play about how race can determines one's fate in encounters with police in America.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with serious themes or intense emotion.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love Bob Dylan tunes splendidly sung and orchestrated within the context of an original story featuring desperate characters.

Don't see it if You're expecting a jaunty feel-good show. The book is serious and sometimes ponderous. But the musical portions are great.

92
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Delightful, Resonant

See it if You want to see a smart tribute to a famous actress who faces major challenges when taking on the role of Hamlet. Fine cast, full of life.

Don't see it if You don’t like period drama or plays about suffering actors and playwrights, no matter how amusing.

95
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to see an excellent solo show about a young man who enters World War I without thinking about the dire consequences.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see this show.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to see a classic musical beautifully sung and choreographed. The dancing is exceptional and the main reason to this revival.

Don't see it if Your expect to hear the full score of the show. Some songs have been cut to accommodate the dance numbers.

92
Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a classic play about gay characters done by a fantastic and very attractive set of actors. The work has remained relevant.

Don't see it if You're expecting a lighthearted romp. There is a lot of humor but the show's ability to move you may surprise you.

92
Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see great acting from the sublime Carey Mulligan. A stunning performance in a role that is challenging in its complexity.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows. Or disturbing material.

75
Riveting, Intense, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You love the movie and want to see a group of young actors who are thoroughly committed to an intense theater experience .

Don't see it if You don't like vulgarity, nudity or feeling uncomfortable.

84
Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like musical theater with a provocative book, a fresh score, and committed performances by a diverse ensemble.

Don't see it if You like big, brassy musical numbers and expensive sets and costumes.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a classic play acted by theatrical veterans in a version that is less gloomy than previous revivals. Some wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You find O'Neill plays repetitive and too long. This revival is shorter than most but it's still several hours.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You love stage craft at its highest level. Magical in the truest sense. I sat in the balcony and was still entranced.

Don't see it if You don't care about Harry Potter.

80
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You like political drama with three juicy parts for women. The play questions how much you should compromise to win an election.

Don't see it if You dislike political jargon and dramatic resolution.

70
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like accessible and funny Shakespeare. The actors are charming.

Don't see it if You want elaborate production values. This is Shakepeare on a budget.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if You love a tall tale masterfully performed by one of our best American actors, Billy Crudup.

Don't see it if You don't care for one man shows.

96
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You love smart, tuneful musicals sung splendidly. Cleverly transfers Shakespeare to the American West.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see it. Miss it and you will be sorry.