David L 6228

Atlanta | 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 (115)
94
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a moving story about love and loneliness, written by the late Michael Friedman. The cast is wonderful.

Don't see it if You prefer loud and upbeat musicals that don’t make you think.

85
Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Funny

See it if You like funny songs performed by a top notch cast creating a wacky world inhabited by emojis who live in cell phones.

Don't see it if You like realistic musicals that are deep and emotional.

92
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a wonderful lead performance, hear a tuneful score, watch a very talented cast of singers and dancers. So much fun.

Don't see it if I can’t see why you should skip unless you only like contemporary pop music which this is not.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny

See it if You love theater and want to see an incredibly talented cast spoof musicals and plays through hysterical songs.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor.

93
Soft Power
East Village
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see something original. This upbeat show features a hugely talented Asian American cast, making fun of politics and musicals.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional musical with mostly Caucasian actors. The show doesn’t follow a simple narrative.

80
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like good acting and writing and are not bothered by absurdity. The show does a lot within the limitations of the narrative.

Don't see it if You seek resolutions or don’t care for existential themes.

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
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Plano
East Village
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
Mies Julie
East Village
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
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
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
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
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
Girls & Boys
West Village
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
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
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
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
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.

88
Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if You love the acting of Laura Linney who makes a rather undramatic script come to her life with her superb timing and empathy for character.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows or expect a profound story. This is a quiet show.

90
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Riveting, Resonant, Refreshing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a refreshing take on Dracula where women take charge. The company of actors are very resourceful. Dracula is not the hero.

Don't see it if You need elaborate production design and prefer a seductive Dracula who is likeable.

89
Border People
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You’re interested in real characters who are living as outsiders in America and the border between America and Mexico. Very well acted.

Don't see it if You aren’t into solo shows with the actor playing a number of characters.

78
Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You want to see two veteran actors shine in a touching father-son play. This is a traditionally constructed play.

Don't see it if You are looking for edgy, outrageous social commentary.

88
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see a fresh musical take on Macbeth. The story, actors and songs are all great fun. The show moves along quickly.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespearean tragedy modernized or turned into musical comedy.

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
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
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
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
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
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
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
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
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
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Carmen Jones
East Village
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
For a previous production
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
Mlima's Tale
East Village
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.