David L.

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (51)
95
Absorbing, Innovative, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want a personal, uniquely-structured, thought-provoking play about the biases and power structures of this country.

Don't see it if You need a linear, traditional plot, or you don't want to confront the issues of sexism in our country.

87
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like plays that engage in the political and cultural life of a community (in this case the Northern Irish).

Don't see it if you have trouble with violence; you need a lot of plot in your theater. There is a lot of active life in this play, but few events.

Also Much of the action of this play takes place through conversation, song... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Poorly written, Nostalgic

See it if you want to spend more time in the world of Harry Potter; you want to see some genuine stage magic.

Don't see it if You are hoping for sophisticated dialogue or consistency within the world of Harry Potter.

Also Without giving anything away... the script for these shows reads like ... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Slow, Touching, Dated

See it if you want an evening of family relationships and issues around aging and dementia.

Don't see it if you have trouble with issues of mortality or aging... if you particularly need theatrical sophistication.

Also The cast and Elaine May, in particular, turns in a really impressive p... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Well structured

See it if you want a razor sharp depiction of the interactions of teen girls, in all their petty and sophisticated glory. Both levity and depth.

Don't see it if You have trouble following more than one thread of conversation. You don't want to think about how complicated children's lives are.

86
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a nuanced meditation on the changing nature of American "work," and the ways we place our identities and prejudices in it.

Don't see it if you are offended by language, racism, or sexism; you need a lot of hope in your theater. (This play is a tragedy start to finish.)

70
During previews
Plenty
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are charmed by British accents or love the cast members. This is a beautifully rendered production of a not terrifically crafted play.

Don't see it if You really need a character arc to happen at some point, or you need specific causality to your plots.

85
Dry Powder
East Village
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see masterful handling of technical material. This show presents moral crisis of finance in a well built narrative.

Don't see it if you are overly sympathetic to the finance industry. The play is missing a bit of nuance on that scale.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to see some Disney magic on stage. The effects are quite good, and the adaptation is effective. Those performers are working hard!

Don't see it if You need any sort of depth in your entertainment.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you are looking for all the intensity live theater has to offer. Plates breaking, substance abuse, family trauma and drama...

Don't see it if you are looking to be uplifted.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you have an affection for musicals as a genre. This show is both a send-up and a love letter to the early days of musical theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for a lot of emotional depth.

87
Thought-provoking, Original, Ambitious

See it if you want to see form-forward, boundary-breaking theater. The numerous shows that get presented in this fest are brilliantly curated.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater to follow standard rules and forms.

94
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you are looking to see some serious rock'n'roll theater, in every sense.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, transphobic, or averse to high volume rock.

88
Every Brilliant Thing
West Village
Moving, Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want an original, heart-felt approach to a one-person show. The incorporation of the audience was masterful, and the story was poignant.

Don't see it if you are particularly triggered by discussions of suicide.

76
For a previous production
#serials@theflea
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Edgy, Indulgent, Original

See it if you want to see fresh-off-the-printer theater works, acted by earnest, energetic performers, in a usually raucous environment.

Don't see it if you need guaranteed content or guaranteed quality. This show changes every "episode."

90
Hir
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Taylor Mac's work, you want your assumptions about gender challenged, you want a breathless display of theatrical heroism.

Don't see it if You don't want your assumptions about gender challenged; you are triggered by issues of abuse, or can't handle someone simulating vomiting.

85
Barbecue
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you like challenging, satirical, racially charged comedies.

Don't see it if you don't like those things.

72
Entertaining, Raunchy, Touching

See it if you want a feel-good story about owning who you are.

Don't see it if you are homophobic.

78
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a feel-good, lush Broadway show. Many songs that you will walk out singing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a real star turn performance at this point.

57
Dated, Cliched, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you are looking for a veteran Broadway workhorse.

Don't see it if you can get tickets to anything better. A show that runs this log run is bound to grow stale, and the synthesizer sound is tinny.

75
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy a good, accessible riff on Shakespeare. These plays are sort of Cliff's notes versions with a lot of heart and added adult humor.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist.

87
Enchanting, Delightful, Resonant

See it if you want a good dose of theatrical wonder. The staging and reimagining of the movie as a play is deftly done. Not just for kids.

Don't see it if Your cynicism can't handle some very syrupy Disney doses along the way.

80
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy experiential performance pieces. It's an entire world, beautifully wrought and performed.

Don't see it if You don't have at least a cursory knowledge of MacBeth. It's very confusing without a rudimentary understanding of the story.

90
Hand to God
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Intense

See it if You like irreverent, well-acted, fresh, original, rock 'n' roll theater.

Don't see it if you're at all squeamish about blood. There's not a lot of it, but what's there is momentous.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You want an irreverent and entertaining time in a full on Broadway-sized show.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

78
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you want a positive story involving the Middle East; you admire space and silence in storytelling; you enjoy a Middle Eastern sounding score

Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of action and events.

Also This was a startling hit, given how un-Broadway it is. It lacks the th... Read more Read less

91
Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Complex, Touching

See it if you admire stories of humanity rising to the occasion; you want theater that engages the emotional complexity in difficult circumstances.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with issues surrounding September 11th.

Also The stripped down staging gives the actors a chance to shine through s... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear some spectacular gospel; you want to engage in issues of gay acceptance and tolerance in black and Christian communities.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with issues of intolerance or aggression.

Also Tarrell Alvin McCraney remains a touching and self-aware storyteller, ... Read more Read less

75
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want ear-worm tunes and some eye catching theatricality. The production incorporates the role of technology in our lives quite well

Don't see it if you are interested in accountability or reality in the storytelling.

Also The adult parts of this musical are written with a heartbreaking sensi... Read more Read less

82
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want a frothy, Broadway-sized adaptation of the book. This is a big, fun show, particularly for kids, especially for girls.

Don't see it if you want tight, efficient storytelling. The creative team were more than happy to dwell on their asides, bits, and gimmicks.

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a muscular, intelligent take on a classic. The Hamlet and Ophelia, in particular, gave us something new to see in this production

Don't see it if A lean cut of Shakespeare offends you. It's tight...If you don't want your classics to speak to current events. This one is quite topical.

88
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a technical theater marvel that is also really about something.

Don't see it if You are easily made uncomfortable by loud noises and flashing lights. Nor if you are looking for traditional narrative structure.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Hollow

See it if You want to see some ingenious direction and spectacular performances applied to an archetypical story. Songs are catchy and pleasant, too.

Don't see it if You need any kind of insight for your life. The material is sexist, classist, and ridiculous. Not sure why this show needs a production now.

96
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you are looking for some perfectly conveyed Shakespeare. Fiasco gives a beautiful, nuanced production of what is a fairly lightweight play.

Don't see it if you're expecting super-standard Shakespeare.

94
Once (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Quirky, Subtle

See it if you want some pure theatrical storytelling with some beautiful, Irish-infused folk music.

Don't see it if you need your romances to follow a clean story.

80
Pippin
Midtown W
Dated, Great staging, Spectacular

See it if you are looking for a visually stunning, impressively performed production of what is sort of a plot-less show.

Don't see it if you really need to be able to take away meaning from your theater.

95
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want well crafted music on a truly poignant storyline.

Don't see it if you are triggered by images of Nazi-ism.

85
Rent
Midtown W
Dated, Resonant, Great staging, Heartfelt

See it if you want a reminder of what it means to live by your dreams. These are some of the catchiest melodies in musical history.

Don't see it if you can't handle the misguided choices of youth played out before you. (Seriously, people, just pay your damned rent.)

62
During previews
I And You
Midtown E
Cliched, Indulgent, Funny, Sweet

See it if you are looking for a sort of standard, high-school age two-hander. The set and the staging are fine, and the performers do no harm.

Don't see it if you were looking for something fresh. The "twist" is pretty easy to see coming, and I'm not sure what meaning the audience really takes away

88
Entertaining, Refreshing, Heart-felt

See it if you enjoy Carole King's music. This is one of the best of the juke box musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King's music.

87
Intense, Profound, Cathartic

See it if you have any affection for the source material. This is a beautiful production and Cynthia Erivo's performance is instantly legendary.

Don't see it if you're expecting Jennifer Hudson to blow your mind (she's alright), if you need elaborate sets, or if you are racist, homophobic, or sexist.

95
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you like musical theater at all. This is a stunning, beautifully wrought production, incorporating the deaf actors on their own terms.

Don't see it if You are made significantly uncomfortable with teenage sexuality.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny

See it if you are looking for an irreverent, amusing, adult show using childhood tropes. This is a very catchy, wry, worthwhile show.

Don't see it if you are looking for an evening of serious entertainment.

69
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Raunchy, Dated

See it if you are looking for an adult, dance-heavy Broadway show.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh and exciting. This show has been running for so long, it's lost most of it's vitality.

84
Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to feel the vitality of live theater.

Don't see it if you need an overarching plot.

82
Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you love musical theater and/or Shakespeare. This show is a hilarious love letter to both.

Don't see it if you are looking for great composing. The music is more of a joke delivery system than for its own sake.

75
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are looking for a big, enjoyable, well-performed Broadway show. It won't change your life, but it's a fully enjoyable evening of theater

Don't see it if you don't have at least a slightly dark sense of humor.

65
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if you are very, very familiar with the text of the show and want to see an athletic, comedic riff on the play.

Don't see it if You don't know the show very well. It's a little hard to follow in places, and the pace and length are kind of exhausting.

97
Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Profound

See it if you're looking for a touching, challenging, well-rendered coming of age story.

Don't see it if you're homophobic. Then again, maybe you should.

90
Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You love the music. This is a lushly staged production, appropriately cast with a deep bench of talent.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to stereotypes. This production overcomes a lot of the latent biases of the original material, but the show is the show.