David Sky

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  Addicted to the off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater scene, I see 4-8 shows every week.
Reviews (109)
Preview pain
70
Slow, Indulgent, Rambling

See it if you are a fan of Michael C Hall and love "stream of consciousness". The script is ingenious but few actors can handle it -- Mr Hall can!

Don't see it if you are not open to the idea of a plotless unstructured rambling/wandering monologue -- this truly truly goes nowhere quite intentionally

Also Look you really need to be open to this; don't go if you are easily fr... Read more Read less

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Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you love one-act plays filled with cynical humor, just enough surprises, and exquisite acting throughout

Don't see it if are idealistic and nostalgic about the protest+awareness efforts that were being done by youth in the 1960s.

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88
During previews
Riveting, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if if you love expertly written and delivered POP/hip-hop music, and love the idea of theater immersed in a dance-club environment.

Don't see it if you are not into loud and flashing-light environments, or do not like standing in concert venues.

Also My wife and I entered this with ZERO expectations, and were blown away... Read more Read less

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80
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of the art of STORYTELLING and are interested in the topic of 2nd-generation immigrants' loss of cultural connection

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one-person shows

Also Anyone who think Mr Mandvi is just a standup comic is in for a surpris... Read more Read less

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55
Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if you know someone in the cast or want to support the Asian arts community -- the actors are hardworking but with a bad script/libretto

Don't see it if you want quality. The writing of book, libretto, music all mediocre and without imagination. We learn nothing about this important subject

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80
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are OK with seeing well-crafted pro-level new musical material being introduced in rather primitive community-theater "trappings"

Don't see it if you can't focus on the witty material and energetic acting well enough to disregard the primitive set/costuming/lighting/venue!

Also If you attend NYMF (NY Musical Festival) workshop readings, then you k... Read more Read less

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During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Funny

See it if you love "intelligent situation comedies" that are entertaining but also full of social commentary. Ensemble cast + direction is perfect

Don't see it if you are not into incisive discussion of LGBT/gender issues.

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79
During previews
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are fascinated by discussions of the economic strata of America and the barriers to upgrading one's class. + Great writing/acting!

Don't see it if you're looking for an action-based plot or a musical! This is a fine brilliant "straight play" that expects you to listen and think w/ care

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79
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Slow

See it if you love classic plays and masterful writing, and don't shrink at the thought of having to concentrate.. it's a great rendition of a classic

Don't see it if if you hate Shakespeare or G.B. Shaw or any kind of playwright who expected utter attention from audience. This is masterful but slow...

Also Much of the audience was there to support Rashad, so you're probably w... Read more Read less

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70
During previews
Charming-but-cryptic, Funny, Hilarious, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if I was utterly charmed by the first 20minutes - a brilliant comedic treatment of the classic story. Lots of fun, great comic acting. But...

Don't see it if ... then what followed was well-acted, well-staged snippets of completely disconnected scenes. The two stories never merge. Incoherent!

Also I was so torn by this show -- I thoroughly enjoyed it and admired the ... Read more Read less

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85
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The 2 kids and the mom are masterful & in this intimate theatre they really awe us. The writing is crisp, without 1 wasted word. Brilliant!

Don't see it if Honestly, unless you absolutely despise non-musical theatre, there is no reason I can give you to stay away from this crisp 90-minute play!

Preview amyorphans
79
During previews
Overrated, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love watching great actors on stage -- these are famous actors from both TV and stage -- regardless of the coherence of the script

Don't see it if you need tight scripts that make total sense, as this is an often bizarre, and just as often banal, script - could use a full edit pass.

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74
Tech-masterful, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you love seeing new ways of approaching how to tell a story, or you are fascinated by the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis event.

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious sociological study or super-quality writing/acting -- the coolest thing about this is the technical precision.

Also In "close-to" real time, the entire actual Riggs-King match is replaye... Read more Read less

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79
Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if The solo actor Jeff Hiller astounds with his masterful performance -- perfect combination of over-the-top manic and deftly nuanced.

Don't see it if you hate one-person shows or are uncomfortable with gay themes/characters

Also My wife was absolutely convinced that the actor had also written the s... Read more Read less

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72
Intense, Slow, Great staging

See it if you love Chloe Sevigny! And you go for anything that recreates the 70s. It's both slow and intense, but satisfying in the end.

Don't see it if you only go for stellar writing and perfect acting. This is "good enough" but not a must-see.

Also I am a fan of Chloe so wouldn't have missed this chance to see her per... Read more Read less

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73
Ambitious, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you love high-tension fast-paced stories about Wall Street Finance shenanigans well-directed and well-acted in a full Broadway production

Don't see it if you need character depth and nuance -- the playwright sacrifices all that to keep this complex plot on track.

Also A great deal of money went into this show about money -- the cast is h... Read more Read less

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82
During previews
Concertwithbenefits, Intense, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you love modern electric-folk and are interested in how music and drama can be fused into a fresh new kind of experience

Don't see it if you really want a theatre experience and not just a concert++. This is essentially a concert, altho Abigail is quite a dramatic actress!

Also There is a story arc here... which duh it should be since this is (sup... Read more Read less

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love BRAVE writing not afraid to challenge the idea that sexual-misbehavior allegations are agenda-free and clear-cut.

Don't see it if you do not like shows that mix monologues with scenes; over half of this is monologue direct to audience breaking 4th wall

Also As I write this review, I realize that I never even looked at the play... Read more Read less

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68
Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you love cabaret presentations of dozens of unrelated Broadway songs

Don't see it if you expect to learn anything about Prince's life or modus operandi. A great opportunity was missed by the writers alas.

Also I'm a HUGE Broadway fan and would have loved a show that really took a... Read more Read less

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82
Bestconclusionever, Refreshing, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like immersive theater and love theater that goes into new territory, taking huge risks. Plus the 20min concert at the end is AWESOME

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to go to the scenes instead of having the scenes come to you, or you absolutely hate pop music!

Also Yes there are shaky parts to the staging and not all the scenes are co... Read more Read less

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77
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Brilliant acting by the two principals, plus some of the most unique staging / scene changes I've seen in years, plus brilliant sound design

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the script's hyper-realistic core (great work) is damaged by a lame metaphysical wrapper wasting 15minutes...

Also Friedman and Dunagan are brilliant actors and it's worth it just to se... Read more Read less

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87
Intelligent, Masterful, Edgy, Clever, Funny

See it if From the writing to the brilliant actors to the tech... this is as perfect as off-off-Broadway gets. Ingenious, thought-provoking & FUNNY!

Don't see it if you lack even an ounce of tolerance for any sexual orientation other than whatever you consider normative. This is about TOLERANCE!

Also What an exciting and brilliant way for The Flea to christen its new th... Read more Read less

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Fun, Nostalgic, Concert-cabaret

See it if you are a lover of Broadway musicals circa 1950s-1980s and enjoy cabaret-style musical revues just piano and vocals

Don't see it if You want a story, or you want to learn about Herman's musicals' histories and plots, or you only like highly-polished cabarets

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During previews
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that tease and puzzle and are fearless in toying with reality - this is the work of top-of-the-profession actors+director!

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals, or would be turned off by a plot that violates rules of "time" and "space" and "reality"

Also Although the script could use some editing (could be 15min shorter), t... Read more Read less

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75
Highly-participatory, Dramatic-improv, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you are intrigued by the idea of immersive interactive participatory theatre, especially if you have never seen a good example of that genre

Don't see it if you want a scripted play or anything traditionally staged, or you would be terrified at being called upon to do improv acting

Also I have always been very skeptical of these audience-participation thea... Read more Read less

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83
Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if a stellar ensemble cast - every one w/ a stunning resume - combined with lots of laughs and a healthy dose of heart gets your blood pumping

Don't see it if you fall asleep at dialogue-focused character-driven straight plays or enjoy only musicals.

Also FYI the playwright has primarily been an actor, and this play is an ac... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you have wondered about the unique dynamics that might lead a lesbian to be attracted to a transmale. A topic rarely addressed, & done well

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with frank discussions of sexuality, early sexual experiences, particularly in an LGTBQ context.

Also The writing is razor sharp, and these two actors are superb at making ... Read more Read less

Preview myfairlady
77
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you've never seen "MFL" before or are among the many who say it's one of the best ever

Don't see it if you have any hearing difficulties - the sound design is terrible and lead female cannot deliver the needed volume - Bernanti may fix this!

Also Wouldn't it be loverly if we could hear the lead actress? She was chos... Read more Read less

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During previews
Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if you know someone in the cast or want to support the Asian arts community - actors are hardworking but with a bad script/libretto

Don't see it if if you expect quality. Important subject but we are unenlightened. Book/lyrics/music all uninspired, below mediocre.

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Whatsthepoint, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love witnessing superb acting and brilliant naturalistic dialog, amidst ingenious & dynamic stagecraft/directing in very intimate venue.

Don't see it if you need for the plot, at very essence, to be meaningful. This play is a lot of gorgeous sound&fury signifying... well... not much at all

Preview secretlifeposter
85
Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love well-staged well-acted plays of IDEAS, you love discussing philosophy/sociology, you ponder (and worry about) humanity's future

Don't see it if you need light-hearted theatre that does not demand much from the audience

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Character-driven, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love chararacter-driven pieces offering a crazy-quilt of extreme characters each with a powerful monologue/rant.

Don't see it if you need a STORY because this does not have a traditional "story arc" of any kind. There are character arcs only. NOT a plot-driven piece!

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71
Needs-massive-editing, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see a brilliant set of actors wrestle with a script that is a full hour too lengthy. About 40 min is Acting Heaven but...

Don't see it if As I said about, about 40 min is wondrous acting of brilliant words... but far too much of the play feels like it's still in workshop mode.

Preview me1
87
Dizzying, Great writing, Hilarious, Ambitious, Clever

See it if a talented cast of comic actors brilliantly tackle the challenge of a 100% rapidfire-rap show. Hilarious and no-holds-barred great FUN

Don't see it if you think you'll be lost in a show that is 100% rapid-fire wordplay. Other than that, this is a "please don't miss this gem" kind of show!

Also The Q Brothers have been buiding rap remixes of classics (like their O... Read more Read less

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80
Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the lives of mental-health professionals, esp their relationship w/ patients. PLUS what brilliant acting!!!

Don't see it if The script has moments of brilliance but the script needs editing. This play need not be 3 hours long!

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During previews
Profane, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you are open to an utterly fresh amalgam of gorgeous opera and liturgical singing of an utterly profanity-filled book&lyric combination

Don't see it if you cannot stand being hit with a wall of profanity and scathing anti-religious humor -- this is NOT FOR EVERYONE.

Also The amount of talent behind this work is truly overwhelming. At the he... Read more Read less

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86
During previews
Masterful, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are hungry for top-notch edgy must-pay-attention-every-second theater, top-notch writing/acting/directing. Every aspect brilliant!

Don't see it if you don't want to have to "work" as a playgoer. The writing is thrillingly clever but if your mind wanders you miss the mastery!

Also From the domestic squabble in act one to the across-economic-classes c... Read more Read less

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During previews
Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if This is not a waste of time, it has its moments, and the lead actress is a frenetic delight.. but script doesn't know what it wants to be.

Don't see it if ... you want to leave with a clear statement, this is largely an "impressionistic" piece with interesting characters but no firm outcome.

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Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Honestly, I cannot find any way to recommend this to anyone except cast members' families.

Don't see it if The only thing interesting about this play is the concept. Definitely this "looked good on paper" but no fruit was borne.

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90
During previews
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Ambitious 3-hr puzzleplay with a 1st act that is near perfect, providing joys throughout. Writing+dir+acting all stunning. Cast TOP NOTCH!

Don't see it if you don't like having to think during a show - this is a puzzle and it's your job to solve it.

Also I had no idea what to expect from this, had read nothing about it. I w... Read more Read less

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80
Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if Superb acting by the two principals + playwright skilled at slow escalation of intensity + masterful staging and sound design = WINNER

Don't see it if you want fun! or are in any way triggered by the sound of gunfire -- this play is about the gun wars and has intense use of live blanks

Also Although in retrospect, there is a bit of gratuitousness in the playwr... Read more Read less

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74
Slow, Great acting

See it if you love early-20th-century playwrighting of the O'Neill variety; this 1920s play is very much Miller-ish and O'Neill-ish.

Don't see it if You really only go for edgier, more contemporary scripts, staging, and direction. This is definitely a "classic" play in script & structure

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89
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if JUST SEE IT! The quality of this production in every aspect is stunning. Tech/staging is ingenious, script funny and heart-filled.

Don't see it if I gave this a try only because I know someone on the spectrum. Was totally unprepared for how amazing and funny and insightful this is. GO!

Also My wife and I see 3 NYC shows a week, covering the gamut of the scene ... Read more Read less

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79
During previews
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you LOVE tennis or are curious about the psychological conflict and fortune swings that makes singles tennis uniquely stress-filled!

Don't see it if you're not interested in a straightforward narrative structure with "in-my-head" monologues mixed with domestic-scene flashbacks

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Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Walt Disney (as an innovator&artist) or love discussions about the Nature of Art and the class between business and art.

Don't see it if you need more than just animated "debates" / discussions between two characters. This is a "bare-bones" staging and no "action" occurs.

Also This is a delightful exploration of the clash between Art & Commerce a... Read more Read less

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80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Realistic, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is a realistic drama about a mother's ceaseless daily battle with a permanently ill child -- troubling enlightening, fearless writing.

Don't see it if You want upbeat, music, fluff. This is SERIOUS stuff and a very depressing topic, brilliantly executed but not a "fun" experience.

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During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if ONLY if you are a Sarah Ruhl fanatic and would never want to miss a single work of hers.

Don't see it if you are not a Sarah Ruhl junkie.

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78
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are 1st-generation American (from any culture) and have wrestled with old- vs new-country conflict, or love storytelling of any kind

Don't see it if you are looking for a scripted play -- this is a real-life mom and son retelling the true story of a major source of conflict in their lives

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81
During previews
Historically-enlightening, Resonant, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you are a lover of early 20th-century immigrant-in-NewYork stories and fascinated by Eastern European culture, & love music!

Don't see it if would not be interested in reading supertitles in order to understand the Yiddish-language lyrics (which dominate the show).

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81
Great acting, Great singing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you want a rollicking good time watching a truly perfect cast present a musical that feels like a crazy amusement-park ride!

Don't see it if you hate long shows (2.5 hours) even if it's well-presented and fascinatingly new

Also Truly this cast is perfectly constructed, all with amazing voices plus... Read more Read less