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 (118)
77
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you like your musicals to be more "amusement park" than "storyline" -- this is rock&roll + melodrama + confetti bombs and is pure fun.

Don't see it if you have never been a fan of the original album/songs or you expect your musicals to have coherent plots and any type of subtlety.

Also I'm a serious theatregoer and have never liked "larks" but this was a ... Read more Read less

79
In the Green
Upper W Side
Cryptic, Great singing, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if the theatrical experience is more important to you than plot or coherence. This is a gorgeous visual and choral experience, but opaque.

Don't see it if you want "songs" in the traditional sense ... the music here is gorgeous but it is experimental in structure and uses devices not often used

78
Entangled
Midtown W
Couldbegreatifedited, Slow, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you want to watch a brilliant actress Naomi Lorrain at work, at the cost of sitting thru a large amount of overwrought unnatural prose

Don't see it if you have no patience for overwrought unnecessarily-literary writing.

Also This play was written by two playwrights, one writing the male charact... Read more Read less

74
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Confusing, Quirky, Great staging, Dizzying, Funny

See it if you love quirky doesnt-need-to-make-sense slapstick-ish comedies -- Larroquette is so much fun to watch you'll forgive the pointlessness

Don't see it if you want things to ultimately make sense! This is a puzzle that just remains intentionally a puzzle. Guare takes you for a ride, thats all

Also This is a conundrum - how could such a well-crafted script (brilliant ... Read more Read less

77
Hatef**k
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you love high-energy verbal jousting between sexy characters half at each other's throats and half at each other's bodies

Don't see it if your thing is musicals, or you have no interest in a dissection of how Muslims are portrayed in modern Western media

Also The two actors are well-known veterans of network TV. The male was the... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

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

84
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

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

77
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

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

42
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Slow

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.

75
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Whatsthepoint

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

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

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

80
Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Character-driven

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!

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

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.

87
Ms. Estrada
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious, Great writing, Dizzying

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

80
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Slow

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!

89
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Profane

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

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

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

72
During previews
Cardinal
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

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.

44
Mankind
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

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

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

80
Office Hour
East Village
Great acting, Intense, Riveting

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

74
Great acting, Slow

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

89
During previews
Uncommon Sense
East Village
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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

79
During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

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

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

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

90
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you fear our country is entering a totalitarian phase and want to see a glimpse of the paranoia and absurdity of life in that environment

Don't see it if your head is in the sand about what is happening in Washington...

59
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing

See it if if you are a supporter of the usually-reliable 2nd-city theatre company

Don't see it if you want something that will keep your interest and reward your patience -- this "slow build" yields nothing of substance.

Also I'm puzzled by this play's acceptance into 2nd city's season -- it's u... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Refreshing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you love STORYTELLING -- this is a 1-man show - he wrote and performs. He's masterful and confident, and the staging is COOL!

Don't see it if you are not interested in a collection of individual not-really-connected stories or hate 1st-person storytelling.

77
After
Midtown E
Intense, Absorbing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you like heavy serious plays with lots of conflict... and can tolerate a few cliche-filled monologues.

Don't see it if If you like your "serious" only when laced with dark comedy

Also There are two great actors here, two certainly-satisfactory actors, an... Read more Read less

70
Rambling, Indulgent, Slow

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

82
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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.

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

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

80
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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

55
Banal, Cliched, Slow

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

80
God Save Queen Pam
Greenwich V
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

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

83
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

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.

79
During previews
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Intelligent

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

79
During previews
Slow, Great writing, Intelligent

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

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

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

85
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

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!

79
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Overrated

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.

74
Balls
Midtown E
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Tech-masterful

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

79
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

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

72
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Intense

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

73
Junk
Upper W Side
Cliched, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Ambitious

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

82
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Enchanting, Great singing, Intense, Concertwithbenefits

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

88
During previews
Actually
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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

68
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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

82
KPOP
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Refreshing, Bestconclusionever

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

77
During previews
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Funny

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