DEClarke85

Jersey City | 25-34 | Male
About:  David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts. He loves to share his thoughts on all things theater, and he dreams of writing about theater for the New York Times.
Reviews (96)
89
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy family dramas where an early 1980s conflict with the IRA in Northern Ireland is eerily prescient to the contemporary USA.

Don't see it if you dislike long shows (this one is 3 1/4 hours), accents (mostly Irish here), family dramas, or thought-provoking and powerful pieces.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Indulgent, Sometimes slow

See it if you're a Birbiglia fan. Here he showcases his talent for great storytelling. It does drag a bit here and there, but will keep you laughing.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man show, hate self depreciation (there's a TON of it in this show), only like happy/feel-good comedy, or hate laughing.

75
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoyed the film & are ok with a flimsy musical that's in on its own joke. It's almost full parody. Roll with your homies, & have fun!

Don't see it if you dislike musicals that utilize rewritten lyrics to well-known pop songs, tongue-firmly-in-cheek comedies, or hate the 90s to early 2000s.

95
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Hilarious, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musicals that feel like cotton candy but are laced with meaty resonance. This fell-good production left me grinning ear-to-ear.

Don't see it if you dislike pro-LGBTQ stories, don't like to laugh, don't like musicals without tons of technological trappings, or hate having fun.

95
Kink Haus
East Village
Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant, Dizzying, Sexy

See it if you're interested in a performance art dance piece that looks like candy but with provocative themes offers something more substantial.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity, LGBTQ content, queer art, drug use, or sexual content. This show embraces the beauty of shared lust & hedonism.

85
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you like heartfelt musicals performed by casts that sink their all into a show. This fairytale is romantic, whimsical, and a joy to see.

Don't see it if you don't like fairytales that use whimsy to discuss modern day issues and teach important life lessons.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're ready to see a show that will touch your heart and fill you with optimism. This show's about the BEST of humanity. It's so inspiring!

Don't see it if you don't like one acts, when the same actor plays multiple people, shows that are mostly sung-through, or if you don't have a heart.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Profound

See it if you want to be blown away by amazing theater.

Don't see it if you hate powerful pieces of art that fulfill the soul and challenge you.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Fun

See it if you know Harry Potter or not. This is a good underdog tale that can appeal to those within and outside of the Potter fandom. It's funny too!

Don't see it if you dislike humor, a moment or two of crass language, things that look homemade, or shows that require the cast to adlib/improv some.

90
For a previous production
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if a burlesque show that incorporates Louis XIV era fashion, baroque aesthetics, and a loose interpretation of the Nutcracker piques interest.

Don't see it if you want a faithful adaptation of the Nutcracker, dislike bawdy humor, or are opposed to sexual fantasies being openly displayed.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love old-school musical classics done perfectly. Every detail and every element is attended to, making this a true Broadway hit.

Don't see it if you dislike classics or want to miss a production people will be talking about for years to come. It's charming and sweet. Candy-coated joy.

50
Afterglow
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to a Lifetime movie like play that doesn't deliver on its promise of being a progressive look at open relationships.

Don't see it if you want a script that challenges audiences, your offended by male nudity, or you want characters that are not cliches.

95
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy wildly hilarious & relevant European farces. This 2008 translation of the 1836 play is just the pick-me-up you're longing for.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedic explorations of governmental corruption and comedies that hinge on the mistaken identity trope.

Also The cast (what a cast!), the set (oh my God, that set!), the lavish co... Read more Read less

75
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Like a history lecture, Kind of stale

See it if you want to see a Tony-nominated play and cast delivering wonderful performances, even if the show comes across as a history class lecture.

Don't see it if you don't care about the humanitarian lessons of the failed Oslo Accords & the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. Also, the writing is a bit stale.

50
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you want to see L. Metcalf, J. Houdyshell, C. Cooper & C. Rashad give solid performances despite working with an awful script.

Don't see it if you enjoy plays that don't feel completely self-indulgent. This play feels like Hnath just wanted a way to say marriage is terrible.

Also The play says absolutely nothing new about modern feminism, even thoug... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Melodramatic, Stunning set

See it if you want to see 2 titans of acting (Cynthia Nixon & Laura Linney) breathe life into a play that is surprisingly progressive for its age.

Don't see it if you dislike Southern Gothic Melodramas with strong female leads, don't enjoy the work of Nixon & Linney, or dislike a lush, singular set.

Also Despite being written in 1939, the play feels fresh and relevant. Regi... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fun, A wee bit boring

See it if you're a fan of Andy Karl. It's worth the ticket to see him play this role. The show is fun and entertaining. It's good, not great.

Don't see it if you dislike entertaining musical comedies that are entertainment for the sake of being entertaining. The show is not profound in any way.

Also The complex, multifaceted turntable is pure theatrical magic. If you l... Read more Read less

75
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Classic, Fun, Cute

See it if you've never seen it before. It's going to close soon, and it is a true classic that deserves to be seen. The show charms and is still fun.

Don't see it if you hate classics, don't like shows that are cute and charming, want something that is dark, want something heavy or thought-provoking.

70
If I Forget
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Amazing set, Fantastic first act, Wasted second act

See it if you enjoy familial dramas. It is a nice exercise is how we pass down culture and what we inherit from those who came before us.

Don't see it if you hate a second act that doesn't perfectly jive with the first. The writer doesn't seem to know how to finish the play, so it's wonky.

Also I found the first act to be spellbinding, and I had strong emotional r... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Epic, Great dancing

See it if you love spectacle done well, large ensembles working hard, want to see Madame Butterfly modernized, or want a fun night out at the theater.

Don't see it if you hate sung-through musicals, want to see something profound, want to see something original and brand new, or hate lavish set pieces.

Also The night I saw it (March 13, 2017), the iconic helicopter in Act II l... Read more Read less

95
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting, Very dark

See it if you like musical theatre that will challenge you and leave you emotionally conflicted. This show is edgy, dark, and ultimately satisfying.

Don't see it if you dislike shows where the "bad guy" is portrayed with empathy, you don't like controversial subject matter, you don't like dark musicals.

Also The subject matter of the show left me with a pit in my stomach, and I... Read more Read less

70
The View UpStairs
East Village
Cliched, Relevant, Funny, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if because the writer is a promising new talent that deserves exposure, it's a fun and entertaining show despite its flaws, and it is timely.

Don't see it if want something more than A Chorus Line set in a 1973 New Orleans gay bar where the characters are all too buried in cliches to be effective.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of Sweeney Todd, want to see Sweeney in a novel way, enjoy no frills productions (despite an elaborate set), want to have fun.

Don't see it if you hate having the 4th wall broken, don't like bare bones props design, need more than a single set for a show, or need a full orchestra.

98
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you want to have an EXPERIENCE. This show is wonderfully unique and original, entertaining, fun, impeccable staged, and so original.

Don't see it if you don't like cast members in the audience, don't want to see something new and different, or hate WAR AND PEACE.

79
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you love Sutton Foster, like Sweet Charity, enjoy tap dance, like revivals that highlight modern social issues in older pieces with skill.

Don't see it if you want to see a classic production of Sweet Charity. This production is scaled back and puts more emphasis on the mistreatment of women.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Heartbreaking, Beautiful

See it if you are interested in a perfectly acted, quiet elegy that explores how dementia challenges and tests the familial unit. This is pure beauty.

Don't see it if you need a play with a lot of plot/action or loud, don't enjoy family dramas or enjoy tear-jerkers, or hate to see masterclasses in acting.

65
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Good sketch comedy writing, Fun

See it if you absolutely adore Clay Aiken or Ruben Studdard. Both vocalists are at the top of their game here. The ensemble is AMAZING and so funny!

Don't see it if you want a book musical, you are opposed to a 2 act holiday revue, or want to see Ruben actually act. He's not an actor. At all.

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Fun for the sake of being fun

See it if you enjoy a musical comedy that uses a beloved film as source material, but puts a unique spin on the story. See it if you like crass humor.

Don't see it if you're offended by crass humor, don't like entertainment for the sake of entertainment, want gripping drama, or prefer long book scenes.

90
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Resonant

See it if you like "a day in the life" stories. While this takes place over several years, it's resolution is kind of open ended, which works well.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas, found family stories, gay stories, some crass language, gay characters, smart writing, and brilliant acting.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a surprisingly still relevant and resonant classic performed flawlessly. This cast in dynamite, and the script feels fresh.

Don't see it if homosexuality makes you uncomfortable, not interested in seeing humans annihilate each other verbally, or only want happy, light fare.

70
For a previous production
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Great dancing, Wonderfully designed

See it if you love what Company XIV does and has to offer because it's worth seeing if you're a fan of their work and/or style. The guys are hot too!

Don't see it if you want to see Company XIV deliver their brand of storytelling with striptease. There is almost no stripping, so it gets dull fast.

70
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to see something cute that won't require you to think. The cast is great and having a ton of fun, but the material is weak.

Don't see it if you want to see something profound. This is silly for the sake of being silly. It's a fluff piece with heart. But that's all.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Fun, Theatrical candy

See it if you'e willing to overlook the flaws to go with it and have some fun. Also, DO NOT MISS Bonnie Mulligan make the most of her Broadway debut!

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that trips over itself to deliver relevant messages, you hate 80s new wave, or if you hate fluff pieces.

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like the show, like zany characters, like escapism with relevant social commentary as subtext, like to have fun. It's not just for kids!

Don't see it if you want gripping drama, want to be deeply moved or challenged, hate bright colors, or simply dislike shows designed to be overstimulating.

Also I found the show to be wonderfully entertaining, offer great escapism,... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Vapid, but with heart, Fun

See it if you're looking for a gay play that balances stereotypical gay vapidness with heart without having any original commentary. It's mostly fun.

Don't see it if you don't like gay people, are opposed to drug use and alcoholism, opposed to frank discussions of gay dating, or don't like bad language.

75
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Dated, Cliched, Funny, Slow

See it if you want to see this cast. Each of the leading ladies are spectacular. Also, it's worth seeing to see this play make it Broadway debut.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged, see something original and new, want to be profoundly moved, or if you dislike family dramas.

80
Seeing You
Chelsea
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Dizzying, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of immersive and interactive stagings. This theatrical event uses dance and movement direction to tell the story really well.

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional shows. You're on your feet for 90 minutes being ushered around the space, and you are truly part of the show.

Also In design, this show reminds me of HERE LIES LOVE. The cast and ushers... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hard-hitting first act, Softball second act

See it if a play that examines the ripple effects of addiction (in various forms) interests you. Every character in this show is broken and hurting.

Don't see it if you hate plays that gut-punch you emotionally in the first act, but decidedly shifts to a Lifetime movie-like narrative in the second act.

100
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to see a riveting, perfectly written play about blue collar Americans struggling with harsh economic realities and life in general.

Don't see it if you dislike plays with harsh language, (latent) racism, drug use, and/or theater that makes you think. This play is heavy, but so relevant.

75
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Entertaining, Stock characters, Timely, Good acting, Ok writing

See it if you are interested in a play that tackles the debate for & against gay marriage within the gay community and tells you which side to choose.

Don't see it if you want something that is more profound than a Lifetime movie. The characters entertain you, may affect you emotionally, but are hollow.

100
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if you want to be treated to a masterclass in the sublime. This show is powerfully written, masterfully performed, & soul stirring perfection.

Don't see it if you hate thinking at the theater, don't like plays that challenge the audience, are offended by lesbian themes, or hate historical dramas.

75
During previews
Her Opponent
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if the premise of having a woman reenact Trump and a man reenact Clinton during the presidential debates interests you. The acting is superb.

Don't see it if you don't want to think, don't want to reconsider your own biases, don't like politics, don't like talk backs (every performance has one).

40
Disappointing, Slow, Bad lighting, Visually unappealing production, Emotionally ineffective

See it if you want to see any members of this cast on stage. They've all be misdirected or miscast, so none of them actually make you feel anything.

Don't see it if you want to see a strong production of a classic play. There is literally nothing happening here. It feels like a splashy first table read.

Also With the critic's reviews, I walked in expecting little-to-nothing. An... Read more Read less

90
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Beautiful, Great staging, Brilliant orchestra

See it if you want to see Glenn Close own a stage, like or love the original film, enjoy a large orchestra playing lush music, or enjoy opulence.

Don't see it if you dislike Webber's overuse of repeated motifs in musicals, don't like shows that are almost entirely sung through, or want big set pieces.

Also Be warned, if you see a 7:00pm show (like I did) there is a ton of lat... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like theater that is a bit unusual, cleverly scripted, well acted, and ultimately fun. If it reminds you TRIASSIC PARQ, that's ok.

Don't see it if you'll be offended by a musical comedy where the first act climaxes in a choreographic representation of the collapse of The Twin Towers.

85
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you want to see Marisa Tomei and Lena Hall do incredible scene work together, like oddball shows with ample humor, and challenging material.

Don't see it if discussions of sex outside of monogamy upset you, you don't like allusions to animals, you refuse to explore the animal side of human life.

Also This show is weird and quirky in the best of possible ways. It's rathe... Read more Read less

60
Great singing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Amazing orchestra

See it if you love Annaleigh Ashford (she's amazing in this), like Jake Gyllenhaal (he's serviceable in this), love a large and amazing orchestra.

Don't see it if you want a strong book, more than a handful of good songs, dislike part-show/part-concert stagings, dislike art made for the sake being art

75
MOPE
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in seeing a play about an entitled white guy who blames everyone but himself for his inability to make it in this world.

Don't see it if you object to seeing a penis on stage, aren't comfortable with coarse language, or expect plays to say something new and profound.

100
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy dark humor and an interesting plot, want to see a classic done by the Tony winning company that premiered it, enjoy Irish accents.

Don't see it if hate hate dark humor, Irish accents, acts of violence on stage, plays featuring female leads, dramedies, and plays that use a single set.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want to classic tale told in a new, spellbinding way. This show is beautifully performed and perfect for the holidays. It's delightful.

Don't see it if you don't like A Christmas Carol, one-man shows, listening to stories being told, dislike period recreations, or if don't like to be charmed