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Reviews (68)
81
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy political satire, broad, bawdy humor, and slapstick comedy skillfully performed by a talented all-around cast

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious, introspective play.

78
The Infinite Wrench
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy experimental, interactive theater performed by a young, enthusiastic, politically conscious cast

Don't see it if you don't like sketch comedy or are expecting a polished production

85
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy mentalism performed by a master of the craft

Don't see it if you are expecting rabbits to be pulled out of hats. This isn't one of those types of magic shows

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see two great actresses at the top of their game in a compelling portrait of a conniving Southern family tearing itself apart

Don't see it if you don't enjoy period pieces or family dramas

80
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if Bobby Cannavale delivers a raw physical performance in O'Neill's play about one working man's search for his place in a callous world

Don't see it if you dislike minimalist sets (though the Park Avenue Armory makes for a gorgeous, dramatic setting) or Expressionist plays.

82
For a previous production
Dizzying, Hilarious, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy in the vein of Monty Python. Don't think I've ever laughed this hard at the theater!

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious play or a musical - this is not like most shows on Broadway

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Dated

See it if you want to see strong performances (Sally Field and Joe Mantello are standouts) bring this classic play to life

Don't see it if you don't enjoy minimal sets and simple productions, or if some anachronisms will distract you

83
Constellations
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you have thought about what if? in any relationship. Strong performances from Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Quirky, compelling premise

Don't see it if you dislike plays with only two characters in a minimal setting.

48
During previews
Latter Days
Midtown W
Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy ambitious, experimental theater despite a lack of a driving plot

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained or inspired. A slow, uneventful production

83
During previews
Beardo
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Dave Malloy and the Great Comet. A comic, engaging retelling of Rasputin's rise and fall from power w strong performances

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable w staged sex scenes. Some elements of the story don't quite work - could use a bit of editing.

78
The Battles
West Village
Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you are interested in Da Vinci and Michaelangelo - gain some insight into a little known rivalry. Eclectic score w a great band.

Don't see it if you expect a polished, tight production. This was tonally confused and a bit disjointed. Lots of potential though!

76
During previews
Albatross
Midtown E
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if a grim, violent, dark tale based on Coleridge's classic poem. Benjamin Evett delivers a visceral, physical performance as the mariner

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows w minimalist productions. Breaking the 4th wall to address a modern audience felt a bit awkward

76
During previews
Made in China
Midtown E
Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you enjoyed Avenue Q. Puppetry and staging were great. This is a silly, ambitious, enjoyable puppet musical that yearns for depth

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for some full frontal puppet nudity and lots of crude humor. Singing was mediocre. Don't expect any deep insights.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you enjoy atmospheric ghost stories performed by a very talented, likable cast.

Don't see it if you expect a visual spectacle. It is radio theater after all! Theme was a bit narrow - would have liked more variety

77
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see some very fine performances from McTeer and Schreiber in a sumptuous, elegant production

Don't see it if you expect a fleet, modern, subtle adaptation. The play is overlong and could use serious editing.

71
Lonely Planet
East Village
Slow, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and appreciate strong acting and a surprisingly nice set given the size of the venue

Don't see it if you expect a driving plot. Not much happens. The writing is frequently too on the nose.

69
Cats
Midtown W
Fluffy, Dated, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a faithful revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic show with strong performances. A whimsical, weird show best for kids

Don't see it if you are expecting a storyline or developed characters.

68
A Burial Place
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing

See it if some charismatic performances anchor a character-driven play with an interesting, mysterious premise, but not enough happens

Don't see it if you expect a full storyline. Millennial nostalgia only takes this play so far. Not enough happens to warrant the (already short) run time

88
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Masterful

See it if you want to see a moving play about women in Liberia during the civil war. Amazing performances, especially from Lupita Nyong'o.

Don't see it if this play covers some very troubling material including rape.

85
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a beautifully staged, lush, entertaining production. Loved the music - catchy, playful lyrics with tuneful melodies.

Don't see it if you are prone to seizures - the strobe lights were intense! Also, a sung-through musical which may put some off.

Also Sight lines from the far left (stage right) in the orchestra were poor... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Othello (Match: Lit)
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and strong performances with a minimal set. Theater-in-the-round with only ~30 seats makes for an intimate experience.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shakespeare or are expecting a reimagining of Othello - this is a faithful, straightforward (and effective!) production

76
Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy office dramas with a feminist slant. Perhaps a bit too on the nose at times, but it brings up important, topical points

Don't see it if you don't like foul-mouthed dialog and female empowerment. Some characters weren't really fully developed

82
During previews
Vietgone
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Refreshing, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a fun, unconventional love story with two appealing leads set mostly in mid 1970s USA. Interesting perspective on the Vietnam war

Don't see it if you can't stand rapping, lots of cursing, crude humor. Some of the characterization was a bit weak. A bit overlong and could be edited down.

84
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see top-notch acting and a humane portrayal of those on both sides (and in the middle) of the Oslo accords

Don't see it if you aren't able to sit still for almost 3h (though there are 2 intermissions) and aren't intrigued by peace negotiations in the Middle East

80
During previews
Not That Jewish
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy funny, warm-hearted, sincere storytelling. As a gentile, I can attest that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the show!

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows, standup comedy, and impressions.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of theater and would like a unique behind the scenes perspective. A transporting experience that puts you in the middle of it.

Don't see it if you expect a cohesive storyline. You dislike interacting with performers. There are some extended periods of baffling interpretive dance.

81
During previews
Fossils
Midtown E
Great staging, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you think you would enjoy an offbeat comedy about a young scientist's search for her father. Clever staging, and some truly lovely music.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big musical production. Storyline is a bit thin even for the short runtime.

79
Happy Karaoke Fun Time
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy goofy improv, karaoke music, and have 45 min or so to kill

Don't see it if you don't like improv

85
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if an entertaining, modern take on Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro set in the melting pot of LA - strong cast accompanied by talented musicians

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals, are uncomfortable w sexual humor, or do not want politics in your entertainment

Also For those worried about the sung-through, operatic aspect of the show ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy funny, poignant performances from a terrific cast - Annaleigh Ashford especially. Beautiful music and lyrics

Don't see it if you dislike art or thinking about art. This is a contemplative, introspective musical, despite its moments of levity

70
During previews
Angry Young Man
Chelsea
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy and improv-style, quick-fire switching of roles. Clever staging let down by a disappointing storyline

Don't see it if you expect a nuanced or realistic depiction of immigrant life in a multicultural society. Heavy-handed and not insightful at all

78
Life According to Saki
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy the short macabre stories of Saki (think Roald Dahl's adult fiction) brought to life inventively by a talented, attractive cast

Don't see it if you expect a single story w a beginning, middle, and end. A disjointed experience without a clear direction, though entertainingly performed

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a strong ensemble cast at the top of its game in a moving production. The characters are fully developed, and fully alive.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slice of life plays, or are expecting a gaudy musical production.

62
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of a Downton Abbey-esque upstairs/downstairs dynamic in an ill-defined, post-apocalyptic setting. Good set and cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting compelling drama / theater - nothing really happens, and the big reveal is anticlimactic and predictable

76
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy experimental theater w a talented, committed cast

Don't see it if you dislike improv or similarly free-form performances. There is no real storyline

79
The Present
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to see the amazing Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in action. A riveting, alternately comic and tragic tale of mistimed love.

Don't see it if you have trouble distinguishing Russian names/characters- that was initially confusing. First act was painfully slow but the action picks up

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy heartwarming, hugely entertaining Broadway spectacles. The cast (esp Todrick Hall) was uniformly great.

Don't see it if sequins and cross-dressing aren't your thing. Actually, if that's the case, you should see this show!

82
Joe's NYC Bar
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to engage in a thoughtful entertaining discussion about relationships, life, and NYC. Performances were uncannily naturalistic

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable in immersive settings where actors try to engage you directly

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Aaron Sorkin and court room dramas with strong acting

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for this talky, long production, and aren't a fan of legal dramas

91
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see an indelible, star-making performance from Cynthia Erivo as Celie - she brought the house down, and to tears

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with some dark material (rape, domestic abuse, etc.) - but this generally occurs off-stage

48
Disappointing, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you enjoy variety shows and don't mind breaks between each short and not particularly memorable performance

Don't see it if you expect a plot or a true immersive experience (for that turn to Sleep No More, Then She Fell, etc.)

81
Party People
East Village
Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Dizzying, Relevant

See it if you are unafraid of ambitious, dynamic theater tackling a tough topic that now more than ever should be on our minds. Very talented cast!

Don't see it if you expect a traditional storyline. Overlong and disjointed.

80
In the Room
Chelsea
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy good acting and lively, engaging writing. A realistic glimpse into a writers' workshop with well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist productions. A bit too precious and self-aware at times, and storyline was predictable - but still recommended

74
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if are a fan of Clarice Lispector, appreciate expressive performances (though unclear to what end), and enjoy avant garde, artsy theater

Don't see it if you don't like participatory, immersive productions. Don't expect a storyline. Dialogue largely in Portuguese (with subtitles on screens)

Also some of the action got repetitive and it was a bit of a small space fo... Read more Read less

84
Coriolanus
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy an intelligent, riveting production with particular resonance given this election season. Excellent performances all around

Don't see it if you can't appreciate Shakespeare

56
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a great cast wasted on a disjointed, disappointing Chekhov adaptation. Beautiful costumes and set though

Don't see it if you are expecting literate, thoughtful theater. Everything felt stilted and awkward - it did not feel like a cohesive performance

73
During previews
One Flea Spare
East Village
Slow, Raunchy, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy minimalist productions, intense performances, and a rumination on sexual/class politics in a claustrophobic setting

Don't see it if you expect more action or a driving storyline. Definitely felt slow at times.

90
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an audacious, heartwarming re-envisioning of the life of the Tin Man. I was completely riveted and enchanted. Truly magical.

Don't see it if you don't like smaller productions or are prone to findings things too twee

82
During previews
Orwell In America
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate great acting (Jamie Horton as Orwell is remarkable), thoughtful characterizations, and literate theater

Don't see it if you expect a large flashy production or if you dislike dialogue-heavy plays without much action

92
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see, Confusing

See it if you want to see the grand daddy of immersive theater. Incredibly detailed sets you can explore, and some very impressive set pieces

Don't see it if you can't be on your feet for a couple of hours and don't feel comfortable exploring on your own. Expect to be confused!