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Reviews (25)
Profound, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show with a great score and talented cast that delivers a top notch performance. Likely the 2019 Tony winner in my opinion

Don't see it if The only type of musical you like is Disney. But if you like drama, romance, story, or characters this is for you.

Also I bought the NY Theatre Workshop cast recording of "Hadestown" a year ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought-provoking plays about contemporary issues. Or if you like serious drama with levity and strong characterizations.

Don't see it if You want a pat answer to the questions being discussed. Or if you want to know everything about the characters instead of having to infer.

Also This play is at times funny, at other times very serious. The acting i... Read more Read less

Pandering, Cliched, Loud

See it if See this show if you have streamed the soundtrack and really want to see it staged, but aren't all that picky about good theatre.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you have seen previous productions (see below), if you are bothered by really loud productions or poorly behaved audiences.

Also I saw "Be More Chill" produced at Penn State by the theatre department... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Derivative, Fluffy

See it if You are a fan of the original Mean Girls movie and want a musical thqat evokes memories of that film.

Don't see it if You want something with much to say. The overall feel of this show is that they want you to say, "Oh yeah, remember that from the movie?"

Also I saw this at the Show-Score social, and I know that some folks really... Read more Read less

Uncommon Sense
East Village
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You are at all interested in the autistic spectrum. Or if you just want a really well done play.

Don't see it if You want an end to end comedy. There is humor here, but mixed with many other emotions.

Also The obvious comparison is to Curious Incident, and while there are sim... Read more Read less

1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dystopian drama or plays that are dark and intense.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot, a happy ending, or a story that is nicely wrapped and concluded for you. And definitely not for kids!

Also This show is ambitious and extremely well acted, but I came away feeli... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Immersive, Intense, Great writing

See it if You are a sondheim fan who wants to see one of his best shows iperformed in innovative and immersive staging with excellent performances.

Don't see it if You dislike performer/audience interaction, or prefer traditional staging with a full ensemble.

Also First off, the cast of this show is filled with solid Broadway talents... Read more Read less

The Outer Space
East Village
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Ethan Lipton's "No Place to Go," or you like story tellers in general. This is not a traditional musical or play.

Don't see it if You expect characters and dialog, or a story that is advanced via music. This is basically a one-man show with a backing band.

Also This is a good time to remember that the shows scored here do not all ... Read more Read less

During previews
Classic, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an American classic drama, or if you are a fan of Sally Field.

Don't see it if You want a traditional, robust staging.

Also This was a bit of a mix. Sally Field is excellent, but in some ways th... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Must see

See it if You want a unique theatre experience that leaves you thinking. Also note that this show is open on Mondays!

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, or if you just want some light mindless entertainment.

Also This is such a unique show that you should really know what you are in... Read more Read less

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Excruciating, Edgy, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if This is the only way to see the show. Honestly the movie was much better. Maybe if the star of the month is somebody who interests you.

Don't see it if You get annoyed by poorly-behaved audiences, or if you expect a fully-staged production. Or if there is anything else available?

Also What a disappointment this was. We saw a famous (Tony-winning) Broadwa... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Surprising, Memorable

See it if You like the music, of course. But also if you just want to see a good biopic type of show. There is more substance here than you think.

Don't see it if You don't like the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Otherwise, this show really has a lot going for it.

Also This show vastly exceeded my expectations, because I thought it would ... Read more Read less

The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dramatic, True to life, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like drama that explores issues without promoting a particular viewpoint

Don't see it if You can't deal with hearing about human imperfections

During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Innovative, Over-thought, Middling performances

See it if You have already seen the Now-canon version of the show and want to see a new tale that incorporates elements of the original play.

Don't see it if You want to hear great voices, or will miss the ensemble and depth of the original staging

Also To somebody who has seen 2 college and 1 other professional production... Read more Read less

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You want a fun show and a light hearted good time.

Don't see it if You want a “message” or a deep show. Or if you want a big splashy production. This is a much more intimately sized show.

Also This show was an awful lot of fun. Part “Blazing Saddles,” part “Robbe... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like a clever mix of Elizabethan language/story and 1980s pop/rock.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about non-binary gender roles

Also I have seen plenty of jukebox musicals, and I take them for what they ... Read more Read less

The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like rapid fire witty dialog and character-centered story and interaction. A very topical play.

Don't see it if It has been said before, but if you can’t handle criticism of the current administration, you are not the target demographic.

Also All 5 actors were strong, with Uma Thurman in particular delivering a ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking, Lacking resolution

See it if You like English drawing room stories, because this is quite literally such s show.

Don't see it if You want something with a clean and clear-cut ending.

Also This show was interesting, but the script does not quite live up to it... Read more Read less

Must see, Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You want to see an upbeat yet reverant, funny yet touching, character-driven yet musical show that will make you think.

Don't see it if You want a traditional romance story, or a hero/villain piece. But basically this show is for anybody age 8-98.

Also I saw this show on its opening day in Toronto, prior to Broadway. The ... Read more Read less

Energetic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of manic action and staging gimmicks. Or if you like the movie, of course.

Don't see it if You don't like hackneyed and obvious romance plots, or if you expect to remember any songs the next morning.

Also This was a solidly OK musical, but after seeing it I was frankly surpr... Read more Read less

During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Great singing, Formulaic, Star vehicle

See it if You want to see Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole in a star vehicle that showcases their talents.

Don't see it if You want any sort of message or originality in the story.

Also I am ambivalent about this show. Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole w... Read more Read less

During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Insider

See it if You want to see a show about New Yorkers in the New Yorkist of settings, the subway. Or if you really like acapella or beat boxing.

Don't see it if You expect Tony-level characterization, writing or choreography.

Also The actors in In Transit are generally excellent singers, decent actor... Read more Read less

The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Dated, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like classics. Or if you want a truly intimate setting for a musical.

Don't see it if You expect huge productions with amazing staging.

Also A classic that has been running forever, this is a show everybody shou... Read more Read less

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Delightful, Romantic

See it if You like musicals. OK that's obvious, but this is great for anybody who likes inside jokes about musicals.

Don't see it if Umm...maybe if you don't like musicals? Honestly there is nothing offensive, nothing poorly done.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You want to see a spectacle with well-known songs, special effects, and excellent singing.

Don't see it if You want deep meaning. Also don't go if you want dancing and great choreography.

Also It's odd to rate something both highly and as "overrated" but I think ... Read more Read less