Deniss

Fair Lawn
About:  My quest is to find and experience the delight of great theater. I try to find joy in every experience, but also can be critical of a show. My opinions are a juxtaposition of the elation I receive from a show along with its' artistic merit.
Reviews (90)
66
During previews
The Panic of '29
Midtown E
Quirky, Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing, Funny
July 30th, 2022

See it if You enjoy dialogue with farcical humor relating to several cliché issues.

Don't see it if If you want a relevant path with a clear direction of the end goal

Also There was a panic of questioning what was this about. Did I miss somet... Read more Read less

79
Sister Act
Millburn
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny
June 17th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a traditional production musical with the appropriate dance numbers and songs.

Don't see it if If you expect anything novel, edgy, or groundbreaking

Also This show was predictable and directly followed the movie. Despite the... Read more Read less

87
A literally show stomping show that entertains throughout.
May 10th, 2022

See it if You enjoy seeing superb dancing, great sets, and a score that moves you.

Don't see it if You don’t like being bombarded with dance numbers.

Also This show’s dancing was superb and alone worth the price of admission.... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 7th, 2022

See it if You enjoy cleaver lyrics performed by premier singers following a brilliant book and plot.

Don't see it if If you require a full-blown musical with dancing

Also In a NY City Center Encore production my score is elevated because of ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
A Walk on the Moon
New Brunswick
Great singing with an impressive cast.
May 4th, 2022

See it if you enjoy experiencing superb singing and an interesting story.

Don't see it if you react negatively to shows with turmoil and angst.

Also Any musical that has Jackie Burns singing five compelling songs is a m... Read more Read less

91
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting
February 3rd, 2022

See it if You want to see a show that has a trifecta, great score, dancing, and book. All performed by a very talented cast.

Don't see it if if you don’t like tap dancing. It is very difficult to think how anyone could not enjoy this show.

Also I was enraptured by the first three notes of the overture. The rich so... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Delightful, Riveting, Great singing, Entertaining
January 28th, 2022

See it if If you enjoy songs by Michael Jackson and the dancing that accompanies it. The dancing alone is well worth the cost of the ticket.

Don't see it if If you do not like juke box musicals. But this show is still a worthwhile night at the theater.

Also This show is best described as explosive joy. The dancing is absolutel... Read more Read less

70
It's Only a Play (NJ)
New Brunswick
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny, Clever
December 4th, 2021

See it if If you are a Terrance McNally fan and enjoy a bickering dialogue.

Don't see it if If you want to see a serious drama

Also The play had some very funny lines throughout the production. At least... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
November 21st, 2021

See it if If you want to be entertained by great singing and acting in an intimate atmosphere.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it. It can appeal to theater goers on many levels.

Also It is amazing to see a sixtyish Victoria Clark completely embody the p... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
November 19th, 2021

See it if You want to see a novel project with original material.

Don't see it if You need to see a clear linear plot with memorable music.

Also A musical about three celebrities sitting around contemplating their n... Read more Read less

94
Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
November 13th, 2021

See it if See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by a pair of talented actors with superb material.

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see it because it can appeal to everyone.

Also Ken Ludwig’s play is presented by only two actors. Bill Army gave a ve... Read more Read less

85
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
A jerry herman gift to the theater goer.
February 23rd, 2020

See it if If you enjoy a wonderful score performed by talented singers.

Don't see it if If you require an upbeat story with plausible relationships

Also The Jerry Herman score was wonderful and performed by a full orchestra... Read more Read less

86
A docu-theater experience of alw and his music repertoire.
February 20th, 2020

See it if If you are an ALW fan and want to travel back through his productions.

Don't see it if If you needed a plotted story with definitive links to the specific songs.

Also The music is hauntingly beautiful and presented in an innovative inter... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
February 15th, 2020

See it if If you like a compelling historical story/musical interspersed timeless issues that continually remain relevant.

Don't see it if If you don’t like seeing strong women and expect splashy production numbers.

Also Beth Malone was excellent is this production, the entire cast was very... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal
January 9th, 2020

See it if if you know little about the history of the 40's across the 60's through the view of a Canadian.

Don't see it if If you expect to see a show in which there is a reason to have the show.

Also This show is like a mandated high school history project with gratuito... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever
January 4th, 2020

See it if If you enjoy choreography that is absolutely superbly blended into a score and story well known

Don't see it if If you cannot accept a reinterpretation of a well-loved musical.

Also There were several aspects of the show that were annoying, such at act... Read more Read less

80
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny
December 28th, 2019

See it if If you enjoy comedic musicals and do not mind laughing out loud.

Don't see it if If you do not appreciate the comedy and require an exceptional score

Also The comedic timing was exceptional with many laugh out loud moments. D... Read more Read less

93
Hilarious, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting
November 21st, 2019

See it if you want to hear a wonderful score performed by a full orchestra with absolutely fantastic singing.

Don't see it if If you want an edgy production rather than an exquisite musical.

Also The Rogers and Hammerstein score is absolutely wonderful, and it seems... Read more Read less

88
Dogfight
Hammonton
Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 17th, 2019

See it if If you enjoy a wonderful score entwined with an interesting story performed by creditable singers in an intimate theater with a great sound

Don't see it if If you can’t appreciate a great score with clever lyrics, along with a story that can be insensitively disquieting.

Also Pasek and Paul’s work is a treasure to experience wherever you find it... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Delightful, Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining
November 15th, 2019

See it if If you enjoy a great score by Joe Iconis in a show with an interesting and novel plot.

Don't see it if If you need to see a very traditional musical with elaborate sets.

Also Joe Iconis’s score itself is worth the trip. His songs are performed b... Read more Read less

80
Indulgent, Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining
October 28th, 2019

See it if you are interested in a biopic of early Judy Garland with a great score.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a topic that has been done several times with full knowledge of the eventual life spiral.

Also This overall rating was given more for the score and hummable songs th... Read more Read less

93
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 5th, 2019

See it if you want to see an absolute virtuoso performance by Joshua Henry, an intriguing plot, and extremely creative choreography.

Don't see it if you need splashy sets, full orchestra, and a large cast.

Also The show was an absolute delight. Joshua Henry was spectacular. The ve... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
September 24th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a creative modern satire on a human's wish for self-empowerment told through an age old story.

Don't see it if You need a splashy musical with simple plot lines and little reference to history.

Also This show was cleverly conceived satirizing the potential MacBeth in a... Read more Read less

81
Great singing, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
September 11th, 2019

See it if you simply want to be entertained. The actors were superb in their roles and comedic timing impressive. Not one wasted line.

Don't see it if you expect groundbreaking thought provoking artistic endeavor. This is fluff, but absolutely wonderful fluff.

Also Alex Brightman was spectacular. Rob McLure, Kerry Butler, and Leslie K... Read more Read less

75
Energetic, Great singing, Funny, Riveting, Entertaining
August 29th, 2019

See it if love Meatloaf and Jim Steinman with an energetic, show with great singing.

Don't see it if you do not like jukebox musicals and you prefer original score and an artistic book and staging.

Also The singing was spectacular.Lena Hall, Bradley Dean, Andrew Polec, and... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Hilarious, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
July 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a romp through a farcical dilemma with a wonderful score, singing, acting, and story.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate a farcical approach to a dilemma with exceptional singing, acting, and dancing.

Also This was an exceptionally enjoyable romp through a dilemma with a humm... Read more Read less

81
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
June 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a well acted play that portrays leading characters in the newspaper business.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy provocative plays and topics that need discussing after the show.

Also A look into the newspaper world where facts, hard news, and integrity ... Read more Read less

80
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting
May 10th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a farcical romp without a specific directions, enjoying the talent, dancing, and homage to Vaudeville.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor with an understanding of the times and nature of shows from this era.

Also This was an inane farce with a weak plot and, at best, an adequate sco... Read more Read less

84
Benny & Joon
Millburn
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
April 18th, 2019

See it if You want something original portrayed with clever staging, outrageous acting, and great singing.

Don't see it if If you need production numbers with dancing, and splashing sets.

Also This show was staged spectacularly with simple but clever machinations... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Slow, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting
March 16th, 2019

See it if You want to see wonderful acting as the supporting actors take on several roles seamlessly.

Don't see it if If you are a Judy Holiday fan and want to hear any of her TONY award songs.

Also The actors, especially Andrea Burns were spectacular. However, the mat... Read more Read less

88
Superhero
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
March 9th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a compelling creative book with sublime singing and great acting.

Don't see it if need a feel-good predictive light musical.

Also It is especially enjoyable when at intermission, you are guessing as t... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Riveting, Resonant, Entertaining
March 7th, 2019

See it if you love the Temptations and their music. If you don't love the Temptations there's a good chance you will after this show.

Don't see it if you do no like jukebox musicals and a biographical book.

Also As jukebox musicals proliferate on Broadway this is one of the better ... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant
March 2nd, 2019

See it if you enjoy a compelling story that leads to interesting post show discussions.

Don't see it if If you do not like drama and complexities.

Also The singing and stepping routines were fantastic. Although a little sl... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting
March 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see exquisite dancing, classic score, and suburb singing.

Don't see it if you do not like dancing and scenes and characters that are a bit dated.

Also Kelly O'Hara and Will Chase were absolutely suburb and alone are worth... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see
February 23rd, 2019

See it if you like a production with great singing, choreography and a sustained creativity throughout the entire show.

Don't see it if If you must have a traditional song and dance show with banal and predictive evening.

Also Creative, creative, creative. The methods, choreography, props, and us... Read more Read less

89
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing
February 10th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a delightful romp through history with a sublime Irving Berlin score and great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate minimalist staging and are unaware of historical references.

Also After leaving the show, my ear worm delightfully festered with Berlin'... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious
January 30th, 2019

See it if you enjoy the most exquisite acting, precise comedic timing, and delightful singing.

Don't see it if If you have no sense of humor, and you need to stay in a state of utter depression. This show will lift any sadness.

Also The comedic and acting talent are unparalleled. Beth Leavel is a tour ... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing
January 25th, 2019

See it if You are a Cher fan and enjoy juke box musicals that explore an entertainer's life.

Don't see it if You do not like Cher's music and typical juke box musical genre.

Also I had very low expectations for this show, but was very surprised how ... Read more Read less

69
Medicine the Musical
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Fluffy
November 10th, 2018

See it if you want to have fun with a medical romp through the rock score of first year medical students.

Don't see it if you have difficulty enjoying a show that is somewhat cliche but still enjoyable.

Also There were some foot stomping songs that were presented by acceptable ... Read more Read less

83
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound
November 4th, 2018

See it if you enjoy thought provoking material presented by wonderful singers, in a music themed monologue.

Don't see it if If you want a splashy musical with dancing and production numbers.

Also The three monologues were wonderfully presented with a well written th... Read more Read less

84
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Masterful
October 17th, 2018

See it if want to see two absolutely fantastic actors who turn a rather cliche story into an romping delight.

Don't see it if If you want a never before told story with a full cast.

Also The plot and story are rather cliched and banal, but the twist is not ... Read more Read less

82
Mother Night
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant
October 10th, 2018

See it if a profound story line with very relevant and serious topics are interesting to you.

Don't see it if If you're a Kurt Vonnegut enthusiast who needs his overt outrageous satire in a very direct representation of his work..

Also His work was presented as a drama rather than a tongue in cheek satire... Read more Read less

71
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Funny, Intelligent, Delightful, Quirky
October 5th, 2018

See it if you enjoy spoof type shows and discerning references to various shows and songs.

Don't see it if you do not have a sense of humor and able to laugh.

Also The show becomes even better after discussing all the references. Ther... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Entertaining
October 4th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a profound story told by a talented cast

Don't see it if you don't care for a story line that at times can be sad.

Also This was the traveling productions. It would be rated higher but at ti... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging
September 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy great singing & acting, a clever book, and spectacular music.

Don't see it if you require a splashy musical with comfortable seats.

Also Seeing this show in this very intimate theater is like digging in the ... Read more Read less

68
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow
September 27th, 2018

See it if You are British, have acute hearing, and are familiar with English idioms.

Don't see it if If you enjoy clever dialogue and well clear elocution.

Also The rapid fire English accented dialogue was delivered as if the theat... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing
September 14th, 2018

See it if You enjoy three separate plays in one sitting; including a great comedic dialogue, that also offers variety and, witnessing the same actors

Don't see it if You do not enjoy clever dialogue with the actors demonstrating timing, emotions, and physical expressions.

Also This triumvirate was all well-acted. Final Follies and The Love Course... Read more Read less

71
Exquisite, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant
September 13th, 2018

See it if If you want to see exquisite dancing with wonderful talent dancing to a tremendous band and singers.

Don't see it if You want to see continuous dancing with an easy to follow message.

Also The talent was spectacular. However the pauses in actual dancing becam... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing
September 12th, 2018

See it if you enjoy a whimsical approach with inside humor along with great singing and clever songs.

Don't see it if you prefer a more dramatic approach and structured story line.

Also The show was a great centerpiece for Carolee Carmello. She performed h... Read more Read less

68
The Wrong Box
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
September 1st, 2018

See it if enjoy a romping farce with an amusing book, plot, and great singing/acting.

Don't see it if you need a score that you can hum to with variable songs.

Also This show has promise. Although given a mediocre score, the venue made... Read more Read less