Dennis

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (43)
80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Ambitious, Resonant, Moving, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy a well acted and staged piece of riveting theater. Smartly constructed and also moving and touching.

Don't see it if won't enjoy a show where half the story is acted by children. Won't enjoy a family drama with chilling revelations.

75
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Familiar story, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you'd enjoy a modern day crucible-like play which is unfortunately still relevant.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a play about LGBT issues or one that tackles issues that have been tackled before.

85
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Provocative

See it if you want to see a provocative work by a new voice highlighting the personal journey of a young, gay, black man. Great cast.

Don't see it if you will not enjoy heartfelt portrayal of one young gay black man's journey told bluntly and often crudely.

85
During previews
Masterful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you love superb singing throughout a well written, well acted, and well staged new musical.

Don't see it if you can't be transported to a former time and place with relevance today.

62
During previews
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Slow, Disappointing, Contrived, Earnest

See it if you have a free night with no plans. A few nice moments but piece does not gel. Nice set and the musical interludes were lovely.

Don't see it if you need to relate to characters and understand their motivations.

68
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Tragicomic, Mildly amusing, Frenetic, Over the top, Quirky

See it if you like British farce. Generally well acted and interesting though not particularly memorable.

Don't see it if you don't like British farce or characters all speaking past one another creating mayhem and disaster.

49
Carcass
Midtown W
Incomprehensible

See it if you know someone in the production. Stammering dialogue was neither poetic nor illuminating. Character and plot development nonexistent.

Don't see it if you need understandable characters with rational motivations. I didn't care about any character except to wonder who was most irritating.

62
During previews
safeword.
Midtown W
Some nice staging, Good acting, Superficial

See it if you'd enjoy some good acting in a so-so play. Titillates with BDSM subject matter but doesn't delve or explore with any insight or depth.

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy a play with BDSM subject matter even if explored superficially.

85
During previews
Intelligent, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an original, thought-provoking, well staged and acted play relevant for our times. Bawdy yet intelligent, thoughtful.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy bawdy theater albeit one with intelligence and wit.

85
During previews
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Provocative, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like theater that explores race and culture in provocative and boundary-pushing ways. Often funny, cringe-worthy, and entertaining.

Don't see it if need a traditional plot and story line or don't like your comfort levels stretched a bit.

79
Innovative blend of theater/dance/music, Folklorish, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you'll enjoy a fable like exploration of beauty, jealousy, feminism. Lovely blend of theater, music, dance. Well acted.

Don't see it if will not enjoy a reminder of lessons we all know but need to be reminded of. Need a naturalistic setting and exposition.

72
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a bare-bone production of Shakespeare. Good acting. Adequate staging.

Don't see it if you want a lavish and stylish production or a new take on a classic.

85
During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Stirring

See it if you enjoy great story telling and great acting. The monologues are simply staged but the words and the actors make for a riveting evening.

Don't see it if you need realistic sets, or do not enjoy monologues. The simplicity of the staging enhanced the impact for me but maybe not for all.

68
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Mildly amusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Increasingly dull

See it if enjoy a mildly amusing play with some good moments that unfortunately gets a little bland. Some interesting ideas but over stretched.

Don't see it if you expect to hear Van Halen songs. Oddly not much music for a play about a band (though I suspect rights or lack thereof were the cause),

92
For a previous production
Brilliant, Infectiously entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite, Must see

See it if love being immersed in great singing, staging, acting, dancing. Want to be uplifted and carried away. Enjoy something new and brilliant.

Don't see it if you need traditional theater -- a seat separate from the stage.

Also with the mics for sound and loud music some of the dialogue and lyrics... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a relevant and intelligent update to a classic work of theater. Enjoy great acting in a solid production.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a classic story recast in time and place. you do not appreciate portrayals of sex onstage even if relevant to the plot

65
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Banal, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you want to hear great singing amidst a familiar story line. Heartfelt acting and some interesting staging but unfocused and flabby.

Don't see it if you want an interesting or novel take on a gay acceptance story set in the recent past. Well tread material but well-staged and acted.

Also Pendleton was great but what did his character add exactly?

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Charming, Cliched, Warm hearted

See it if would enjoy a lighthearted entertaining 90 minutes of a curmudgeon and precocious child bridging the age divide. Well acted, funny, moving.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy an overused trope even though entertaining, well acted, updated, and well done.

75
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Sexy butts

See it if you enjoy thoughtful intelligent debate wrapped in a solid and well acted night of theater.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy talky debate of heady ideas with some but not many plot twists and emotional pulls.

82
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Riveting, Powerful, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to see a great restaging of a breakthrough play. First two scenes dated. Second act powerful and intense and memorable.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate gay themes or gay material that was powerful 35 years ago and maybe somewhat dated today. Though 2nd Act still shines.

79
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a modern classic. I thought at times a bit twee and might have been better more dark and sinister.

Don't see it if Don't like modern theater.

89
Clever, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to keep abreast of what is happening in the theater

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

65
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Disappointing, Melodramatic, Indulgent, Relevant, Contrived

See it if you'd enjoy an updated Medea set in the context of illegal immigration.

Don't see it if you expect developed characters with rational actions. Or if hoped for an insightful or illuminating take on the current immigration crisis

69
In the Green
Upper W Side
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you'd like a cryptic musical about an obscure historical figure. Great singing.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a clear presentation about a historical figure with relevance to today.

82
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy a thoughtful well acted reimagining of Uncle Vanya. Intelligent, provocative, funny, and smart.

Don't see it if you prefer big musicals or less talk-filled theater.

70
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Too long, Overrated, Indulgent, Entertaining, Sexy

See it if if you like burlesque and a sexy revue of song, dance and acrobatics.

Don't see it if you expect a developed plot. Scenes only loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. Goes on too long.

85
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great great acting in a beautifully written and well staged play. McDonald is great and Shannon spectacular.

Don't see it if need lots of action, plot twists, wizardry. The play is primarily talk between two characters - beautifully written, staged, and acted talk

69
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Relevant, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like acapella music. Well sung but I thought premise was stretched too thin, and characters underdeveloped. Became tedious and boring.

Don't see it if you want developed characters you might care about and a premise that is more than a hackneyed critique of modern times.

76
Intelligent, Highly strung, Great acting, Intense

See it if you'd enjoy an intelligent well acted play about millennials facing existential crises and billion dollar pay outs.

Don't see it if you' prefer a more breezy play or musical. Some scenes intense and unrelenting.

60
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Disappointing, Dated, Boring, Slow, Relevant

See it if you would enjoy a historically significant piece. Comes off as dated and sluggishly staged.

Don't see it if you would not appreciate a historically significant piece that while relevant today is listlessly staged and presented.

65
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Does not cohere, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Muddled, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy good acting. But unfortunately play does not cohere, too many subplots that are unnecessary and don't add to the story.

Don't see it if expect characters' actions and motivations to be rational and make sense rather than be paper-cut-out voices to a point of view or argument.

65
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Half-baked, Unfunny, Insipid, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you'd enjoy a great cast doing their best with mediocre material.

Don't see it if want to laugh and enjoy and get swept up by a well fashioned story. This show is not that.

85
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Frenetic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy explorations of race, story telling, support among women etc. told in a nonlinear and prism-like fashion.

Don't see it if need traditional theater with linear plot, character development, etc. Staging is often over the top and loud and frenetic.

69
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like theater that explores ideas. Interesting exploration of our quest to better understand love, and science versus romance.

Don't see it if you wanted those ideas explored via full fledged characters. They represented points of view rather than fully realized characters.

65
The American Tradition
West Village
Cliched, Banal, Good acting

See it if you enjoy shows that explore slavery and its affects on America and American history to present day. The cast makes a valiant effort.

Don't see it if you expect it to delve deeper than the fact that American history is intertwined with its shameful history of slavery.

90
Gatz
Greenwich V
Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a masterful staging of a classic book. Innovative and refreshing.

Don't see it if you cannot sit for 6 hours.

71
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great acting, Meandering, Clever, Amusing

See it if enjoy a well acted, well staged adaptation of a classic play that was a precursor of many. Both a real and surreal view of marriage.

Don't see it if have trouble sitting through a near two-hour intermission-less show.

Also I am not familiar with the original so I can't say how much the adapta... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Unfocused, Rambling

See it if you'd enjoy an in depth look at damaged people in recovery, and their group dynamics. Good acting.

Don't see it if you need clarity developed characters. Some key scenes come out of no where with no understanding of the character's motivation.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a compelling relevant story beautifully produced with exquisite acting from lead to minor characters. Hits both mind and heart.

Don't see it if you have entrenched memories of the movie or book. Or don't enjoy an older story that is unfortunately still relevant today.

65
During previews
Noura
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Potpourri of issues and emotions, Slow beginning, Fuzzy

See it if you enjoy an interplay of contradictory thoughts and emotions. If you enjoy stories that explore the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that present issues clearly and cohesively. You need a clear point of view rather than a cornucopia of thoughts / ideas.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Riveting, Must see

See it if You love great acting -- all are superb though May is astounding -- and a great story. Sometimes painful to watch but alway human and true.

Don't see it if If you are troubled by depictions of dementia and aging. Also breaks between scenes were distracting though that's a quibble.

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy skewering our sometimes over-PC tendencies. Thought provoking even a few days after.

Don't see it if You expect belly laughs and surprise. A bit cliched and obvious I thought

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if Like a compelling and absorbing story told with great acting and in a wonderful production

Don't see it if If you like shorter or more avant grade type of theater