Dennis 7278

New York City

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Reviews (88)
Preview merrily
65
During previews
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are a Sondheim enthusiast, and can take the good with the bad. Or maybe you like Forest Gump or Big Chill type cultural cliches.

Don't see it if you want to see renowned Sondheim insight. This is a cliched minor work and it's easy to see why it never caught on.

Also Someone also needs to tell the director that half the audience can't s... Read more Read less

Preview shadow1
85
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if a faithful loving production of a building block of 20th century theater.

Don't see it if perhaps a little too reverent? Still a great chance to imaginefeel was it like to see this on stage in 1924, two years after the events.

Preview eco village
75
Cliched, Absorbing

See it if you want to have an innocuous theatrical experience that pretends it's profound. good acting and decent staging.

Don't see it if You want a intelligent analysis of a real problem This goes for the sitcom approach.

Preview ww3
88
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like a no frills professional production of an intelligent show, with a stellar performance by the central figure.

Don't see it if you need perfect writing (some cliches and unnecessary touches) or you are passionate about ecological politics. (pokes fun at both sides).

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50
During previews
Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an ambitious and intelligent adaptation of a world classic...

Don't see it if --- badly miscast and horribly directed. It's early in previews and I sure hope someone comes in and takes the reins.

Also The director is apparently South African but has really no credits to ... Read more Read less

Preview redstatesnip
75
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see the umpteenth comedic weigh in on the current political landscape. Quinn is funny, and has a good guy next door demeanor.

Don't see it if I somehow hoped he would stand out, but I guess I am just a little too tired of the genre.

Preview waverly
65
Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some good actors (including the legendary Elaine May) dealing with trite, overrated material. Great production values also.

Don't see it if you want insight beyond Lifetime TV. You want to not wonder how much doddering the 85 year old lead is actually in control of.

Also I also am starting to really wonder of the value of seeing non musical... Read more Read less

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90
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a really intelligent take on complicated theme. You appreciate a cool new spin on A Doll's House.

Don't see it if You don't like talk and taking the time for a multifaceted look at a familiar issue. ... you want clear, cut and dried solutions.

Also One of the most intelligent pieces of theater I've seen in a while. I ... Read more Read less

Preview bernie and mikey poster
75
Absorbing, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play straight out of 1950's (plus some 70's language). Enjoyable, and professionally done.

Don't see it if you want even a smattering a of innovation, and sentiments that arent laid on with a paint roller.

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90
Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of our leading chroniclers of suburbia extend his reach to the stage. You like dark satiric takes on society.

Don't see it if You have a hard time detecting satire -- or do not like commentary where all sides are shown to be problematic.

Preview snb1
90
Refreshing, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a (very) good meal, with drinks!, and a fun Shakespeare play, all in one.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, or dislike intimate audience configurations.

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85
During previews
Intense, Edgy, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a dynamically staged drama about the antiwar era. For someone who is (almost) old enough, it rang relatively true.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a new version of Moonchildren, or are going to nitpick the false equivalence the writer wades into.

Preview pposd1
80
During previews
Intelligent, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a frank discussion of contemporary relationships in a simple straightforward format.

Don't see it if you are bothered by frank sexual discussions or need a standard play structure,

Preview only 2
88
Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if ... you want to see great theater. It's a great concept; the staging is phenomenal. ... you don't want things spelled out for you.

Don't see it if ... you can do without a latter day born again story. You want a clear idea who the protagonist is.

Also I'm not sure about the play, but the staging, and a couple of the perf... Read more Read less

Preview urvj1
49
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you need to see everything, good and bad, that Eric Tucker and Bedlam do.

Don't see it if You want a cogent or even entertaining mashup of these two plays. It was the triteness of the execution that was the most painful.

Also I have admired Bedlam productions in the past. Which is why I had high... Read more Read less

Preview r7
89
Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see truly innovative performance strategies. If you want for once to go to a play where the average audience age is not AARP.

Don't see it if You need traditional theater mechanics.

Preview privatepeaceful
84
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an intense in your face portrayal of a WWI grunt and his life before and during the war.

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows, or intense performing a breath's breadth away.

Preview saint
50
Dated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you don't have anything else better to do, or you want to see professional actors pay the rent.

Don't see it if You think Pippin needed to be stripped of music, or are in for a paean to an insufferable person.

Preview mpm2
50
During previews
Overrated, Fluffy, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you like overproduced fluff.

Don't see it if you expect some insight to come along with a clever conceit.

Also This seems like a well established writer riding on his coattails. the... Read more Read less

Preview gnb1
90
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an intense drama -- even if you don't like 1 person shows -- that will surprise even if you think it won't.

Don't see it if you want the typical star phone it in one person show. And have a little trouble with English detachment.

Preview dust
79
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like a play of ideas and some good acting

Don't see it if You mind polemical writing, quirky production values.

Also At the beginning, when I realized this was a 9/11 conspiracy play, I w... Read more Read less

Preview efwvw1
51
During previews
Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You are an ERS devotee.

Don't see it if You value execution over ambition.

Preview ols1
85
Great writing, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like slice of life urban street life, with a decidedly funny perspective. He is one of our best recent observers of contemporary culture

Don't see it if Street language bugs you. You need pat resolutions.

Also It reminded me of the Steppenwolf, "Balm in Gilead" from the 80s, one ... Read more Read less

Preview tjta1
95
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see contemporary Japanese writing in an exquisite production. An authentic representation of young adults dealing with grief.

Don't see it if You have problem with accents. You have an exceptionally short attention span. You need everything spelled out for you in drama.

Preview yellowman
88
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see intense resonant theater with no frills.

Don't see it if You need full production values, or you mind if a 2 character play goes on a bit longer than usual.

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85
Intense, Dizzying, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if great concept, great to do this in a small space. don't usually like one person shows, but this was a great new quasi-nerdy take on the form

Don't see it if you expect broadway level production values. actually a little cheesy in the effects dept. it is also loud and bright, so you be prepared.

Preview tdod3
90
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if a living, breathing, well acted (part. Richard Topol -- wow) production of a classic. the contemporizing adapation is refreshing.

Don't see it if you want a slavishly faithful production of this classic, you want a real set (which is actually important according to Strindberg.)

Also Much better than the other accounts here would lead me to believe. The... Read more Read less

Preview nytwconstitution
75
Banal, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an ambitious but not entirely successful realization of her concept.

Don't see it if you are tired of the white girl gets schooled school of docurealism. (China Syndrome etc.) I didn't learn that much and I wasn't enrapt.

Preview trick or treat
75
Overwritten, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny

See it if you want to see an entertaining black comedy with good plot twists and good performances and production values

Don't see it if you are bothered by excessive and awkward writing) and direction that doesn't seem to notice these flaws.

Also While it was enjoyable, it was surprising how the director didn't noti... Read more Read less

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85
During previews
Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see three short contemporary works by a thinking (well, usually) playwright in low budget but professional production.

Don't see it if This is trigger warning city. You get the sense Labute purposely tries to challenge perceptions. The one with the Hitler apologist. more so.

Preview tno1
75
Fluffy, Funny, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an innocuous standup routine in the guise of higher art. you like Birbiglia's cheery outlook and don't mind ODing on syrup.

Don't see it if You expect to see a profound insight at the end of this. ("Hey I'm only a dumb comic" he'd say.) You expect a real twist ending as promised.

Preview ko1
75
Cliched, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you wanna see a clever take on the "Let's Put on a Show!" format. you like to think you are dark and edgy but stay within your comfort zone.

Don't see it if you want real edge, or can't stand ersatz edge. You don't like disneyfied recorded scores. And wtf, no sets yet long scene changes?

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75
Clever, Dated, Quirky, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see Kurt Vonnegut's only attempt at playwrighting in a professional, faithful production of his work.

Don't see it if You need a successfully realized treatment of very ambitious ideas. Do not mind scenery chewing as an attempt to excuse the play's flaws.

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80
Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a new voice and a fresh insight into multiculturalism and a new reason to fight for the USA that is now under attack.

Don't see it if You are averse to a little mawkishness, even if it is tempered with a fresh palette.

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75
Relevant, Intense, Banal, Disappointing

See it if ... you want to see John Doyle go beyond musicals. ... you want to see Raul Esparza, and the entire cast, pour their hearts into their roles

Don't see it if ... you don't need a sledgehammer metaphor hammered evenmorer. (Why the heck did they have to play sound Hitler's speeches at Ui's? Too much

Preview motm1
83
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Glenn Close - and other strong performers -- up close. ... you want to see a satire on contemporary family life.

Don't see it if You want an historically accurate piece. Are bothered by literal and stylistic inconsistencies .

Also Judging from comments here and elsewhere, it seems that people were ex... Read more Read less

Preview ipa
85
During previews
Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a well acted and staged conventional play about an interesting subject -- the Punjabi community in America.

Don't see it if Inconsistencies in writing bother you. (The second act needs work.)

Preview als1
80
Serviceable production of a lesser williams.

See it if you want to see a highly serviceable production of a rarer Williams' work. See how he wrestled with familiar themes earlier (and later).

Don't see it if you need a polished production or a polished play. Performances are uneven and the direction did not work hard to deal with the problems.

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85
Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent well made family dramas up close. Incredible performance by Tim Ruddy as the younger brother.

Don't see it if Irish accents pose a problem for you.Or you mind the inevitable cross-over into melodrama that Irish plays dealing with "the troubles" take.

Preview thenap
49
During previews
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like sitcom style comedy with the pretension of a Broadway Theater surrounding.

Don't see it if you are tired of cliched comedies about bad parenting. Even worse when they tie in the working class kid trying to raise out of his roots.

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90
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Chekhov in an intense but intimate setting. Richard Nelson's Rhinebeck series style proves very workable for Chekhov.

Don't see it if Well, Don't sit in the first row unless you want to be actively engaged in the characters periodic inner monologues.

Preview b7
80
During previews
Indulgent, Absorbing, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a well written one person show with a fairly novel perspective and decidedly adult themes.

Don't see it if You don;t like one person plays, excessively sexual (verbal) content, and little production design value.

Also Although I generally don't like one person shows, this was better than... Read more Read less

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75
Disappointing, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Funny

See it if You want to see a noble experiment in "in your face" theater. You value energy over success.

Don't see it if You expect an equal dedication to the beating heart of the source material rather than its excess and shock value.

Also Yes the grossness was over the top. And that is the point here. But th... Read more Read less

Preview carmenjones
90
Refreshing, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You want to see this unjustly neglected show on the stage.

Don't see it if You are a purist and are waiting for a non-minimalist rendering.

Also I like the Doyle approach, but would have appreciated a slightly fulle... Read more Read less

Preview aw2
50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see an ambitious original work. Good music, good puppetry.

Don't see it if You expect some cogency, an attempt to approach the reported theme, and some check on personal indulgence.

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95
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to finally understand what may have motivated 63 million of our countrymen to turn our country into a parody of itself.

Don't see it if you can't handle exceptionally dark comedy and a magnificently disturbing metaphor for the world we live in.

Preview o2
85
During previews
Refreshing, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intelligently acted and staged production. This is what Shakespeare plays must have looked like a hundred years ago.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. You need contemporary references to make Shakespeare relevant. You want fancy production design.

Preview dancodysyacht
75
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a highly professional, (well staged, well acted, well designed) quasi intellectual, quasi well balanced play.

Don't see it if You want to see actually well thought out writing and are tired of false left/right political equivalencies.

Also The main male character is a financial dirtbag. And the writer bends o... Read more Read less

Preview ldjin1
79
Misdirected?, Great writing, Uneven acting, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a respectable production of one the landmarks of American drama.

Don't see it if You need to see the definitive production of this play. You want even performances all around.

Also While not a great production, I thought the review was far off the mar... Read more Read less

Preview operationcrucibleposter
84
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like intense ensemble acting with no star turns.

Don't see it if You're not good with British accents, don't like out of sequence work, and need a full set.