Dennis 7278

New York City

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Reviews (155)
65
My Broken Language
Midtown W
Overrated, Great writing, Disappointing, Banal
November 10th, 2022

See it if well written memoir performed by accomplished performers

Don't see it if doesn't translate to stage well, an uninspired latina attempt at "for colored girls ... ". seems like a contractual obligation piece.

85
Dizzying, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 10th, 2022

See it if clever well acted drama about families with a cool twist.

Don't see it if need to pay attention or the point will slip by.

85
During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Intelligent, Funny, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 16th, 2022

See it if nice twist on standard wwII star crossed lovers. wacky karaoke intervals -- and hear Austin Pendleton sing for the first time in 50+ years!

Don't see it if see above.

85
The Nosebleed
Upper W Side
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 15th, 2022

See it if Contemporary relaxed exploration of deep personal issues. Ogawa has found a great medium to tackle personal issues relevant to most of us.

Don't see it if Can't see past light amusing presentation to the real issues underneath. Need "the well made play" to get value out of drama.

70
During previews
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Decent production values, Slow, Funny, Banal
August 15th, 2022

See it if decent production, decent acting, decent writing, decent direction.

Don't see it if old style melodrama with a little contemporary spin but stakes too low to make it really interesting.

49
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 30th, 2022

See it if good performers and production, decent songs, ambitious adaptation, quirky and dark to the max.

Don't see it if did i say quirky and dark? the production and adaption revels in this. even worse was the choice to chop off the denouement from the source.

80
Quirky, Funny, Ambitious
July 17th, 2022

See it if you like the company and like riffs on Chekhov -- which are all the rage these days. Good blend of story line and emotional revelance.

Don't see it if You are a purist, are impatient (Act II is much more rewarding than Act I).

Also This is my 3rd ERS production. All interesting, none brilliant. (Didn'... Read more Read less

90
Cliched, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
July 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see a wonderfully acted and staged work by a leading contemporary playwright. breezy 90 minutes with a sort of surprise ending.

Don't see it if you have a kneejerk reaction to woke culture and/or are irritated when a supposedly light comedy goes somewhere you didn't expect.

Also (warning: sort of spoiler ahead)... Read more Read less

85
Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing
July 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see a great ghost story adapted from a chinese classic and staged magnificently. textbook case on how to update classics!

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or can't see past cultural differences to a story that moves and involves!

50
During previews
Resonant, Insipid, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched
June 28th, 2022

See it if you want to spend a (hopefully) nice evening in the park and not waste any money either. Knowing the play before may help -- or maybe not!

Don't see it if want to see a cogent production of a classic or have no patience for a directorial concept run amok.

Also This is Robert O'Hara cashing in his Tony capital and making his comme... Read more Read less

50
Corsicana
Midtown W
Terrible staging, Overwriiten, Intense, Indulgent, Excruciating
June 27th, 2022

See it if You want to see Deirdre O'Connell fresh off her Tony Award. You want to see what the Times called a Critic's Pick.

Don't see it if You have little patience for wallowing and frankly insulting false equivalence of physical and emotional disabilities. Horrendous staging!

Also I was bothered by Arbery's Heroes of the Fourth Turning. But could res... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing
June 25th, 2022

See it if you want to see molly's famous internal monologue brought to life by someone who has studied it and put the time in.

Don't see it if you don't have a keen interest in Ulysses. In her attempt to enliven and communicate, there is questionable pacing and overacting.

80
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing
June 20th, 2022

See it if Good production of a interesting play. Fun acting and staging, resonant artsy middle class values. Fine way to spend an evening out.

Don't see it if A little indulgent. I am not sure i really care about any of the characters. There was also a bit of overacting. May get better by opening.

90
Intense, Exquisite, Clever, Great staging, Absorbing
June 20th, 2022

See it if Stylish, handsome and intelligently modern production. Casting young Alex Lawther was a gamble that pays off. Great blending of quartos.

Don't see it if 1) Can't sit still for almost 4 hours. 2) Shakespeare purist: scenes shuffled, editions blended, and an ending that kind of bugged even me.

80
During previews
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing
May 15th, 2022

See it if Well produced drama highlighting interesting part of Irish history.

Don't see it if A little overlong, and accents were inconsistent.

90
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 18th, 2022

See it if One of the best playwrights of our generation. Smartly written, smartly acted and staged.

Don't see it if Not sure if I liked the coda. A little too sentimental from a writer who doesn't usually go there.

80
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
April 18th, 2022

See it if respectable, suprsingly faithful production of a 20th century classic. Great venue for the play, performances, direction, design all fine.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for an old three hour evening. Also don't expect a modernization or reinterpretation that the press office touted.

85
Profound, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing
April 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, in a solid production. Sam Rockwell is perfect, the others are fine.

Don't see it if you don't want to line the pockets of Mamet and reward his Trumpian swing. However this was written when he was still a humanist.

Also Great to see it at Circle in the Square, where all seats are close. Th... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Refreshing, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever
April 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see an off broadway legend do his stuff in a a natural milieu. well conceived, staged and acted.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for trite 30's family comedies. the talent will not get you past the triteness.

85
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Intense, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing
March 23rd, 2022

See it if Good insight to recent historical affairs. Well acted and presented.

Don't see it if A tad overwritten and end went on a little too long.

85
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Great staging, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever
November 23rd, 2021

See it if you want to see a really fun, cool adaptation of a classic with great bravura turns by the three leads.

Don't see it if you are a classical purist. Indeed I think they went a little too far with comtemporazation, and farcial elements, but it still was a great

65
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched
November 13th, 2021

See it if indulge in 3 hours of a revenge paean against Cuomo, cleverly (to a point) set as a workaday musical. Performers top notch, music not bad.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a vanity production of someone with a massive grudge. Waaaay too long, book indulgent and myopic, and lyrics embarassing.

Also The fact that Hank Morris has enough money left over to nicely produce... Read more Read less

79
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Funny, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing
November 6th, 2021

See it if Good performers, intense funny play.

Don't see it if I used to be better with Irish accents, it didn't help sitting in the balcony. And I think the beginning was rushed, so that we couldn't ...

Also ... the premise until three quarters of the way through.

85
Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 21st, 2021

See it if You are a news junkie and/or want to learn more about the Reality Winner story. Essentially no spin -- if that is actually possible.

Don't see it if You want interpretation, or any actual creative input. You feel that reading the transcript at home for 30 minutes is better than spending $

65
Ambitious, Great singing, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched
October 21st, 2021

See it if You like to see a show about black empowerment written and directed by whites. You don't mind camp. Strong performances.

Don't see it if Production veers into camp, and i have a gut reaction to camp. Am curious how the original production handled this.

80
Cliched, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 13th, 2021

See it if You want to see vital theater -- with a kind of cool heritage.

Don't see it if You don't like urban drama -- you can't pick up or appreciate the cultural references -- bith current and classic!

85
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing
October 13th, 2021

See it if You are patient for TALKY theater. This is a play of letters -- i.e. monologues. But it pays off if you can absorb this.

Don't see it if you Need character interplay.

85
About Love
East Village
Riveting, Exquisite, Must see, Absorbing
March 2nd, 2020

See it if good simple professional literate adaptation of great story. good music, good acting, good singing, good adaptation.

Don't see it if perhaps a little too busy, a little too much movement for its own sake. don't expect a musical, don't expect a full production.

75
During previews
Intense, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched
February 23rd, 2020

See it if A good performance in a noble attempt to resuscitate a b musical.

Don't see it if you dislike conventional musicals or even more, attempts to dress up conventional musicals as topical and profound.

50
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you need to see a professional production of an established writer's new work.

Don't see it if youre tired of Lynne Meadow's contractual obligation shows. I was sitting next to her at the preview and she was laughing more than anybody.

90
During previews
Epic, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 10th, 2020

See it if a great analysis of depression in a truly epic (by definition) approach. writing exquisite, and the staging let's the writing come through.

Don't see it if no patience to figure out the concept. the last leg was perhaps a little forced, but in the interest in trinities, I'll go along.

85
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
January 17th, 2020

See it if you want to see current news (with a decidedly progressive perspective) brought to life in an intelligent professional production.

Don't see it if you want a two sided argument -- although it pretends to be fair -- a gun rights person would not sympathize with this protagonist here.

67
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Indulgent, Funny
January 10th, 2020

See it if you want to see a sitcom masquerading as high art. It's great to watch Jane Alexander, but the play was pure fluff. Nice premise was ruined.

Don't see it if you want real reactions to a real situation. Not sure if the writing was bad, the acting or the directing. wasn't farce wasn't comedy.

50
Indulgent, Overrated, Funny
December 10th, 2019

See it if you want to see a gifted monologuist and insightful observer of society utterly clueless about his own life. Some very good moments, but ...

Don't see it if meandering. He tried to make a point when you can see he is just in a very bad place right now -- and trying to convince himself otherwise.

85
During previews
Epic, Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 4th, 2019

See it if Exactly what you'd expect from a Gurgius play with this title. Cool production (cool set!). fun to get to know all the characters.

Don't see it if A little raunchy, a little hackneyed. Awkward, unsure direction. Wasn't sure if certain performances were off, but I guess its the director.

85
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
December 3rd, 2019

See it if another good midland drama from Sam Hunter. A great performance from Edmund Donovan. A little overwritten but 3 non dragging hours.

Don't see it if can't sit still for a old style 3 act drama. Some themes a little hackneyed, but still liked it. End seemed drawn out, but it has a point.

79
During previews
Horrible directing, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing
November 17th, 2019

See it if a well written, clever play, with (mostly) good production values. not really sure how the play would hold up without the central gimmick.

Don't see it if the play is flimsy, but the gimmick kept me interested. But the direction is appalling. Long scene gaps to change sparse scenery and oh ---

Also what is it with Kenny Leon and schmalzy songs closing his productions.... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 7th, 2019

See it if outstanding premise, excellently executed. the writing and production was so precise, the absurdity of the premise went over some heads.

Don't see it if irony frequently goes over your head. i'm not entirely in love with the ending, but since i respect the playwright and the production, okay.

75
During previews
Reparations
Brooklyn
Resonant, Cliched, Absorbing
November 4th, 2019

See it if a professional production of a decent drama with current themes. Not afraid to include grays in a usually black and white (sorry!) debate.

Don't see it if by the numbers playwrighting. wouldn't have minded a surprise or two more.

85
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 7th, 2019

See it if you are interested in NYC history and/or jazz history. are patient and can allow an intelligent sweeping recreation to unfold. cool jazz too

Don't see it if you are not interested in the above -- and you need a polished, trimmed, theatrical endeavor. perhaps it could have been tightened.

85
Remembrance
Financial
Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see an immersive and aesthetic investigation into dementia. great combination and drama, dance and environmental efforts.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with audience participation, this takes it to infinity and beyond. story was a little flimsy, but forgivable.

84
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 12th, 2019

See it if you want to see a modern riff on "A Doll's House" -- from the kid's POV! And kid actors for once not being cloyingly cute. Clever, absorbing

Don't see it if you need ground breaking theater -- or concept explored to its full potential. i would have liked to see kids play adults or vice versa.

75
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent
July 30th, 2019

See it if you want to see a serviceable production with good production values and a solid attempt to remind us of Shakespeare's continuing relevance.

Don't see it if you need to see a Shakespearean classic or a truly inspired production. All involved have been around the block a few times and it shows.

85
Little Gem
Chelsea
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing
July 27th, 2019

See it if you want to see well written exploration of almost contemporary life in Dublin. The monologue drama is handled nicely here by all involved.

Don't see it if you need a traditional dialogue play, or have trouble with Irish accents. (but then why are you considering an Irish play at the Irish Rep?)

85
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 25th, 2019

See it if great americanization of compelling british play. (didn't realize till later that I saw the original.) great work by actors and director.

Don't see it if ... you need conventional structure and need to know at every second what is going on. ... don't have patience to let the piece come to you.

75
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Fluffy, Delightful, Refreshing, Funny
June 13th, 2019

See it if you want to see a cute humorous depiction of Scottish teenage life from an adult perspective. Actors work hard and is fun to be right there.

Don't see it if you want something a little deeper and less innocuous. The actors being 25 years older than their characters is perhaps a little too cute.

85
Last Man Club
West Village
Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 7th, 2019

See it if Well conceived and executed tale of life during the dust bowl. Not your typical view, quite lyrical and evocative.

Don't see it if you aren't open to an unconventioanal view of a familiar theme. The writer/director had a concept, the actors bought in to it, and it shows.

70
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched
June 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a professional, well acted, well staged production of your standard white people problem drama.

Don't see it if you get tired of MTC's blind devotion to their former successful playwrights. Somebody should have staged an intervention here.

70
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Indulgent, Funny, Banal, Ambitious
May 26th, 2019

See it if The writer and main actor are talented, and some parts of the story are unique and funny and inspiring. Good ideas, and good concept, but ..

Don't see it if Overly campy, and title conceit is a trite idea pretending to be intellectual. Some good moments but this needs some serious shaping.

85
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Intense, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 23rd, 2019

See it if you want to see a vibrant, intelligent take on a classic. you want to see great young actors totally buy into a great concept.

Don't see it if you are tired of concept shakespeare and can't realize that this one actually makes sense.