Dennis 7278

New York City

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Reviews (128)
85
About Love
East Village
Riveting, Exquisite, Must see, Absorbing

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.

50
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

85
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

50
Indulgent, Overrated, Funny

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
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

85
Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

85
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

84
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

85
Little Gem
Chelsea
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

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?)

75
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Fluffy, Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

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.

70
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

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.

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

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.

65
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Dizzying, Cliched, Insipid, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see something inventive and ambitious. you don't like to think about the story you are seeing a+ for effort -- but ...

Don't see it if Story really bugged me. Latent reactionary diatribe on dangers of the masses and precariousness of social order. In the end, way too busy.

90
Exquisite, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if great ensemble staging of intelligent work. great directorial concept, episodic staging really worked. actors really bought in and it paid.

Don't see it if out of the way theater in arts centre and worst of all, hardly any audience. i felt so bad for the actors. so this was depressing -- so go!

90
During previews
Masterful, Profound, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Terry Kinney brings the Steppenwolf approach back to True West's big brother. Intelligent, vital production of a seminal 20th century play.

Don't see it if you lack patience and foresight. this is the American Cherry Orchard, after all.

50
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if ... you like insipid British comedy. ... you like amateur small town comedy shows. you like to see a good idea ....

Don't see it if executed poorly.

Also I can't figure out who their target audience is. It didn't help that I... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if fun adaptation that brings relevance to a classic. acting surprisingly good. even better than this writers previous Chekhov update.

Don't see it if not an pure adaptation, but i guess you can tell that from the title. the language went out the window. this is not for purists.

75
During previews
Perp
Midtown W
Funny, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Good acting and production of a problem play. Good natured but dumb felllow Forest Gump fellow triumphs against all odds and likelihood.

Don't see it if Not believable, but I guess that's not the point. It seemed to be a parable or satire, and I would have liked that to be a little clearer.

85
Operating Systems
Lower E Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if intelligent investigation of a MeToo situation. Good production values and up close for all.

Don't see it if no names, no sets. some people thought they overdid it with the tech jargon, but that was really just window dressing.

Also It is more than a little disingenuous for Show Score to charge a fee f... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if adroitly staged warmly acted intelligent drama. excellent antidote to mainstream pat solutions to international relations.

Don't see it if no pat solutions. no good guy vs bad guy. no sets (thank god) and you will have to stay involved to stay involved.

Also When I read the program note contrasting this to Green Book I got scar... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

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

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

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.

75
Eco Village
Midtown W
Absorbing, Cliched

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.

88
Whirlwind
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

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).

50
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Ambitious, Excruciating

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

75
During previews
Intense, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

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.

90
During previews
Epic, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

67
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Indulgent, Funny

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.

85
During previews
Epic, Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

79
During previews
Horrible directing, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

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

75
During previews
Reparations
Brooklyn
Resonant, Cliched, Absorbing

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
Remembrance
Financial
Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

75
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

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
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

85
Last Man Club
West Village
Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Indulgent, Funny, Banal, Ambitious

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.

78
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Absorbing, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a good production of a competent play. performances, especially the lead, are strong, writing and directing skillful.

Don't see it if you are expecting Chekhov. Torben Betts is a poor man's Alan Ayckbourn. Better than his last outing, and not as bad as some British farce.

85
Original Sound
West Village
Great acting, Riveting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Some good, some great performances. Good story about the music business with actors who pull it off. Especially dynamic in a small space.

Don't see it if Uneven writing. Subplots under or over developed. Direction uneven and should have addressed these issues. Still more than worth seeing.

82
Entangled
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if intelligent take on a pressing current issue. Yes a series of monologues, but actually the concept demands it. Well staged and absorbing.

Don't see it if you need direct interaction in your drama.

95
Profound, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if even if you don't like one man shows. simple concept, exsquisite realization, profound relevance. The reviews don't do it justice.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to listen.

65
During previews
Insipid, Intense, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want to get patted on the back for not behaving as bad as the a*$holes in the play. but good production values and often funny.

Don't see it if you dislike broad farce or overacting, which seems to be a conscious choice, but was exaggerated in the first row where I sat.

85
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Entertaining, Great writing, Epic, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if a basically faithful production of a 20th landmark. the Doyle schtick works here MOST of the time. talented cast and fun to see close up.

Don't see it if not a subtle play and not a subtle production. throwing the dollars around was unecessary and distracting/ hope they'll adjust this soon.

Also Also casting everyone in worker's clothes was distracting. yes, the "b... Read more Read less

75
After
Midtown E
Intense, Indulgent, Overrated, Absorbing

See it if you like high strung drama and don't bother to think about it too much afterwards. good premise and the actors worked hard.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for melodrama or rich white people problems. can't figure out if the writing or the directing was worse.

Also the premise was good, and the whole point was to leave the real motiva... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if BLM hits experimental theater! I enjoyed this much more than Early Shaker Spirituals, it's inspiration. If you're open to different theater.

Don't see it if You want a conventional story, but then why go to to St Anns or the Wooster group? . I would have liked a little more context however.

75
Ambitious, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Insipid

See it if a 20th century classic more relevant than ever. earnest well meaning production.

Don't see it if production values just don't make sense. questionable direction muted the very potent messages of the play.

Also Irondale reminds me of a community theater in the boonies. they remind... Read more Read less

85
Spaceman
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Dizzying, Intense

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.

90
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

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

75
Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny, Banal

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.

75
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Overwritten

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

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

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.