Dennis 7278


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Reviews (116)
(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.

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.

Little Gem
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?)

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.

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.

Mac Beth
West Village
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.

During previews
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.

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!

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.

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

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.

During previews
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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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

During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing

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.

Absorbing, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent

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

During previews
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

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

Entertaining, Cliched, Banal, Absorbing

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.

Emma & Max
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

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.

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.

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.

Tender Napalm
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Cliched

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?

Banal, Cliched, Quirky, Dated, Clever

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.

Good Grief
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

Disappointing, Banal, Intense, Relevant

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

Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

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