Diacritical

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (19)
65
Disappointing, Cliched, Annoying

See it if You will be as charmed by the blithely talkative 9-year-old girl as she is by herself.

Don't see it if You're expecting both actors/characters to be well rounded/fully developed or a play that will be memorable.

Also Perhaps a different actor could've made the girl character more bearab... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You recognize that a hybrid theatrical work may be best suited to show how the personal is political; you're a fan of Heidi Schreck.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional play with fictional characters; you don't like to see the fourth wall broken; you're apolitical or anti-choice.

Also I really liked this production when Clubbed Thumb did it just over a y... Read more Read less

82
Police Cops
Midtown E
Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want to see three actors present an imaginative, hilarious cavalcade of stylized characters/scenes from old buddy cop movies/TV shows.

Don't see it if You're expecting a coherent plot or anything more than the most minimalistic set; you think buddy cop movies are to be taken seriously.

Also This show originated at (and embodies the who-needs-a-big-budget spiri... Read more Read less

88
Dutch Masters
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Resonant, Intense

See it if You're up for seeing contemporary racial tensions (circa 1992) distilled into a well-written and extremely well-acted two-hander.

Don't see it if You don't like small shows (in terms of the size of the cast, the lack of famous actors, and the length of the play) handling big themes.

Also When the Yale Cabaret did this play (the author of which, Greg Keller,... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you like anything related to the Ballets Russes; you want to see James Cusati-Moyer's charismatic Nijinsky; you're a John Doyle completist.

Don't see it if You'd prefer a portrait of Diaghilev that rises above cliché; you want to see John Doyle or Terrence McNally at their best.

79
Edgar Allan
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like shows in the spirit of the Fringe: short, light, and minimalistic, but performed with charm and verve (if also maybe gothic twee).

Don't see it if You're looking for something more genuinely in the eery spirit of Poe; you're unwilling to let pluck outweigh polish; you hate the ukulele.

88
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You'd like to see a 180-year-old Gogol play brought to life by a strong adaptation and great comic acting by Michael Urie and his castmates.

Don't see it if You don't like the manic energy of a farce; you only like more experimental work; you prefer your Gogol non-contemporized.

Also My companion and I sat in the front row on the side, and I don't think... Read more Read less

93
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a brilliant stage design that will reveal the Park Avenue Armory to be perhaps the best theatrical space in the city.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate expressionistic O'Neill (even in, by his standards, a very short show--just over 90 minutes!); you hate the color yellow.

Also Ordinarily I like to be close to the stage, but in this case I was hap... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like immersive/participatory theater, especially formally distinctive work; you have a strong interest in intelligence/espionage.

Don't see it if you don't like theater in which actors aren't performing for you; you don't have the patience for technical bugs now and then.

Also Even if the piece didn't go as far as it could've gone, and (as it tur... Read more Read less

87
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Original, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you care more about the originality of staging/writing then about seeing well-known actors or "spectacle" in a conventional sense.

Don't see it if you can't stand silence, or if you can but you don't have sense of humor about it.

75
Great acting, Creative, High-energy, Disjointed, Boozy

See it if You like *really* contemporary musicalizations of Shakespeare (esp. in the first act), smart acting (esp. in the second), and lots of wine.

Don't see it if You want to see something resembling the complete LLL; you mind having the story (or what's left of it) interrupted by food/drink service.

Also In spite of the choppy script (esp. pre-intermission) and the challeng... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Epic

See it if You're up for something off the beaten Shakespearean path as long as it offers strong direction and acting (which this production does).

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a six-hour multipart history play with many sprawling storylines (and most actors playing multiple roles).

Also While Part 1 is generally strong, it has some slower moments; the stor... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You'd like to see a representation of queer black life in the Civil War South on the stage, even if it's cliched and anachronistic.

Don't see it if You're expecting historical accuracy about the very different ways what we'd now call queer sexuality was talked/thought of 150 years ago.

Also This production has so much going for it--an important (and heartbreak... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like David Ives's witty adaptations of 18th-c. French comedies, bridging that comedic world and ours--complete with rhymed couplets.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that aspires to anything beyond (well-performed) silliness.

Also This may not be quite as good as The Liar (there's a reason the source... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You like participatory theater that involves an element of intellectual challenge; you're a public health history buff.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate the potential "unevenness" of having audience members cast alongside skilled actors in key roles in the drama.

Also While all audience members participate in the "investigative" part of ... Read more Read less

75
J&K: 1965
Lower E Side
Quirky, Great acting, Unfocused, Original, Uneven

See it if You like immersive/participatory theater; the quality of the acting (by the actual cast members) matters more than the clarity of the story.

Don't see it if You're averse to audience participation or doing a lot of walking; you're looking for a play with a clear plot or an actual designed set.

Also Live in Theater should be commended for trying to do something origina... Read more Read less

60
During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Underwhelming, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Cliched

See it if You're an Annie Baker or Lila Neugebauer completist.

Don't see it if You're expecting a production that will make the best use of Baker's or Neugebauer's or the cast's (considerable) talents.

Also Easily the weakest Baker show I've seen. Neugebauer and the (pretty st... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ambitious, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a landmark production of August Wilson's first play, with fine acting to go along with the great writing.

Don't see it if you prefer theater of the more escapist variety or you don't like August Wilson (whoever you may be).

90
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you like extra-witty renditions, in verse, of comedy in the spirit of Moliere.

Don't see it if you don't care for theater based on/revolving around artifice, or you don't like theater in verse.

Also Amazed that this classic comedy hasn't (until now) had more of a life ... Read more Read less