Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male
About:  Submerged Playwright
Reviews (29)
No One is Forgotten
West Village
Meditative, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're open to chance taking writing; you're working on being present; you've lived thru hardship & understand the need to hold it together.

Don't see it if If you don't have the patience, appreciation for Godot meets subtle Contemp Realism; you wouldn't enjoy Stoppard's question game for 2 hrs.

Also This play had all my synapses firing. A meditation on life and time an... Read more Read less

Slow, Indulgent, Charming

See it if like I did, you want to see a decent production of this Nilo Cruz play.

Don't see it if you think that Poetic Realism is dated.

Also I had never seen it, and I've been intrigued with Cruz since reading a... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you need to escape Trump and get a good dose of joy, beauty and hope. And, want to give back to Bernadette! The applause never stops!

Don't see it if you don't think you'll appreciate the corny pastiche of days gone by. Old time musical goofiness, directed with love, is fully embrace.

Also Gavin Creel is sublime as usual. You'll fall in love if you haven't al... Read more Read less

During previews
East Village
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You'd like to take a nap.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do. Or nothing to do.

Also I could not tell from this production if Weller's script had any merit... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like Contemporary Realism at it's best.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a slow cooker.

Also The Barrow Group has a way with dialogue. They keep things at a low si... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Can

Don't see it if don't think you can sit through a sophisticated, complicated thinker.

Also I went back to see this play a second time. No one writes in this styl... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Funny, Masterful

See it if sometimes life scares you & a map would help you navigate the road ahead- & if getting closer to a friend is something you've putting off.

Don't see it if you have absolutely no empathy.

Also This play is a remarkable cross between Realist and Absurdist theater.... Read more Read less

Loveless Texas
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great singing, Slow

See it if If you like a musical purely for the music.

Don't see it if If you're a stickler about clarity.

Also I really wanted to like this. There were some good and great voices. T... Read more Read less

The Assignment
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if it's open

Don't see it if I think it's closed.

Also A really good twohander, which is not always easy to pull off; just mo... Read more Read less

Great singing, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You really love doowop.

Don't see it if You've seen a lot of B'way Musicals. This one is a step down from what's out there now-a-days.

Also My guess is that like, Brightstar "someone" had to much control, and m... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Relevant, Masterful

See it if If you wonder why the hottest playwrights in America have no voice on B'way! A masterclass in writing: structure cont. issues smart funny!

Don't see it if Don't see it if your looking for the usual B'way fare, spectacle, stars, etc. (Laurie Metcalf doesn't seems to be as household as I thought)

Also I was amazed by how much the audience appreciated the set up. Whether ... Read more Read less

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you liked All the Way (with LBJ).

Don't see it if you don't care for political ensemble pieces.

Also Not really the kind of thing that usually go in for, but the level of ... Read more Read less

World Builders
Upper W Side
Quirky, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like an ambitious two-hander. See it if you have or had a vivid imagination (as a child), which made you feel like an outsider.

Don't see it if If you don't have patience for a play that is not plot driven.

Also A strong writer needs a good first production with a smart director. T... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Insipid

See it if you like a straight forward telling of an emotional and tragic subject. You're a 50+ gay man. Many in the audience of this dem enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Enjoy sophisticated writing, and something other that cookie cutter gays. You don't like manipulative subject matter.

Also The production and acting is top-notched. The script, however, is clic... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Epic

See it if You like avant-garde theatre, other Gurgis plays, the urban voice and a thorough examination of the bible.

Don't see it if Don't like long plays. Avant-garde. Irreverent humor questioning religion.

This Day Forward
Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you want to introduce your mom slowly to good theatre, and homosexuality.

Don't see it if you find cliches & farce too old school. Not enough contemporary quirk to make reviving this genre worthwhile. Stage Kiss, did it better.

One Flea Spare
East Village
Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you are interested in a unique period piece. And some good performances.

Don't see it if Are a fan of Naomi Wallace and don't want see this badly directed

East Village
Indulgent, Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if You're into up to the minute politics.

Don't see it if you don't want to be stuck with the same thing for over an hour.

The Jamb
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Original, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you're into gritty downtown thr that's more than shock; actually smart fast funny; most importantly authentic and specific.

Don't see it if you're closed minded.

Peer Gynt
East Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to get acquainted with the text.

Don't see it if John Doyle needs to stop emulating 1980s BFA black box productions. Rehearsal blacks; really?

During previews
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if you like hilarious Shanley-esque characters & dialogue, beautiful prose, lyrical realism, irrational love & need a trip to the beach.

Don't see it if You need all the questions answered.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if Wanna understand yourself & this messy ugly beautiful life w it's weird relationships better; Need to laugh & cry; Family's got you stressed

Don't see it if NO! See it if you're uncomfortable with cancer, illness and dying; millennials & their foul-mouthed ways. Learn about life! It goes by fast!

The Humans
Midtown W
Intelligent, Refreshing, Disappointing, Funny, Original

See it if You are a regular theatre goer & dig today's new directions in current dramaturgical practice. Understated realism / Quirky magic realism

Don't see it if subtly gets by you or you're looking for traditional arch. I left thinking, Not sure what that added up to but appr the writing and realism.

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like complex structure, humanity, laughs & pathos. & secretly know you see the world in a narrow way & would like to love a little more.

Don't see it if There's a cactus where your heart should be.

Bright Star
Midtown W
Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like a home-spun tail with all the country trimmings: Romantic, sentimental, Melodrama; with a twang; without being overblown in style.

Don't see it if if a clunky overwritten plot will make you crazy. Martin disappoints. There's little of him in it. Over-sentimental, confusing, predictable

West Village
Clever, Original, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if like a contemporary Our Town tone. Tongue in cheek. Imaginative use of space. American dream gone flat. Understated. Homage to Shepard/Albee

Don't see it if Don't like quirky, slow paced, understated. Style over substance. Don't like narrative/direct address.

For a previous production
Midtown W
Great writing, Masterful, Original, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you're a serious theatergoer. Rulebreaker, Vogel tells untold story of Jewish playwright. A vaudelville of Realism, song, dance, tableaux.

Don't see it if you're not open to thinking outside box of religion, sexuality. Don't want to fall in love with characters. Meta- play in play is confusing.

During previews
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

See it if want to see Puerto Rican culture represented on stage.

Don't see it if 1) like a well structured play that offers more than cliches, or 2) don't care for character driven plays that are lacking in plot.

House Rules
Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about ppl and relationships. If you wanna see good post gay theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like realism Or a traditional arch