Donald F

Boston | 50-64 | Male
About:  No matter how awful you might think something is, it still has value. But if I can't find one positive thing to say, I'd rather just not say anything. Sometimes.
Reviews (106)
75
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a lesser work of a major Irish scribe.

Don't see it if Period drama requiring contextual knowledge of history is not your thing.

Also Though a bit of a slog, overall it’s an admirable production with stan... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy period musicals with a rose-colored view of how the world should work.

Don't see it if Today’s political shenanigans upset you. All the people around you laughing at the pointed corollary will surely give you a coronary.

Also It’s beautifully staged, dressed, danced and sung. Carmen Cusack is wo... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Indulgent, Funny, Clever

See it if You are a Van Halen fan able to laugh at their absurd status as rock icons.

Don't see it if You worship at the altar of David Lee Roth. It’s likely to offend you.

Also The whole premise is wacky and Ms. Aspillaga and Mr. Salem elevate thi... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of the book. It stays true to form and content, while making pointed reference and relevance to who we are today.

Don't see it if You can’t get past who the adapter is and have negative or mixed feelings about his abilities.

77
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Vonnegut’s writing. Also to support small, very talented, ambitious companies. t

Don't see it if Absurd comedy is not your thing

80
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Deirdre O’Connell.

Don't see it if Nonsense annoys you.

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy musical theatre and watching young talent grow.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of children’s theatre, for this surely is.

Also A little difficult to hear/understand some of the less experienced voc... Read more Read less

99
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You appreciate Irish humor and enjoy solo performance pieces. This will, at turns, have you crying tears of laughter and sorrow.

Don't see it if You have no heart. You will be bored.

Also Mr. Murfi is a master storyteller. He becomes each of the characters, ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if You can laugh at and appreciate pussy humor.

Don't see it if Talking about pussy upsets you.

70
Slow, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy following a story within a story within a story. There really are 2 or 3 different plays happening here. All interesting.

Don't see it if You expect much insight or historical perspective on the 1911 Dreamland Fire. It’s there, but very thin.

Also Rebecca Naomi Jones carries the ball here and is stunning to watch and... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like beautifully written characters, fully developed by a very talented director and cast. Be prepared to be astonished,

Don't see it if Tales of bullying and vengeful action disturb you. Also, don’t go if seeing an animal gutted will upset you.

Also A heartbreaking and hilarious story. The ensemble is superb, with capt... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to discuss long afterward what you just saw.

Don't see it if You have lost someone, particularly a child, to gun violence and are looking for a meaningful, realistic portrayal of life after it.

Also This is a very slow, meandering story that goes nowhere told by people... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You are up for a rather cursory treatment of the plight of upper-middle class, modern, progressive Muslims in post-9/11 London.

Don't see it if You are expecting something profound or relevatory.

72
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Funny

See it if You want to see Chris Evans actually stretch a bit. It’s admirable in execution if not result.

Don't see it if You are hoping Michael Cera will find something new to do here. His repertoire of tics and “aw shucks” posturing is on full display.

Also There’s probably a very good one-act play here. At this stage it’s ove... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a Burgess fan. The writing is whipcrackingly good, until the very end.

Don't see it if Stories about the D.C. power structure and people selling their souls to get ahead trouble you.

Also The ensemble are all quite good in their roles. It’s a brisk 90 minute... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a commentary on women and intellect, written by a man.

Don't see it if Watching women take each other down, in advancing a cause, disturbs you.

Also Though sharp, I couldn’t help but wonder if it had been written by a w... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to see a funny, touching, Well-written play about familial bonds that come in varied forms.

Don't see it if You are impatient with plays that shift time and place frequently. You may be lost at first. It’s worth sticking it out.

Also Really wonderful story and some standout performances from Vanessa Asp... Read more Read less

75
Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You want to see some very good actors pull off a fun piece, creatively staged in very close quarters.

Don't see it if Getting preached to or hit over the head with “the point” of the work annoys you.

82
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy solo performance. This one will move you to tears, guffaws and back again. Wonderful story, beautifully portrayed.

Don't see it if Unresolved issues with departed love ones is a trigger.

55
During previews
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of Anna Chlumsky. She is, at turns, endearing and insufferable.

Don't see it if You expect to be entertained. The writing is pretty juvenile.

Also Boring set. Dumb story. The young man playing Matty belongs in a diffe... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy ensemble work. This is the real thing. Not a weak link among them.

Don't see it if You are a “process” person. You’ll likely see yourself and be highly offended!

Also Master class in ensemble performance. And, hands down, the funniest, c... Read more Read less

81
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should see! You are a human being interested in the trials we face individually and collectively. You care about your neighbors.

Don't see it if Gender identity, racism, bullying, parental abuse/neglect and overcoming adversity are issues that you think are “fake news”.

Also Do. Not. Miss. This.

45
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are facile deciphering dialect and baby talk gibberish.

Don't see it if A comprehensible storyline is your jam.

50
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You have, or are close to, one with OCD and are able to find humor and pathos in the condition.

Don't see it if Non-linear, perseverative monologues disturb you. Also if you are actually looking for hard evidence of psyllocibin as a curative for OCD.

56
Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are titillated by the naked male form. Or, in this case, 3 naked male forms as they work out their problems being a throuple, ad nauseam

Don't see it if You expect anything relevant or believable about marriage between two people who are committed to each other.

75
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny

See it if Family drama and dysfunction can make you laugh.

Don't see it if End of life stories upset you. This is very honest, focused and laugh out loud funny.

Also Well written, mostly, and truthful. I’ve never been to an AA meeting w... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy cabaret-style performance, multi-talented performers and a true, funny story.

Don't see it if Spit-singing bothers you—there’s a fair amount. Sit a few rows back or to the sides.

75
Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You will enjoy three short, very different pieces all dealing with how people perceive and treat, or mistreat, others.

Don't see it if Monologues and non-linear conversation annoy or bore you.

Also Three simple, but incisive, short plays by a terrific writer.... Read more Read less

71
Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy new work from new writers. Theatre that shines a humorous light on unfunny subjects, while managing to be relevant.

Don't see it if Jokes about a depressive state and suicidal ideation trouble you.

79
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy two-handers, light-hearted humor and historical fact and fiction.

Don't see it if The idea of romance between two men is anathema to you. Mildly bawdy humor is also on display.

90
Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You can laugh at all of us and how PC can sometimes go too far.

Don't see it if You are overly sensitive to the truth about Turkey Day and its ramifications in today’s NIMBY culture clash

Also Greg Keller, always wonderful, is particularly, pathetically, hilariou... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This must be seen in conjunction with its companion piece, I Hear You and Rejoice. Kitsy and Pat are lovers for the ages!

Don't see it if You don’t like solo performance pieces, Irish humor, cathartic experiences.

Also Mr. Murfi is, quite simply, a genius! This is TWO of the season’s best... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Pete’s work. Of the three offerings, The Love Course alone is most worth the time

Don't see it if Bawdy humor isn’t your jam. Unfortunately, too, the first offering, his last play is also the weakest link.

Also Betsy Aidem and Deborah Rush turn in wonderful, funny, poignant perfor... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You want a very accessible intro or revisit to the world of opera. This production is superb! There’s not a single thing wrong with it.

Don't see it if Opera is not your jam. Though understand you are missing an extraordinary production.

Also Anika Noni Rose!❤️

78
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you like silly fun in period costume, are a GoGos fan and don’t mind too much being preached at about diversity, same sex relationships.

Don't see it if Acceptance and celebration of ALL God’s children is anathema to you. Also if you don’t like old school pop music.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some of the best working actors on stage today. Reg Rogers, Frank Wood and Tammy Blanchard make a memorable evening.

Don't see it if You don’t like tally, long, complicated works. You just want to see Denzel on stage. His is really a minor character in this gorgeous play.

95
Riveting, Raunchy, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an extraordinary ensemble in a mind-bending, breathtaking adaptation of a timeless, tragic story.

Don't see it if Vulgarity and psychological S&M make you queasy.

Also The transparent walls, at first off-putting, very quickly lend a stran... Read more Read less

85
Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You are a fan of, or can at least find humor in, trash tv. As a bonus there are some more than Run-of-the-mill voices to be heard.

Don't see it if Joking about sexual peccadilloes and scatology makes you uncomfortable.

Also Great, fun production. But the 2nd act focus on Satan really seemed li... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like smart writing and perfect ensemble players. This is breathtaking, edge of your seat, theatre.

Don't see it if You are squeamish. Not for the faint of heart.

91
Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fresh, vibrant staging not usually afforded Albee’s word play. Ms. Neugebauer wields a steady, solid hand here.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of two-act stories sharing only the smallest fragment of commonality.

Also Mr. Leonard exudes just the right upper-middle class white boy privile... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Douglas Hodge is THE reason to see this sometimes farcical imagining of a love between Diaghilev and Nijinsky.

Don't see it if You are hoping for “The Turning Point” redux. It ain’t that.

Also A bit absurd at times. But quite enjoyable. Nice to see Marsha Mason. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedy and characters broadly-drawn—a la TV sitcom. It’s light, somewhat funny and easy to digest.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see a thought-provoking piece paralleling Chekhov as advertised. That’s a stretch.

Also Enjoyable enough, though still a bit wonky and too long. The actors ar... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Walsh and understand his oeuvre.

Don't see it if You expect to understand what you are watching.

Also Set was quite creative and I was amused by some of the jokes and the m... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like pondering the big questions of death and the hereafter.

Don't see it if You are looking for a plot in the ABC form.

75
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You are prepared to think. It requires your full attention to understand what it is about.

Don't see it if You are looking for light-hearted entertainment.

Also It’s a fascinating piece and at 45 minutes, thoroughly satisfying. I s... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a few laughs and not think too hard.

Don't see it if Making snark of a nervous breakdown offends you.

Also Ms. Mills is ok. Ms. Blackhurst and Ms. Meaney are terrific in excepti... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Funny, Fluffy, Banal

See it if You enjoy period pieces that may have been “controversial” in their day.

Don't see it if You’re looking for thought-provoking, resonant work.

Also Sandra Shipley once again breathes life in to a less-than-consequentia... Read more Read less

78
For a previous production
Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if Enjoy original musicals.

Don't see it if Adapting “the greats” annoys you.

Also There are some wonderful voices here and the score is solid. That’s al... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy funny, smart dialog and some terrific young talent on stage.

Don't see it if You failed to see relevance and humor in movies like “Heathers” or plays like “The Wolves”. This ain’t your jam.

Also Ms Bioh has written a very funny, poignant and smart play that deserve... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if See it! It should not be missed. The woman is a comedic genius and she mines the well-written monologue for every bit of its worth!

Don't see it if Cindy Lou Who is a personal hero. You’ll end up in an alley with a bottle of Night Train.