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 (147)
70
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Slow, Dated, Banal

See it if You aren’t expecting much. You won’t be disappointed.

Don't see it if You’re hoping for a funny, tuneful sendup of Macbeth.

Also It’s just not good. Dull, dated and too long.

70
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Slow, Confusing, Funny

See it if You like comedic vignettes with a common theme.

Don't see it if The #metoo movement has got you down.

Also Loved the first two scenes—-sharp, relevant, funny. The remaining port... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Little Gem
Chelsea
Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You can wade through Irish accents, masterful to mediocre, and find the wry, off-the-cuff humor often lost in trying to understand.

Don't see it if Monologues are not your thing.

Also It’s a lovely play about family, love, loss and moving on. The least i... Read more Read less

75
Six Years Old
East Village
Slow, Indulgent, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You want to see adults behaving like children

Don't see it if You expect a smart, sensitive portrayal of gender identity issues in childhood.

Also Somewhere, there’s a smart, funny, sensitive play here. Right now it’s... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a very different view of being an immigrant pursuing the “American Dream”.

Don't see it if You cannot understand and respect cultural mores.

Also Overall it’s a wonderful production, though some of the writing feels ... Read more Read less

68
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Banal

See it if You are willing to sit through two acts of a meandering story that, in the end, is uninteresting.

Don't see it if You want an engaging, well-written, interesting story on love in all its forms.

95
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in autobiographical work of battling one’s inner demons and external negative life forces, beautifully sung,.

Don't see it if You are squeamish or easily triggered. There’s a lot of material here some may find offensive.

Also This is really extraordinary. Raw, unflinching, hilariously funny, unb... Read more Read less

96
BLKS
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy high comedy, whipsmart dialogue.

Don't see it if Sex jokes bother you.

Also So glad I saw this on its final day at MCC. Hands down it is one of th... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Cliched, Dated

See it if You enjoy angst-ridden two-handers. These people are hellaciously horrible to one another. Deservedly so. Perversely, I wanted them to marry

Don't see it if You’ve wondered if your therapist talks about you to family and friends. This will confirm your fear in the most disturbing way

Also It’s just not a great play. The characters are one-dimensional and it’... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if Definitely one of McNally’s best. Still surprisingly resonant many years later—-despite some dated. references.

Don't see it if Nudity and simulated intercourse, cursing bother you.

Also Audra and Michael are wonderful and seem to really enjoy working toget... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing, Clever

See it if You like musical theater performance. You are aware how our reliance on technology distances us from one another.

Don't see it if If you measure your self-worth by your numbers online. You know who you are. I needn’t explain.

Also Beautifully written, incorporating many musical styles. Bytes of hope ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a Mad Ones fan, for sure. Peeps in market research will likely find it funny as well.

Don't see it if Talk vs. action isn’t your thing. It’s a very sedentary piece with a lot to say if you listen well.

91
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Murdoch and the politics of newspapering.

Don't see it if Success at any cost, moral decay, fake news are troubling.

Also While not as dazzled as I thought, I found this intriguing in form and... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy stories of bad choices by damaged individuals and those who love them.

Don't see it if Nudity and graphic sexual content upset you.

Also Clearly autobiographical, Feffer has a keen wit and unsurpassed ear fo... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Must see, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see 3 terrific actors and an admirable doppelgänger 4th, having a ball onstage together! The writing is so, so good! GO SEE THIS

Don't see it if You’re still smarting from Hillary’s defeat or if you believe the Clintons sanctified rather than sanctimonious.

75
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are into the O’Casey series at Irish Rep. this is 2 of 3 works.

Don't see it if Family drama, particularly Irish drama, and historical theatre is not your thing.

Also Fine cast, though Ms. Plunkett is difficult to hear throughout. Nicely... Read more Read less

91
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy new ways of telling old stories.

Don't see it if Lesbianism, infidelity and cul de sac living are concepts not to be made fun of.

Also Great cast. But Ms. Skraastad (sp?) as Pam Annunziata beats every RHON... Read more Read less

76
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You understand Yiddish or know Fiddler enough not to need to.

Don't see it if You want a big, splashy musical.

Also It’s a lovely, simple production with some great voices. Jackie Hoffma... Read more Read less

90
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You like slasher pics, a lot of adolescent humor, a terrific score sung by great voices and one of the best sets I’ve ever seen!

Don't see it if Tenn angst and silliness is not your idea of relevant theatre.

Also I’d have given this a 100, save for the unfortunate tech mishap that b... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a light touch on a very relevant story about love in all of its forms

Don't see it if Your moral code leaves no room for people who aren’t just like you.

Also The sets impressed the hell out of me. No designer has ever made bette... Read more Read less

81
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You like two-handers full of great writing, resonant characters, and if you believe that love really can conquer all.

Don't see it if Prolonged exposition of sexual abuse is upsetting

75
God Said This
West Village
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Great singing

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
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Great writing

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
Clever, Funny, Intelligent

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.

85
Dust
East Village
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can sit through a post-mortem what if dealing in suicidal ideation and action.

Don't see it if A not-so-negative look at suicide is a discomfort for you.

Also The writer-actor here is morbidly witty and wicked, but in need of a d... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a well-written perspective on dysfunctional, but deeply loving latchkey kids.

Don't see it if Abandonment is a trigger.

Also So smart and funny! Story unfolds at exactly the right pace. Never dul... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if You are a fan of silly, absurd comedy set to a great score, performed by people who seem to be having fun!

Don't see it if Traditional musical comedy is what you’re expecting. This is not that. If you can’t laugh and enjoy collateral #metoo humor, stay home.

Also Great show! Terrific cast. Annie Golden is wonderful! Given the small ... Read more Read less

61
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You enjoy choreography and nonsensical dialogue.

Don't see it if You expect to understand the point of Kafka’s treatise, or this production, until the very end.

85
During previews
Clever, Great writing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy your Chekhov with chuckles!

Don't see it if You don’t like works that spin or satirize the classics.

Also A sharp, often raunchy retelling of arguably Chekhov’s best play. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You are versed in the story of Hildegard von Bingen or interested in early Christianity, mysticism, etc.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional musical format with a light, happy story.

Also Gorgeous music, superb singers.... Read more Read less

85
Something Clean
Midtown W
Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exploring the collateral damage of a violent act, eventual healing and rebuilding of lives, where the survivor and perpetrator are secondary

Don't see it if Stories of sexual abuse are triggering, particularly when seen through eyes of those who bear guilt and shame without having harmed anyone

Also Really different, for me, perspective on the long term damage of sexua... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy historical matter presented in an anecdotal, funny, and likely fictionalized way.

Don't see it if Raunchy sex jokes or racial epithets make you uncomfortable.

Also This is a delightful thumbnail sketch of an important figure in Africa... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Beautiful story, great adaptation, wonderful score.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see this. It’s still in previews, a bit rough, but nothing that can’t be fixed.

70
Socrates
East Village
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Stuhlbarg on stage.

Don't see it if Excessive jocular homoeroticism will make you uncomfortable. Long, talky shows with not much forward movement make you snooze.

Also There’s just not a lot to this. It’s very thin—story and production va... Read more Read less

85
Burn This
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny

See it if You are an Adam Driver fan. He’s big, handsome and chews the scenery at every turn. The play itself is also quite good.

Don't see it if Period pieces about self-absorbed NYers annoy you.

Also Brandon Uranowicz and Keri Russell are delightful. Unfortunately I som... Read more Read less

47
The White Devil
West Village
Indulgent, Confusing, Banal

See it if You enjoy overwrought acting and terrible direction.

Don't see it if You’re expecting to see a work performed in a setting and appointed appropriate to its time. This is “updated” without discernible reason

91
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in biographical drama, particularly as it relates to historical disasters.

Don't see it if You expect a typical dysfunctional family drama. Narrative in style, this epic will likely bore you.

Also A masterpiece of storytelling in an unaffected, almost blase, way. Bea... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You believe we are all responsible for each other, believe that faith can be healing,

Don't see it if Physical and mental abuse are triggers.

Also As engaging and wonderfully written as this is, I question why the pre... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You understand the time and context in which this was written.

Don't see it if You want a light, funny musical.

Also A beautifully sung, minimally staged operetta, very relevant to today.... Read more Read less

65
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if You are interested in watching Gyllenhaal and Sturridge prattle on.

Don't see it if Monologues about the vagaries of life and death are not your thing.

Also I know that this is a hot ticket right now. I myself was very eager to... Read more Read less

96
Great singing, Hilarious, Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like topical humor,

Don't see it if You’re incapable of accepting love in all forms.

Also This show is a blast! Without question, the hardest working ensemble o... Read more Read less

97
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like socially relevant work presented in unusual, line-blurring fashion,

Don't see it if Slavery makes you uncomfortable. Then again, it should. If it does, all the more reason to be here.

Also This is a very profound, disturbing piece. The acting is superb as is ... Read more Read less

58
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Will Swenson’s great legs!

Don't see it if You are looking for an intelligent, entertaining play. The set is fun!

77
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy absurdist comedy; stories about imperfect people, bad choices and unfortunate circumstance.

Don't see it if You are expecting a linear tale. It most definitely is not that.

Also Overall it’s a fun, relevant story that suffers from a bit of overreac... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

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
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Great staging

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
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Clever, Funny, Indulgent

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
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

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
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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