Doug Anderson

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Theatre starved in Palm Beach, we see as much as possible when in New York.....on & off Broadway.
Reviews (114)
80
Betrayal
Midtown W
Dated, Slow, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are of a mind to watch three terrific actors for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through 90 minutes of slow paced theatre

Also The audience was stone silent.

84
Must see, Intelligent, Clever, Great writing

See it if you want to see a relevant, well written, well performed, intelligent play

Don't see it if you love Donald Trump and are part of his base

96
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Meaningful

See it if you want to see a meaningful story with fabulous singing

Don't see it if you have a problem dealing with the cruel white redneck men of South Carolina in the 50s

77
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining evening

See it if you like musicals. Wonderful singing and dancing. Wonderful costumes. Sondheim it ain't but it's an entertaining evening

Don't see it if you're turned off by the Tootsie story

50
Continuity
Midtown W
Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if I wouldn't recommend to anyone as it's a one liner in 6 lines. I found myself looking at my watch after the first 45 minutes

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

Also The problem wasn't the actors.....they were fine. The problem was with... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you're a Laurie Metcalf fan or a John Lithgow fan.....together they are terrific

Don't see it if you aren't interested in politics

50
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Intrusive cigarette smoke, Too long, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in Rupert Murdock's business history

Don't see it if you are bothered by cigarette smoke. We were in row "D" and couldn't breathe. Hard to understand actors. Could have cut an hour. DON'T GO

Also We must have seen a different show than the folks who gave this a high... Read more Read less

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

See it if Set in the 1930s, TCAM is as though it was written today

Don't see it if You have a problem with southern racism

75
During previews
Gorgeous costumes, No electricity, Great singing, Funny

See it if You like extravaganzas. A good story well told and well sung. Somehow, there's not the kind of electricity one would expect

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this.

Also AN EXTRAVAGANZA. Bob Mackey did the costumes and clothing and that alo... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Clearly author wasn't there

See it if you want to see insipid screaming and much ado about nothing. Clearly, the author wasn't there as opposed to his last play where he was

Don't see it if care about an authentic portrayal of the 60's and the Vietnam war protests

76
During previews
We left at halftime.....though very well done

See it if you like Dylan's music and if you appreciate large musicals

Don't see it if you become depressed by the depression

Also While we appreciate that this will be a big success both at the Public... Read more Read less

57
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Janet McTeer and a beautiful set

Don't see it if you can't bear overwriting and overacting

Also truth be told, I escaped into sleep for much of this play

58
Disappointing, Overrated, Disagreed with my wife

See it if you would like a perfectly pleasant 90 minutes

Don't see it if you would like more than that

100
During previews
A-plus, Enchanting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you liked the movie and like musicals. This show is a delight. Everyone in the audience agreed

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

Also We've seen My Fair Lady and Carousel and liked each very much. We like... Read more Read less

25
Fairview
Brooklyn
Excruciating, Disappointing, Terribly written, Total waste of time

See it if you are masochistic

Don't see it if just don't bother to see it

88
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you would like a fast paced 90 minutes of terrific theatre. Tracy Letts conception and writing are fabulous. All 18 actors are terrific

Don't see it if you need a linear show

Also This is the kind of play that could go on to Broadway but for the econ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like musicals and a lovely three hour evening like the old days

Don't see it if you don't enjoy revivals and don't have the patience for a three hour show with one intermission

76
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever, Great singing

See it if you're a young woman who is under 30 and interested in the theme that puts this in the same bucket as Dear Evan Hansen

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

Also We're well over 30 and enjoyed the evening

65
Great staging, Cultish, Boring, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if If you are a graduate of Hogworts you will love this "reunion". 1,600 people in the theatre loved this double header. We did not

Don't see it if you wouldn't want to see two Andrew Lloyd Weber shows in the same day. BORING. Don't see it if you haven't gone to 6 Rocky Horror Shows

100
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Watching Sahr Ngaijjah transform himself into an elephant, listening to Lynn Nottage's words leaves you breathless

Don't see it if I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't love this show. It's what theatre is all about.

88
Admissions
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Affirmative Action is a very interesting and complex conversation. Extremely well done and kept us on the front of our seats throughout

Don't see it if You don't want a start point for thinking about an important subject

100
Riveting, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if We came for Mark Rylance, who was great, and were blown away by Iestyn Davies singing and the staging and writing. FABULOUS

Don't see it if This is a MUST SEE.

65
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Overrated, Clever, Too long

See it if You enjoy a good idea nicely written and staged though too long by a third

Don't see it if the depth of writing matters to you. There is just so much time you can spend in the ladies locker room

67
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Dated, Overrated

See it if you didn't see the original

Don't see it if you saw the original

93
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you would like to spend 2 1/2 hours being joyfully entertained by talented people who seem to be having a great time.

Don't see it if you have a problem getting to the West Village

Also Kate Hamill is a star and we LOVE what she sees. This one should find ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing, First half too long,

See it if you want to see dark, intelligent theatre by the author of "Small Mouth Sounds"

Don't see it if you dislike slow and often too long theatre

Also Who says childhood doesn't impact adulthood

46
During previews
Left at halftime, Gorgeous, Banal

See it if you like jukebox musicals and have the patience to sit through the whole 4th of July fireworks

Don't see it if you feel that you have to stay through the whole performance to get your money's worth

Also First half hour was terrific and a delightful surprise. Second half ho... Read more Read less

96
Something Clean
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, What theatre should be

See it if you want to see the best of NY theatre. Great writing, acting, staging. Nobody moved for 85 minutes.....and for $30/seat it's a bargain

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see it

90
Delightful, Great singing, Great dancing, Alot of fun

See it if You want an old fashioned show with great music (Cole Porter), singing and dancing

Don't see it if you don't like musical theater

80
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like the music of the Temptations

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the Temptations

91
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, For a specific audience, Profound

See it if you can get into a brilliant re-interpretation of an operetta you grew up on. Like with Hamilton, it took a while to get into it

Don't see it if If you can't give up Rogers & Hamerstein's Oklahoma. All the words are the same but this has nothing to do with the original

100
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if It's easy to say "best damn show I've seen in years". It's easy to say "read Ben Brantley's NYTimes review" Both exactly right

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show. It's absolutely terrific and there are no bad seats

80
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you're fed up with the way things are and just don't want to take it anymore

Don't see it if you're a fan of Donald Trump

Also Lee Hall and Ivo Van Hove have taken Paddy Chayefsky's masterpiece and... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want a good laugh-out-loud laugh and to watch three professionals deliver terrific performances

Don't see it if there's no reason not to see it

Also Would have scored it higher but for the fact that I got the sense that... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Cast of 4 is terrific. Writing cuts to the core with no BS. Says things that are true to the black experience and must be said

Don't see it if You don't want to see the world as it is rather than how you would prefer that it be

Also This show can play in a dozen cities around the country

95
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Tour de force

See it if you're up for a relevant, well written play performed by 5 fabulous actors

Don't see it if you have a hard time dealing with life's realities.....in this case, dementia

59
Funny, Raunchy, Overrated, Edgy, Banal

See it if you like well drawn characters who appeal more to women than men

Don't see it if you dislike vulgarity and noise for its own sake

90
The Originalist
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you are interested in biography and well written theatre. Intellectually stimulating theatre. Provocative theatre.

Don't see it if you don't have interest in the law and politics

90
The Damned
Upper E Side
Visual extravaganza, brilliant direction and staging

See it if you don't mind that it's in French with superscript

Don't see it if are nudity averse or have a problem with Nazi images

Also I zoned out of the story after a while as there was too much to read a... Read more Read less

90
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You would like to get up close & personal with Oscar Hammerstein's take on Bizet's Carmen

Don't see it if you don't like opera

Also We loved the first 2/3 but the last half hour was too much what we don... Read more Read less

60
Skintight
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like intelligent comedy

Don't see it if would prefer not to spend 2 hours on the subject of gay relationships

Also too long, too gay, not up to the standard set by "Admissions"

80
During previews
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you want to have a fun, amusing evening in the theatre being entertained by 6 terrific actors

Don't see it if you can't deal with the obvious and somewhat less sophisticated work you get on Broadway

Also Noel Ehrman would have produced this at the acting camp he worked at

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see three women give a master class in theatre and watch Albee at his best. Only have the time for one play, THIS IS IT.

Don't see it if Sorry, no reason to answer this question

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Great singing and dancing though not enough disco music

Don't see it if Book is almost non-existant

55
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Well written, no interest in story

See it if NO INTEREST IN STORY though well written and performed. Three snores.

Don't see it if Can you imagine spending 2 hours talking with your doorman on the midnight shift? Some people lead lives of quiet desparation

100
During previews
Great singing, Spectacular dancing, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing

See it if SPECTACULAR singing and dancing. R+H's dark operetta that has never been more well performed

Don't see it if If you need "fluffy" or if you don't like musical theatre

85
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Super great staging

See it if you liked A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night as the same set designer did it. Really well performed. St. Anne's Warehouse fabulous

Don't see it if you're not interested in going to Brooklyn and seeing how terrific DUMBO has become

50
Office Hour
East Village
Disappointing, A conceit

See it if you already have tickets. If it's snowing, stay home

Don't see it if you haven't already bought tickets. "Gloria" it ain't.

93
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like an intelligent twisty take on Washington DC today. Uma Thurman and the whole cast is wonderful and the Hudson Theater is terrific

Don't see it if you would be offended hearing people speak ill of Donald Trump

43
Overrated, Intense, Wordy

See it if we left at halftime.

Don't see it if Had no interest in the characters and the play was too wordy