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 (119)
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

98
Mary Jane
East Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to watch a superbly written and performed work of art on a subject that matters. Right up there with Dear Evan Hansen

Don't see it if you would have a problem with the subject matter

90
During previews
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you are into a well imagined re-up of the Oedipus story. Athletic. Very well directed and staged

Don't see it if you have a problem with full nudity

62
During previews
Intelligent

See it if Excellent writing about 1/3 of the time. Susannah Perkins as Grace is terrific

Don't see it if It is 100 minutes long and needed editing down to 70

39
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Annoying

See it if you need a place to doze off @ $40/hr

Don't see it if you get annoyed hearing people speak with an accent that's hard to understand and dislike plays that are like watching grass grow

Also We normally like what Atlantic does. This time, Simon Stephens has lai... Read more Read less

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

See it if Anyone with siblings and/or children will appreciate the sensitive way Sarah Ruhl has handled this theme

Don't see it if I think it's a show for everyone with any sensitivity.

80
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Thought set, dance, music, singing, costumes were terrific but writing didn't tie it together as well as it might have

Don't see it if you don't like the 40s and if you don't like swing music........it's all about being back in the 40s and swing

93
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy great writing and a unique premise well acted and well directed

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this at the Second Stage. Could easily follow Dear Evan Hansen to Broadway

76
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see how a thought from 1949 can be just as relevant today almost 70 years later

Don't see it if you are a fan of Donald Trump and other authoritarian wannabees

100
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Just what the Broadway theatre is meant to be. Perfect. Of course, well written in the late 1930s and still relevant. Acting is outstanding

Don't see it if Today is the last day. Too bad you missed this one

85
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like a slapstick approach to large and universal themes of life. Written 150 years ago in Russia it could be now in America.

Don't see it if If you don't like slapstick comedy you won't like this play.....but the audience loved it as did I

65
Great writing, Great acting

See it if I love Gina G's writing and she doesn't disappoint. Performances excellent.

Don't see it if Whilst writing is excellent, not clear point that she was making

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if 90 minutes flew by and we wished it was longer. Brilliant writing. Brilliant performances. Best show we've seen all year

Don't see it if It's not Ibsen so put that aside. It's a contemporary take on what happens after Ibsen's play ends. There is no reason to not go

60
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if The cast and orchestra are terrific and make the most of one of Sondheim's weakest shows. Staging is minimal and excellent

Don't see it if You have to be a Sondheim junkie to want to see Pacific Overtures. There are sounds of Sondheim but it's really a third rate show

Also Maybe the task of telling the story of Japan from 1850 - 1975 was too ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You like Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. They are terrific, especially Patti LuPone........for them alone it's worth the indulgence

Don't see it if The book is weak with the exception of a few "zingers" and there's no real spark/sparkle

80
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Intense, Great staging

See it if Wonderful story told from Canadian hosts point of view. Local/Celtic music high energy, gritty

Don't see it if If you need your musicals to be elegant, this may not be for you

Also Characters of "The Plane People" could have been more well developed.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Masterful

See it if you want to spend a thoroughly joyous evening. Everything just great and then there's Irving Berlin's music as current today as when written

Don't see it if Tere's no reason not to see it. You will walk out happy

75
Wilderness
Lower E Side
Refreshing, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a well written show performed by talented young people even though its a little long

Don't see it if you can't handle the black and blue marks that come with parenting

25
During previews
Party People
East Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Junior varsity

See it if Don't. The notion was great and as it was at the Public Theatre we figured it would be well done. It wasn't. We left at halftime

Don't see it if Your threshold of professionalism is a summer camp production. This didn't clear even that bar.

40
The Harvest
Upper W Side
Excruciating, Intense, Overrated

See it if It was well written and well acted and I hated it from the moment it began so I slept as much as I could to make it go away

Don't see it if You have a problem with people speaking in tongues and with ultra orthodox people who just know they're right about religion

95
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Excruciating, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Reading, PA today is what you have to learn about. If you're a 30 year old hedge fund guy, you might learn something that might make you a

Don't see it if You have lived this experience.....either as a member of management or labor

Also We left at halftime. The play is great. Frankly, having been there I d... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Dated, Banal, Great singing, Great staging, Insipid

See it if Everyone who performed was terrific. Staging was terrific.

Don't see it if Two hours and forty five minutes droned on and on. Music was monotonous. Story could have and should have been told in no more than 2 hours.

50
Absorbing, Edgy, Overrated

See it if First half interested me as the premise was terrific and the acting good

Don't see it if Second half was banal and full frontal nudity was gratuitous.

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

85
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you lived through the 80s as an adult and remember the Drexel Burnham years with Mike Milken

Don't see it if you have no interest in wall street and the games that are played

90
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you liked the EST training. At my age (74) it was particularly meaningful. Full house deadly silent for 80 minutes

Don't see it if you are an insensitive dolt

21
During previews
Homoerotic, Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a homo-erotic ballet where the content could be explained in a paragraph of English but was 90 minutes of jibberish

Don't see it if if you are offended by or disinterested in being in the Gay Men's Locker Room for an hour and a half

Also The Producers of this play need to make it clear what kind of audience... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Confusing, Quirky, Great acting, Disliked

See it if Acting was good but writing was confusing and I just didn't like the gestalt

Don't see it if I didn't like the show and wouldn't recommend to others

92
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if If Disney wanted to have done this this is what they would have done. A delightful evening. Sets are spectacular

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like gorgeous sets and costumes and very pleasant snging

96
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if A master class in musical theatre. Who knew all the productions Hal Prince was involved in? This is really a must see

Don't see it if No reason not to see this......even if you think you don't like musical theatre

81
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You would like an intelligent commentary on the political times in the United States

Don't see it if you're a Trumpette

94
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to stay on the edge of your seat for 90 minutes of terrific theatre

Don't see it if you want 90 minutes of theatre for the tired businessman

60
Animal
Chelsea
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You're of a mind to spend 90 minutes in post partum depression.....though very well performed

Don't see it if We saw the last performance so you don't have to go

60
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Dated

See it if Kevin Klein is masterful and if you like farce, this is fun. Second act much better than first

Don't see it if you don't like farce or dated Noel Coward scripts

70
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Good idea and in quirky theatre in basement of church. Well performed, well written.

Don't see it if Too long by a half hour.....should be 90 minutes. Didn't love rap music in first act as they seemed to be knocking off Hamilton

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Terrific writing that could have been written today. Terrific performances. Fact is, we live on the UES and it made us uncomfortable

Don't see it if If being made to feel uncomfortable by a writer upsets you, and if you might see yourself in this story

60
Banal, Great singing, Great staging, Insipid, Overrated

See it if Over and over and over and over and who cares? We went to see Andy Karl and he worked through his injury

Don't see it if They make their point about small town boring in the first half hour. The problem is that it takes 2.5 hours

75
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if thoughtful, intelligent, well written, beautifully staged

Don't see it if don't like Jewish theatre and klezmer music

90
If I Forget
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if Interesting to watch a middle aged family returning home to solve a problem together. Extremely well written and performed.

Don't see it if 2 hours 40 minutes and we would have cut 40 minutes

100
During previews
Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if We have seen the original, the Roundabout @ Studio 54 and now this. This wins hands down.......and we love this show and Sondheim

Don't see it if This one is a must see

60
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Lovely

See it if You'd like a lovely evening of theatre featuring folks with great singing voices. The thesis is very upbeat and positive

Don't see it if You need your musicals to be as finished and as big as Oklahoma

92
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if We loved every minute of this and have sent all of our theatre-interested friends

Don't see it if No reason not to go

100
During previews
Must see, Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Dizzying

See it if We first saw this at Ars Nova and have now seen 4 Like Hamilton, this is a unique vision and if you are reading here you must see it.

Don't see it if Given that you're reading this here, you're the theatre equivalent of a foodie. You can't miss this

80
During previews
Plenty
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if Splendid cast especially Rachel Weisz dealing with interesting subject matter in an abstract way. I was fully engaged for 2 and a half hours

Don't see it if You need more linear writing

100
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Best version of this show we've seen. All players were great. Liev Schreiber was terrific and Janet McTeer was best in show.

Don't see it if Don't miss this performance under any circumstances

Also There was a sense of lightness in this production we've never seen bef... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Slow

See it if As others have said, the cast and writing was so comfortable in its skin that we felt as though we were a fly on the wall at a family dinner

Don't see it if So what?

90
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic

See it if Gives "lend me your ears" a deeper meaning as, for two hours, you experience someone else's experince and are transported to the jungle

Don't see it if Two hours might be a half hour too long