Douglas Marino

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Accountant by day. Theatre aficionado by night. 850 shows... and counting
Reviews (156)
78
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if you like current topics in your drama. you like intense stories with good writing

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about another school shooting, you do not want to get upset about these school shooting events.

66
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky, Unmemorable

See it if you like kids, kid musicals, kid talent.

Don't see it if you dislike kids as main characters, kid stories, un-remarkable musical numbers,

75
During previews
Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like a dash of catholics, politics, family conflict, and death all in one. throw in peter pan, does that grab you?

Don't see it if you don't like disjointed shows, don't like peter pan, don't like to watch death on stage, don't like family conflicts that may cut close.

Also Just to see 72 yo Kathleen Chalfant fly as peter pan at the end was di... Read more Read less

86
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you like plays with a twist, plays that present a theory on something, plays that involve mystery, plays that challenge you

Don't see it if you are easily confused, don't like plays about science, aren't comfortable with a person possibly with a cancer diagnosis,

Also There was a controversial line in the play about the holocaust and 9/1... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you believe everything you hear about it - its divine, delicious, old fashioned, fun, delightful, DONNA MURPHY is on for Bette and she rocks

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you don't like paying high prices for musicals (tickets are cheaper for Ms. Murphy's summer run).

Also The feeling that Carol Channing was in the room was never far. The fee... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Profound, Quirky, Slow, Flat, Sad

See it if you like good family drama; like conflict; like to see familiar actors interacting; like stories about caregivers;

Don't see it if you like happy plays; you do not like sad family dramas with broken families; do not like death looming on stage;

Also the play was generally sad and depressing. The actors need a bit more ... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like funny actors; like funny plays; like a little slap-stick comedy; enjoy a good laugh

Don't see it if you don't like slap=stick comedy; don't like to just laugh for the sake of it; don't like drawing room comedies;

Also Michael Urie is at the top of his game and this show is incredibly sti... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Bold, Brave, Great acting

See it if you like sad yet hopeful plays, you like to see handicapped people shine on stage, you like a play where two stories intersect

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with people in wheelchairs on stage; do not like sad yet brutally honest and truthful stories;

Also The 2 brave and talented handicapped actors in this show are the best ... Read more Read less

95
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Crackling, Bold, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You like great theatre, great stories, current events, a fast pace, a true-ish story, history, hope

Don't see it if You don't like history as theatre, don't like politics or current events, gave a closed mind to the Middle East conflict

Also Jefferson Mays deserves The Tony. Great ensemble performance too. Well... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like magic, mind reading, psychic ability, parlor tricks; audience participation (lots). don't go expecting a play.

Don't see it if you dislike all of the above, want to see a "real" play (this is sheer entertainment); hate or fear audience participation (there is lots).

Also He's a brilliant performer (i suspect most of this is illusion or behi... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like extended storytelling (this is part 2 of a 2 part play). like stories about immigrants and their experience;

Don't see it if you do not like very long - 2 part plays. You don't need to see both but they make better sense if you do - and see them in order.

Also This play is shorter and more condensed than the first. However, the c... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Great singing, Dizzying, Epic, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like lush soaring epic music, quirky characters -really quirky. Clever yet weird stories, fantastic music

Don't see it if You don't like all of the above good things wrapped around a really silly, childish, and high school feeling story.

Also The soaring and lush music just didn't mesh well with the silly story.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like bizarre stories; you like fast paced plots; u like some mystique to your stories; want a good glimpse of a naked boy running around

Don't see it if you don't like confusing, rapid fire dialogue, don't like the 4th wall broken, don't like full frontal nudity; don't like dots not connected

Also 1st preview aside - they had their s**t together quite nicely but the ... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Resonant, Profound, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like gay plays; u like family drama; u like current event type plays; you just like heartfelt performances.

Don't see it if you dislike gay plays; you do not like sad stories; you do not like family drama;

Also Excellent and timely reminder that the things we all stand for always ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Profane
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you like shows about cultural differences; like family drama; like ethnic actors; like a good story

Don't see it if you dislike ethnic or culturally different shows (this one is Muslim); don't like fmaily drama; don't like too many loose ends not tied up.

Also the show was great. it did explore several characters and left many av... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Dizzying, Funny

See it if you like physical comedy; you like farce; you like slapstick; you like Brits on Broadway

Don't see it if you like a "real" story; like a serious drama; don't like falling scenery, crazy actors running around like crazy

Also reminded me of "Noises Off". Similar notes and themes in the physical ... Read more Read less

68
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Vacuous

See it if you like Reed Birney (I do);u like shows that leave a lot to think about; like shows that ponder ideas;

Don't see it if you like defined plots; like action; like resolution; don't like wandering, thought-provoking, empty dialogue; expect something to happen

Also For Tracy Letts - it was a let-down. Perhaps after August, Osage Count... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Penitent
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you love Mamet; you love a really good controversial topic; you love plays about ethics, religion and legal dilemmas.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that slight/blame religion for problems, don't like Mamet's distinctive style, dislike plays that present moral dilemmas

Also early in the run - actors still need to master the choppy dialogue sty... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Heavy, Sad

See it if you like vignettes (there are lots), you like raw, unvarnished emotions on stage, like stories about poverty, hoplessness, life in general

Don't see it if you don't like a band-aid being ripped off, don't like ethnic shows (puerto rico); don't like smoking (there is lots); don't like cursing

Also Generally well crafted - the vignettes make it easier to handle the ma... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Excruciating, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like Shakespeare. You like Daniel Craig;

Don't see it if You hate uncomfortable wooden seating; do not enjoy Shakespeare; expect something more in an updated long winded 3 hour production.

79
During previews
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Resonant, Quirky

See it if You like quirky shows; love shows with a message; love (good) new musicals; love new fresh talent on stage

Don't see it if You like some adults in your shows; don't like stories about kids; don't like carnival type atmospheres; hate going to the dumpy lortel.

Also It was a great to see fresh faces and new material but just felt sligh... Read more Read less

83
During previews
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like Richard Greenberg stories; like stories about days gone by; like a good ensemble; like a bit of a magical storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like Long Island; stories about Jewish housewives of the 60's; a narrative told by breaking the 4th wall throughout.

Also Outstanding ensemble with a stand-out performance by Randy Graff.... Read more Read less

49
For a previous production
Slow, Confusing, Pointless, Empty, Why?

See it if you enjoy being tortured by a slow, empty show without a point, without substance,that prattles on with very little entertainment value.

Don't see it if you value your time in the theater; you have an aversion to stories without a point; you have an offer to wash your hair that night.

Also The show was one of those random event type shows. 90 minutes is good ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy preachy lectures; current events; 1 woman shows;

Don't see it if you expect a real play; you dislike going to the theater and getting a college lecture

Also Ms. Smith is a brilliant stage artist but this is not really a play - ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Confusing, Resonant, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love fully sung shows; like lots of music; like borle or rannells;

Don't see it if you like dialogue; you don't like dated, mis-cast shows; you don't like dated shows about AIDS; like a show with an actual set.

Also the music is beautiful but it seemed like a pastiche of scenes compile... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like gender bending stories; like futuristic stories; "like a peak into what might become". like cute boys ;-)

Don't see it if you do not like contrived, absurd, or big bends of the truth or reality; are not comfortable with a play skewering religion as a fool's game

85
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great storytelling, Confusing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like Deanna Dunnigan. You like family drama and stories about family conflict.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that have people losing their marbles, don't like stories about old people, don't like family conflict and drama.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you are a democrat. you love Mr. Moore. you hate donald trump. you love hillary clinton; you want to hear a few of his stories.

Don't see it if you hate politics; you hate Mr. Moore; you are a republican; you dislike one-man vanity projects.

Also His theme is important - even a little thing can make a difference - t... Read more Read less

90
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you love musicals, you love hamilton, you love silly, fun-poking at shows, you like light hearted broadway silliness

Don't see it if you don't like parody shows. you don't like silliness and especially silliness about broadway shows.

Also Gerard's shows get better and better each time. this latest one actual... Read more Read less

55
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Slow, Empty, Under-developed, Disappointing, Un-fulfilling

See it if you like modern staging (read empty stage, no set), like quirky plays; like 'em short (80 Min).

Don't see it if you like developed characters, you like substantial plots, you hate filling in all the blanks in the script.

78
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like tall tales; like great music; like great staging and singing; like a fun filled evening in the theatre; don't mind silliness.

Don't see it if you don't like silly; don't like made up tales; expect serious theatre; you are generally a serious-only person.

Also the music was great - singing was OUTSTANDING. Staging was clever. Cre... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Animal
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Confusing, Profound

See it if you like intense drama, a good story with a bit of a surprise at the end; like serious, real life stories; like stories about "crazy" people

Don't see it if you do not like stories about mentally ill people; do not like to guess what is going on; like a clear picture of who the characters are

79
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Graphic, Raw, Confusing, Dystopian, Brutal

See it if you like graphic violent, brutally raw content on stage, you like powerful theater, you like bizarre topics on stage.

Don't see it if you don't like violence, brutality, or blood. you dislike torture, you do not want to see someone broken on stage.

Also The acting in this play is top notch. The video design and projection ... Read more Read less

72
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Uneven, Quirky

See it if you like crazy stories and theories about real life events; like rock type musicals; like a really well put together off-broadway musical

Don't see it if you don't like stories about 9/11 or war; don't like fake stories about same; don't enjoy a good laugh over the roots of the iraq war

Also It was a bit uneven - act one was over-the-top funny/silly/physical co... Read more Read less

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love rich, bold, absorbing storytelling; great music and intelligent lyrics; history

Don't see it if You can't afford it; otherwise see it. It's that good.

Also This may be the hardest working and best looking ensemble (as in "the ... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like immigrant stories; you like stories about africa/america; you enjoy storytelling and new theater.

Don't see it if you do not like shows about immigrants r the immigrant experience; don't like plays that are longer than they should be

Also Act 1 was a total waste of time. The salient points could have been ta... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Her Opponent
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want an eye opening theatrical experience based on real life experiences and people ; you like politics;

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot with characters and a story - this is a re-enactment of real life.

Also i was struck how i viewed the things that were said thru a new prism w... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like to see two tough women leads; u like old fashioned stories; like a little sas; like a well acted play;

Don't see it if you hate the south and southern post-slavery stories; do not like to see black people treated poorly; don't like old fashioned tales;

Also I saw Laura Linney as Regina and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie. I tried to i... Read more Read less

89
Church & State
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Fair

See it if you like political themes; you like a twist at the end; you like fair presentation of all sides with humor and heart;

Don't see it if you hate southerners; you do not like politically themed plays that are current; you don't like guns; you dislike Jesus infused in stories;

Also all sides represented; while there is a point of view of the play you ... Read more Read less

65
Performeteria
Gramercy
Clever, Confusing, Dizzying, Entertaining, Disjointed

See it if you want to sample lots of eclectic theatre companies; enjoy brief performances; like off-beat material;

Don't see it if you don't like crowds; you like substantial theatre; you can't stand for performances;

Also The concept is great - sample lots of different theatrical companies a... Read more Read less

69
During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Clever, Slow, Disappointing, Empty, Entertaining

See it if you like tall tales, coincidences, links between generations, magical stories, and wonder.

Don't see it if you like stories with heft; you like linear plots, you dislike wonder in the theater, you don't like electricity.

Also plenty of wonder in this evening of theatre.

49
The Object Lesson
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, No plot, Boring, Uncomfortable seating

See it if you like shows with no discernible plot; like non-traditional seating and staging; like a great deal of non-verbal acting; like weird things

Don't see it if you want a comfortable seat - you will be sitting on a cardboard box covering a piece of wood or worse - the floor; you like a plot

Also The recording and subsequent playback with dialogue (done twice) was i... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Linda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like shows about women's empowerment; like shows that pack a punch; like a good story;

Don't see it if you dislike shows that support a strong viewpoint; don't like shows about "issues"; don't like women's issues; don't like Brits on stage.

Also The show was a bit long and could be tightened; seems to be a bit all ... Read more Read less

55
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you want a REALLY lite show; like SNL; don't mind political and p culture zingers

Don't see it if you want to see a "real" musical as this is more like an extended SNL skit; don't like political humor;

Also The show is at the same time fresh for topical news/pop culture, but s... Read more Read less

80
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like storytelling that progresses unfolds over generations; like plays with a stinging message;

Don't see it if don't like plays that point out a generation's flaws; don't want a dose of reality.

90
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you love an incredibly talented group do a-capella show ; you love a real Yew York City story; love when love trumps hate

Don't see it if U R a curmudgeon who doesn't love a good old fashioned love story played outacross multiple characters; don't like music; you hate subways

Also Every cast member was superb. Every single one.

10
During previews
Rancho Viejo
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Empty

See it if It should be illegal to write a 3 ½ hour show that is so lackluster. The actors all gave great performances despite the material.

Don't see it if You value your time in a seat in the theatre. At 3 ½ hours this show chews up all that time and returns little back to you.

Also Mare Winingham and Mark Blum lead a great cast. I felt sorry for them.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Cliched

See it if you like nicky silver; you like lots of family drama; like some eye candy on stage. gays;

Don't see it if you dislike plays w/ obligatory gay characters; stories about aging parents w/ problems; don't like family problems, contrived plots.

Also A Nicky Silver play without Linda Lavin - interesting concept. Act 1 w... Read more Read less

75
Sell/Buy/Date
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like one woman shows; you like political and social issues lightly touched on; you like issue oriented shows; like great voices

Don't see it if don't like one woman shows; don't like shows that deal with social and political issues; like some action in your play;

Also Sarah Jones is perfection in her various characters and voices. She re... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you like Jonathan Larson; you enjoy watching 3 great actors melt into their roles; like great music; like shows with heart and soul

Don't see it if you don't like shows about coming of age, characters figuring them selves out and what they should "do" in life;

Also Nick, George, and Ciara are perfectly cast and have a strong vocal and... Read more Read less