Dr Paul

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  I work full time and see shows full time, which is exhausting! I can’t wait for this job thing to be over. I enjoy everything, if it’s on a stage, I’ll see it. And review it here if possible.
Reviews (181)
80
Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
January 8th, 2023

See it if you want to see a unique performance, technically incredibly staged and acted, about the environment

Don't see it if you aren’t wowed by the show’s palindrome technique, or prefer musicals, comedies, or complex stories

Also Don’t sit in the front if you have neck problems or want to see the wh... Read more Read less

77
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
January 8th, 2023

See it if you want to see a revered actor take on King Lear, or are a Game of Thrones fan and want to see Pedro Pascal, or just like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you’re a Shakespeare purist and don’t want to see a woman Lear, or are a Shakespeare expert who picks apart shows. I thought it was fine

76
Be My Thief
Soho/Tribeca
Wacky, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Clever
January 7th, 2023

See it if you want to see a well acted off-the-wall play that packs a lot into an hour, mashing up Das Kapital with READ MORE FOR SPOILER

Don't see it if you are a member of the ruling elite, prefer musicals, or dislike bizarre storylines. The exploitation element actually sounded plausible

Also which makes the Invasion of the Body Snatchers element seem… no, that’... Read more Read less

80
Stomp
East Village
Must see, Great dancing, Great drumming, Delightful, Entertaining
January 6th, 2023

See it if you want to see a quintessential New York show before it leaves forever. You have 3 more days before you’ll have to catch a traveling troupe

Don't see it if you prefer dramas, need a storyline, or don’t like loud street drumming or energetic dance

69
Excruciating, Edgy, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky
January 5th, 2023

See it if you’d like to see an experimental one man show about a show, including King Lear, the audience, house staff, and for some reason, stand-up

Don't see it if you want to see a remotely traditional show. The stand-up included a British version of the Aristocrats, which definitely isn’t for everyone

73
Be My Guest
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Entertaining
January 5th, 2023

See it if you want to see a talented actress and singer take on several wildly different personas in a very meandering show/series of vignettes

Don't see it if you want to see typical theater with straightforward structure, this felt like performance schizophrenia. Extra Fringy Fringe

Also Very interactive, if you sit in the front you will be kissed and possi... Read more Read less

79
Great stand-up, Hilarious, Overrated, Funny, Entertaining
January 3rd, 2023

See it if you want to see a smart, funny, short show / long stand up routine about one man’s journey to improve his habits/health, performed very well

Don't see it if you want a substantial show, this is essentially an extended routine that made it to Broadway - it could have played at any comedy club

Also There are many good jokes and Mike Birbiglia’s delivery and timing are... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 30th, 2022

See it if you want to see some great acting and writing in a longish but fast moving painful and realistic play about pedophiles and their victims

Don't see it if you want to see something more cheerful. This felt like watching baby seals being clubbed. Intermission was filled with somber silence.

Also Well deserved standing ovation for the actors, but I think this play w... Read more Read less

77
Love's Left Hand
Soho/Tribeca
Romantic, Enchanting, Great choreography, Great dancing, Entertaining
December 28th, 2022

See it if you want to see 3 very talented modern dancers tell a fairly complicated longish love story through beautiful movements and pantomime

Don't see it if you want to see a play with dialogue or a musical with songs - this is purely a dance performance by an Austrian dance company.

Also The story has twists and turns and goes on for a while. There is no pr... Read more Read less

78
The Stakeout
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting
December 26th, 2022

See it if you want to see a David Lynch like 2-hander. 2 FBI agents loop in time, becoming each other and the stakeout subjects, with snappy dialogue

Don't see it if you want a straight forward play, prefer musicals, or like big productions - the set is 2 chairs and the prop is 2 cans and a string

Also Circular plot is about a father leaving his son. Really good acting. 7... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny
December 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a funny, sad, and interesting play about one year in a hormonal Christian youth group, performed by 5 very talented actors

Don't see it if you’re tired of stories about teenage angst, religious angst, or church scandals, prefer comedies or musicals or big productions

Also To clarify, there is no pedophilia in this play despite what others ha... Read more Read less

74
La Race
Upper W Side
Banal, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining
December 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see some good writing and acting mostly about race relations and a woman’s slow journey out of depression to self discovery

Don't see it if you want a believable plot, the whole running for office premise was forced and very easily thrown away. Payoff was small for a lengthy play

75
Short, Ambitious, Athletic, Family friendly, Entertaining
December 23rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a small and brief but still entertaining show with acrobats, contortionist, juggling, flying apparatus, jump rope, etc…

Don't see it if you want a bigger or longer than 1 hour circus with clowns or animals, given the Olympic theme, this is more of an athletic experience

77
Underneath the Skin
East Village
Hybrid performance, Adult only, Educational, Raunchy, Absorbing
December 22nd, 2022

See it if you’re interested in the life of a protean gay pioneer presented through screen, dialogue, dance, song, and lots of real & simulated f*cking

Don't see it if you’re under 18, not interested in gay history, prefer comedies or musicals, are prudish, or don’t want to see naked men and gay sex

Also Just to clarify, the real leaving nothing to the imagination sex is on... Read more Read less

75
Raunchy, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining
December 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see a well acted 1 man play about an apparently reprobate George IV that leads into a very well acted 1 woman play about a whore

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in British royal history or prefer big production or comedies or musicals. This is part 1 of 3 plays, see part 2

Also I don’t know much about British history, I think you will get more fro... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Educational, Funny, Slow, Fluffy
December 21st, 2022

See it if you want to experience some genial family friendly traditional Japanese humor as performed by a genial family friendly Canadian Sinophile

Don't see it if you want to see a substantial performance - this is a man telling funny stories with some cultural asides and a fan and hand towel for props

78
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
December 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see 2 very talented triple threats parody 6+ chick flicks which all happen to be written by white men, with a side of wokeness

Don't see it if you prefer serious plays or big productions, are anti-woke (asleep?), or are a cis-male and don’t feel like being bashed just a little

75
Cowboy
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious
December 17th, 2022

See it if you like westerns with cowboys, Indians, slavery, marshalls, and a soap opera twist, full of gunplay & speeches, all while a tornado looms

Don't see it if you think having so many plot lines would make a play lose focus from time to time, or prefer less serious topics, or hate hearing gunshots

68
For children, Uneven, Enthusiastic, Disappointing, Fluffy
December 16th, 2022

See it if you have children or are extremely child-like. Characters and storyline are toddler level, the dialogue early teens, the music young adult

Don't see it if you want quality, solid entertainment. Every character was off-putting before being redeemed by the heroine. High school quality production

Also Good enough show for baby sitting, I asked one of the children in atte... Read more Read less

77
Disturbing, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
December 15th, 2022

See it if you like short intense very well acted one woman plays about pre-Victorian era prostitution. Not a happy show from any normal perspective

Don't see it if you prefer lighter subjects or large productions, or if you need to know how a story ends (or begins) as this play is part 2 of 3

Also You can see part 1 now but part 3 did not make it over the pond. Sit i... Read more Read less

79
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Great holiday show, Fun, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever
December 12th, 2022

See it if you think you’d enjoy the titular mashup of Dickens and Doyle, want to know what happened to Tiny Tim, or enjoy Christmas or mysteries

Don't see it if you are a Dickens or Doyle purist, prefer serious dramas, or don’t have any holiday spirit. But see this anyway, bah humbug!

76
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
December 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a well delivered powerful one woman monologue that takes time to deliver its single punch, but lands when it finally does

Don't see it if you don’t want to see another play about white male privilege, or a me too adjacent play, or prefer comedies or musicals

Also I didn’t read up in this play before I saw it, and I think it’s better... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Educational, Entertaining, Dated, Slow, Great acting
December 10th, 2022

See it if you want to know more about Warhol and Basquiat in the 80’s, or want to see 2 very good actors at work, or want to see Vision in a wig

Don't see it if historical art world dramas aren’t your thing, you prefer comedies or musicals, or you don’t know or care about the Marvel universe

99
The Hours
Upper W Side
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing
December 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see a magnificent new opera with ravishing music and ravishing singing, terrific staging, and an engrossing story. A rare event!

Don't see it if you don’t like modern opera, although this is mostly in a late romantic style, tonal with lush harmonies. Following 3 stories can be tricky

Also Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Kelli O'Hara are powerhouses all wor... Read more Read less

85
Aida
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
December 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see a great classic opera monumentally staged, or haven’t seen this production which is retiring this season after 34 years

Don't see it if you have seen this in the past, don’t like tragic grand opera, or prefer plays or comedies. If you haven’t been to an opera this one is fun

Also I’ve seen this production at least 4 times, including back when it had... Read more Read less

75
An Axemas Story
East Village
Silly, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining
December 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see a Christmas story about a town of anthropomorphic Christmas trees who love Christmas but don’t quite know their roles in it

Don't see it if you don’t care about the annual mass murder of Christmas trees, or you don’t like props/set that appear to have come from the dollar store

Also See this if you think a musical with decent original songs reasonably ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
December 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see some great acting by Stephen Henderson or some good acting by Common in a well staged revival of a Pulitzer winning play

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or comedies, or a bigger more dramatic show. There are some universal themes but this ultimately is just Pops’ story

84
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
December 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see an entertaining, complicated, absurdist distillation of the Black experience in America, superbly acted and well written

Don't see it if you prefer realistic or straightforward stories, don’t like Black or racial themed plays, or don’t want to deal with slavery issues

Also Jordan Cooper is an amazing actor and playwright! Some scenes dragged ... Read more Read less

85
Cocktail Magique
Brooklyn
Quirky, Raunchy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
December 3rd, 2022

See it if no surprise, you enjoy cocktails and magic! And of course Company XIV makes it all sexy. Just a fun variety show, drinks included, go enjoy!

Don't see it if you don’t drink (periodic cocktails and food do heighten the experience), don’t like burlesque or seeing beautiful bodies, or prefer dramas

Also This show takes place in Company XIV’s new ancillary space, which is s... Read more Read less

75
Off Peak
Midtown E
Great writing, Great staging, Slow, Relevant, Great acting
December 1st, 2022

See it if you enjoy 2-handers with good acting and snappy dialogue, have fond memories of Metro-North, or enjoy brief amiable relationship dramas

Don't see it if you need to have ANY kind of action in your plays, have nightmares about Metro-North, don’t like 12-step type stories, or prefer musicals

Also This show felt like an interlude where 2 characters who share a past h... Read more Read less

60
Quirky, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing
November 27th, 2022

See it if you want to see some decent acting, garage doors opening and closing, and have absolutely nothing better to do for 95 minutes + travel time

Don't see it if you don’t like abstract, surreal, nihilistic, and slow plays, with characters you don’t care about, possibly warning against global warming?

Also Do I regret seeing this? I do! Trust Show-score!

80
Sandra
Gramercy
Disappointing, Edgy, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
November 26th, 2022

See it if you want to see a 1 woman mystery well written and acted that draws you in and keeps you there until the end. On stage mysteries are rare!

Don't see it if you prefer big productions, musicals, comedies, more than 1 actor or 1 chair on stage, or a bigger payoff to a long sustained tense buildup

Also Marjan Neshat is terrific as Sandra and the various characters she mee... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great dancing, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining
November 26th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the music of Hoagy Carmichael (I love the Nearness of You) enthusiastically sung and danced to by young talented performers

Don't see it if you need a plot or even any dialogue, this was basically a song review dressed up with a vague minimal story & set/props that added nothing

Also The men gave off a very gay vibe that mostly didn’t match the song lyr... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Far Country
Chelsea
Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant
November 20th, 2022

See it if you are interested in another immigration/institutional racism drama, this time about Asians, sad but informative and compelling, well acted

Don't see it if you prefer musicals/comedies, don’t care about past/current racism/immigration issues, or don’t like abrupt endings. It felt a scene short.

Also Really, the lights went down and there was no applause until the actor... Read more Read less

83
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Sweet, Great acting, Funny, Dated, Entertaining
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a charming little period show featuring Sheldon doing community theater with a wandering Irish accent. It works quite well

Don't see it if you want to see a big production, have no interest in Jim Parsons or the Big Bang Theory, prefer dramas, or don’t like uncloseting stories

Also I’m going to miss John Doyle and his onstage musicians!

80
La Traviata
Upper W Side
Must see, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting
November 17th, 2022

See it if you want to hear a prima donna at the height of her powers. Nadine Sierra is a vocal wonder and great actress, she makes this worth seeing

Don't see it if you want a set that makes any sense or a strong supporting cast. Other than Sierra and the orchestra this production is just serviceable

Also I really hated the set and staging. Nothing ever changed - the backgro... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a fresh interpretation of a classic musical. Yiddish adds a millennium of cultural authenticity to an already wonderful show

Don't see it if you prefer plays, don’t like reading super titles, or are anti-Semitic. If you enjoy musical theater see this production!

Also Acting and singing are excellent all around, especially Skybell (Boola... Read more Read less

83
Peter Grimes
Upper W Side
Great acting, Excruciating, Slow, Great singing, Absorbing
November 12th, 2022

See it if you enjoy ravishing Britten music well sung by all, especially Clayton as Grimes and Car as Ellen Orford, with dark but dynamic staging

Don't see it if you don’t care for opera, or would prefer something less bleak. This opera is gloomy with just a trace of hope before the inevitable tragedy

Also This is my second show in a row centered around the death of children.... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Excruciating, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
November 11th, 2022

See it if you want to see Audra McDonald in a bleak powerhouse role, essentially an extended monologue with supported interludes, very well written

Don't see it if you don’t like relentless humorless dark dramas, prefer musicals or comedies, or are tired of racist or misogynistic stories

Also Audra McDonald Is terrific but I kept wanting to hear her sing, especi... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
November 11th, 2022

See it if you want to get into the holiday spirit with a one-man Christmas Carol, well acted and staged

Don't see it if you want more delineated characters or more actors, or have small children who may be frightened or have difficulty following the story

Also Lots of people walked out, some with children early on and mostly adul... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
November 8th, 2022

See it if you want a musical that captures the spirit of the classic movie while doing everything well - great acting, singing, writing, and staging

Don't see it if you prefer dramas, less derivative original music, onstage musicians who actually play their instruments, or a tighter script (it’s long)

Also Just see this show, it’s great fun! The music is mostly terrific, the ... Read more Read less

75
Don Carlo
Upper W Side
Slow, Epic, Great staging, Great singing
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see a very long opera at the Met, or want to see everything Verdi ever wrote, or want to see everything the Met performs

Don't see it if you don’t like opera, or don’t like long operas in particular, or only like long operas written by Wagner or Handel

Also I saw this last season in French and don’t remember much about it. I d... Read more Read less

86
Must see, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see a gem of a play, wonderfully written and acted, with terrific music and singing, that interweaves several universal themes

Don't see it if you prefer tragedies, large productions, want more dialogue and less music, or don’t care for immigrant, father/son, or gay story lines

Also This is a dual monologue play, it is clear the characters are father a... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a remarkable play with remarkable actors dealing with loss and survival and life and hope, well staged. Or you like Dexter

Don't see it if you prefer more straight forward plays, or comedies or musicals. There is minimal backstory and maximum nuance with a hint of supernatural

Also There is one shocking moment. Wait for it! 1 hour 50 minutes, no inter... Read more Read less

72
The Unbelieving
Midtown E
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you are interested in the struggle with faith and loss of faith in those entrusted with guiding others in the religious world

Don't see it if struggling with faith is not particularly important to you, or if you want a story, not case studies presented well but without resolution

Also I am not particularly religious, though religion has given me great gi... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Dated, Edgy, Great staging
October 30th, 2022

See it if you can’t get enough young Nazis in love stories, or want to see a nice set, or enjoy the seating at the Tony Kiser theater

Don't see it if you don’t need to see the softer kinder side of Nazis, or don’t want to be reminded of how ingrained that ideology was/still is in America

83
During previews
You Will Get Sick
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Profound, Intelligent
October 30th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a gentle portrayal of sickness, loss of faculty, and end of life, with great acting and staging (at least at the end)

Don't see it if you want a clear story with nothing left to the imagination. This play is told from the perspective of someone with progressive dementia

Also Linda Lavin and the rest of the cast are terrific. The structure is co... Read more Read less

87
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Great singing, Entertaining
October 30th, 2022

See it if you enjoy male and female burlesque with some great singing and acrobatics, or just want to see a raunchy Nutcracker for the holidays

Don't see it if seeing near naked beautiful bodies of varied sexes offends you, or you want an actual story, or you don’t like sweet smoky atmospheres

Also This is a return engagement. I enjoyed Seven Sins more but this is sti... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 29th, 2022

See it if you are a Gabriel Byrne fan and would like to see him act out selected vignettes from his autobiography with minimal staging and effects

Don't see it if you don’t care for Gabriel Byrne or solo autobiographical shows, or want to see something with more drama (the tone is even throughout)

Also The stories are hit or miss, especially during the slow opening, and a... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 25th, 2022

See it if you’d like to see an interwoven Asian/cultural revolution/father-daughter themed drama, well written, acted, and staged, with some twists

Don't see it if you don’t care for cultural revolution or Asian themed dramas, prefer musicals, or like a big production.