Ed 7038

Brooklyn

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Reviews (27)
60
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You want to see some good acting not on TV or in the movies.

Don't see it if you want more than that. Play's of interest mostly to theater buffs wondering how well early works presage future expertise. Here, not much.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want a show where you half-expect that when the bows come, there's only a little puddle where this show's star stands -she gives it 110%

Don't see it if You can't imagine that ANYone successfully detoxes ... or that plot summary (too simple by far!) is a total turn-off.

Also Believe me - and others - when I say that this must be to theater love... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Illyria
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Must see, Masterful

See it if you're interested in the theater (and its history) OR a larger-than-life complex figure OR the struggle between doing good & doing well!

Don't see it if You have a shortish attention span or a smallish bladder. At or near max length for a no intermission talky play.

Also Probably worth paying a few $ extra to sit in the middle section of 3 ... Read more Read less

90
6 Guitars
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if ever liked most anything played on a guitar. If you actually played one yourself, change your plans - Tues. 10/3 is the LAST show. Be there!

Don't see it if you have zero sense of humor.... (If you feel about "becoming part of the show" the way some do about clowns, sit at least 3-4 rows back.)

70
During previews
Absorbing, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are ready to be challenged.

Don't see it if are troubled by the number of British transplants to NYC. This one could do with a translation - really!

Also There's a reason "real critics" are told to/HAVE TO/OUGHT TO hold off ... Read more Read less

78
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Overrated

See it if You're Jewish and 60+. (NOT a small number in NYC and definitely NOT some kind of unpleasant put-down.... more in the "more" section.)

Don't see it if you like/need a little "pace" in your theatre favorites.

Also When an author's note says, "This book/play/whatever 'changed my life,... Read more Read less

85
Marry Harry
Midtown E
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You're looking for a very fun afternoon or evening. You may even get to "think" about the "issue" of parent-adult child relationships.

Don't see it if You're looking for profound. Not sure how many musicals come close to delivering on that, but this one doesn't "waste time" on it.

Also The critics here are/were WAY too harsh. OK, maybe the material is ter... Read more Read less

40
Disappointing, Overrated, Banal

See it if you think Mr. Brantley always gets it right and can reasonably judge things as disparate as Lear and this turkey.

Don't see it if You actually have a modicum of taste. This may be where Bway has gotten to in an era of $100 seats 3 stories up, but high volume is not enuf

Also Isherwood was so wasp-like that he helped keep extant cliches about ga... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if You like to be entertained without just being injected with corn syrup - a la Cats.

Don't see it if You have trouble with a show that isn't easy to pigeonhole. A kid of 6 would enjoy parts & be baffled by others. But no adult should miss it

Also Too bad there are/were so few reviews as I write ... and several were ... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see an "old fashioned" play - more erudite people than I can opine where T. Williams should "rank" in an exc. production.

Don't see it if You have a problem with a 3-6 PM or 8-11 commitment. It's open seating, so be sure to get there early - we had one of the few "bad seats."

Also When the cast of 16 took their well-deserved bows, we realized reason ... Read more Read less

60
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Confusing, Disappointing, Depressing

See it if you think Irish playwrights can do no wrong - that was my mistake....

Don't see it if you prefer a little laughter with almost buckets of tears. I visited lovely Ireland this past summer. Apparently, Ire. 66 was 180 degr. off.

Also It takes rather a bit more - one might say TONS MORE - to shock these ... Read more Read less

60
Cats
Midtown W
Banal, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You have more money than brains.

Don't see it if Cotton candy is not what you'd pick for your dinner . . . ever!

Also I recognize that there's an enormous diversity of readers and theatre ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you're ready for a play that combines "conventional" family drama with all sorts of much more profound stuff.

Don't see it if Jewish people & their concerns often make you tune out . No guilt/insult - I just can't see most Christians much more than amused by this.

75
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Edgy

See it if You want the feeling of summer stock (good material but "r-a-w") with obviously professional NY cast & production values.

Don't see it if You feel that the Vineyard shouldn't prioritize even a blue-chip name (Kander, here) above insistence on a genuinely-finished musical.

Also I'll admit it- "homoerotic" would not make my top 10 of "gotta see THA... Read more Read less

65
During previews
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you want a sitcom with a brain.

Don't see it if a paint-by-numbers approach to aging and all its issues doesn't cut it foe you.

Also If ever there were a decent play (even one that is very good at some p... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like a mix of insightful and predictable material about NYC.

Don't see it if You can't stand even a few NYC cliches.

82
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like a "Law & Order" experience in the theater.

Don't see it if that's not your thing ... I happen to be a fan, but it's not clear how much better the acting is. The staging IS great, the script not-s-m!

Also Script would SO MUCH have benefited from a read-over by one of the gaz... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if enjoy a good concept extremely well executed. 4 interesting lives, 2 compelling (romantic) relationships.

Don't see it if You gorged too much on the US Open ESPN coverage.... or you love tennis so much that this would seem like parody.

Also Again, I fervently hope that S-S will deal with the problem of outlier... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Must see

See it if love good theater. DO NOT be "scared off" by SS reviews that strike me as way off-base, even mean-spirited.

Don't see it if Ye, they're right about illness, depressing (for some) content & VERY heavy dysfunctional family stuff. If any/all of those are 3rd rails...

Also Really, sometimes I think that even the "smallish" savvy NY theatre wo... Read more Read less

65
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Intense

See it if you're a guy who likes car crash movies, "Chucky," etc ... or a "typical" female who either loved the book or thinks of herself as political

Don't see it if you believe -as I do - that a novel about ideas is very poorly translated into a play about torture.

Also Yes, I may be in the decile who abhors loud noises (gratuitous both in... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if those 3 and almost every positive attribute is what you seek when you go to Bway.

Don't see it if you have to sit upstairs - ok, it's so good that the first few rows MIGHT be worth the bother - not just the steps.

Also Of course, this is the type of show the subscription theaters SHOULD h... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Profane
Midtown W
Cliched, Overrated, Clever

See it if You really prefer TV to theater - or just plain see lots more of the former than the latter.

Don't see it if You want something from a fine theatre and associated talent MORE THAN paint-by-numbers. There's a "coda" that nails this as amateur hour.

Also Occasionally, someone who's "made it" in Hollywood or TV "comes back" ... Read more Read less

70
Overrated, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You're gay and you need affirmation that anything is possible, plus thank the lord you didn't come out in 1970. Or you're a theater geek

Don't see it if One man shows - even where the one person is exceedingly charming - don't do it for you. Another big turn-off is way too much name-dropping.

Also I wanted to like this show ... and it was clear that a portion of the ... Read more Read less

75
Sight Unseen
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing

See it if You like a slightly "old-fashioned" play, one where ideas and relationships carry the weight - not plot, say.

Don't see it if You're not at least a little patient. It's not that it's slow, but it does seem "padded" - a young playwright's work, a bit self-indulgent.

Also The play has 2 really fine "big" roles and 2 that are much smaller but... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a the work of a writer and at least one actor who gave this project 150%.

Don't see it if You wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall at someone's therapy session. Yes, it's "dramatic," but - likely - the opposite of "involving."

Also Everybody's seen "great art" that eludes them. This was an interesting... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Linda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You're a woman or an "enlightened" man who want to do a bit of rah-rah!

Don't see it if You want something that couldn't have been written in 1977, 87, 97 or 2007. You'd rather see Americans than Brits.

Also I *did* like this production, but there's an awful lot of "singing to ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You're looking for an almost SURE-FIRE non-musical afternoon or evening.

Don't see it if You got "shut out" of 3-5 musicals you really wanted to see and/or wanted to save $50/ticket. Jitney will make you listen & think!

Also If ever you thought you might have missed something for not having wor... Read more Read less