San Francisco | 65+ | Male
About:  Originally from NYC, travel each there year to take in some theatre.
Reviews (30)
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like intelligent, thought-provoking and absorbing plays. Great acting from all three. What is the difference: journalist vs. essayist?

Don't see it if You don't like to think, but just be entertained. You believe in "alternative facts." You want something light and frothy.

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Flawed

See it if Ripped-from-the-headlines drama about racial injustice appeals to you. You like intense, absorbing drama. Great cast. Script needs tweaking.

Don't see it if You think racial injustice is not a real issue. You can't empathize with others who are different from you. You want something light.

During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intense O'Neill-esque drama with a great ensemble cast. The Irish "troubles" interest you. You like plays about civil conflict.

Don't see it if You get easily impatient with Irish accents. Factional conflict and its effects don't interest you. You don't like hatred portrayed on stage

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if The challenge of living with a parent declining into dementia and seeing it handled with intelligence and humor is of interest to you.

Don't see it if Seeing the reality of dementia is too painful for you. You prefer lighter subject matter. You don't like family dramas.

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Decent score, Good acting, Good singing, Not a must-see

See it if You like a fairly old-style musical that doesn't ask too much of you, but delivers well on what it promises. Nicolette Robinson was good.

Don't see it if You want a Sondheim-style experience or intellectual stimulation, or if simply being entertained isn't enough for you.

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Enchanting, Beautiful

See it if A thoughtful, gentle but profound musical appeals to you.

Don't see it if You want a lot of drama, conflict, flashiness, superheroes, rock music, or Disney characters

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want to experience a great classic of American theatre with excellent performances.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment or are uncomfortable watching a stage full of down and out people trying to drown their hopeless lives in drink

Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to see true genius at work on an epic scale. Kushner’s work is a masterpiece for the ages.

Don't see it if You insist that Roy Cohn was an American hero. You think Mormonism can’t be challenged. You are homophobic. You want light entertainment.

Great singing, Great dancing, Moving, Classic, Absorbing

See it if You’ve never seen it on stage. You love the Rodgers and Hammerstein music. You love the great, classic musicals.

Don't see it if You don’t like classic musicals from the Golden Age.


See it if You’re interested in Broadway history and mythology, architecture, theatre renovation.

Don't see it if None of the above interests you.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if A great adaptation of Gogol comedy. Michael Urie, Mary Testa, Michael McGrath and rest of the cast are excellent. A really fun evening.

Don't see it if You don't like classic, period comedies. You don't like political satire. You don't think corruption exists everywhere today.

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great acting, Star performance, Entertaining, 40-piece orchestra, Great costumes

See it if Glenn Close's memorable performance. Lush orchestrations. Decent score. Old-fashioned melodrama.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie, or don't like old-style melodrama. You want something original and fresh.

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Funny, Dated

See it if Kevin Kline's great performance is enough. You want to see a first-tier production of second-tier Coward--classic British upper-crust comedy

Don't see it if You're looking for something profound. You don't like farce. You want a contemporary show.

For a previous production
Disappointing, Fluffy, Silly, Amusing, Clever

See it if You like silly (this one), rather than inspired farce (such as Noises Off). You enjoy relentless slapstick. You like low humor.

Don't see it if You want inspired lunacy. You want more than a series of mostly-predictable mishaps. You don't laugh as easily as some.

Overrated, Entertaining, Amusing, Good staging, Has its charms

See it if You'd like a traditional, entertaining, but not particularly memorable, musical. Andy Karl's great lead performance is enough to entice you.

Don't see it if You want: something new and different, a great score, lyrics that rhyme.

Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Clever, Virtuosic

See it if Depression-era drama built around Dylan songs appeals to you. Virtuosic ensemble doubles as musicians. Creative staging, strong performances

Don't see it if You don't like Dylan's music. You want a traditional, old-style musical. Don't like seeing struggling down-and-out characters on stage.

During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Touching, Uplifting

See it if You like beautiful writing, acting and complex, but very human and life-affirming situations. You can relate to being gay and Jewish in NYC.

Don't see it if You're repelled by anything gay. If that's you, stop going to the theatre!

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Just plain fun!

See it if You want to be entertained by a clever over-the-top re-working of Measure for Measure. The actors (and the audience) have a great time.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh. You expect a Broadway production. You don't like farce. You want something edgy and contemporary.

Beautiful production, Wonderful, classic score, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if Gorgeous production of a classic. Great seeing Rosemary Harris (took over from Diana Rigg). Saw 10/9. Altogether loverly! Must see musical.

Don't see it if You want a more modern, edgier musical. You are not a fan of the music of theatre's Golden Age. You don't like period musicals.

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an acting master class from Glenda Jackson. One of Albee’s finest works. Beautiful supporting perfs from Metcalf & Pill.

Don't see it if You prefer light, fluffy entertainment. You want to see a comedy.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You’re under 60 and gay—this is important history. For everyone else, see it because it’s great theatre.

Don't see it if Gay themes repel you. You only want to see sanitized pictures of what it was like for many gay men before Stonewall.

In & Of Itself
Mind-bending, Masterful, Absorbing, Magical, Amazing

See it if You would enjoy watching a master illusionist at work.

Don't see it if You just want tricks without any narrative.

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You want to be swept away by wonderful Caribbean music & rhythms, great storytelling and staging in an intimate space, powerful performances

Don't see it if You’re not entranced by mythological storytelling.

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Midtown W
Good staging and acting., Absorbing if not groundbreaking subject matter.

See it if If seeing attractive naked men thrills you more than great substance. If the challenge of open relationships interests you.

Don't see it if You want compelling drama more than male nudity (not that it was bad)!

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Yiddish history interests you. You have Jewish European roots. You like a well-crafted historical drama, even if it loses steam in 2nd act.

Don't see it if You're anti-Semitic or homophobic. Historical dramas don't interest you. You want a comedy.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like edgy, political shows. Excellent performances, eclectic score. Unlikely subject for a musical--and it works! Small theatre intimacy

Don't see it if You still think the Iraq war was the right decision--then again, maybe you SHOULD see it!

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want a clever, intelligent period play with great acting and staging. You don't have to be familiar with A Doll's House to enjoy this.

Don't see it if You don't like period plays. You're anti-feminist.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want a real, non-judgmental, drama about working-class people doing their best to survive a world stacked against them. Great all around

Don't see it if You're offended by language, depictions of racism, genuine hardship. You want a light, entertaining show. You don't want to have to think.

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want a brilliant, absorbing, challenging, important and true historical drama, beautifully staged and acted. It will stay with you.

Don't see it if You want something light or superficial; you don't want to be challenged; you have a closed mind to Israeli/Palestinian history.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You like classic drama performed by some of our best actors

Don't see it if You're looking for light, superficial fluff.