ERF

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Native New Yorker who has lived many places over the World; avid theater-goer. Musicals are my favorite.
Reviews (83)
84
But too long, Great music, Refreshing, Intelligent
November 6th, 2022

See it if You want to see an excellent and super creative production of the Brontë novel accompanied by an excellent musical score.

Don't see it if You don’t like Brontë or melodrama—there is a LOT of the latter in this three hour long production.

Also Confession: I’m not a fan of the novel and can’t stand melodrama. Yet ... Read more Read less

50
Excruciating, Frenetic, Monty python gone wrong., Slapstick gone wrong.
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you love slapstick in its most basic forms; you are looking for something other than "highbrow" entertainment.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick, or a show that repeats the same basic gags over and over.

Also I have to say that most of the audience really liked this show and wer... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great cast, Great singing, Quirky, Original, Endearing
October 21st, 2022

See it if You’d like to see a truly original, very funny and touching story about a prematurely-aging indomitable teen and her dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if You prefer big production, traditional, old school musicals. But give this a chance: I went because I got deep-discount tix, and LOVED it!

Also This refreshing, quirky and original show will steal your heart. I was... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Slow, Dated, Good acting, Intelligent, Great writing
October 14th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of Shaw and want to see a play with clever dialog evincing his ahead-of-his-times advocacy of socialist and feminist ideas.

Don't see it if you don't like Shaw; want to see something more "modern"; don't want to sit through a 110 minute show consisting mostly of dialogue.

Also This was a good production, but at times slow and a bit dated. Actors ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Good storytelling, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 6th, 2022

See it if You'd enjoy an engrossing and entertaining one-man show centering on author Doug McGrath's middle school years in Midland, TX.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-man shows; or you'd find the theme (a teacher with an inappropriate sense of distance) unsettling.

Also I am not usually a fan of one man show's, but found McGrath's account ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, uneven, but some good performances
September 25th, 2022

See it if If you love the original and want to see a revival from a new perspective.

Don't see it if If you loved the original and would not enjoy seeing it revived in a "woke" version, with some (but not all) very talented cast.

Also I loved the original and bought tickets hoping to see a fairly traditi... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Genius
July 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a cast of Broadway greats (and some equally wonderful understudies in their debuts) in a most brilliant Sondheim musical.

Don't see it if you happened to wander into Show-Score by accident (perhaps looking for a dating or a porn site?😊); otherwise you will LOVE this show!!!!

Also I don't think I've ever rated a show 100 here before--except maybe "An... Read more Read less

75
Circle Jerk
East Village
Edgy, Clever, Camp
June 24th, 2022

See it if If you want to see a camp, fast-paced, outrageous social satire with never ending pop-culture references done in a mash up of video & live.

Don't see it if You don’t like LGTBQ themed humor, farce or pop culture references. I found this show clever and interesting but a bit frenetic and silly.

90
Masterful, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing
May 19th, 2022

See it if You want to see a refreshing and groundbreaking musical told from a unique perspective.

Don't see it if You Don like profanity, or are disturbed by racial and homosexual themes (the play contains a scene of simulated Gay sex).

81
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Dated
April 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see excellent actors deliver great performances (Fishburn and Rockwell are great; Darren Cris okay).

Don't see it if you don't like Mamet; would not enjoy a dialogue-driven place with little action or plot.

Also I went to see this because I remember really enjoying the original 198... Read more Read less

92
Wonderful ensemble, Great choreography, Delightful, Classic
April 1st, 2022

See it if You want to see a lavish and delightful production of the classic musical, a wonderful piece of Americana.

Don't see it if you don’t like classic musicals; or if Robert Preston is your definite Harold Hill (Jackman’s dancing is great; his singing not so much).

Also Hugh Jackman was good: his dancing great, his singing not as much. For... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Harmony
Financial
Poignant, Wonderful cast, Great staging, Great singing
March 27th, 2022

See it if You want to see a very talented cast with beautiful voices in an engaging and poignant portrayal of the world famous Comedian Harmonist

Don't see it if You are triggered by actors in Nazi uniforms (it jmade me uneasy); don’t want to sit through a show with a running time of 2 hrs, 45 minute

Also Manilow has written a beautiful and poignant musical about a very popu... Read more Read less

95
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Wonderful score, Great staging, Great singing, Hilarious
December 30th, 2021

See it if You love Sondheim; are a fan of Lupine or Lenk; want to see a fun and updated remake of a great Sondheim show.

Don't see it if You don’t like Sondheim, prefer “traditional” musicals.

80
Great acting, Quirky, Edgy
December 9th, 2021

See it if you’re a Sondheim fan or want to see a great cast perform on of his edgier works.

Don't see it if you don’t like gunshots, violence or rather dark subject matter.

Also I thought the production was a bit cluttered, having all the actors ma... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful
November 18th, 2021

See it if you want to see a great comedic ensemble of wonderful actors performing a hilarious Ben Jonson comedy set in plague-ridden London.

Don't see it if you don't like farces, even if wonderfully acted and staged, e.g. you don't like "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Also This wonderfully acted, directed and staged adaptation of Ben Jonson's... Read more Read less

90
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ebullient, Great singing, Delightful
October 12th, 2021

See it if …you would enjoy a lively 80 minutes (no intermission) of ebullient, escapist entertainment featuring an upbeat pop score and great singing.

Don't see it if ..you don’t enjoy pop or would like a more traditional musical or perfer a more “serious “ treatment of historical events.

Also After being starved for Broadway entertainment during the pandemic, th... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
March 2nd, 2020

See it if You would enjoy a very talented cast singing and acting a fun and light-hearted Shakespeare comedy with many delightful musical interludes.

Don't see it if You desire a more polished (I.e. fancier costumes and sets) production.

Also Really a delightful production. By all means go for the pre-show music... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Overlong, Great staging, Great singing, Corny
February 15th, 2020

See it if You love musicals and would like to see an excellent production With a great cast in a more intimate Off-Broadway venue.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or prefer more modern ones: this (even with “new” script, is a bit corny and dated.

Also Beth Malone was excellent as Molly. The production was great, and danc... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Distracting, Great score, Misguided
February 3rd, 2020

See it if you want to see this classic musical with an amazing score performed live on the Broadway stage.

Don't see it if You are wedded to the original production; wouldn’t like a mixed media production with a lot of live video projected onto a giant screen.

Also Overall, pretty good. Actors playing Maria (Shereen Pimentel) and Tony... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Britcom farce, Absurdist, Funny
January 26th, 2020

See it if If you enjoy off-beat Britcom humor, like Monty Python.

Don't see it if Don’t like farce/off-beat Brit-Com humor.

Also Not for everyone: I loved (as did many in the packed (although small) ... Read more Read less

86
Dated, Funny, Enchanting
December 27th, 2019

See it if you are interested in Yiddish theatre, or theatre history; you’re interested in seeing a restoration of a classic Yiddish comedy/melodrama.

Don't see it if You don’t like subtitles; don’t like operetta; prefer modern theatre.

Also This recreation of the first Yiddish Theatre production in America is ... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky
December 27th, 2019

See it if You enjoy humorous story-telling in a one-man show format; you don’t mind mildly raunchy humor.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-man shows or “dick” jokes.

90
Resonant, Funny, Great singing, Delightful
December 1st, 2019

See it if your an Iconic fan/liked Be More Chill or B'way Bounty Hunter; are a fan of 60's girl group music, you enjoyed Hairspray or The Prom.

Don't see it if You don't like LGTBQ-friendly themes; you don't shows like Hairspray or The Prom.

Also Another delightful Iconis production. A fun homage to 60's girl group ... Read more Read less

70
Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking
November 10th, 2019

See it if you are interested in Russian history/literature; would like to see some good acting in a small but intellectual piece.

Don't see it if You want a plot driven play or don't have a lot of patience for a rather slow production.

Also A recording of Mayakovsky reading his poetry is available online. This... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 14th, 2019

See it if You love Peter Dinklage, and want to see his excellent performance along with a great cast including Jasmine Cephas Jones and Ritchie Coster

Don't see it if You don't like plays with music (this is sort of a musical but not really) or enjoy bigger, more lavish productions.

Also Okay, so Dinklage's voice is not the greatest--but I enjoyed his pleas... Read more Read less

90
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Wonderful cast, Great singing, Original, Hilarious
July 26th, 2019

See it if You want to spend a delightful evening watching a great cast in a light-hearted, hilariously funny and entertaining musical.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something serious; don't like a campy plot or absurdist humor.

Also If you loved Be More Chill, this is even better. Iconis shows he's mor... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant
May 18th, 2019

See it if You want to see this venerable classic reinterpreted (yet with original script completely intact) in a darker yet completely relevant way.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a more spare, modern and dark production of this American classic that seems completely fresh and relevant.

Also This production, more spare (11 in cast; 8 in orchestra) has been give... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining
April 29th, 2019

See it if You like musicals and don’t mind a somewhat amateurish production.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished, well-executed production.

Also The lead actress was pretty good. The guy playing the multiple male pa... Read more Read less

85
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Historic, Masterful, Absorbing
April 17th, 2019

See it if you want to see an excellent cast in a well-staged revival of a historic and interesting work; you like Brechtian theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through plays; don't want to see very polemic and political theatre.

Also First produced in 1937, this Blitzstein sung-through play is agitprop ... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Toot-toot-terrible, Banal, Excruciating
April 7th, 2019

See it if You’re in town from Topeka and want to see a Broadway musical and aren’t picky. No don’t! See most anything else!

Don't see it if You want to avoid a cringeworthy script, mostly forgettable songs and a badly-directed (in Previews) show. I loved the movie; hated this.

Also We bought tickets because we really liked Santino Fontana in Cinderell... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Moving, Great staging, Must see, Absorbing
March 31st, 2019

See it if You love Fiddler and you would like to see this moving, intimate and well-staged and acted Yiddish version

Don't see it if You don’t like subtitles and don’t speak Yiddish.

Also This moving and “haimish” Joel Grey production in the “mother tongue “... Read more Read less

100
A wonderful production, Great dancing, Delightful
March 24th, 2019

See it if you like Cole Porter and or Kelli O'Hara, or want to see a wonderful production of this classic musical

Don't see it if you don't like musicals--although I can't imagine anyone not liking this one!

Also Kelli O'Hara and the rest of the cast are all in top form in this wond... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent
March 17th, 2019

See it if you’d enjoy an intelligent, sensitive and entertaining play with music with an excellent cast exploring the life of Judy Holiday.

Don't see it if you’re not interested in a bio of Judy Holiday; or don’t like smaller shows on a small set.

Also Broadway veterans Andréa Burns, Mark Lotito, Andrea Bianci and Mark Sp... Read more Read less

69
Fleabag
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Raunchy, Edgy
March 17th, 2019

See it if you are a huge fan of the Fleabag show on Amazon and don’t mind seeing the one woman show on which it was based.

Don't see it if you don’t like solo shows; don’t enjoy some raunchy material; or have seen Fleabag and don’t want to see a lot of the same material.

Also We are huge fans of the show on Amazon Prime, and found this disappoin... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky
March 7th, 2019

See it if You like John Laroquette or the plays of John Guare.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the absurd; or prefer more traditional theatre.

Also Funny, and at times entertaining, but at other times slow going. Laroq... Read more Read less

85
Moving, Great acting, Absorbing
March 6th, 2019

See it if you want to see a moving and entertaining musical performed by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional musical; you are easily upset by a show centering around a teen suicide.

94
During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious
February 15th, 2019

See it if you want to see the Broadway incarnation of a refreshing, upbeat and hilarious musical with a great cast and a fun score.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with a contemporary score or wouldn't enjoy a funny musical about teen angst.

Also Be More Chill, a musical about a nerdy high-school student who ingests... Read more Read less

94
Refreshing, Hilarious, Delightful, Great writing, Great singing
February 15th, 2019

See it if you want to see a great cast in a refreshing, up-beat contemporary musical that became a cult classic in its off-Broadway run.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with a contemporary score or prefer more "traditional" musicals.

Also Be More Chill, a musical about a nerdy high-school student who ingests... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant
January 15th, 2019

See it if you enjoy intelligent politica/social humor; you're a fan of Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if you don't like political humor or one-man shows.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky
December 2nd, 2018

See it if You want to see a work in progress having the makings of a fun and funny musical. Great songs, endearing cast, but short run time.

Don't see it if You want to see a more polished, full length musical; or the topic of suicide upsets you.

92
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Endearing
October 27th, 2018

See it if you love a good, funny, upbeat musical comedy with social relevance, a good book and an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are homophobic.

Also An endearing and delightful musical: funny, excellent cast, good songs... Read more Read less

80
During previews
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 6th, 2018

See it if You enjoy opera or like Wagner and are interested in an amusing and well-acted play centered on the Wagners’ anti-Semitism and Parsifal.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in Wagner, opera or a humorous treatment of anti-Semitism; or want more action than talk.

Also A witty, interesting and well-staged production with an excellent cast... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging
September 5th, 2018

See it if you would enjoy a truly fun and "feel good" musical based on true life events in the aftermath of 9/11.

Don't see it if you were so traumatized by the 9/11 events that you are unable to watch a show which will bring back the memories.

Also This was a delightful night at the theatre: heartwarming, both poignan... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Great dancing, Dated
September 5th, 2018

See it if ...you enjoy a classic musical featuring great singing and excellent dance.

Don't see it if ...you wouldn't enjoy a dated and muddled storyline; want something more modern or upbeat.

Also The cast features some truly excellent singers in Renee Fleming, Linda... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Great staging
May 12th, 2018

See it if You want to enjoy a truly great theater-at-its-best experience: a phenomenal and riveting play, great cast, wonderful staging. Transporting

Don't see it if You don’t have 8 hours (the time flies by: not one minute of it slow).

Also Great theatre is a transporting experience. This work of genius stayed... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing
April 28th, 2018

See it if you are easily amused.

Don't see it if you are expecting political satire in the style of SNL/Alec Baldwin; are a Trump supporter, bless your heart...meant in the Southern sense:)

Also Truly disappointing. Trump's own utterances provide so much fodder for... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Great singing, Ambitious, Needs work
April 11th, 2018

See it if you'd like to see an excellent cast in a potentially very good musical with an excellent score.

Don't see it if you'd like to steer clear of Israeli-Palestinian politics or 9-11; would like a more coherent story line.

Also The score was excellent and the cast very good as well. The major prob... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging
April 2nd, 2018

See it if you want to enjoy this classic and delightful Lerner and Lowe musical, wonderfully performed with great sets and beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if you prefer the modern to traditional musicals; or if you find the old classics out-dated.

Also This is a DELIGHTFUL production: beautifully staged, wonderfully acted... Read more Read less

49
Amateurish, Cliched, Fluffy
March 26th, 2018

See it if If you don’t mind seeing an enthusiastic cast in a somewhat entertaining but clichéed musical.

Don't see it if You prefer to see a more polished production.

Also We had enough after first act and left at intermission. Cast had some ... Read more Read less

98
For a previous production
Masterful, Magical, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting
March 24th, 2018

See it if If you love Harry Potter or if you want to see amazing effects and stage magic. If you want to enter a realm of magic for five hours.

Don't see it if You don’t like Harry Potter or are unwilling to spend the time or money to watch two successive 2.5 hour performances.

Also The magic and effects of this production surpass even those of the eig... Read more Read less