Featherbed Lane

Yonkers | 50-64 | Male
About:  Grew up on the Bronx, Took acting classes in my youth and currently accompany my cutie pie wife to lots of off Bdway.
Reviews (23)
97
During previews
Great singing, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a modern sung-through musical with scattered lines that gracefully and powerfully tackles race dynamics over 50 years

Don't see it if You are looking for something linear or fluffy or fast paced. This is a serious play with a story line that jumps around and takes its time

Also Broadbend Arkansas is two acts - one with the impressive Justin Cunnin... Read more Read less

45
Contact High
Midtown W
Earnest but just not strong enough to stage in nyc

See it if You are devoted to musical development & interested in assessing talent or understanding what makes this not work as well as similar shows

Don't see it if You are expecting something polished or original

73
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Uneven writing, 3 great performances, Go if you like experiments

See it if You can get into absurdity as a means for truth telling

Don't see it if You want something straight forward

Also The work place dynamics depicted in this play should be long over BUT ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if For first class performance by PATRICK J. SSENJOVU If you enjoy serious topics & puzzlingly how you might behave in similar circumstances

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about serious matters or questions of ethics

90
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Risk taking - honest - courageous, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if To explore sexual abuse from a deeply personal vantage point To understand shame and need for self-forgiveness experienced by victims

Don't see it if If abuse issues hit too close to home and would trigger trauma or if you are unable/unwillingly to feel compassion for gay victims of abuse

69
Stupid jokes hurt otherwise entertaining act

See it if You enjoy trying to figure out "how he did it"

Don't see it if You are looking for something exciting or thrilling - not that kind of illusion / magic

Also Honestly I was trying hard to appreciate Vitaly but his corny dated hu... Read more Read less

91
Yellowman
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Jessica frances dukes gives stunning performance

See it if You are willing to confront the hard consequences of race and colorism in family & society. This is a powerful work that holds nothing back

Don't see it if You want something light, if you want happy endings or if you have little appreciation for how skin color impacts opportunity.

Also This is a brave piece of theater - digging in hard to colorism within ... Read more Read less

73
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You like hybrid performance art / traditional theater, this is somewhere in between. If you can hang in for ups and downs - leaves you sad

Don't see it if You are looking for raucus fun or light heartedness - there are moments like that in the first act but somber for much of the play

92
The Low Road
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You enjoy wit - this is a very well written critique of capitalism - done with a unique combo of farce & modern dry / dark humor

Don't see it if You really believe in deregulation, privatization or that capitalism is a great economic system then this is not the play for you

63
Dido of Idaho
Midtown W
Promising but raw, Violent, Risk taking, One really strong performance

See it if You have appetite for fresh risk taking writing - this play needs serious editing but could be great if the dialogue was more natural

Don't see it if You want something light or you don't have the temperment to see an unfinished / unpolished work Don't see if stage violence would disturb u

76
The Fall (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
Ignore this review

See it if N/a

Don't see it if N/a

Also I clicked on wrong play ( Fall instead of The Fall ) so I have deleted... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Fresh in a 1980s kind of way, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in racial tension & questions of how race defines relationships / if you enjoy a good plot twist

Don't see it if If you want something light - this is a very witty & funny play but it is also sad & full of tension

Also Strong reflection on NYC in the '80s - refers to some of those most tr... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Uneven, Cliched

See it if You can forgive questionable writing ling enough to enjoy two fine performances.

Don't see it if You want something fresh, several better plays tackling similar immigrant / refugee stories have been staged over past years in greater NYC

89
Cyrano
Upstate New York
Both hilarious & moving, The perfect medieval story meets modern & witty adaptation, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great performance - Jason O'Connell is remarkable and George Merrick shows off his skill and experience with great flair

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional adaptation, this is a cross between Steve Martin's Roxanne and the classic or if you dislike outdoor venue

Also Jason O'Connell & Brenda Withers have written a classy and witty adapt... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, First class, Must see

See it if You want a great time at a fantastic first class musical Kellie O'Hara still has it ! & Will Chase should win an award for this

Don't see it if Hard to imagine why not to see this production -

87
Story of a singulary important but under-appreciated hero, Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn more about an under celebrated architect of the civil rights movement & to draw connections to current race matters

Don't see it if You are uninterested in efforts to expand human rights & perhaps students of Black history could take issue with some portrayals

Also Great effort by lead actor - he brought several characters (figures fr... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Great performance by Jason O'Connell and timely production of an important play

Don't see it if If you came to see a happy go lucky play you are in the wrong place

78
Get the Boat
Soho/Tribeca
Strong writing & acting, Relevant, Important

See it if You are concerned about the state of womens' rights. Try to bring someone who needs to be pushed a bit on womens' economic & bodily freedom

Don't see it if You hate women

Also This one act is a perfect length. It's very engaging. It sets up a deb... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Fast pace romp, Delightful, Clever, Contemporary

See it if You enjoy farce & you can handle rapid fire wit. Strong cast playing demanding roles - lots of dialouge and physical play

Don't see it if U r only in town for a day or 2 - this is for someone who sees a lot of theater - it's not the season's best but it's on the get to list

71
Detained
WaHi/Inwood
Relevant, Absorbing, Solid low cost production

See it if U r an avid theater goer & appreciate lower cost productions with emerging talent & if u are comfortable with scripts that still need work

Don't see it if You agree with Donald Trump on immigration issues or if you only want to see high caliber shows

Also The plot centers on our immigration detention system & if anything pai... Read more Read less

69
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Well constructed but not deep, Everyday family story in a not so everyday setting

See it if You want something to bring the grandkids or great grand parents to / if you want to see Black family life normalized in a good way

Don't see it if If you want eitger intense drama or light 💓 ness - this is a recounting of the author's childhood memories. Typical families' ups & downs

Also The author & actress is a polished performer & the staging is great -

68
Indulgent, Overrated, About movement dynamics not movement accomplishments

See it if You are interested in internal movement dynamics regarding race, class & gender

Don't see it if If you are looking for a story thachronicals how change is made - this is focused on the importance of holistic worldview not change making

94
Yerma
Upper E Side
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intense drama - Billie Piper is on fire - if you are interested in contemporary reimagining of Lorca's play

Don't see it if If you would be put off by a radical reinterpretation of the Lorca play or if you want a light night out