FinishingTheHat54

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  AEA Actor. Husband. Lover of all types of theater.
Reviews (127)
80
During previews
Missing something, Disappointing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of Hnath and his work and style. Ms. Metcalf gives yet another praiseworthy, earth-shaking performance. See it for her.

Don't see it if You are wanting a perfect piece of theatre. It’s entertaining, yes, but the show is missing that little something. See it for the actors

87
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun and flashy night of good theatre! The cast is absolutely remarkable and the songs are legendary.

Don't see it if You are wanting anything truly new. It’s very formulaic like “Jersey Boys” but, hey, it still works. Check it out!

70
During previews
Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to support new theatre and fresh talent. The cast is very talented.

Don't see it if You want to feel anything from your experience. It was mostly style over substance, sadly. The ending 10 minutes are the REAL play...

92
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want a fresh new show acted by wonderful, young, fresh actors. Beautiful story and storytelling.

Don't see it if You don’t like new plays or trying anything new at all. It’s a wonderful show.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent, Funny

See it if you want a well acted modern classic performed extremely well. Ethan Hawke gives a masterclass performance!

Don't see it if straight plays aren't your thing.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want a unique theatrical experience that is chocked full of relevance. Wonderful acting and creative staging

Don't see it if you don't like "in-your-face" theatre. it's very intimate and intense.

95
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a brilliant adaptation of this much beloved work. Wonderful acting, staging, set, and direction.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a musical. But when you do feel like seeing a play go ahead and see this.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Spectacle

See it if you only care about spectacle. The show has some entertaining moments but they are surrounded by missed opportunities

Don't see it if you are wanting to see the next hit or wanting to be moved by anything. There's really no gain or loss to seeing the show.

Also Everything either goes too far or doesn't go far enough. Kong had nuan... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want a night full of laughs and heart. A perfect show!

Don't see it if You hate laughing...

52
Funny, Disappointing, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You want to support new playwrights or enjoy seeing shows in very early stages

Don't see it if you want mediocre acting for an extremely long 90 minutes. I was annoyed by 3 of the 4 characters. oy

99
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to experience the newest piece of sweeping theater. A brisk 3 1/4 hrs of the finest acting and writing. A true pleasure.

Don't see it if Long plays discourage you. But I still recommend checking it out

55
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Confusing, Needs work

See it if You want to see a new play that takes a whack at a new style of performance and integration. Craig Lucas and the performances truly standout

Don't see it if heavy drama isn’t your thing. Also, the show has good pieces but the direction takes away from both casts abilities making it an eye-sore.

40
During previews
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Screen to stage, Talented cast

See it if you want to see the movie on stage performed admirably by Broadway royalty Andy Karl and London fave Samantha Barks.

Don't see it if you are looking for any real spark of creativity. The cast, while extremely talented, is under-directed and over-choreographed.

66
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Jukebox musical, Almost

See it if You love the Go-Go’s and are looking for the fluffiest night of musical theatre since Mamma Mia. Great choreography by Spencer Liff

Don't see it if You are looking for substance. The show is so fluffy it almost hurts. All the pieces are there for it to be great but it never gets there

82
Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love Jason Robert Brown and you want to hear the songs that put him on the map. Mr.Kilgore, Ms.Bean, the dancers, & the band are awesome

Don't see it if You are looking for a full-fledged book musical. This, at its best, is just a concert of JRB’s music.

80
Great acting, Funny, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want a masterclass in acting from Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf. Glenda is exceptional and electric. Words are her best friends.

Don't see it if You don’t like other Albee works or you don’t like straight plays. This is NOT my favorite Albee work by any means but the cast is superb.

Also The scenic design is absolutely stellar and used intelligently. I don’... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you want to see an empowering new work that reminds us what it was like to be a kid and compete in...well...anything. hormones raging, too

Don't see it if you don't like plays or the female body makes you uncomfortable. there is language, nudity, and some uncomfortable moments. be prepared!

90
Great writing, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful, New work

See it if you want to relive your school days though an incredibly fresh-voiced author, Lizzie Stern. The drama feels a bit forced but works fine.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or are afraid of small spaces. The Tank is a very small theater but the director and cast make great use of it all

73
Great staging, Great singing, Dated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You want to see this classic staged to the highest degree possible. Great cast as well.

Don't see it if The original source material doesn’t compel you. I’m not attached to it at all and this production did not change my mind.

17
Overrated, Slow, Bad interpretation, Creepy, Boring staging

See it if You get a free ticket

Don't see it if You don’t have the time or energy to waste on over-produced crap. So sloppy and with no magic.

10
During previews
Incoherent, Excruciating, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are easily entertained and are a fan of Stoppard.

Don't see it if You can see anything else. Just wretched and impossible to connect to. Just a bunch of out-dated mumbo shouted at everyone by white dudes.

90
Great staging, Dated, Funny, Must see, Revival

See it if you want to see Alex Timber's cast work magic together. He is the master of "making theater" happen in front of you! So so so creative!

Don't see it if you aren't interested in musicals or bluegrass music.

92
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great new play from a playwright who is blossoming this season in numerous NYC seasons! This one should have Pulitzer buzz

Don't see it if New plays aren’t your thing or facing reality weird you out. Definitely not escapism.

89
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Captivating

See it if You love and support new theatre. It’s bold and ambitious in it’s style and direction. So so cool and interesting!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in tight spaces or with actors being in your face

87
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing, Dark

See it if You can get a ticket to this sold-out run. Also, if you love McDonagh’s work and dark view of humanity and humor. He is my fave playwright!

Don't see it if You don’t like plays, violence, thick accents, dark humor, or McDonagh’s other works.

70
During previews
Low-brow, Raunchy, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a master of comedy, Mr, Lane, own the stage for 90 minutes

Don't see it if You are easily offended or you are looking for anything deep. The show rests in low humor (fart and penis jokes) and there is no real point.

81
During previews
Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You want a new show with a talented young fresh cast. Quirky and fun!

Don't see it if You want to be moved or are looking for a serious outing. This is NOT that kind of show.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Great singing, Amazing choreography

See it if You want to see a classic musical re-staged with high class talent. The singing and dancing is top notch

Don't see it if You are looking for a brief evening of theatre.

73
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Flawed, Refreshing

See it if You want to experience everything Sondheim on a NYC stage. They have present a solid/new take on an ultimately flawed show.

Don't see it if Musicals annoying you or you need a hummable melody ;)

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You are looking for a fun evening of theatre with a great message. Brooks Ashmanskas is gold!

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep and moving. Very mucha fluff piece.

Also While still performed well by all the show remains completely predicta... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Heavy, Slow

See it if Supporting new theater is your thing. Extremely well acted and a beautiful design. Slow at moments but the acting elevates through.

Don't see it if Dramas or plays aren’t your thing. It’s only 90 mins but still felt long at spots.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Heavy

See it if Realistic dramas are your thing. Tragically beautiful and well acted. Elaine May and Lucas Hedges are fabulous.

Don't see it if Heavy dramas aren’t your thing. The topic is bleak but relatable. Definitely not for those seeking “light” entertainment.

62
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You want to watch Mr. Cranston at his best! Any chance to see him live is a reason to show up.

Don't see it if You expect to be really interested in this thinly adapted story. Also, the rest of the acting seems like amateur-your compared to Cranston.

Also The direction is ambitious but ultimately gratuitous and distracting. ... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the play that put Harvey Fierstein on the map. Also, Michael Urie shines extremely bright. Do not miss his performance.

Don't see it if long plays bother you or period pieces aren't your thing.

Also Here's my review:... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fast

See it if You want to see a star-studded cast in a new, very smart and fresh, piece.

Don't see it if Plays bother you, but at 85-minutes as the runtime you might as well go

87
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want to see stage-great Janet McTeer chew every word and spit them back out with the most thorough analysis possible. She’s a genius.

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a musical.

85
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you love the show and want to see a new take on a beautiful classic. Mr. Burstein gives us a BRILLIANT Tevye for a new generation!

Don't see it if classics aren't your thing or you don't pick up on metaphors well. Director Sher has packed it full.

27
During previews
Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy, Original

See it if You want to see the new shows coming out and support a little original show.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything other than cheap laughs and flashy lights. The pieces are there for something special but it never comes together

80
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love the movie or if looking for a light evening of Theatre with some sensational singing! Very fun!

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie, screen-to-stage adaptations, fluff, or (most importantly) PINK!

63
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Great scenic design and lighting

See it if You want to support new theater or you want to catch Jesse Tyler Ferguson live. The show is very well acted.

Don't see it if You are looking for a riveting new work. The play touches on hot-button issues but never really goes deep enough for us to totally hooked.

93
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Revival

See it if you want to catch a legend working magic every night. Bernadette Peters is a goddess in the role of Dolly Levi!

Don't see it if you don't like musical comedy. this is musical comedy perfection, so if you don't like the genre already...you should probably skip this one

53
Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow, Funny

See it if you like author, Doug Hughes, and want to support new work. The acting is pretty solid and the set was stunning!

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a real purpose or point. I felt no nuance or reason for this play to actually exist.

66
Great singing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Misguided, Sloppy

See it if You want to see everything new to Broadway this season or you want to expose your kids to the experience.

Don't see it if You are looking for good story-telling or any theatrical innovation.

Also I went on my birthday and I had a good time, for sure, but I also left... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hype-worthy

See it if You want to be swept away by an enchanting and absorbing addition to the Harry Potter canon. Staged with intelligence, skill, & real magic.

Don't see it if The ticket prices are too high. The show is amazing but it will be around for a LONG time. Wait til prices drop a bit.

76
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You want to see one of the finest acting ensembles on Broadway led by the wonderful and riveting Condola Rashad.

Don't see it if Dramas, political jargon, or long speeches bore you. I love all of these things but I even found myself spacing out a couple of times.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Good writing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you have loved Mr. Joseph's other works and you support the process of new plays. Also, it's always great to see Danny Burstein in ANY show!

Don't see it if long dramas turn you off or anything "period-based" isn't your cup-of-tea.

89
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Revival

See it if You want to see staging perfection performed by a stunning cast! Erivo is a revelation and is endlessly uplifting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a "light" or "fluffy" musical/show.

Also Saw Heather Headley as Shug Avery and she....wow. She is magnetic and ... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like me, you haven’t ever seen Denzel Washington live. He is absolutely electric!

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 4 hours of weird accents, dated dialogue, drunks, and a strange scenic concept and design. Beautiful but weird

Also There were two actors that every time they spoke I rolled my eyes. The... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Dated, Romantic

See it if Love stories are your thing. This story of communication and connection has some lovely poignant moments that tug at your heart.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays especially dramas. There is humor, yes, but it is a dramatic evening for sure.

Also Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson are completely captivating. Every sc... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a moving tale of the love and love of music. A gorgeous score & story with innovative staging and storytelling!

Don't see it if language bothers you or you don't like folk music.