New York City
About:  A fan of off-Broadway theater
Reviews (34)
Down to Eartha
East Village
A for effort
September 7th, 2022

See it if It’s a fun enough show

Don't see it if It’s a not very good show

Also A for effort. It takes a lot of chutzpah and will power to put on a on... Read more Read less

Mister Miss America
West Village
Funsy, Cutesy
August 16th, 2022

See it if the actor/writer of this one man show was actually very good, and had a bit of star charisma -- and had great comic timing

Don't see it if well, the writing wasn't as good as the acting -- and I think kept the play from fully blooming.

Also There were many things to like about this one man show -- and it was a... Read more Read less

A near great play
July 9th, 2022

See it if This is a wonderful play — so thoughtful and intelligent — written by a man about a woman’s inner life and needs.

Don't see it if Well — one should see it — it’s such an intelligent play with a wonderful ending (it’s the ending the play deserved)

Also I didn’t see it when it was in NYC with Laurie Metcalf — and I’m sure ... Read more Read less

During previews
Tongue in cheeky
July 8th, 2022

See it if Easy, breezy, lemon squeezy! A well done comedy — rather delightful!

Don't see it if Well - I think one should see it — it’s seems like a very British comedy — light and frothy.

Also Thoroughly enjoyable — a very well done production. Spoiler alert — I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Patriots (London)
Starts well, but the ending disappoints
July 6th, 2022

See it if The 3 main actors are all very good. The actor who plays Putin is wonderful. Tom Hollander is fine and clear.

Don't see it if It’s more of a history lesson than a dramatic play — as the tension between the characters really is not built up and the ending disappoints

Also The acting was strong, the direction was clever enough — and I wanted ... Read more Read less

Wow — this stupid play actually got produced
July 5th, 2022

See it if Well, I’d advise you not to.

Don't see it if Want to see something intelligent

Also I’m from NYC — and I have to say that this trip of seeing plays in Lon... Read more Read less

Really, over ballons?
July 2nd, 2022

See it if This isn’t a terrible play — but it’s not a good one either. The plot is weak and there are a couple of gimmicky plot devices used.

Don't see it if The play is forgettable and there is nothing at stake dramatically - it’s a lot of drama over nothing — over ballons!

Also A rather forgettable play — though the acting was very good all around... Read more Read less

The acting was on another level
July 1st, 2022

See it if Honestly, it was one of those evenings when you see and feel an actor inhabit a role so fully - it so rarely happens — but it happened here

Don't see it if Well, people should see it. There are so many positives for this play and this theatre and how it gives voice to a community…

Also “Fellowship” is not a perfect play, it has minor flaws — but I was so ... Read more Read less

King Lear (London)
Not globe worthy
June 30th, 2022

See it if If you’re just in London visiting for a few days to see a play in the Globe.

Don't see it if I wouldn’t see this if this would be seeing your first Lear — as this is the apex of Shakespeare, or in other words, of Art itself.

Also Sorry for the pomposity, but Lear to me is Shakespeare’s greatest play... Read more Read less

Blasé, blasé, blase
June 29th, 2022

See it if There is so much in this great play to mine and to explore about human frailty and shortcomings — but not in this production

Don't see it if Go on Youtube and check out the Joanne Woodward, Joh Malkovich, Karen Allen production instead.

Also Wow - what a letdown. This is a great, great play — with such desperat... Read more Read less

Jitney (London)
June 27th, 2022

See it if It’s smartly done — very good performances all around. These British actors all do a great job with their American 70’s Black vernacular.

Don't see it if It’s a bit plodding in both the writing and the plot — at over 2 and a half hours. And those wigs that the male actors wear - ugly as sin.

Also This play is a bit awkward — and I found the direction to be overly dr... Read more Read less

Fat Ham
East Village
Theater magic
June 19th, 2022

See it if This is why I go to see live performances — once in a blue moon a play will come along and take you on a magic carpet ride!

Don't see it if Well, you should see it — after seeing “Fat Ham” — who needs drugs!

Also This is theater joy, this is theater magic! This is my favorite versio... Read more Read less

Mr. Parker
Midtown W
Great acting
June 19th, 2022

See it if Everything was smartly done — set, wardrobe — and the acting was tip top — all 3 actors were excellent.

Don't see it if The play is about moving on from mourning and loss — which is a bit of a downer.

Also Had no idea what to expect — small theater, a play about mourning, 3 a... Read more Read less

Never quite lifted off
June 19th, 2022

See it if A goofy, fun concept — a talented, game cast.

Don't see it if There was something unpolished about this show — the acting was just a bit too hammy.

Also I didn’t think this show was particularly funny or witty or musically/... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Different, in a good way
June 11th, 2022

See it if This play has characters that are so different than what one usually sees … and they’re great characters…

Don't see it if There is so much to admire about this play — but the second act doesn’t quite come together and sputters dramatically…

Also The ending is a let down and while not terrible, I thought this had th... Read more Read less

During previews
Limp, boring
June 6th, 2022

See it if If you must…

Don't see it if You want to see a play — this was not a play — it was a verbatim recreation of a conversation.

Also I found this interview on Youtube -- and it is so much more interestin... Read more Read less

Snow in Midsummer
East Village
A play with everything plus the kitchen sink!
June 5th, 2022

See it if It’s a lovely venue and the plot is so different from what one usually sees.

Don't see it if Well — the plot is all over the place — a vengeful ghost, extreme weather, a gay love story, children who don’t know their real mothers!

Also This play is rather flat footed and clumsy — like why does one of the ... Read more Read less

Wedding Band
Wonderful acting
May 24th, 2022

See it if unfortunately, I saw it on the last night of performances -- but what a delight to see such fine acting all around.

Don't see it if I think the play got a bit confusing at the end and a bit jumbled plot wise.

Also I wasn't disappointed...but the ending could have been clearer and str... Read more Read less

I love words, that's all
May 10th, 2022

See it if Sorry, it's a sold out run

Don't see it if the mezzanine seats at the BAM theater had no legroom. It was actual torture to sit through the play!

Also This is one play that lived up to the hype and then some. It was very ... Read more Read less

There's more humor in the play than i expected
May 10th, 2022

See it if it's a complex play - about a tricky topic -- and I can see why the actors wanted to return after 25 years -- these are wonderful roles

Don't see it if I really think this play should be seen and experienced -- it opens up things about the human experience -- the dark truths of life

Also I gave this play a 90 -- but I think the score in this case doesn't ma... Read more Read less

To My Girls
Midtown W
So so, but not as bad as i thought it would be
April 20th, 2022

See it if You follow gay plays -- it isn't bad, and it does have potential.

Don't see it if the play seems to be half-backed, like a work in progress.

Also there is a lot of words in this play -- but I'm wondering what exactly... Read more Read less

Beyond Babel
West Village
Youthful, energetic
December 5th, 2021

See it if I just thought that this was a show for young people — who seem to have a whole culture different from us baby boomers — which is wonderful.

Don't see it if Well — one should actually see it — the dancing, music, dancers — so different than what is usually produced — so this is a real treat.

Also The audience was young and seemed like friends of the dancers — how di... Read more Read less

The Visitor
East Village
Cliched, Plot driven
December 4th, 2021

See it if I think this maybe the most cliche ridden musical I’ve ever seen. But it wasn’t as terrible as this sounds…

Don't see it if Well, it’s closing tomorrow.

Also It wasn’t terrible, but one has to look at the reality of off Broadway... Read more Read less

November 8th, 2021

See it if See it if you are a Sondheim fan — which we all should be. I mean, Sondheim should have won the Nobel over Bob Dylan!

Don't see it if Assassins is a weird play — not fabulous weird like Pacific Overtures — but just odd and uninteresting. It overreaches and is nonsensical.

Also You know, it’s not genius Sondheim, and let’s face it — it’s uninspire... Read more Read less

October 30th, 2021

See it if You know — it was interesting — but just enough so it wasn’t boring.

Don't see it if I wouldn’t call it a play — it’s more performance art — or actually 5 actors doings word for word answers from various people interviewed.

Also I never saw these plays done by ADS as drama — more of a montage of pe... Read more Read less

During previews
Amateurish, sophomoric
September 3rd, 2021

See it if See it if you’re sick of binge watching tv shows and need to get out of the house and you’re given free tickets.

Don't see it if If you have to buy the tickets…

Also This is a really flawed play — beginning with the characters and struc... Read more Read less

During previews
August 8th, 2021

See it if Well, it’s the only play on Broadway…

Don't see it if Well, it’s the only play on Broadway…

Also Yes, it’s been a long, long time since live theater — but joy and plea... Read more Read less

Suicide Forest
Midtown W
March 8th, 2020

See it if I really can’t recommend this play — and I really, really wanted to. It’s a very disjointed and odd play.

Don't see it if If you’re not into experimental theater.

Also Well, I’m glad to have seen it and I am glad she got the play produced... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
March 8th, 2020

See it if A surprisingly well done production, far better than I expected — and the music and the musicians are a great layer to the play.

Don't see it if Well, one should see it. Tickets are affordable and to see live theater and music — it’s a great date night.

Also The wonderful thing about Shakespeare’s plays is that they can be perf... Read more Read less

It’s more than camp
February 8th, 2020

See it if You want to see a gay play, a gay sense of humor, a gay sensibility, a certain archness, why one would still watch Bette Davis movies.

Don't see it if Well, actually you should see it

Also Gay humor used to be based on biting sarcasm, a riposte, the cutting r... Read more Read less

One in Two
Midtown W
Absurdist, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
December 15th, 2019

See it if This is a thoughtful play — there is real intelligence behind how this play progresses — behind its absurdist structure (think “No Exit”).

Don't see it if I don’t quite get this part of the critique — if a play is excellent in many ways — people should see it and then judge for themselves.

Also Before seeing “One in Two” the premise seemed formulaic and “preachy” ... Read more Read less

Better than one would expect, Entertaining
November 24th, 2019

See it if You need to do something before the 11 pm show at Birdland — which is down the block. Very convenient!

Don't see it if You need any sense of set design or production value.

Also I wasn’t expecting much, so my expectations were rather low — but the ... Read more Read less

Forgettable, Overrated
November 17th, 2019

See it if You’ve never seen a production of MacBeth before

Don't see it if If you’re expecting to see excellent theater - esp. after reading The NY Times review

Also Having seen numerous productions of MacBeth — I was going to skip this... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid
November 17th, 2019

See it if If you are related to the actors.

Don't see it if I should have walked out at Part 2 - when the audience had to leave their seats. But I was hoping the evening would be redeemed - it wasn’t

Also Sorry — don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but just a negative exp... Read more Read less