Frank 7294

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Male
About:  Theater aficionado, love challenging pieces that push the boundaries - sorry you have to read my pretentious opinions
Reviews (17)
60
During previews
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Funny, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You liked "The Wolves" but wished it was weirder.

Don't see it if You liked "The Wolves" and are not interested on seeing the same discussions play out again.

Also I would hate to think there can only be one play about teenage girls, ... Read more Read less

80
Dido of Idaho
Midtown W
Funny, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you're interested in a discussion of self-love x trauma-based compulsory behavior, like dark, funny shows.

Don't see it if you're not interested in topical shows or do not enjoy humor that arises from pain.

Also Very interesting idea cleverly executed - the core of the show is how ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Ambitious, Educational, Impersonal

See it if You want a thorough look at the ivory trade (and the hints of a larger discussion about Kenya).

Don't see it if You like personal or character-driven narratives.

Also As far as the text goes, this is an educational play, and in spite of ... Read more Read less

65
Relevance
West Village
Thought-provoking, Cerebral, Unemotional

See it if You want to hear (not altogether clear) discussions on race, privilege and relevance.

Don't see it if You need plays to have an emotional core, or you like theatrical plays.

Also I'm torn about this J.C. Lee piece. It's a play of ideas, for sure - i... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You like comedy that doesn't challenge as much as confirm your assumptions

Don't see it if You want an original exploration of what a world without women would look like

Also Playwrights Horizons' artistic director warns us in the program to "pr... Read more Read less

50
Monotonous, Repetitive, Expected, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You loved the movie and just wanna hear the same lines and see the same story on stage. You liked "Dear Evan Hansen"

Don't see it if You want a fresh take or are expecting something different and new - or care about a nuanced score.

Also I have seen "Mean Girls" many times, it's one of my favorite comedies.... Read more Read less

55
Petie
Chelsea
Cliched, Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if You're interested in a discussion about grief

Don't see it if You want to get an unexpected take on the subject

Also This play has a lot of good parts to it; Lori Fischer is a good actres... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to see Ben Platt's amazing performance

Don't see it if you want a thoughtful story about social anxiety and how the internet can make it worse

Also The premise (and promise, as this is how the show was advertised) of s... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You wanna think about how rape culture invades every aspect of our lives

Don't see it if You expect to truly empathize with a rape victim or understand how sexual assault affects creates trauma

Also I was squeamish about seeing a play about sexual assault written by a ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Transfers
West Village
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if You're interested in a discussion of equality vs justice - whether the rules apply for all or they are context-dependent.

Don't see it if You don't like points to be bluntly stated instead of subtlety made, you prefer character plays over idea plays.

Also I was skeptical about a play that focuses on race and growing up in th... Read more Read less

25
Confusing, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautiful stage and sit on a comfy couch.

Don't see it if you expect to be able to follow the story or in general expect an engaging show.

Also The experience starts well enough as you explore the open set and the ... Read more Read less

80
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy funny period pieces (where some of the humor comes from people not knowing any better), you enjoy meta shows that discuss theatre

Don't see it if You are, in the words of one of the characters, "allergic to the shenanigans" of having the play break the fourth wall and talk about itself

Also The story of the medieval acting troupe running from the plague is ver... Read more Read less

70
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're interested in migration or family stories

Don't see it if you want to see a fully-rounded piece

Also There's nothing revolutionary about this piece in which a Muslim famil... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You like Leguizamo, you're not familiar with Latin American history, you want to challenge your worldview

Don't see it if You're a history buff who's prickly with the facts, you want a personal story

Also While I loved previous one-man shows by Leguizamo, I came in with adju... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You wanna be absorbed into a world of teenage soccer players who are very vocal about everything

Don't see it if You prefer plot-driven narratives

Also I tend to go for shows that are equal parts plot and characters - Sara... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Absorbing, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You wanna be absorbed by Chay Yew's direction

Don't see it if You wanna see an original, thought-provoking take on Oedipus

Also It became clear a few minutes in that the play suffers from an identit... Read more Read less

80
KPOP
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You wanna learn about (or more about) the KPop genre, if you like immersive experiences or plain just wanna have fun.

Don't see it if you get tired easily (there's a lot of walking and standing), you don't like pop music, you need subtlety to enjoy writing.

Also From the get-go at the lounge where the experience begins, all I could... Read more Read less