Freddy 2

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Playwright, teacher and bard
Reviews (79)
Preview cih
90
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to have some fun by experiencing brilliant music & lyrics, an inventive plot and inspiring acting.

Don't see it if you think God is not a woman, you cannot be enchanted by a devilish devil and you hate kids.

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87
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you want an entertaining spin on the African-American and urban experience with a very talented cast and relevant satire.

Don't see it if you are unable to enjoy looking at the foibles in our society, justice system and ethnic sensibilities.

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82
Relevant, Cliched, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if . . . a jazz-oriented story with African-American characters in a 1949 Detroit club--affection, conflict, intrigue, dramatic irony abound.

Don't see it if you dislike an entertaining and engaging show with what might be considered black stereotypes--lite August Wilson.

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92
Masterful, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be moved by looking at our insane world (school shootings/social inequality) through the eyes of young people.

Don't see it if do not like compelling theater that deals with real issues and makes you laugh, think and feel.

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84
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a show that is humorous and profound, has a wonderful cast, teases with dramatic irony and may slightly disappoint at the end.

Don't see it if you are not concerned about social issues, don't like to laugh and are only interested in shows with perfect plot endings.

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82
During previews
Great writing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you desire wonderful music and a classic musical--not all of the Crown Jewels but a number of sparling gems.

Don't see it if you desire a flawlessly sparkling production; however, Diana Rigg and Norberto Leo Butz shine.

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83
During previews
Great set, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see something a little different, philosophical, amusing and thought-provoking. Fine cast.

Don't see it if you desire a very straight play and don't really want to think about the significance of art and life.

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82
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would like to get some insights regarding a few of Broadway's "not-so-known" shows... lovely songs, wonderful talent and fine staging.

Don't see it if you desire a book musical or have little interest in musical theater history or have no interest in lesser known Broadway musicals.

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94
Resonant, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you would like to learn a bit about some of the Jewish people that contributed to the performing arts in a unique setting with great guide.

Don't see it if you want to sleep in on Sunday morning and have no interest in Jewish influences in the arts in NYC.

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70
During previews
Masterful, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you are looking for a "personal" John Lithgow, one tedious short story and one humorous tale where the actor shines brilliantly.

Don't see it if you need a strong Act I to get to Act II or if you don't like a one-person show consisting of personal anecdotes and two short stories.

Preview aee1
72
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn a little about Oscar and hear some of his iconic songs, although they are not always presented with the musicals in mind.

Don't see it if you are really turned off by some cabaret performances of songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musicals.

Preview oh2
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Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you are fascinated by case studies (fine acting) and don't mind being theatrically manipulated.

Don't see it if you are not into a play about a disturbed personality who has the potential to go on a shooting rampage.

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90
For a previous production
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if want to see a western-musical version (kind of) of a Shakespeare plot that has great writing and wonderful acting. Thoroughly a delight!

Don't see it if hate anything Shakespeare and have the disposition of Scrooge at the beginning of "A Christmas Carol."

Preview mfm2
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Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Interested in a 2 hour and 20 minutes (no intermission) mangled production of a Shakespeare comedy with little humor.

Don't see it if if you are looking for an entertaing production of a Shakespearean comedy.

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93
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a show about two seemingly different individuals, tennis players, and their loved one who deal many aspects of life.

Don't see it if you hate tennis and do not think the game can be a vehicle for an extremely entertaining and philosophical theater experience.

Preview tat1
79
Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience the 1966 Brock and Harnick Tony winner for Barbara Harris and be pleasantly entertained by 3 musical one acts.

Don't see it if you desire a musical with a compelling plot and knock 'em out songs.

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64
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you are really, really a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks work and want to self-manufacture the emotions that the dire plot situations deserve.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a show that uses clichéd theater techniques and tells a fragmented, brutal story.

Preview proof
94
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a solid drama, acted wonderfully in an Off-off Broadway theater near Times Square. Very well done in all aspects.

Don't see it if you are not looking for a fine Off-off Broadway production of a play that won the 2001 Pulitzer for drama and Tony Award for best play.

Preview amd1
84
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a somewhat hip, but faithful, version of Shakespeare's classic comedy with fine acting in a beautiful setting.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare, you hate outdoor theater, you hate comedy and you think it is going to snow.

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89
Humorous, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are wondering what happens when Nora comes back and you want to be entertained by excellent actors and philosophical quandaries.

Don't see it if you like plays where you don't become emotionally involved with the characters and you don't like thought-provoking theater.

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87
Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if want to enjoy a delightful evening of musical theater: somewhat silly but humorous and engaging plot and outstanding lead performances.

Don't see it if want to see a musical that is "musical comedy" and you can not appreciate talented performers in light/fun story.

Preview kims convenience
88
Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a "family drama" that has "traditional" family conflicts and you want to be entertained by plot and performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for a "Death of a Salesman" or "The Glass Menagerie" kind of family drama.

Preview hp1
92
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you don't mind an abbreviated cast and some unique staging. Oscar Isaac as the prince is outstanding. The writing is pretty good too.

Don't see it if you are in a hurry and don't think you can understand Shakespeare, although the presentation and language are very accessible.

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84
For a previous production
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in gaining insights regarding the origin and development of "Come From Away." Members' comments were also quite engaging.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a "behind the scenes" aspect of a Broadway show and don't want to talk about 9/11.

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Inconsequential, inane, Banal, Confusing

See it if you like theater where the characters enter, banter and exit with no real plot of any consequence.

Don't see it if you are interested in seeing a play with characters you can sympathize with or have real-world--for the most part--motivations.

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83
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a Vonnegut fan and want a humorous, satirical, well-acted play, which is also a bit quirky.

Don't see it if don't like plays with a touch of the surreal or imply moral messages relevant to our society today.

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88
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want a unique experience of the merging of plot and extraordinary dance, staging, lighting and acting. Very moving.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with lyrics and have a hardened heart towards interpretive dance and fine art.

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80
Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a story with delightfully witty characters depicted in an extraordinary circumstance.

Don't see it if you desire a play with a satisfying conclusion, although somewhat realistic

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82
Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a well-done little musical with Jewish family themes, good acting and meaningful songs. A pleasant and thoughtful experience.

Don't see it if don't want a family-themed musical that will be entertaining if you are not looking for big Broadway pizzazz.

Preview tlr1
83
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you desire an unconventional Candide-with-an economic bent tale set in mostly colonial times but with "now" diversions.

Don't see it if you are looking for a simple narrative and you are a heartless capitalist without a soul.

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87
Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a "political" play with engaging characters, fine acting and painful truths.

Don't see it if you are interested in light-hearted theater, although there are humorous aspects . . . tragic ones as well.

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90
Sensitive, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like a story about family and tradition with a wonderful cast in addition to music by Jule Styne and Don Black.

Don't see it if you don't like hand-in-script performances although they can offer wonderful experiences with "old" musicals.

Preview c4
69
Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want a play that is jam-packed with social ideas but often tries too hard to be "millennial."

Don't see it if you want a drama/quasi-comedy with suspense and characters (except Jason) you might really care about.

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62
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you're looking for a "futuristic no-women-anymore" play that is "out there" and wishes to make satirical statements about today's society.

Don't see it if you don't want to be manipulated into saying a prayer (if you're a guy) and can't deal with far-out promises about future societies.

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Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you already know the play and want to see an often amusing presentation with an excellent Viola and a multi-talented Feste.

Don't see it if you can't believe identical twins who at suppose to look alike have very little resemblance and you have not previously read a synopsis.

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Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want a play with crisp dialogue but little real action and a good deal of clichéd manipulation by the author.

Don't see it if you are looking for a real drama, conflict, an important message or sustained action that is completely credible.

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92
Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a beautifully crafted show related to the criminal justice system: compelling characters and valid philosophical questions.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved, think or are looking for a mindless--forget-the-next-day theater experience.

Preview ts7
92
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to experience an entertaining theater experience that is also touching and extremely well performed.

Don't see it if you are a narrow-minded individual who is turned off by well-drawn and emotion-provoking gay characters in a meaningful production.

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Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a classic musical comedy presented by talented individuals and want to recognize several iconic musical theater songs.

Don't see it if you want a full-blown production and not appreciative of an entertaining but sometime "silly" plot with good songs.

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Depressing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you feel like you want to watch children deal with an elderly, indulgent mother who gets dementia.

Don't see it if you have experienced or have concerns about a loved one who has dementia.

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67
During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you are curious to see what Sarah Ruhl tries not so successfully to create with a Peter Pan Play and are interested in her family.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are somewhat disjointed, long for 90 minutes and thematically confusing.

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Wonerful music, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if wanting a musical that is thoroughly entertaining, captures a time and place, has great music and deals with relevant themes. A gem!

Don't see it if don't think you can be charmed by great music, an absorbing but a little clichéd plot and great performances.

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Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a big fan of Jerry Herman's music as it is comprised of songs from his various shows (no dialogue).

Don't see it if you are looking for more than a pleasant evening of listening to Jerry Herman songs presented by 3 talented women.

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89
Profound, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you like an intriguing, yet unconventional, plot development with humor and a good deal of gravitas. Ultimately, Not for the light of heart.

Don't see it if you are turned off by plays that make you ponder the meaning of life and your future.

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Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of e.e. cummings and might like a "unique" musical presentation of some of his work by a multi-talented cast.

Don't see it if you ae looking for anything resembling a straight musical play or you can't kick back and enjoy unconventional theater.

Preview e m1
87
Great singing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you love Ella and want to learn about her story along with that of Andrea Frierson's, a wonderfully talented lady of song.

Don't see it if you are one of the few people who don't like Ella Fitzgerald and don't like autobiographical musical presentations by a seasoned performer.

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Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see Donna Murphy give a knockout performance in a classic musical, which will delight you.

Don't see it if you need to pay the big bucks to see Bette and are adverse to having a good time with a wonderful cast and a great show.

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you think you'd like a one-person show where a Puerto Rican man from the Bronx talks about growing up and his relationship with his brother.

Don't see it if you are impatient about hearing a person's story--sprinkled with Spanish terms--for about an hour and forty-five minutes.

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Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if you want to see an iconic Broadway show that gives an interesting spin to "The Wizard of Oz."

Don't see it if you do not wish to be entertained by a show having a talented cast and an interesting, if not earthshattering, story.

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Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you have read the reviews and still want to experience a plotless, indulgent piece for an hour and fifty-five minutes without intermission.

Don't see it if you have read the reviews and followed your better judgement by not experiencing a plotless fifty-five -minutes talk session sans break.