Freddy 2

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Playwright, teacher and bard
Reviews (84)
86
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like good acting in an engaging story of a unique woman and a gaggle of interesting men-wonderful staging as well. April Matthis shines.

Don't see it if you dislike baseball stories and will be bore by the tale--brilliantly told--of a unique and inspiring woman.

80
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to "catch up" on your "Macbeth" by experiencing seven fine young actresses. Interesting and powerful staging as well.

Don't see it if are not very familiar with the play and do not want to be absorbed in an interesting spin on traditional interpretations.

51
Dated, Confusing, Banal

See it if you think you would like to see an attempt to create "theater of the absurd" with an illogical and outlandish "almost plot."

Don't see it if don't want to watch a play that is so stupid that you will have no empathy for the characters and if you like a consistent plot.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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.

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

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.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing

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

82
Goldstein
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

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.

83
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

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.

87
Kings
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Profound, Relevant

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.

90
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Midtown E
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Sensitive

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.

69
Cardinal
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

62
Mankind
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

71
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

61
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

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.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Intelligent

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.

92
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

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.

83
Bells are Ringing
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

58
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Excruciating, Insipid, Depressing

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.

67
During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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.

94
Entertaining, Riveting, Masterful, Wonerful music

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.

79
Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining

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.

89
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Profound

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.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

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.

87
Me & Ella
Midtown E
Profound, Intelligent, Great singing

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.

91
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

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.

79
BLKS
Midtown W
Scandalous, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are willing to be shocked and entertained by fine portrays of some pretty off-the-wall characters living in Bushwick, Bklyn.

Don't see it if you are offended by some pretty "interesting" language and sexual situations.

83
Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if want to experience several stellar performances in Shakespeare's masterpiece.

Don't see it if you are looking for a flawless production, even though Glenda Jackson absolutely shines as Lear.

90
During previews
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

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.

87
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

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.

82
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Relevant

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.

92
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Masterful

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.

84
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

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.

82
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing

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.

83
During previews
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great set

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
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Resonant

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.

70
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Masterful

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.

72
Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

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.

62
Office Hour
East Village
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

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.

90
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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."

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

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.

93
During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

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.

79
The Apple Tree
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing

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.

64
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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.

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

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.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Humorous

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.

87
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting

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.

88
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

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.

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

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.