frontmezzjunkie

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  i write a theatre blog with my buddy called www.frontmezzjunkies.com check it out. we don't really write reviews per se, we just write about our experiences at the theatre, and what it was like for us, both good and bad.
Reviews (153)
74
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want to see some great comic performers

Don't see it if Sadly the play is not as smart as it is funny.

75
No Wake
Midtown E
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like exploring dynamics of relationships and mourning.

Don't see it if You need a satisfying ending. It's a tad disappointing that the ending comes without much closure

67
Really Rosie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Precocious kids hogging the spot light make you happy. These kids can sing but don't have a lot of depth

Don't see it if You want subtle and interesting characterizations. This is a kids show. And not a great one

75
Afterglow
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you want a thoughtful, although sometimes hard to believe, exploration of different types of relationships in the gay world.

Don't see it if nudity and sexuality, especially between men, bother you. it's a thoughtful use of nudity, but not subtle either

73
Bandstand
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if great music, and choreography. compelling story, although not memorable.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth. it's an enjoyable ride, but didn't find it's inner core of emotionality.

71
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Entertaining, Distant

See it if you love the play, and can look past the terrible production. Everyone is fine, some good, but nothing earth shattering.

Don't see it if you are looking to see a production of this lovely intimate play. it is lost in that enormously off set design, which loses the performances

89
Spoon River
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love great music, fun story telling but without a great deal of narrative

Don't see it if you want your musicals big, sweeping, and with one solid narrative.

87
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a beautiful story told with elegance and humor. very engaging.

Don't see it if you want your musicals with high kicks and lots of jazzy dancing.

84
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to be moved and laugh all at the same time. powerful and moving

Don't see it if racism and prejudice make you uncomfortable

86
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to be thrilled and engrossed.

Don't see it if you want your theatre polite and classic

92
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to be moved and thrilled by what the stage can offer you

Don't see it if intense emotional responses are not wanted

40
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid

See it if You want to hear the lead female sing. Her voice and presence is a gift. The rest is just all ridiculous.

Don't see it if You are offended by every offensive stereotype thrown at you. Campy gay characters for no reason. Messy. Sloppy.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you want to be surprised and engaged in this magnificent one woman show

Don't see it if profanity and one person shows bother you

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see two great actresses swapping roles. who's the greatest Regina? Birdie? hard to decide.

Don't see it if you want some easy singing and dancing

89
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love Bette Midler and want to see an old fashioned Broadway musical done by a bunch of pros.

Don't see it if You are looking for anything deep or revolutionary

70
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Mildly amusing

See it if You love the actors: Kline, Nielsen, Burton, all three are perfect and funny

Don't see it if For a Coward play it never rises to hilarity, just amusing

78
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Repetitive

See it if you want to see some great actors working with Miller's lesser known play. Danny DeVito steals it almost all away.

Don't see it if you want a light evening. these brothers have a long way around trying to work out some old history.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a musical that is funny, touching, emotional, engaging, charming, and deeply moving, in a non-straightforward kinda way.

Don't see it if you have no heart :)

76
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you love sally field and finn wittrock who both do excellent work. inventive and unique. modern vision of a classic.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully designed classic production of an american classic. this is a bare to the bones production

49
During previews
All The Fine Boys
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like annoying teenagers

Don't see it if you want a story that engages and feels wise.

86
Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like or enjoy explorations in internal dynamics rather than straightforward plot.

Don't see it if You want a play that leads you through the normal developments and dramatic curves. This is out there and thought provoking in the abstract

80
Big River
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You Live good singing in a country and bluegrass style. Leads are wonderful

Don't see it if Act one is sweet but simplistic. Act two muddled.

78
During previews
Yen
West Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Disturbing

See it if you want to see some great acting, interesting choices, disturbing situations, with some clever writing. act 2 is intense.

Don't see it if you aren't ready for a disturbing play, that doesn't go easy on you. a bit slow at the beginning, by choice. many left at intermission.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intense

See it if you like intense yet funny Irish dramas. great acting and intelligent writing.

Don't see it if you want light and airy. although funny, it's a disturbing piece

70
The Present
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love a fun drunken dinner party lead by a fiesty wonderful blanchett. lacks a bit of focus but you're never bored.

Don't see it if it's a bit unfocused and all over the place.

75
Charm
West Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like an uplifting story of people finding their tribe and rising above.

Don't see it if LGBT issues bother you. It's based on a very uplifting true story but seems riddled with stereotypes

73
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love to hear a greatest hits style show

Don't see it if you want narrative or some introspection into Prince's inspiration or work style.

81
War Paint
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you love watching great female divas doing what they do best. LuPone and Ebersole are spectacular.

Don't see it if you want a lot of song and dance. the show, just in the way it is contracted, has some flaws

78
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want to see an inventive and solid presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Don't see it if you don't like modern takes on classics.

80
Arcadia (PTP)
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Enchanting, Great writing

See it if a beautifully fun and funny production of Stoppard's romantic play. beautifully realized.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in using your brain. it's a thoughtful piece that only gets better the more you pay attention

77
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a funny joyful night of shakespeare in the park for free. hilarious Ashford!

Don't see it if you are looking for more serious fare. It's silly and fluffy, but fun.

74
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you love a pretty and lovely looking and sounding fairy tale musical.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deeper and more emotionally engaging tale. it's very cartoon like.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh at the absurdity of it all

Don't see it if you are looking for serious drama

89
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you love inventive ideas thrown at you in a creative manner

Don't see it if you want your classics performed classically.

89
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love inventive theater with an amazing cast telling a compelling story

Don't see it if you like your theatre straight forward and classically staged

74
Pity in History
Chelsea
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ok with big ideas and abstract concepts discussed on war, religion, art, and greed.

Don't see it if You need a strong narrative style and clear ideas

81
Ambitious, Great singing, Edgy, Intelligent, Beautiful music

See it if you are ok with difficult subject matters staged to beautiful music. great voices. wonderful actors.

Don't see it if overly complex story lines. politics could have been left out. trying to be too clever. very difficult topic

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a surprisingly funny and intelligent look at engagement and connection. great acting by Janney

Don't see it if male nudity bothers you. and you don't like a too talky play

77
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie. It's smart and fun but not very deep.

Don't see it if You are looking to be emotionally moved

76
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You want to laugh hysterically. A very slap stick farce that is surprisingly constant in it's ridiculousness

Don't see it if You need serious or deep.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Disappointing, Romantic, Overblown

See it if You Love big loud mega musicals that were from the 80's. Broad and big emotions without a lot of subtlety

Don't see it if You want deep personal stories told with intelligence

61
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy, Monotonous

See it if you are fascinated with Joan of Arc. and war songs.

Don't see it if you want variations, cathartic or emotionally deep songs and a story that's fully developed

74
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you love the sound of the irish brogue and super dysfunctional family life, filled with rage, jealousy, and violence. deep, dirty, dark.

Don't see it if you like light and frothy. this is dark and dirty. small but functional staging

71
Linda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in female empowerment and the strains of adult womanhood

Don't see it if you want a happy ending or at least a hopeful one.

90
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love inventive smart fun musical theatre

Don't see it if you don't like your theatre too close or too personal

55
Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if Post apocalyptic and power dynamics interest you

Don't see it if Good first act but falters in act 2

70
During previews
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see star power grab hold of a killer part, even though her voice doesn't quite live up to what is needed.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more relevant and modern musical. Solidly old fashioned and melodramatic with a solid cast but not grand.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like great writing by August Wilson, great ensemble work, beautifully directed.

Don't see it if you want a light festive night at the theatre.

82
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you want a smart funny ridiculous witty night at the theater

Don't see it if you want serious theater that takes itself seriously

79
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you love a gay gay gay show. he's amazing in this one man show. but lots of gay pop references.

Don't see it if you aren't connected at all to the gay and/or pop world. you won't get the references.