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New York City
About:  Give my regards to Broadway.
Reviews (75)
79
Aunt Jack
East Village
Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like contemporary shows that explore issues of sexual orientation & gay culture. Think Auntie Mame meets average gay film on Netflix.

Don't see it if you need chemistry between the actors. An uneven script bothers you.

70
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you’re of a fan of rich people problems or Torben Betts. You love destruction.

Don't see it if Yelling isn’t your jam. Other people’s problems bother you.

69
During previews
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Midtown W
Great lighting design, Great sound design, Great staging

See it if You enjoy plays about relationships, crafted lighting, scenic and sound design.

Don't see it if actor chemistry and an even book are important to you.

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Boring

See it if You like listening to Andy Karl as a Bryan Adams impersonator & you have a couple of hundred to spend at the bar.

Don't see it if You don't like bus and truck DOA musicals, that are lethargic w/ terrible sound mixing, choreography, robotic cast & no story arc.

60
Roller Dynasty
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if you like to watch slow, quirky, roller skating.

Don't see it if you are allergic to sand, dysfunctional friendships, nonlinear, meandering plots and millennial ennui.

87
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love funny shows where two people play multiple characters like "The 39 Steps," "Murder for Two." Excellent comedic acting, 80 min.

Don't see it if You don't like comedic plays. You like lush sets and many actors.

69
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You like your theater like a pack of crisps. Light, salty & leaving you still a bit unsatisfied.

Don't see it if You are expecting One Man, Two Govs greatness. Over the top set. Needs more snooker, less banal love story.

83
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like Sondheim & want to see a solid musical theater production. Tip top set, lighting and choreography. Glimmering stars in the cast.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or Sondheim. Don't like shows about relationships.

89
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Melodic pacing, Excellent orchestra

See it if You love musical theatre & want to see it before it wins the Tony for Best Musical. You love shows about the simple complexity of humanity.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theatre or you only like flashy musicals.

87
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny

See it if You love musicals & supporting quality, local theater. You like to have fun & see excellent acting/singing/choreography.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't like Queens. Poor sound mixing & buying skunked wine at the bar annoy you.

85
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like family dramedies. Great acting, great script, funny, heartwarming & heartbreaking and all the feels. Great 1 act (90 min)!

Don't see it if You don't like family dramedies.

85
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You want to see a raunchy, irreverent show about Hollywood after a few drinks at the bar. This is a 1 act comedy, so be libated to laugh!

Don't see it if You don't like irreverent comedies. You like serious plays. You don't like raunchy comedies.

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Romantic

See it if You want to see a phenomenal performance by Christy Altomare or enjoy watching John Bolton. You need a show for kids & have seen Disney.

Don't see it if You didn't see the movie. You don't like musicals. You like a deep plot or something more geared towards adults.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Beautiful costumes

See it if You love Bette Midler a/o David Hyde Pierce! The costumes are gorgeous! See the hardest working chorus boys on Broadway! It's frivolous fun!

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals. You don't like light musicals. You don't like fun and frivolity!

60
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You like experimental plays with minimal plots & actors playing more than one character. You like absurdist theatre and great Bedlam acting.

Don't see it if You need a plot. You don't like confusing, pointless shows.

77
During previews
Muswell Hill
Midtown W
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see what's happening in the kitchen before/during/after the dinner party from hell. You enjoyed Torben Betts "Invincible."

Don't see it if you need a play with an arc. You don't want to watch insufferable people who you don't care about saying insipid things.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if You like intimate, musical theatre that is sexy, saucy and turns intense as the party heats up.

Don't see it if You can't stand uneven sound levels. You don't like trekking into BK. You don't like musicals.

49
Trinkets
East Village
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like to support downtown, indie theater that is look over substance.

Don't see it if You expect a plot or lyrical dynamics.

78
During previews
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a rollicking musical with fabulous singing, choreography and costumes! There are excellent characterizations!

Don't see it if You don't like bawdy bits or the novel, Tom Jones. You like perfectly polished musicals (ending is muddy & a bit long in the tooth).

69
During previews
Absurd, Irreverent, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like downtown style, irreverent, absurd musicals. You like Elvis, cheeseheads and dogs. You like watching great character actors.

Don't see it if You only like serious theater. You don't like muddy books that need a bit of work. You don't like dad, god or dog jokes, or punny puns.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to see brilliant performances by Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon.

Don't see it if You don't like serious or long plays. You don't like anything intense. You don't like period pieces.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like funny musicals, that are more than your typical jukebox musicals. You love beautiful songwriting and an excellent book.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't like to laugh or have fun. You don't like seeing behind the scenes of pop music production.

90
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You loved Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility. You love Kate Hamill's writing & Eric Tucker's directing. You love inventive staging & characters.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays. You want a straight play. You don't like actors playing multiple characters. You hate inventive theater.

57
During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Banal, Great acting

See it if You like violin. You like fake snow. You like William Shatner, I mean Ernest Shackleton. You like arty avant-garde shows.

Don't see it if You like plots. You like sustenance, besides seal bubbler. You don't like experimental pieces or the electric violin.

60
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like Joan of Arc and want to see a musical interpretation of her life, have no other plans and get free tickets.

Don't see it if You can't hold in your laughter when you hear terrible music and lyrics. You want to see some excellent performers making the best of it.

55
Disappointing, Long, Entertaining

See it if in Act 1, you want to engage with three hilarious, honky-tonk sisters (The Chalks) who sing sassy songs. You like audience participation

Don't see it if sitting in a cramped theater for almost 3 hours is not your jam. The Chalks perform, intermission & then the actual show.

60
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see a true adaptation of the book.

Don't see it if you believe brevity is the soul of wit. 2.5 hrs of sloooow. Disappointing book, directing, costumes & chemistry.

78
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Let’s face it. These two could be playing other political couples or The Odd Couple & I’d buy a ticket. They create lyrical tension.

Don't see it if you need an emotional arc to truly connect with the fact that in our reality a woman’s dreams were shattered.

69
During previews
Great singing, Slow, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You buy anything from the Stephen Sondheim Inc. brand and want to sit through this cult show that has some memorable songs.

Don't see it if a meandering, dull book leaves you wistfully wishing for the days of wrist watches.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Las vegas-y

See it if You want to see Cher use her id, ego & super-ego as a Greek chorus for her life. Gorgeous costumes (tony nom). Hardest working chorus line!

Don't see it if You don't like Las Vegas/cruise ship type shows that are low on plot/high on sparkle.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You ever wished your favorite crooner was gay. Love small musicals & snappy singing.

Don't see it if You don’t like small musicals about life.

71
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see a thought provoking play with great performances.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays that could be cut down into a one-act. You don't like sparse sets. You don't like thin character development.

80
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You have a fun time when actors talk in rhyme. The actors divine & quite fine. The costumes are delish, you'll be seeing fish! See it, bish!

Don't see it if You don't like verse as it makes you want to curse. You hate to laugh as it gives you gas!

100
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if This show is MANDATORY, MUST SEE for all of humanity. It is musical theatre perfection.

Don't see it if You don't like humanity.

75
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You love Jimmy Buffett, jukebox musicals, camp, & puns. You've had a few margaritas, want to escape, & don't take Broadway so seriously.

Don't see it if You don't like Jimmy Buffett. You like serious plays. You're sober.

85
Afterglow
Midtown W
Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a steamy 1 act show that tackles selfhood when commitment & relationship boundaries are challenged.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity. You don't like gay themes. You don't like plays that explore relationships, selfhood or boundaries.

55
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You liked the "The Judas Kiss." You don't mind a languid, meh plot with excellent actors. Staring in the mirror at the audience was fun!

Don't see it if You don't mind seeing the color drained out of Ballets Russes. Excellent actors trying so hard with a pointless script & boring direction.

69
During previews
Cardinal
Midtown W
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Anna Chlumsky & her character on VEEP. You are interested in seeing a show about small town America staying relevant.

Don't see it if You don't like muddy plays that leave you thinking "meh." Too many thoughts/issues bandied about and no conclusion to any of them.

69
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You liked Hamill's Sense & Sensibility and you don't mind skipping the 2nd act. You like scripts where actors play more than one character.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a boring 2nd act with an insipid ending.

78
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a hilarious, (for the first 40-50 min) fabulous, one-man show excellently acted with lots of LGBT and pop culture reference.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or LGBT themes.

77
During previews
Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Great writing

See it if You want to an intriguing one man show.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal staging.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to see a classic that is laugh-out loud hilarious, entertaining, endearing & heartfelt. Michael Urie's performance is outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that center on gay issues. You don't like to laugh. You don't like relationship plays.

62
Underground
Midtown E
Romantic, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a show about single life in the Tinder era.

Don't see it if The ending will leave you staying, "and then what."

78
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see what happens when neighbors stop "Keeping Up Appearances" and start getting real.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick and then serious theater. You don't like culture and class clashes.

95
During previews
Rotterdam
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want you see brilliant acting! This is a must see show about identity and how people see us and how we see ourselves.

Don't see it if You don't like plays. You don't like exploring topics of gender, sexuality and selfhood. You don't like emotions. You don't like to laugh.

70
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You want a zany night of sci-if bar theater w/ some audience games & a free drink mixed in.

Don't see it if You don't like standing for long periods of time. You don't like interactive shows. You like serious plots.

88
Your Alice
Queens
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love inventive, immersive theater with brilliant staging and gorgeous costumes. Similar to Kate Hamill & Eric Tucker's works.

Don't see it if You don't like Alice in Wonderland or it's themes. You don't enjoy excellent black box theater.

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Great music, Jukebox musical

See it if You love Gloria Estefan & her music. You want know more about her life. You want to see a star at work- Ana Villafañe.

Don't see it if You don't like the music of Gloria Estefan. You don't like jukebox musicals.

85
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Pre-code

See it if You want to see a funny, fluffy, pre-code musical (innuendo galore). You like musicals set in the 1920s. You like tapping, booze & wood.

Don't see it if You like serious plays. You don't mind hearing some silly songs. You don't like minimal staging. You hate booze, broads and Broadway.

69
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see Kevin Kline on stage. You like longer plays set in the 1930s with a comedic touch. You don't mind lots of talking.

Don't see it if You want lots of action (most of the action is in the 3rd interval). You like serious plays. You don't mind dry acting and staging.