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Reviews (46)
95
Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a theater experience that is fully engaging and emotionally moving. The acting, writing and directing are masterful. Great theater.

Don't see it if you can’t handle depressing or emotionally challenging material. It’s a quiet but powerful story that takes you on a mysterious journey.

Also For me this was a “wow” theatrical experience. Parker and Hochman crea... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a history buff or interested in politics, the revolutionary 1960’s, civil rights, or just like too see absorbing, intelligent dramas.

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment or a lighthearted evening out. This is an epic piece that you will discuss and think about after you exit.

95
During previews
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like classic musicals done right! Kelli O’Hara is perfection. Will Chase & the cast are superb. Cole Porter’s music never sounded better

Don't see it if if classic musicals aren’t your thing, or you are tone deaf.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you enjoy fresh and absorbing theater, appreciate Mark Rylance, or like historical drama.

Don't see it if don't like historical drama or Mark Rylance.

Also This is a very enjoyable piece that is fascinating history, well-acted... Read more Read less

77
War Paint
Midtown W
Epic, Great singing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Lupone + Ebersole = Legends On Stage. You're ok with an entertaining musical tailored to showcase the talents of its two stars.

Don't see it if You don't like Lupone and/or Ebersole.

Also The talent is the reason to see this show. The music, book and staging... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You're a David Byrne fan, or you're curious about this show. There are redeeming moments and the staging and some of the music are good.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to sit through an imperfect show that is ambitious, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential.

Also It's an intense ride, but it lacks character development, nuance, and ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Dated, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like Kevin Kline or Noel Coward. You enjoy comedic fluff that's well acted but doesn't require you to think too hard. Cast is superb.

Don't see it if You hate light comedy, don't care for aristocratic British humor or Noel Coward. It's fluff, but the best example of this genre.

85
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great performance (Gideon Glick) and/or an accessible, poignant play that is funny, sensitive and existential.

Don't see it if you are looking for light comedy, happy endings or mindless escapism.

88
Public Enemy
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a riveting, updated version of an Ibsen classic. Its timeless themes are still relevant and cannot fail to move you.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment or don't like to see updated adaptations of classic plays

77
Blackbird
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if you like Albee, Pinter, etc. The acting is excellent; the tension and emotion is always palpable. Absorbing, clever, and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee, Pinter, etc. or if two-person plays with lots of sparring and clever repartee is not your thing.

90
During previews
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Legendary, Brilliant choreography

See it if you want to experience the greatest talent on Broadway singing and dancing their hearts out! Must see, especially if you're a theater-buff.

Don't see it if you don't care for jazz, tap-dancing, or the roaring twenties! Audra McDonald/Brian Stokes Mitchell/Savion Glover fans should run to get tix

88
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Relevant, Intense

See it if you have interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many characterizations well depict the complexities and harsh realities that co-exist

Don't see it if you don't like monologues or have little interest in middle-east affairs. It is extremely well-acted and worthwhile.

88
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Romantic, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to be pleasantly surprised! It's an intimate, under-the-radar show that is engaging, tuneful, and sentimental (in a nice way).

Don't see it if you hate old-fashioned, happy endings. Also, Grinches should avoid this show.

87
During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Good music, Romantic, Sincere

See it if you like Bluegrass and Americana . An easy-going theatrical fairytale that is warmhearted, if predictable. Cast & staging are excellent

Don't see it if you hate bluegrass, or romantic, sincere stories with happy endings. It may not be overly provocative, but it grows on you & is enjoyable.

93
King Charles III
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Original, Intelligent

See it if you are an Anglophile and/or a classic theater lover. The writing, acting, and production is superb. It is absorbing and thought-provoking

Don't see it if you have no interest in history, politics, or dramatic arts. It's a smart, clever, well-crafted play that will delight most theatergoers.

75
Allegiance
Midtown W
Flawed, but worthwhile, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Earnest

See it if ...you don't mind earnest and entertaining musicals, and you like the cast (i.e. Lea Salonga, George Takei). Some of it works quite nicely.

Don't see it if ...are not ok with some emotional manipulation that is well-intentioned. Overall, I'm glad I saw it and it was enjoyable.

80
Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if ...you like riveting, challenging theater. I saw it with Tonya Pinkins & I didn't understand her objections. I hear Kecia Lewis is superb!

Don't see it if ....you hate Brecht or want something mindless and easy to watch.

85
Great choreography, Entertaining, Classic, Good, but not great, Great writing

See it if ...you like a good staging of a timeless classic. Maybe the best production of Fiddler since the original, but not flawless.

Don't see it if ...you don't care much for revivals of classic musicals. It's a faithful rendition of the material, but it lacks some emotional impact.

97
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want a really fun show w/ excellent book, music, acting.....and the most talented puppets! It's hard not to love this show.

Don't see it if you are jaded about life, or have never wondered about finding your place in the world.

93
Masterful, Intense, Epic, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you love Les Miz...or have never seen it before! Ramin Karimloo was terrific, so hopefully his replacement is good. It's a great production.

Don't see it if you've already seen it and don't love it. It's a a faithful, classic version of the show.

99
Ambitious, Original, Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an a Broadway spectacle that will not disappoint.

Don't see it if you are jaded or Disneyphobic.

85
Hand to God
Midtown W
Clever, Raunchy, Quirky, Original, Great acting

See it if You like irreverent, original theater. It's provocative, unexpected, and very funny.

Don't see it if You are stodgy, or easily offended by irreverent language and situations.

98
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Original

See it if You want a unique, exciting theatrical experience. Beautifully staged and deeply moving.

Don't see it if you want an escapist musical that doesn't require any thought.

79
Soft Power
East Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you appreciate theater that’s pushes boundaries. It’s relevant and unpredictable but also very entertaining.

Don't see it if you want linear stories or hummable music. It’s unconventional and thought provoking, but also lots of fun.

95
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want to experience the joy and magic that is unique to live theater! It’s a great production bursting with talent and wit and intimacy.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or nostalgic revivals or have no sense of humor? Frankly, it is irresistible.

89
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever, Great singing

See it if Pure fun and fluff, but clever and great classic Berlin score. Carmen Cusack is charming and funny, and her voice is among broadway’s best.

Don't see it if It’s pure 1950’s, musical comedy entertainment. No depth but lots of fun.

79
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are a John Leguizamo fan. You're Latino, African-American, Native American, LGBTQ, or just a run-of-the-mill left-leaning intellectual.

Don't see it if You don't know who John Leguizamo is, or you're not Latino, or you voted for Trump, or you're a foreign tourist, or just anti-intellectual.

Also John Leguizamo is a living national treasure. His monologues are hyste... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Intelligent, Beautiful music, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Classic sondheim

See it if You worship (or even just like) Sondheim! You're ok with a staged reading that's bare bones but filled with talented performances.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, or are looking for a musical comedy or romance. Also, be warned this is a deliberately "streamlined" version.

Also I'm torn about this production. I am familiar with and love this work.... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Must see, Exquisite

See it if You are a Sondheim fan, you love musical theater, you don't want to miss a legendary production, or you believe that "art isn't easy" :-)

Don't see it if You are a Philistine.

Also You'll never see a better cast than this one in a production of Sunday... Read more Read less

75
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Quirky, Disturbing

See it if you're a theater aficionado, are drawn to dark human dramas with complex themes, want to see excellent performances (esp. Brandon Flynn)

Don't see it if you're looking for an experience like Chicago or Cabaret - the themes here are much darker and more extreme, but thought provoking.

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Creative, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like Sally Field, or are interested to see Glass Menagerie in a minimalist, raw, and challenging staging.

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist, it's the first time ever you'll be seeing Glass Menagerie, or you hate minimalist, offbeat stagings of classics.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if you like clever writing and great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like costume dramas.

85
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want a memorable theatrical experience that evokes themes about gender, psychology, history, geopolitics, and sociology. Riveting.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to concentrate, and think about the play you're about to see. It is too long and somewhat predictable, but worthwhile.

89
1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you love Hamilton and American history. This show was original in its time and still holds up. Santino Fontana was terrific as John Adams.

Don't see it if you hate American history.

95
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you have parents. A devastating, insightful work about aging. Pulls you in & illuminates the dark experience of dementia. Kudos to Langella!

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. This play is thought-provoking & intentionally confusing. It requires full attention, but you will be rewarded

77
Red Speedo
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to see a thoughtful, relevant piece about morality, ambition and human relationships. The staging and acting are good, as well.

Don't see it if you just want light entertainment. Also, if you've OD'd on Lance Armstrong stories, then perhaps this morality tale isn't for you.

83
Nice Fish
Brooklyn
Great acting, Confusing, Original, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like Mark Rylance (and who doesn't?). This is an original, quirky productions that is thought-provoking and existential, yet endearing.

Don't see it if you are drawn to plot-driven, literal, classical theater. This play is experiential and thought-provoking. However, it is fun to watch.

65
Disappointing, Intense, Indulgent, Original, Ambitious

See it if you like abstracted, pared-down versions of classic theater. Sometimes it worked brilliantly, but much of the time it felt disjointed.

Don't see it if you like classic theater staged faithfully and directed with respect for tradition. While very raw and edgy, I felt it lacked true emotion.

65
Lazarus
East Village
Original, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if ...you love Bowie, Michael C. Hall, enjoy avant-garde theater, or want a theater-goers' gold star.

Don't see it if ...you are very literal, and only appreciate theater that makes sense. It was difficult to watch but some parts were very rewarding.

95
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Uplifting

See it if you want to have a great time and leave the theater singing & dancing. It far exceeded my expectations. It's a crowd-pleaser! Great time!

Don't see it if you absolutely hate Gloria Estefan or jukebox musicals (since you've heard the music before, though it is great in this production!).

95
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like plays that examine and question the pathos and humor of daily existence

Don't see it if you want to see something light and weightless that is uplifting, but not particularly thought-provoking

81
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a contemporary, big, broadway musical comedy that has heart. The themes are relevant and emotional...and wrapped in fluff.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with gender-bending themes or are looking for a very provocative, serious, thought-provoking theatrical experience.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a fun-filled evening that everyone will enjoy. It's a musical confection that feels like 21st century Gilbert & Sullivan.

Don't see it if You desire to see something serious and thought-provoking.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Riveting, Epic

See it if You love great acting. The staging is very original and the story is riveting. Don't miss it.

Don't see it if you daydream at the theater, because this play requires full attention.

95
Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging, Joyful

See it if You like classic musicals. This is a terrific staging of a Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite. The staging is beautiful. Kelli O'Hara is great.

Don't see it if You hate Rodgers & Hammerstein.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Epic, Great staging

See it if You're lucky enough to score a ticket. It sets a new high bar for Broadway shows.

Don't see it if you're brain dead.