Gary 3

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (26)
80
During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A lot of fun; historically based easy history lesson on '70's Cambodia. Interesting interplay of music and drama. Multi-talented actors

Don't see it if Loud music (1st time ever seen "ear plugs avail in box office"); song lyrics not clear even when in English. Too many coincidences in plot

85
During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Entertaining story; very good acting; bits of amazing music

See it if Excellent examination how one character's demons influences and destroys others; very realistic simulated live music from lead

Don't see it if characters a little stereotypical - tortured musician; passive girl who blossoms; outsider disrupting relationships; denouement unrealistic

81
During previews
Like the springer show, voyeuristic and titillating; uneven

See it if very creative; excellent singing; grand themes and ideas that don't quite get carried out, but nevertheless spurs thoughtful conversations

Don't see it if As others have noted:raunchy, anti-religious, exploitative. Second half doesn't really work as planned, but still has great singing/staging

75
During previews
Sweat
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Intense

See it if About issues that elected our president; excellent Kris Davis continuing to spread his wings

Don't see it if lives have been destroyed "in real life" but this is little over the top; cliched & one-sided exploration of topic; ending not believabe

90
During previews
Terrific revival of an excellent play

See it if you've never seen it. Not only about So. African race relations, but about family, maturity, misplaced emotions. 1 excell. & 2 verygd actors

Don't see it if you don't like straight drama; can't handle accents; or don't want to see older plays even if they still pack a punch.

74
Do I Hear a Waltz?
Midtown W
Nice revival by two pillars of musical theater world

See it if you want to see late Rogers and/or early Sondheim; appreciate "old school" musicals done well; tuneful music sung well

Don't see it if you don't like City Center's Encore semi-staged style and/or don't like actors performing with scores in hand

76
During previews
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Well-acted; interesting; timely; excellent price/quality ratio

See it if you want to see a well-acted play by a pulitzer prize winning playwright, directed by lauded director exploring family/social issues

Don't see it if it bothers you when the dialog at times gets a little preachy and the acting a little overwrought; if expecting directorial break-through

80
A Wilder Christmas
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Dated

See it if You want to see Wilder experimenting with early modernist techniques to explore the theme of the importance of common, everyday events.

Don't see it if You don't like 1) non-realistic situations & confusing story lines, or 2) a director's addition of audience participation (I didn't like)

80
During previews
Fun romp w/ music; not a musical

See it if you want to enjoy an engaging, light evening/afternoon play with well-done musical imitation of Beatles songs

Don't see it if you are expecting a deep, thoughtful exploration of a Shakespeare play or you get turned off by slap-stick that sometimes goes on too long

30
Lame excuse for pop/politcal satire

See it if you have never seen this type of show and you want to see some fairly talented actors/singers trying hard to overcome bad jokes

Don't see it if you are expecting the quality of writing/humor as in the "Capitol Steps" show in DC or the Daily Show and its various iterations

60
During previews
Night is a Room
Midtown W
Flashes, but only, of brilliance

See it if you enjoy creative ideas and language and/or want to see one (out of three) excellent actors at work

Don't see it if you can't handle sexual language and themes or you are just looking for a light, fun evening out

85
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Original, Quirky

See it if you like inventive drama about serious subjects; you like very creative staging

Don't see it if Curiously for a show about an autistic kid, the show has a lot of loud noises, flashing lights and other effects that may be disturbing

45
During previews
Cloud Nine
Chelsea
Cliched, Original, Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if you want to see inventive shows from the 80's; some good and creative acting, but not all.

Don't see it if you don't like frank discussions and some depictions of sexual acts; you can't handle VERY uncomfortable seating for two hours.

66
During previews
Very good acting, but too much left undeveloped

See it if Actors are very good and establish unique characters; raw urban feel that seems true to life (tho I'm not part of that). 2nd half better

Don't see it if Too many characters; no development to speak of; cliched plot of group connecting/meeting again at a funeral; payoff punch unrealistic

77
During previews
Very good, but not great albee

See it if Very interesting 2 one acts written 50 yrs apart; some excellent stretches, but both drag in parts; very good acting w/ excellent "Jerry"

Don't see it if 1st act supposedly written to flesh out character in 2nd act (Albee's 1st play); does somewhat, but not totally; historically interesting

72
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if good exploration of trials and tribulations of "underclass"; very good acting; interesting staging and casting

Don't see it if depressing, but maybe realistic portrayal; some interactions are cliched & overdrawn; weak ending doesn't flow/makes sense from main lead

80
Everybody
Midtown W
Terrific retelling of ancient tale

See it if u want to see creative staging & direction; new takes on "old" philosophy; 2 of today's best young playwrights & directors working together

Don't see it if u are bothered by plays that are not traditional dramas & plays that are peachy & not realistic; are expecting outstanding/absorbing acting

80
During previews
Timely; stunning; not traditional theater

See it if you know A D Smith's style of exploration of contemporary issues though interview driven, impersonations. Key to current race/prison issues

Don't see it if you are not into "political" theater or desire plot-driven traditional stagings.

85
Great "new" anna and king

See it if you want to see terrific new interpretations of the two lead characters (Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim) and a fabulous production

Don't see it if you can't stomach old style musicals (with great music) and sappy story lines.

60
During previews
Slow; insightful male bonding; incomprehensible accents; mildly amusing

See it if You want to see the early work of a very successful UK playwright; very good acting in a lower class work place environment

Don't see it if U are impatient to wait for Act II or are put off by a large portion of the dialog being incomprehensible because of mumbling/strong accents

60
During previews
Plaid Tidings
Midtown E
Excellent singing, bad writing

See it if you loved "Forever Plaid" & value excellent four part male harmony over anything else; you have the patience to sit through a LOONG 1st act

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for bad writing and interminable set-up jokes for a weak story line

70
During previews
Ok, but not great revival

See it if you have never have seen "Fiddler" and/or want to see a Tony worthy job by Danny Burstein; in a minimalist setting with great cast dancing

Don't see it if you are expecting an original take or a revival that will overshadow the original

75
During previews
Incident at Vichy
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Didactic, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you love to talk about issues; explore serious questions of the past & how they relate to today's problems; staging & acting help illuminate

Don't see it if just want a fun, light evening out and/or you can't stand "preachiness" and sometime overwrought acting

75
The Flick
West Village
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Slow, Original

See it if Requires effort but will grow on you after you've left the theater

Don't see it if you want to be spoon-fed and entertained in the theater

78
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Tuneful, Ambitious

See it if you like Broadway musicals and puns and a lot of singing and dancing

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor and only like serious shows

70
During previews
Barbecue
East Village
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if you like creative plot points; you are willing to take a light look at some serious subjects; want a fun evening out.

Don't see it if can't handle obscenity; if you are looking for "pure" drama.