Gaspar17

New Haven | 65+ | Male
About:  Spending way too much time these days on MetroNorth in order to see NYC theatre two to four times per week.. Anyone have a nice sublet?
Reviews (53)
90
During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a fast-moving production of a pared-down Macbeth, with a twist, performed by an excellent cast of young female actors.

Don't see it if you're looking for a stick-to-the-Shakespeare productions.

Also Despite what you may have heard or read, this is not just a females "p... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Overrated, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if you want to see the new MCC theatre

Don't see it if you expect to see a well-written play

Also Chris Myers will be a very big deal someday — and hopefully soon.

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant, Really loud

See it if you're interested in learning more about refugees and the response to them by France and the UK.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained and comfortable. Most of the acting, except for one gut-wrenching scene, is shouting.

91
During previews
Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you’re ready for a suspenseful play featuring terrific performances by three actors who’ve completely become their characters.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a comedy. Theresa Rebeck has saved the jokes for other projects.

49
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a terrific performance by Midori Francis and don’t mind sitting through a muddled production.

Don't see it if you’re hoping to see a revelatory and thematically consistent play about the emotional and sexual deveopment of women.

35
Disappointing, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see one of this year's two Horton Foote award-winning plays.

Don't see it if you expect to see a thoughtful play about the struggle between generations — traditions vs. new-era independence.

50
Great acting, Intense, Funny turns excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you're a Todd Solondz fan and want to see what he does in another medium

Don't see it if you're expecting a heartfelt and affecting comedy. This thing gets uncomfortably dark in the final segment.

Also The actors were excellent -- great to see Matt Servitto on stage -- he... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you want to see a cleverly-plotted comedy that, unfortunately, you may have to work very hard to follow --because accents muddle dialogue.

Don't see it if you think you will be seeing another "One Man, Two Guvnors."

Also The sets and, set changes, are great. This might have been Big Fun if ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to be absorbed by the performances of the three leads and, in his only scene, John Pankow.

Don't see it if you can't follow rapid-fire dialogue.

Also the set is amazing, the plot is interesting, the direction is great, a... Read more Read less

79
Worth the s-s offer, Well-staged, Mostly well-acted

See it if you are a Kristine Nielsen fan and/or are interested in seeing a Tennessee Williams play that's new to you

Don't see it if you can't stand being a step (or ten) ahead of plot reveals while watching a straight-ahead timeline play

Also Ben Brantley was overly critical of the lead actress in this productio... Read more Read less

38
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Cheap and ugly looking

See it if you would like to join the performers on stage for a (wet) scene or you want to see several women bare their breasts for no apparent reason.

Don't see it if you want to be reminded of the worst shows you've ever seen at The Flea and want to pay five times what those amateur-hour shows cost you

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be entertained, upset and hopeful by a quartet of enthusiastic and talented young actors.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to experience the inner turmoil and frustrations of someone with autism who is struggling to live her life.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re interested in considering both positive and negative effects of affirmative action — and you want to see the great Jessica Hecht.

Don't see it if you’ll likely be annoyed by an overlong monologue, as well as asomewhat shorter speech, screamed incessantly by an unnuanced young performer

90
Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Nice humor-pathos mix

See it if you want to see a well-staged contemporary play by, and featuring, a talented young writer.

Don't see it if you need to avoid on-stage violence. This play contains a very realistic and bloody assault.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to see (and hear) an amazing cast sing a catchy and clever score: either solo or en masse.

Don't see it if you hated Book of Mormon -- or you want to see an opera.

Also It's a pop musical, not an opera -- and yes, the second half bogs down... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Fantastic sets

See it if you can get a ticket. The place was packed on a Sunday night.

Don't see it if you can't stand Irish accents.

Also At then of this one, I thought: now that's the sort of play that keeps... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Disappointing, Fine performances, Interesting set, Well-done projections

See it if you need to see everything that gets promotional features in the NYT and/or want to hear a couple of Noel Coward songs from "Bittersweet."

Don't see it if prefer plays at whose end people seated near you won't be asking "What the heck was that?" or "Is that really all there is?"

Also one point for each minute -- it's only 45 minutes long, including the ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if you’re up for a fast-paced, light, and amusing 90-minute play featuring a couple of standout performances.

Don't see it if you believe that “30 is the new 20.” The playwright does not.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a well-acted, plot-driven, not-preachy play about sexist challenges a talented young woman faces in a professional workplace.

Don't see it if you think there's nothing more to say about sexism in the workplace.

Also Very impressed that the Women's Project has assembled such a stellar c... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to see complicated issues thrust into the inner worlds of young people, most of whom are unprepared for that experience.

Don't see it if you don’t wish to listen to young people talk about what really interests them, in phrasing that they actually use.

Also I hope that this well-written and quality-staged production finds an a... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to see the winner of the next round of Off-Broadway acting awards: Peter Friedman. (A prediction.) His performance is exceptional.

Don't see it if you've had your fill of edge-of-dementia themed plays.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Inconsistent tone

See it if you want to see an excellent performance by Peter Friedman. Oscar Isaac is excellent, of course, but Friedman stands out.

Don't see it if you are considering paying scalper prices.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a terrific Jonathan Cake performance in a complicated, but fairly easy to follow, Shakespeare production.

Don't see it if you strongly dislike Shakespeare plays.

Also Some of the most entertaining aspects of this production: the facial r... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a late-arriving character bring a flat production to life. Frank Wood does just that -- amazingly!

Don't see it if you remember loving the playwright's "Becky Shaw" and are looking for a similar experience.

49
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are a Matthew Perry fan and you want to be there for him.

Don't see it if you're expecting either a Friends-style comedy or a moving/absorbing drama.

Also I'm guessing that MCC is producing this pedestrian show as a come-see-... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Interesting contemporary characters, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland in a well-directed, well-written, Broadway-quality production in an intimate theatre.

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted comedy. There are plenty of laughs here but, well, it's not a light-hearted piece.

40
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Boring-yes-boring

See it if you need to see every production of a Fugard play.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained, or enlightened, or thrilled by a theatrical experience.

Also The actors worked very hard -- but an intermission was (sorely) needed... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Overrated, Confusing, I really wanted to like this one

See it if you want to get a better understanding of the multi-level emotional effect that abandoning Iraq has had on its immigrants.

Don't see it if you're hoping to see an updating of The Doll's House. Only clear connection is the name of the lead female character.

Also The set was fabulous -- and I'm hoping that someday I'll understand wh... Read more Read less

9
Disappointing, Loud, Clever wordplay but just not funny or insightful

See it if you want to decide whether Jesse Green was too positive about this one. (He panned it.)

Don't see it if you want to keep thinking that Liliana Blain-Cruz can do no wrong.

Also Monique St. Cyr's performance was a bright spot. I will definitely be ... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Interesting arrangements, Not a jukebox musical

See it if you want to see a plot-filled piece with well-sung unusual arrangements of Dylan songs -- and an amazing performance by Mare Winningham.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-ahead things-are-so-clear musical or want to hear only Dylan's hits.

Also This is an interesting and entertaining production -- but you'll proba... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re ok with listening to a clever, non-linear, self-revelatory story shared by the excellent Michael C. Hall.

Don't see it if you’re not ok with a script filled with wordplay that zips along faster than you might be able to decipher fully.

Also One of those plays that requires a one-of-these-days reading at home. ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a young cast shine in a well-plotted piece about characters hoping to change the world without any effective strategies.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see something which praises the glorious efforts of sixties-era activists.

Also The insight: sixties activists didn't get as much accomplished as they... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'll enjoy a well-acted plot-driven relatively-short play. Cannavale was excellent (as usual) and Radcliffe was absolutely fantastic.

Don't see it if you're only going because you're a Potter fanatic.

Also No great insights here and not super-relevant to the fake/real news te... Read more Read less

49
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a Rebecca Naomi Jones fan or you think you need to see every production in the city that features non-traditional staging

Don't see it if you're expecting to be moved by either the characters or their situations.

Also The "ballet" was a waste of 15 minutes. The young woman who was runnin... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Moving, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see an exceptional performance by Elaine May in a sad yet funny play about struggling with dementia from many points of view.

Don't see it if you only want feel-great entertainment.

17
During previews
Confusing, Slow, Boring

See it if you need to take in every production of a Caryl Churchill play.

Don't see it if you’re hoping for another remarkable production from this director.

Also the worst thing about this bland and confusing show: since the entire... Read more Read less

81
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you would like to watch a young actor tell you and a dozen-or-so other people her hour-long story -- in a small set-less, fully-lit space.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see something about a female surfer based on the Southern California coast. It's nothing like that.

Also I saw Karen Eilbacher perform the title role (very convincingly). It's... Read more Read less

65
For a previous production
Quirky, Ambitious, Some very good acting, Opportunity to see a kurt vonnegut pllay

See it if you’re interested in seeing a production of this Kurt Vonnegut play and you can handle lots of loud-volume dialogue.

Don't see it if it wouldn’t bother you if some of the actors appear younger than the characters they’re portraying.

Also it’s the professional debut of the young girl playing Wanda June and s... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slightly confusing

See it if you wish to be absorbed by and sympathize with the plight of several immigrant women living together in near-desperate situations -- in NYC

Don't see it if strong accents and broken English bother you while trying to concentrate during a wordy play

49
Banal, Dizzying, Annoying at times

See it if you think seeing a terrific performance by a young actor (Sarah Chalfie) is worth wasting an evening.

Don't see it if rapid-fire/loud sequences by several actors switching characters every five seconds or actors moving in slow-motion sequences will bug you.

Also Is the new Flea Theatre really less than a year old? The lobby/waiting... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you’re up for an interesting, well written, terrifically acted, superbly directed, and very funny (at times) study of adult group dynamics.

Don't see it if you have never been part of a “team meeting” either for work or volunteer project — and won’t be able to believe the absurdity involved.

70
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a folk-rock concert featuring beautiful lighting effects and an intricate soundscape.

Don't see it if you want to attend a play.

Also The shimmering falling-sand lighting effects are The Best Reason to se... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Disappointing, Obnoxious

See it if you are interested in seeing a performance by the Fiasco Theatre troupe and can withstand an over-loud yet difficult-to-understand Sir Toby.

Don't see it if you dislike slapstick or over-the-top comedic performances inserted into an otherwise even-toned play.

Also The musical performances (playing and singing) were enjoyable —as was ... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a quick-paced intimate show about two complicated young people struggling with a situation they'd rather not be in.

Don't see it if you need to have a clear resolution at a play's end. This is about each character's inner life, revealed mostly via intersecting monologues.

Also Thought-provoking and heart-tugging script, excellent acting, smoothly... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you don’t want to miss a creative production imported from London and centered by the excellent Denise Gough and fabulous sound-lights-set.

Don't see it if your night will be ruined by a lengthy, even though abbreviated, group therapy session that seems endless.

76
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see the struggles of the civil rights movement from new perspectives.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or have hearing issues. The complicated, fast-spoken (at times), accented dialogue may be too difficult,

85
Intelligent, Great staging, Moving

See it if you haven't seen the play before and can ignore the advice that it "can't be separated from its time."

Don't see it if believe its historical context is relevant to appreciating the current production (as NYT's Jesse Green insisted you must).

Also I thought the performers were wonderful -- particularly Lili Taylor an... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a traditionally-staged production with terrific acting and an amazingly-detailed set.

Don't see it if you think older plays are boring unless they get an Ivo treatment.

Also Yes, it's a great idea to see both versions -- as Laura Linney and Cyn... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you want to tell your friends, when it wins Tony awards, that you saw it.

Don't see it if you don't get a decent seat in the center section. Otherwise, you're probably going to miss a bunch of the dialogue.

Also The story WAS interesting -- but I thought that the earlier "Blood and... Read more Read less

17
During previews
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you are running from the coppers and 2nd Stage is the only open door in sight.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained and/or have anything else to do with your time.

Also I know that 2nd Stage is concentrating on becoming The Next Big Thing ... Read more Read less