George 6090

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Saw my first Broadway musical, Oklahoma!, in 1944 when I was 5. I was astonished and haven't quit going to the theater since. Even in all those years (decades) when work forced me to live away from New York, I always found a way to get back at least once or twice a year to binge. Now that my husb... Read more Read less
Reviews (164)
Preview tdbs1
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Disappointing, Dated, Good musical back-up, Excellent small stage choreography, Talented young cast

See it if you like forgotten musical theater shows by well-known teams (Lerner and Loewe) performed by a talented young cast.

Don't see it if you expect a full stage production or musicals without much memorable music.

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79
During previews
Great music., Impressive, but somewhat contrived, choreography, True to the book, Great acting, Ali ewoldt's performance is astonishing!

See it if you like 'Anne of Green Gables', the novel- appreciate stellar performances like the one here by Ali Ewoldt (sorry she didn't get to sing).

Don't see it if You expect a large, Broadway type musical, are bored with overlong dance sequences, or didn't like the original novel.

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During previews
Cliched, Great direction and production values, Great vocal gospel hymns, Good ensemble cast

See it if you want to see yet again the oft told story of gay man discovering himself in private prep school-well acted-great vocal hymns - nice set

Don't see it if you don't like nudity or audience members 'amen-ing' or laughing nervously at nudity as if they've never seen it before - stories of gay men

Preview pposd1
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Raunchy, Indulgent, Excruciating, 60 minutes that felt more like 600, Good actors completely wasted on a slim, unnecessarily vulgar plot

See it if like seeing the talents of two good actors completely wasted on a slim, unnecessarily vulgar script - performed on an essentially void stage

Don't see it if want to be uplifted-prefer a musical-want a large scale production. The 2 actors appear to have talent, but the material given them sucked.

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Well done set, lighting, and costumes, Masterful direction by joe brancato, Both funny and heart-wrenching, Talented ensemble cast, Brilliantly crafted by michael mckeever

See it if great theater, writing, ensemble acting, & direction. Plays that leave you smiling and crying simultaneously. LGBT and the legal themes.

Don't see it if You want a musical or a large cast. The four principal actors in this play more than fill the stage with their skills and presence.

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During previews
Music, lyrics, direction, set design, lighting, & costumes - perfection, Each of the principals is an extraordinarily talented actor, singer, and dancer, An absolute must-see, Brilliant!

See it if like music that alternates between tear-inducing ballads & razzamatazz cabaret - performed primarily by 2 gifted actors, singers, & dancers

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason to miss this incredible performance unless you prefer a non-musical performance.

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During previews
Sets, costumes, and lighting all up to roundabout's high standards, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Three of broadway's current stars - all at the top of their game

See it if you're a fan of any of the stars; and enjoy being completely entertained at the same time as being required to exercise critical thinking.

Don't see it if you dislike 'Lady or the Tiger' endings - otherwise there is absolutely no reason to miss this show - IF you can still get tickets.

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Ultimately satisfying, Resonant, Low-budget, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if you're willing to be patient for a rewarding conclusion (better 2nd act) and accept that it's low-budget with uneven acting and direction.

Don't see it if you expect more of an off-off-Broadway show than you do of what is otherwise merely a noteworthy festival entry.

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79
Witty pre-show dialogue by ty defoe & kate bornstein, Occasionally slow, Impressive direction & dance moves, Great ensemble cast, Funny

See it if like Josh Charles & Armie Hammer performing with a great ensemble cast. Appreciate impressive 'choreographed' movements. Adolescent humor.

Don't see it if you want a musical or prefer a play with a definitive ending.

Preview lr1
79
Frighteningly foreshadows today's political climate, Beautifully staged, Great ensemble cast, Well written, Incredibly moving

See it if you either were or weren't alive during the Civil Rights movement - enjoy true stories wonderfully researched, written, and performed.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate great ensemble acting & singing by a very talented cast-can't appreciate great sets-aren't interested in our history.

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During previews
Impressive scenic design by allen moyer, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking premise, Funny

See it if you like contemporary societal issues & how each generation comes to terms with 'what's normal'. Thought-provoking comedy by good ensemble

Don't see it if you're not interested in lgbtq issues or clever use of adult actors as infant children.

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Overrated, Interesting premise, Good acting, Great direction, Great set and lighting

See it if you're interested in the early lives of two giants of the theater told before they were well known. If you appreciate great technical work.

Don't see it if you're bothered by gay themes - especially self-hating gays as was often the case in those years or just don't care for either author.

Preview rhc1
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Dated book, Memorable sets, custumes, lighting, Terrific choreography, Strong voices, Beautiful score

See it if you love classic R&H musicals with magnificent scores sung beautifully with frequent show-stopping performances. Extraordinary choreography

Don't see it if you're bothered by dated books that weren't particularly strong in the first place.

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During previews
Excellent lighting, Minimalist staging that actually works, Emotionally draining final 7 minutes, Great writing, Terrific ensemble acting

See it if you're interested in WWII history and appreciate great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with strong British accents, or are uncomfortable with explosive noises and complete darkness.

Preview sweeney
90
Fun audience involvement, Awesome small 'orchestra', Riveting, Terrific immersive staging, Great ensemble cast

See it if you like Sondheim performed by a talented cast, great direction, staged in a marvelous, audience immersive, environment. Real meat pies too

Don't see it if you can't deal with psychopaths, blood, death, or shrill loud voices. Too bad there wasn't a gluten-free option for the meat pies.

Preview bc2
79
Purposely slow, Well staged, directed, and lighted, Uneven, Thought-provoking script, Great ensemble acting

See it if you like a thought provoking script in its early developmental stage performed by a very talented ensemble cast on a well designed stage.

Don't see it if you blindly follow professional critics. Sure there are flaws-including one very big one at the end-but overall this is a promising start.

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Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy interesting stories told in a slow but compelling manner,impressive memorization skills,& excellent staging for a small production

Don't see it if You're expecting a program of one magic trick after another. There are some, well done, but the focus is on the narrative and memory work.

Preview angels
83
During previews
Overrated, Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like an overall excellent revival of a great American classic; great staging; AIDS history; generally good performances; and Nathan Lane

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes;occasionally confusing plot lines;sitting up to 8 hours; or expect perfection in every performance-most are great.

Also Several reviewers have expressed disappointment in Lee Pace's performa... Read more Read less

Preview farinelli
82
Funny, Exquisite, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see--as you certainly should--Rylance's amazing acting (matched by others in the cast), beautifully staged with much humor.

Don't see it if you don't like farce, even when it's based in language and not physical humor; or, if you require a 2nd act to match the heights of the 1st.

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73
During previews
Multiple plot themes, Uneven acting, Voice projection issues, Good direction, staging, and lighting

See it if you like small plays where everything happens & nothing seems to happen-multiple story lines:race relations,urban development,autism & sex.

Don't see it if you're frustrated by uneven acting and, in previews , multiple flubbed lines or if you rarely get to NYC and want to see something memorable

Preview harryclarke
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Great directing on a mimimalist stage, Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of the always superb Billy Crudup (what theater goer isn't?), appreciate the skills needed to perform a one-man show.

Don't see it if If you're squeamish about sexual discussions or can't appreciate a beautifully directed one-man producion.

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During previews
Relevant, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You're a fan of Fierstein, Urie, or Ruehl or of the original play. Great ensemble acting. A show that was surprisingly ahead of its time.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the evolution of gay life, drag, or simply don't want to be entertained in a thought provoking manner.

Also Our only quibble about the cast had nothing to do with acting - but wi... Read more Read less

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Great piano, Good performances, Pleasant, Entertaining

See it if love Jerry Herman, Eric Svejcar (terrific), or Stephanie Umoh (superb). Feel good, old fashioned musicals, with memorable music and lyrics.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show, with sets & costumes, back up singers (could have helped on the bigger numbers), or don't like musicals.

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Masterful music and lyrics, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Terrific ensemble cast

See it if you enjoy musical theater, love catchy music, & great characters with whom you can totally relate. Perfectly cast - everyone is a real star

Don't see it if a beta production but by far the Best of Fest we've seen. Only reason to stay away (other than it's closed) is if you don't like musicals

Preview arcadia
85
Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in a first-rate, lucid intro to a Stoppard masterpiece, enhanced by generally great acting and terrific set and costumes.

Don't see it if you don't want the challenge of big alluring ideas and intricate dialog even if the payoff is great fun throughout and a satisfying ending.

Also Jonathan Tindle and Jackson Prince were standouts as the characters Ch... Read more Read less

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79
Nice mixture of live performance and projections, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Epitomizes the best in way off-off broadway

See it if ur interested in challenges & victories of civil rights & gay rights history that may be repeating itself today-Good writing & good acting

Don't see it if ur body can't stand 1 hour in cramped conditions sitting on folding chairs with no back support - or aren't interested in civil & gay rights

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Disappointing, Cliched, Good ensemble acting, singing, and musicianship, Ambitious

See it if you like the music of Bob Dylan and don't mind it being used in a weak, disappointing book.

Don't see it if you want to see a first class musical or prefer drama.

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77
During previews
Badly miscast, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you liked the book or are a fan of Jeff Daniels.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a miscast set of actors. All good, just the wrong ages for their roles. Particularly Scout who is pivotal to the plot

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During previews
The entire cast is perfect as are the direction, sets, lighting, and costumes, Christopher demos- brown is masterful at capturing dialogue, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if you like extraordinary drama about contemporary situations - dealing with racial discrimination - amazing acting and exhilarating dialogue.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, aren't interested in effects of racial discrimination, or prefer a large cast. The 4 actors more than fill the stage.

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Extraordinary audience interaction at intermission, Amazing direction, musicianship, set design, lighting, acting, singing, and choreography, Exciting, Must see, Innovative

See it if You like innovative productions of American classics performed by an extraordinarily talented cast in intimate setting with great musicians

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals, are bothered by darkness & gun shots, or one of the leads who has a lovely voice but often can't be heard

Preview thenap
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Cute, Accents hard to understand - especially that of the female lead, Commendable cast, Good scenic design, sets, costumes, and lighting, Clever, funny writing

See it if you enjoy clever writing - funny lines - Malapropisms - appreciate MTC's usual high standards for direction, sets, costumes, and lighting

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or hope to understanding everything that's said. The accents are often difficult to understand - esp the female lead

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During previews
Chuckle worthy to full on laughter, Effective, basic set, Very good ensemble acting, Good writing in two of the three one-act plays

See it if you like A. R. Gurney, more than competent ensemble acting, intimate settings, and mild humor.

Don't see it if if you dislike uneven writing. To be kind, the second of the one-act plays is completely forgettable.

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Terrific 'choreography', Amazing special effects, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're a big HP fan, appreciate a fine ensemble cast, amazing special effects (Dementors), great staging, lighting, costumes, & choreography

Don't see it if you hated the Harry Potter novels, haven't read the script (some dialogue is hard to understand), don't like 2-part plays or want a musical

Preview tbitb1
85
Dated, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing and direction, Great ensemble cast

See it if you're interested in the history of gay plays in NY, written, directed, and performed by extraordinarily talented people.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about gay men, particularly self hating, self loathing gay men told with bitchy humor.

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During previews
Study suzie solidor's bio before going, Talented cast with appealing lead, Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like biographies of cabaret artists, that are well staged, and performed by talented artists.

Don't see it if heavy lesbian content is disturbing. The ambitious but slowly developing, disjointed time-line is confusing.

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During previews
Impressive sets, Top notch writing and direction, Excellent ensemble cast, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if well done contemporary drama about haves and have nots, the economic challenges of college study, & the strains between students & parents.

Don't see it if you're expecting 'The Great Gatsby' (from which the inspiration for the title of this play comes), or a comedy of any sort.

Preview randy
80
Extraordinary puppeteer, Expressive puppet, Thought-provoking, Witty, Clever

See it if you enjoy stand up comedy, thought provoking humor, and great audience interaction performed by an unseen (ever), gifted performer.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play (it's really more stand up comedy) or don't like puppets.

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Slow, Impressive minimalist set - great lighting, Disconcerting overhead translation 15 seconds behind stage action, Zero chemistry between romantic leads, Strong individual performances

See it if you absolutely have to. Closing early-understandably-because of poor ticket sales. Strong individual performances; Zero chemistry with leads

Don't see it if People with speech and hearing conditions bother you. Well, in fact, just don't see it!

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No leg room - making enjoyment nearly impossible, Relevant, Thought provoking script, Chris evans shines, Great ensemble cast

See it if you like thought provoking, relevant story lines performed by an all star cast - occasionally playing against type.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in emotional conflict, harassment & race relations, or being horribly uncomfortable crammed in seats with no leg room.

Preview dm4
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Great acting, Intelligent and thought provoking, Funny, Riveting, Profound

See it if if you enjoy exciting new productions that are frightening, funny, profound, & ultimately deadly serious acted by two incredibly gifted men

Don't see it if Contemporary plays dealing with race aren't your thing.

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During previews
Exquisite - in every way - must see

See it if outstanding revival of a classic American musical. Songs you'll be singing on the way out. Great acting, singing, dancing, costumes, sets.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals (or sitting for long periods of time). Otherwise, there is absolutely no reason to miss this excellent production.

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Thought-provoking, Slow, Nice bodies - gratuitous nudity, Decent ensemble acting - could use stage hands, Clever staging on small stage

See it if you're interested in the consequences of open marriage; gay themes; nice bodies with male genitalia almost literally in your face.

Don't see it if you have difficulty hearing; don't like a 25 min story line stretched to 90 min; gay themes; or don't like plays with unresolved endings.

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During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you'd like to see a terrific ensemble cast perform a well written, fast-paced, cleverly staged picaresque story. Prelude to Act 2 is a gem.

Don't see it if you're not curious about how a not so innocent or naive Candide-character's encounter with Adam Smith could have produced Trump's America.

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Slightly overrated, Energetic, Great choreography, Great direction, Great staging

See it if you like Caribbean rhythms, colors, & dance, great staging, & a talented cast telling an island story/fable. Or you're a Lea Salonge fan.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or expect a star in a leading role. Hard to identify with or care about the lovers fate; no chemistry between them.

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Charming, Perfect staging, Masterful direction, Intelligent, Great ensemble cast

See it if you like thoughtful, charming, story lines with perfectly matched music, performed by a very talented ensemble cast with masterful direction

Don't see it if you expect foot-stamping, crowd rousing production numbers, or fairy tale endings. Even so, it's a very moving love story to routine living

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During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting by a large ensemble cast, Great writing

See it if you like Steven Pasqulae, Ayad Akhtar, or Doug Hughes & if you have any interesting in learning more about the 80's junk bond craze & greed.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical comedy, or a light, fluffy production. This is seriously thought-provoking.

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It's a revue, Impressive sets, costumes, lighting, Great ensemble cast, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if musical theater, reviews (some songs you'll know, some you won't), talented performers, impressive sets, lights, costumes, & choreography

Don't see it if you want a full fledged show with a plot line. Don't like revues, rarely get to NYC to see Bway shows (better options exist for you to see).

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Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Jillian Louis, PJ Griffith, Randy Blair, or anyone in the cast - they're all terrific. Book, music, & lyrics all fit.

Don't see it if you want a full scale production with a large cast, lavish production numbers, or thoroughly developed story line.

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Ambitious, Relevant, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you like rock and roll performed by great singers and musicians; competent acting; disappointing choreography.

Don't see it if have high expectations because of the composer's past or want characters with whom you can identify.

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Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you're drawn to a thoughtful, imaginative musical w/ smart book, lyrics and music performed by a very competent cast.

Don't see it if you expect a big, polished musical w/ elaborate staging and costumes. Nor if your idea of a musical includes dance as well as music.