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 (172)
69
Clever lyrics, Beautifully staged and produced, Slow, Excellent ensemble cast, Historic

See it if You like to see & learn about the history of musical theater in NYC, are a fan of David Yazback, excellent performances & beautiful voices

Don't see it if If you hate 'no readmission' policies and have to leave to use the bathroom - surprisingly slow, plodding musicals, or you prefer a play.

49
Dull, Boring, Excruciating, Not that hard to follow, but, why bother?, Tragic waste of two talented performers

See it if you're eager to see New York's newest Broadway style theatrical venue or you really want to see Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw in person.

Don't see it if you expect a coherent, thought-provoking play or if you don't want to spend 90 min feeling like 90 hr in a mostly impersonal, dark theater

79
During previews
Disappointing, weak ending, Wonderful singing, dancing, staging, sets, costumes, direction, & lighting, Great ensemble cast, Funny, Great music with witty lyrics - yazbek is genius

See it if you're a fan of musical comedy - appreciate excellent casting and performances - catchy melodies - witty lyrics - Fontana or Yazbeck

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of drag, quick change artistry, farce or prefer drama.

91
During previews
Classical music theater exactly the way it should be, Great singing, Great direction, costumes, & choreography, Must see

See it if a fan of Cole Porter, Kelli O'Hara, and/or perfectly performed classic American musical comedy. Or you appreciate excellent orchestrations.

Don't see it if You want a serious drama.

69
Talented young cast, Excellent small stage choreography, Good musical back-up, Dated, Disappointing

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.

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

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.

78
During previews
Good ensemble cast, Great vocal gospel hymns, Great direction and production values, Cliched

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

24
Good actors completely wasted on a slim, unnecessarily vulgar plot, 60 minutes that felt more like 600, Excruciating, Indulgent, Raunchy

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.

84
Brilliantly crafted by michael mckeever, Talented ensemble cast, Both funny and heart-wrenching, Masterful direction by joe brancato, Well done set, lighting, and costumes

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.

92
During previews
Brilliant!, An absolute must-see, Each of the principals is an extraordinarily talented actor, singer, and dancer, Music, lyrics, direction, set design, lighting, & costumes - perfection

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.

87
During previews
Three of broadway's current stars - all at the top of their game, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Sets, costumes, and lighting all up to roundabout's high standards

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.

70
Ambitious, Uneven, Low-budget, Resonant, Ultimately satisfying

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.

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

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.

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

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.

77
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking premise, Relevant, Slow, Impressive scenic design by allen moyer

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.

66
Great set and lighting, Great direction, Good acting, Interesting premise, Overrated

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.

81
Beautiful score, Strong voices, Terrific choreography, Memorable sets, custumes, lighting, Dated book

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.

82
During previews
Terrific ensemble acting, Great writing, Emotionally draining final 7 minutes, Minimalist staging that actually works, Excellent lighting

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.

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

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.

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

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.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

84
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great directing on a mimimalist stage

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.

75
Great direction, videography, sound set, and lighting design, Bryan cranston is brilliant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston's mesmerizing performance on a stage with an incredible set. You liked the original film.

Don't see it if your expectations are too high - as ours were or if you don't like 'mandatory' audience participation.

90
During previews
Ink
Definitely thought provoking about the future of our country, Terrific set design, Great writing and direction, Great ensemble acting, Billliant!

See it if A riveting story based on real life acted by a strong cast. Incredible set. No matter how you feel about Fox or Murdock - a real must see!

Don't see it if You want a musical or a fluff piece and certainly not if you don't want to be challenged. Frighteningly sets out the divide in our nation.

69
During previews
Often confusing, Great staging, Great direction, Excellent ensemble cast, Promising but ultimately disappointing

See it if you're curious about John Guare's work-appreciate a great ensemble cast with great direction and staging, & aren't bothered by time shifting

Don't see it if you expect a play like Six Degrees of Separation or prefer a musical like 'My Fair Lady' playing upstairs at the same time.

82
The power of words; the power of language, Clever, Intelligent, Both amusing & thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you believe in the power of words to connect, recall, heal, & rip apart masterfully illustrated by the author & a guest star cleverly staged

Don't see it if you expect a large cast, or a play that merely entertains rather than being both amusing and though-provoking.

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

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

67
Ambitious, Good ensemble acting, singing, and musicianship, Cliched, Disappointing

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.

77
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Badly miscast

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

88
During previews
Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Christopher demos- brown is masterful at capturing dialogue, The entire cast is perfect as are the direction, sets, lighting, and costumes

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.

83
Innovative, Must see, Exciting, Amazing direction, musicianship, set design, lighting, acting, singing, and choreography, Extraordinary audience interaction at intermission

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

70
Clever, funny writing, Good scenic design, sets, costumes, and lighting, Commendable cast, Accents hard to understand - especially that of the female lead, Cute

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

73
During previews
Good writing in two of the three one-act plays, Very good ensemble acting, Effective, basic set, Chuckle worthy to full on laughter

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.

90
Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying, Amazing special effects, Terrific 'choreography'

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

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

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.

72
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Confusing, Talented cast with appealing lead, Study suzie solidor's bio before going

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.

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Excellent ensemble cast, Top notch writing and direction, Impressive sets

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.

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

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.

70
Strong individual performances, Zero chemistry between romantic leads, Disconcerting overhead translation 15 seconds behind stage action, Impressive minimalist set - great lighting, Slow

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!

80
Great ensemble cast, Chris evans shines, Thought provoking script, Relevant, No leg room - making enjoyment nearly impossible

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.

85
Profound, Riveting, Funny, Intelligent and thought provoking, Great acting

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.

93
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.

71
Clever staging on small stage, Decent ensemble acting - could use stage hands, Nice bodies - gratuitous nudity, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

84
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

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.

79
Great staging, Great direction, Great choreography, Energetic, Slightly overrated

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.

82
Great ensemble cast, Intelligent, Masterful direction, Perfect staging, Charming

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

83
During previews
Great writing, Great acting by a large ensemble cast, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.