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 (180)
86
During previews
Effective minimalist staging, Outstanding direction, Superb acting, Brilliant writing

See it if you appreciate brilliant writing performed by two outstanding actors. You want to be intellectually challenged.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable confronting mortality or wish a light hearted comedy. If musicals are your true forte.

69
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Disappointing

See it if You've never been to Lincoln Center and would like to see one of their productions. The play is well written.

Don't see it if You expect to see otherwise talented and respected cast members at the peak of their performances. They all miss.

69
Loud, throbbing rock score, Talented ensemble cast, Funny, Banal, Cliched

See it if you're a teenager or young adult or share that age group's sense of humor. Also if you're into loud, throbbing, repetitive pop-rock music.

Don't see it if you have an 'older' ear or prefer more traditional musicals. There are other, better teen identity musicals like 'Dear Evan Hansen'.

90
Wonderful surprise cameo guest star appearance, Laugh-out-loud, show stopping music and lyrics by stan daniels, Classic broadway choreography by jennifer paulson-lee, Superb ensemble cast lead by the extraordinarily talented chris dwan, Outstanding!

See it if You love classic B'way musicals; appreciate excellent choreography; appreciate triple threat talent; and enjoy laughing nonstop for 2 hours

Don't see it if If you prefer heavy drama or don't appreciate humor, pratfalls, or show stopping performances.

69
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
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
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
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
Little Rock
East Village
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
Log Cabin
Midtown W
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
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
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
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
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
Bobbie Clearly
Midtown W
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
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
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.

85
Great direction on the perfect set, Great writing, Brilliant performance

See it if you appreciate brilliant acting in what's essentially a 1-man play. See it if you're interested in the art of acting, Shakespeare, or race

Don't see it if If you're more interested in musical theatre, are offended by the 'f' word, or don't like one-man shows.

79
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Perfect lighting for a minimalist set, Too long - better as reduced one act play, Unsatisfactory ending, Cliched, Fine ensemble cast

See it if you appreciate fine ensemble casts telling a tragic story of how devastating religious fanaticism can be on the lives of every day people.

Don't see it if you're not interested in LGBT stories, intense emotion, of prefer an upbeat musical. The music in this production, though, is very well done

90
Something Clean
Midtown W
Perfect set, costume, and lighting design, Flawless direction, Brilliant ensemble cast, Powerful and thought-provoking, Masterful story telling from a truly gifted playwright

See it if you are interested in the experiences of collateral victims of violence & masterful writing, funny, frightening, emotional intimate theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for light hearted comedy or a big Broadway musical. Otherwise this is a show that should not be missed.

59
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to understand heavily accented brogues or convoluted story lines.

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75
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Midtown W
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
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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
Nassim
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Final Follies
West Village
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
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
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
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
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
Dutch Masters
East Village
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
Afterglow
Midtown W
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.