Gian Carlo

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (153)
50
Flippant, Mediocre score, Strange, Overrated, Disappointing
December 1st, 2022

See it if you like cuteness.

Don't see it if you want to see either a comedy or a drama or a tuneful musical. This piece cannot decide if it wants to be profound or farcical.

50
Dated playwriting style, Undeveloped, Disappointing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you like old-fashioned biography/documentary type dramas

Don't see it if you enjoy something avant-garde or eloquent.

Also As a New Yorker, I was aware of the story and the debate about Moses' ... Read more Read less

100
Perfect cast, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you would enjoy a most fun musical with great performances, solid thought-provoking plot and high intensity score and choreography.

Don't see it if you really cannot take so-so rock music at a very, very high volume.

Also I knew none of the songs; I think they are really mediocre, but I had ... Read more Read less

33
Interesting staging (just not for this story), Slow, Overrated, Confusing
November 18th, 2022

See it if you don't know the book.

Don't see it if you love the book.

Also Why is a gothic romance being staged as a farce????

65
Rigoletto
Upper W Side
Inappropriate updating, Disappointing production, Riveting, Great writing, Great singing
November 18th, 2022

See it if for the tremendous emotional music of Verdi, well sung.

Don't see it if you hate poorly conceived updated revisionings of operas.

Also Fascists would not tolerate Rigoletto's insults for 1 minute. Please r... Read more Read less

50
A+ for inclusion, Relevant, Old-fashioned, Thought-provoking, Overrated
November 18th, 2022

See it if you like a sentimental, solid story, however dated.

Don't see it if you only like light entertainment.

Also Kudos on writing for actors with disabilities. However, I found the st... Read more Read less

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting
November 18th, 2022

See it if you like solid, original playwriting performed by 2 great actors.

Don't see it if you like light entertainment, but you should see this play. It is expertly crafted.

Also I loved the play but I wished the ending were different. I won't say m... Read more Read less

5
During previews
Tuneless, Amateurish, Sanctimonious, Unfunny, Disappointing
November 18th, 2022

See it if you like bad musicals

Don't see it if you like good musicals with good songs, charismatic cast, intelligent plot.

Also Poor Billy Wilder. People will buy tickets because of the title (as I ... Read more Read less

81
Tune-less, Quirky, Long, Excellently directed, Excellently cast
August 5th, 2022

See it if you like sad musicals and must see Sondheim with a great cast

Don't see it if you do not like serious musicals without any tuneful songs.

Also Would it have bothered Sondheim to include an upbeat tuneful song in t... Read more Read less

50
Old-fashioned, Lacks depth, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched
July 13th, 2022

See it if (I cannot think of a reason other than one wants to see every play on Bway)

Don't see it if you expect a play of depth and lyricism. Nothing surprising here.

Also It is a play with a message but without any nuance or emotional depth.... Read more Read less

65
Irrelevant, Machismo, Dated, Overrated, Great acting
July 6th, 2022

See it if you need to experience a Mamet play.

Don't see it if kitchen-sink drama is not your thing.

100
Uncomforting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
May 19th, 2022

See it if you are prepared for a very personal, sexually explicit story that can make one feel uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you are not prepared for a very personal, sexually explicit story that can make one feel uncomfortable.

Also Strange Loop is a brilliant, intelligent musical play but its racial a... Read more Read less

51
The Life
Midtown W
Horrible costumes, Indulgent, Great singing, Dated, Cliched
March 22nd, 2022

See it if you can wait 150 minutes to hear Ledisi rock the house.

Don't see it if you are embarrassed by clichéed portrayals.

Also I never saw the original production; I read the poor reviews before at... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Mediocre songs, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
March 22nd, 2022

See it if you can wait 150 minutes to savor a memorable song performance by Joaquina Kalukango

Don't see it if you want to be entertained or enlightened by a musical about 19th century NYC. So mediocre

Also I expected more from the choreography; it gets tiresome as Irish jigs ... Read more Read less

77
I expected more, Interesting dialogue, Disappointing, Dated
March 11th, 2022

See it if you enjoy D.H. Lawrence

Don't see it if you want something modern, edgy or relevant.

Also This is essentially a romantic play as well as a tug of war between mo... Read more Read less

68
Old-fashioned, Dated, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing
February 5th, 2022

See it if you like the music of Duncan Sheik

Don't see it if you are expecting a happy tuneful musical or a murder mystery; it's neither.

60
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Superficial, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny
January 13th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a fast, superficial comedy that is amusing albeit clichéed.

Don't see it if you want a dramatic experience with profundity and originality.

Also (Go see "Slave Play" or read "Fairview" which have set the standard.)

80
Fast costume changes, Funny, Entertaining
December 13th, 2021

See it if you like a musical comedy with happy ending

Don't see it if you do not like musical comedy with lacklustre music

80
Good acting, Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
December 13th, 2021

See it if you enjoy good drama with an important message

Don't see it if you like fluff

Also Very good play and production but I wished the director did not carica... Read more Read less

50
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Why in 2021?, Unbelievable plot, Disappointing direction, Dated
December 12th, 2021

See it if you like an old-fashioned structure of a play with mostly adequate acting

Don't see it if you want excitement

Also Why bring this back in 2021?

79
Relevant, Great singing, Overrated, Confusing, Ambitious
November 18th, 2021

See it if you would enjoy a serious story with a memorable performance by Clarke

Don't see it if you do not enjoy serious musicals and especially a rather sad and uncomfortable one without a memorable score

79
Stock staging, Overacted, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining
November 18th, 2021

See it if you like an old-fashioned silly musical comedy (although the staging could be more inventive; a little summer stock here)

Don't see it if you want something profound

Also Borle and the trio were very good but I was extremely disappointed wit... Read more Read less

50
Why-is-it-on-bway?, Mediocre score, Cheap-looking, Embarrassing, Superficial
November 17th, 2021

See it if (There really is no reason to see it).

Don't see it if you value theatre.

Also I owe apologies to the Royal Family and Diana for having gone to see t... Read more Read less

85
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Over-staged, Must see, Disappointing, Delightful, Entertaining
November 17th, 2021

See it if you like intelligent musical comedy that is tuneful, Sondheim at his best

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or prefer rock musicals

Also I saw the original 1970 production, and I looked forward to the gender... Read more Read less

50
Unimaginative, Not an improvement on the original, Lacked drama, Talky, Disappointing
July 21st, 2021

See it if must see theatre post Covid (as I did)

Don't see it if you want your return to live theatre take your breath away

25
Unimaginative, Indulgent, Inconsequential, Banal, Cliched
March 6th, 2020

See it if you must see a boring drag play

Don't see it if you respect Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Ludlam

Also So unoriginal; I guessed all the plot turns. No sense of humor or subt... Read more Read less

75
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Good staging, Disappointing, Romantic, Entertaining, Tuneful
February 26th, 2020

See it if you enjoy old-fashioned musicals with a tuneful score by Jerry Herman

Don't see it if if you like dramas or excellent/relevant musicals.

Also The disappointment is that the librettist uses a voice over to describ... Read more Read less

90
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
February 26th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a fast-paced tuneful musical with a feminist bent. Great performers!

Don't see it if you want something profound and/or quiet.

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
February 26th, 2020

See it if you enjoy intelligent, profound and relevant drama.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy theatre in Spanish, albeit with supertitles in English.

Also This playwright, Juan Mayorga, continues to amaze with resounding dram... Read more Read less

51
Not scary, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Slow
February 12th, 2020

See it if you are so enthralled with anything English

Don't see it if you haven't seen everything -yes, everything else.

Also The premise of actors taking on many roles while telling a story was m... Read more Read less

100
Fun, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
February 12th, 2020

See it if you love Broadway theatre and have a great sense of humor

Don't see it if you enjoy Turgenev, Dostoevsky and/or Euripides.

Also How is it possible to find such talented performers, most of whom sing... Read more Read less

99
La Gringa
Gramercy
Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining
February 6th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a heartwarming story

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theatre in Spanish

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing
February 6th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a different story, one about a Dominican-American nerd who imagines himself a super-hero.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theatre in a foreign language albeit with English translation supertitles.

Also After (or before) seeing the play, read the novel on which it is based... Read more Read less

75
Fun, Clever, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining
February 6th, 2020

See it if you want a lively show with nothing profound

Don't see it if you want something original or that is thought-provoking

Also While most of the show is entertaining, when the cast stops singing, i... Read more Read less

15
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Pointless, Enough with the video cameras, Television acting, Insipid, Disappointing
February 6th, 2020

See it if you see absolutely everything and you cannot miss a production and you have time on your hands

Don't see it if you have something better to do or even if you have nothing to do.

67
During previews
Confusing, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious
January 8th, 2020

See it if you are a fan of WSS or Ivo Van Hove

Don't see it if you want to see a great musical at its best.

Also While the projected scenes give an added vibrancy, they also take away... Read more Read less

2
Fur
East Village
Waste of time, Excruciating, Slow, Quirky, Banal
January 8th, 2020

See it if you are masochistic

Don't see it if No ifs; don't see it

80
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Impersonal, Over-produced, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing
January 8th, 2020

See it if to recognize and enjoy a great play that is rarely seen

Don't see it if you like light fare

Also The play is a strong, thought-provoking play. It would work just as we... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Riveting
October 29th, 2019

See it if you appreciate a good story albeit very New York gay.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy to laugh, think and be moved to tears.

Also An exciting American play in a terrific production. An excellent ensem... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful
October 13th, 2019

See it if you enjoy intelligent talented improvisations.

Don't see it if you are stodgy and prefer just to sit back in a seat and be entertained. Improv/rap needs audience energy!

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Great acting
October 13th, 2019

See it if you enjoy plays that speak to the present American society and dilemma.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this play. It should be obligatory but it is very very disturbing but also very very enlightening

Also It is obvious during the Obama-Trump rollercoaster era that USA is pas... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Overrated, Visually stunning, Ambitious, Disappointing
October 1st, 2019

See it if you wish to see international and festival-quality productions of epic proportions

Don't see it if you like personal drama or just light plays and musicals

Also I was disappointed. While visually it was stunning, there were major f... Read more Read less

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking
August 21st, 2019

See it if to enjoy an exciting play about the USA today.

Don't see it if you like traditional theatre, want an easy narrative or afraid for USA's future.

Also Hurrah to the playwright and director. An original work that embodies ... Read more Read less

27
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Boring, Dated
August 21st, 2019

See it if you are 1,000% anglophile

Don't see it if you enjoy exciting theatre

Also Not as poignant as Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter"; not as funny as hi... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Pretentious, Good actors, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated
August 2nd, 2019

See it if you want to see the actors in person.

Don't see it if you want to have a theatrical experience.

Also The production is TV ready. Two medium monologues that try to be profo... Read more Read less

100
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
July 25th, 2019

See it if you want to see something original that will make you laugh and cry

Don't see it if you do not like plays in Spanish with subtitles, although this play is well worth the sacrifice.

Also Extraordinary starring performances by Zulema Clares and Sandor Juan i... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever
June 27th, 2019

See it if current events interest you or if you enjoy wholeheartedly watching Rachel Maddow on social and political injustice

Don't see it if you expect a play; this is stand-up comedy with a political tone. It's very well done but it would work just as well as an HBO special.

Also I enjoyed the evening although it did go on too long. (I could have do... Read more Read less

99
Smiley
Gramercy
Hilarious, Relevant, Raunchy, Great staging, Entertaining
June 17th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a rom-com with a happy ending

Don't see it if a love story between two men is out of a comfort zone

Also However, if it is out of your comfort zone, one should see it and appr... Read more Read less

54
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Tuneful, Okay but not great, Slow, Fluffy, Dated
May 23rd, 2019

See it if you are interested in early Jerome Robbins choreography. The 2 original Robbins dances are great fun.

Don't see it if you have better things to do

55
Original Sound
West Village
Irrelevant, Old-fashioned script, Cliched, Great acting, Great staging
May 23rd, 2019

See it if for a perfect cast and solid direction & casting

Don't see it if you want to be surprised, wowed and/or moved.

Also Very episodic and reminiscent of a TV drama. Not worth traveling to a ... Read more Read less