Gizzy

Brooklyn

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Reviews (88)
72
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to be exposed to a cross cultural form of theater and storytelling. This was unusual and I'm glad I went.

Don't see it if You want traditional Western theater. This was a new experience.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to be inspired to think about Shakespeare and race. Some very good ideas about Othello. I'd be curious to see KHC's Othello

Don't see it if You like plot, and you don't like rants. The show gets a bit repetitive. KHC's passion is obvious in every moment.

90
Quirky, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You like clever writing and an off-beat story. Not your typical fare. Very good acting, funny, sweet.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate theater experiences with a lot of heart. I recommend this funny, engaging show.

70
Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy

See it if The show deals with an interesting topic - race relations in couples. Extended discomfiting sex games.

Don't see it if Slave Play at NYTW dealt with a similar topic in a deeper way. URG ultimately felt superficial.

80
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great set, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a rarely staged classic. Some of the speeches don't land. Not sure if the writing has dated, or if the delivery was off.

Don't see it if You are not a Sam Shepard fan. Or possibly if you are such a fanatic that this gentler interpretation will stick in your craw.

46
White Noise
East Village
Overrated, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like watching two dimensional characters recite monologues. The writing and characters were never believable.

Don't see it if You want to see a provocative show about race relations. See Slave Play the next time it is mounted. A much better play on a similar topic.

85
The White Devil
West Village
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a rarely performed Jacobean play done well. The play is funny and raunchy.

Don't see it if You don't like watching cartoon type gore on stage. There were a few points when I had to shut my eyes.

80
About Alice
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Entertaining, Sentimental, Romantic, Funny

See it if You love Calvin Trillin. Or if you like well done sentimental works. The marriage is presented as a real love story. Tears and laughter.

Don't see it if You done like sentimental stories. Or if you like edgy works. This is very old fashioned.

70
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Banal

See it if You like family dramas and Americana. 2 distinct plays, the first one a bit better. May have liked it better had I not read the rave reviews

Don't see it if You like stories that move. The plays were slow, and the second had a bit of a Movie of the Week feel. Overhyped.

68
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You love Van Hove. His signature obsessions on display.

Don't see it if You like text driven theater. Gimmicky. Not clear why this movie needed to be done onstage.

62
During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want to watch Micheal C Hall for an hour. In the dark, (sometimes.) We were curious to see another Will Eno show.

Don't see it if You want a show that has a beginning, middle and end. This play does not progress. Reminiscent of Krap's Last Tape, stripped of meaning.

60
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You love British comedies. This told a slight story, and was very slow to start. Not funny enough.

Don't see it if You get impatient with slight, cliched stories. Disappointing.

74
Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Slight, Good music

See it if You like great folk/folk rock concerts. Music is great. Not much story.

Don't see it if You like shows with narratives. The story is very slight.

81
On Beckett
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You love Bill Irwin. Or Beckett. It's afriendly evening musing on Beckett. Not deep, but it will bring back other plays by SB you've seen.

Don't see it if You want to see an actual play. Or a biography. This is more like a TED talk.

62
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You love Shaw. You like long plays with lots of characters.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot. This was very silly. Good acting, though.

86
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great design, Moving

See it if You like classic musicals, reconsidered. This was a refreshing, bare bones look at an old standard. The characters felt believably Jewish.

Don't see it if You hate musicals. This is Fiddler and if you hate the musical, you will probably still hate it. The production is less schmaltzy than most

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like thought provoking meditative plays. This play is as much about the conversation after, as it is about the actual show.

Don't see it if You like fast plays. It's slow, and when one of the characters instructed the audience to close our eyes I thought Is this a good idea?

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You want a different theater experience. This leisurely look into 50's suburban America takes you on an intriguing journey.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater. This show is the pleasure of watching someone's home movie, but it is not exactly theater.

78
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Confusing, Overrated, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like mind games and repartee. The description of a thinking person's vaudeville is apt. Some background is needed to follow it.

Don't see it if You like stories with real characters that interact. This show has the cleverness of a young author.

80
Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if A one man tour de force.Great acting. better than the writing.

Don't see it if Thinly written. Doesn't hold up with further scrutiny, but does carry you along.

79
Yerma
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like very British characters, and unusual staging. Interesting adaptation of Lorca. Good performances.

Don't see it if You don't like loud, jangly music. The show is a bit overhyped, and it did not affect me as much as I hoped.

54
Mother Lode
Chelsea
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Great acting

See it if Dramas about demented, controlling parents mean a lot to you.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and different about dealing with dementia in the elderly.

67
The Children
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Intelligent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like "topical" plays. This show about how the elders messed it up is for you if you are young, and want the old people out of the way.

Don't see it if You liked fast paced shows. This plays like a 30 year old's notion of what 60 year olds are really like. It feels false because of that.

68
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Quirky, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Experimental

See it if You are open to new ideas about Peter Pan. This is an interesting experiment in exploring a text, but it is not fully realized.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the text/story of Peter Pan. Or if you are expecting a traditional presentation of the story. It may be confusing.

79
During previews
Squeamish
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like horror, plot twists, great storytelling, one person shows.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, or if you are squeamish!

70
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Disappointing, Slow, Derivative, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like post apocalypse stories. Themes similar to The Children with a lot of absurdism. Well acted, well staged. Derivative.

Don't see it if You like stories with more forward motion. Repetitive. This could have been a good 40 minute one act. Needs editing.

72
Octet
Midtown W
Overrated, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like "self-help" musicals. It is a good example of the genre. Good music, reminiscent of Toby Twining.

Don't see it if You want a plot or developed characters. The story and characters are thin. There are some plot threads which are left hanging.

69
Distracting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You love hearing the Penelope Chapter in any format. The staging was distracting, and the delivery, while clear, was a bit affected.

Don't see it if You don't know the work. Out of context, I'm not sure what I would make of it. Not the best reading of this work. Didn't stand alone well.

80
Mac Beth
West Village
Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You want to see an interesting take on Macbeth. Especially good for teens/high schoolers. Holds your attention.

Don't see it if You like traditional Shakespeare productions. This is not that.

61
Good set, Self indulgent, Failed experiment, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if You love Ling Lear. This is a very self indulgent production, with directorial flourishes that are about the director, not about the play.

63
Quirky, Slow, Repetetive, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like improv. This show grew out of scenes written by The Mad Ones. Lacks structure.

Don't see it if You like shows with narrative, and a more traditional story. This show seems like it needed an Act 2.

54
Nassim
Midtown W
Disappointing, Simple, Sentmental, Naive, Slight

See it if You want to 'hang" with an actor who is not acting. It's not a play, and the performers don't act. They read simple sentences off a screen.

Don't see it if You want to see a story or acting. I could not tell if Solemanpour is a good writer. The show felt slight. Michael Urie is charming.

65
Selkie
East Village
Confusing, Great staging, Great premise, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like to see new work. This has a great premise, but the story and the characters need work.

Don't see it if You like plays with deeply drawn characters. The couple was sketchy and confusing. It was hard to care about them.

73
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if You like thought provoking plays on current topics. The second act was very well done, although a bit long. Good writing, needs editing.

Don't see it if You are easily triggered. Upsetting and uncomfortable topics.A downer about race and human relations. Drags at times.

15
shadowplay
Soho/Tribeca
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Twee

See it if Sitting on the floor guessing riddles posed by people with overdone British accents sounds like fun.

Don't see it if Poorly conceived. There was a bit of narrative in the final 1/2 hour, but it was too little too late. 90 minutes I'll never get back.

62
Pretentious, Condescending, Flat acting, Great singing, Edgy

See it if You hate Oklahoma. Or if you didn't know the show was about complex people and was dark. This version underlines the darkness too much.

Don't see it if You want to care about the characters. The acting was very flat. The show had a "smarter than thou" veneer.

75
During previews
Witty, Funny, Loud, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like small, new musicals. This was fun. The story was stretched to fill 90 minutes, when it could have been told better in an hour.

Don't see it if You don't want another story about NY male angst. It was a bit slow down the middle. The songs had good lyrics, but they were hard to hear.

82
During previews
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like relevant, topical comedies. Although written in 1970, it feels very "of the moment." It is also very theatrical. Great cast.

Don't see it if You like old fashioned drama and comedy. This does not have a traditional story line, or traditional ending.

70
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Cute, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like light musicals. This takes one of the threads of Measure for measure, and makes a :snack of it. The second half is better.

Don't see it if You are looking for Shakespeare parallels. Or anything deep. To be fair, this show had been oversold to us. It is cute, but slight.

71
Ambitious, Intelligent, Good acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You know Hamlet well, and are curious for a new take.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with Hamlet.

57
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You like your Shakespeare on the nose, with the message spelled out.

Don't see it if You like the original songs in Twelfth Night. They are all cut, and replaced with songs that are not as good.

73
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Good dancing, Pleasant

See it if You enjoy winning performers, and you want a sgood time. The first half is cute, but the 2nd half is bogged down in tying up plot points.

Don't see it if You want theater to be profound. We had a good time, and we did not drink, although most do. Just take it for what it is and have fun.

76
Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated, Great dancing, Slow

See it if If you love dancing. The dancing is the strong point here. The singing is good. What suffers is the psychology of the characters.

Don't see it if You want to see the leads connect, or show chemistry. The love story left me cold. This production was very pretty, but not profound.

68
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You are very interested in the life of Tennessee Williams. The first half is better than the second. The second half gets too serious.

Don't see it if You are not interested in watching gay alcoholic men coming on to each other. There is a lot of drinking and flirting, but it is often fun.

79
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You like fun entertainment. The show is fluff, but it is very well done fluff.

Don't see it if You like serious theater. This is a very light show.

62
During previews
Cliched, Good acting, Sweet, Quirky, Banal

See it if You like klezmer. This is a musical with a bit of story. I warmed to the characters and story. But it took time. Not much structure.

Don't see it if You like big production values, or the Eastern European immigrant story doesn't speak to you. The piece has a community theater feel.

80
Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like charming fairy tales. The story calls the mind The Little Mermaid. The original fairy tale. The singing is great.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic tales. Or if you like your love stories to all have happy endings.

55
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You really like plays about finance.

Don't see it if You like plays with a lot of staging.

75
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like family dramas and mother/son relationships. Characters are well drawn and the story is quite poignant.

Don't see it if You like dramas with a lot of story or plot. Not much happens, and although the bare bones set is intriguing, there is not a lot of staging.

73
During previews
KPOP
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You loved Here Lies Love. This show covers Korean pop, taking the audience to places in a record label "factory." Many themes are explored

Don't see it if You want a story, and you want to sit down. There is much standing and watching, and for what it is, it is very long. It could be trimmed.