Gizzy

Brooklyn

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Reviews (81)
80
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like old timey music, and a thought provoking musical.

Don't see it if You like more traditional musicals.

53
Disappointing, Great singing, Quirky, Slow, Dated

See it if You have done memories of this show. This seemed more like a reading, with minimal dancing, and singers singing at music stands.

Don't see it if It told the story of a particular girl, and did not seem universal. The characters and book were thin. The music and singing were good.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fresh take on Shakespeare. Setting Julius Caesar in a girl's school made for some beautiful moments. Cassius was excellent.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare in traditional dress and settings. There were no battle scenes.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!

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

See it if You like magic shows mixed with storytelling. There is more storytelling than magic in this show, so true magic geeks may be disappointed.

Don't see it if You like traditional plot driven theater. Derek Delgaudio does tell the story of his life through magic - or is it just a made up persona?

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like absorbing drama. The staging and sound were very inventive. A wonderful adaptation of a book.

Don't see it if You like light, theater. This was a very emotional play, and rather heavy.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You like traditional family dramas and old fashioned plays. The acting is very good, if the writing is a bit "made for TV."

Don't see it if You like edgy drama. This play is very traditional, albeit, well made.

67
Slow, Disappointing, Good acting, Poor staging, Funny

See it if you love this play, and see it every chance you get. It is a great opportunity to see Cara Ricketts, who is making her NY debut at TFNA.

Don't see it if you don't like the play. This is a production which stresses the comedy of Measure. The set and staging put the actors at a disadvantage.