Gossimer

Manhattan

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Reviews (72)
75
During previews
Great singing, Insipid, Fluffy, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a musical about Diana. This show tells the story of her life in abbreviated form. It's entertaining and pleasant.

Don't see it if you're expecting a deep character study. This is a shallow biography that uses Diana's life as material. The lyrics are amateurish.

83
Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. This is a modern take on Little Shop that leans into the absurdity and the grittiness.

Don't see it if you're extremely attached to the original version. This is a departure. Also, the story may be too gruesome for small children.

90
Intelligent, Fluffy, Quirky, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you want characters who make you laugh, and a story that makes you think. The tone is reminiscent of Avenue Q. The show is entertaining.

Don't see it if you prefer to see serious topics handled with gravity. The treatment is a bit fluffy, and it's aimed at an audience of young adults.

76
Delightful, Enchanting, Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Harry Connick Jr. or Cole Porter. The show offers up a breezy review of Porter's music with a few surprises along the way.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a story. Connick Jr. spends a lot of time trying to justify why he wanted to do this show, which is unnecessary

94
The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like off-Broadway musicals. The performers are wonderfully talented, and the story is comic and whimsical.

Don't see it if you prefer something a bit more commercial. This show feels a bit underground and DIY. The music is provided by a background track.

85
Dizzying, Cliched, Masterful, Great singing, Riveting

See it if you love the movie or pop music. The song medleys are electrifying, and the dancing is sexy and energetic. It's like a fever dream.

Don't see it if you prefer a show with original music. These are familiar tunes plucked from the pop charts. This story has been told many times before.

95
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy stories about politics, race, and society. It offers a loving critique of classic musical theatre, while being wholly modern.

Don't see it if you're disturbed by violence. There are some guns and bloodshed in this show. Dark political themes are explored.

75
Funny, Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like the book and you want to see a piece that touches on themes of racism and the justice system.

Don't see it if you object to an adaptation that departs somewhat from the source material. Sorkin nudges the story to highlight contemporary concerns.

72
Insipid, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if you're a Cher fan. The show offers up her songs and tells the story of her life. The dancers are muscular and they have some great moves.

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals. There's nothing really new or visionary about this show. It feels like it's been done before.

81
Enchanting, Epic, Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you love Harry Potter. The magic of theatre is on full display. You will be immersed in a fantasy world. The visual tricks are stunning.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 4 hours of theatre. The plot is confusing, especially for people unfamiliar with the Harry Potter mythology.

80
Delightful, Great dancing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the Temptations. The singing and dancing is phenomenal. The script is well written, and the staging is effective.

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox shows or bio musicals. This is the real-life story of a famous music group, featuring their biggest songs.

70
Great songs, Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Dated

See it if you love classic musicals. The music and lyrics are still wonderful, and the production is beautifully staged.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by sexism and classism. These characters are not very enlightened, and the play shows signs of its age.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Funny

See it if you're a Star Wars fan or an actor. There are lots of inside jokes that will surely give you a chuckle.

Don't see it if you prefer Broadway theatre. This is clearly for a niche audience in a smaller venue.

90
Fluffy, Raunchy, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy the TV show. The characters are brought to life and lovingly mocked. They get to do things that could not be done on network TV.

Don't see it if you prefer Broadway theatre. This show is clearly meant for an off-Broadway audience. It's raunchy and rough around the edges.

90
I Carry Your Heart
Midtown E
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great actors in off-off Broadway theatre. The drama is powerful, and the emotions feel genuine.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with stories about organ transplants or family drama. This is an intimate show with minimal sets.

93
During previews
Raunchy, Quirky, Enchanting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy morbid humor and fantastical stories. The show is energetic and clever, and the cast is superb.

Don't see it if you'd prefer an intimate show. This production is big and brassy. The jokes are bawdy, and the story diverges from the iconic film.

76
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals based on movies. This show reimagines the story in present-day and explores some of the questions that arise from that.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a literal retelling of the movie. This adaptation takes liberties with the source material to create something new.

55
White Noise
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play that explores the complications of racism as it unfolds in a tense situation involving 2 interracial couples.

Don't see it if you're disturbed by painful racist imagery. This play hinges on shock value, but it may or may not actually educate its audience.

75
Cliched, Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a story about a sloppy nice guy who has some bad luck. There's Jewish humor and nice music to round out the show.

Don't see it if you'd prefer an extravagant production with epic dance numbers. This is a simple, off-Broadway musical that tells a simple story.

84
Intelligent, Fluffy, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cheerful musical that explores themes of social justice and culture clash. It feels contemporary without trying too hard.

Don't see it if you dislike caricatures or smugness. The musical tries to show that "both sides" are flawed, but the solutions are far too simplistic.

50
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid, Intense

See it if you like the work of Sam Shepard. This is a family drama that revolves around two brothers who find themselves in conflict with each other.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a completely unnecessary conflict. The play might have been edgy when it was written, but now it seems pointless.

75
Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy musicals. The show is a classic, and it's translated into a language that would be perfectly natural for all of its characters.

Don't see it if you've never seen Fiddler on the Roof before. You'll be forced to read the titles in order to understand the Yiddish, and it may detract.

70
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy standup comedy and one-man shows. Mike Birbiglia tells a story that will be relatable to many couples and parents.

Don't see it if you don't like awkward humor or scatological jokes. Nothing is off limits, and Birbiglia shares intimate details that can be uncomfortable.

70
Entertaining, Banal, Fluffy, Insipid, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Donna Summer's music and you also want to hear some of her lesser-known tunes. The show has some nice ideas and cheerful dancing.

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals. The show condenses her life into a 100 minute story, but her biography doesn't fit neatly into this format.

66
Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you love the songs of Leiber and Stoller. The singing is excellent, the dancing is superb, and the cast is warm and great fun to watch.

Don't see it if you don't like musical reviews. There is no story, and the show starts to drag in the last half hour. Some of the performances are hokey.

98
Beyond Babel
West Village
Exquisite, Resonant, Romantic, Intense, Great dancing

See it if you love dance, popular music, or hip hop. This piece tells a timely story through movement, and every performer is a complex character.

Don't see it if you prefer your stories to be told through dialogue or lyrics. This piece is dance-heavy, and the message is nice, but fairly simplistic.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Alanis Morissette. The writer skillfully integrates her songbook into a topical story about modern struggles.

Don't see it if you're disturbed by serious topics such as drug addiction and sexual assault. The piece is serious, but it preaches to the choir.

85
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see an emotional story that explores gay history and ideas about community, trauma, conflict, and responsibility.

Don't see it if you're offended by frank depictions of sexuality or drug use. The plot is melodramatic at times.

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great actors who take brave risks. The show explores controversial topics and aims to be thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you'll be traumatized by depictions of slavery and racism. The subject can be upsetting, and it won't be new to many viewers.

89
Delightful, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the classic Christmas story adapted with a few modern twists. The concept is whimsical and tasteful.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the Dickens tale. It's similar enough to the source material.

85
Delightful, Riveting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy improvisation and freestyle. The cast is immensely talented and quick-witted, creating an impromptu story in rhythm and rhyme.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play with a script. This show is a always a surprise since it's always different and invented on the spot.

98
Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you love Disney or community theater. Professional actors are onstage with local performers, and there are five new songs.

Don't see it if you're daunted by bad weather. The theater is exposed to the elements, and there's always the possibility of wind or rain.

89
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show about a man who's queer, black and overweight. It's unapologetically honest. The protagonist is complex and human.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with strong language. The story is frank and graphic in its treatment of sex, race, religion, and many other issues.

95
Dizzying, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love immersive theatre, dance music, and queer stories. This is an electrifying show where performers sing and dance all around you.

Don't see it if you're shy or uncomfortable with audience participation. The show happens on a dance floor, and the performers are close enough to touch.

70
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Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dramas that explore themes around sexuality. Interesting ideas are discussed, and the acting is wonderful.

Don't see it if you're prudish or judgmental. This piece presents a relationship that operates outside of conventional norms, and it also examines BDSM.

51
Fluffy, Insipid, Romantic, Dated, Banal

See it if you like the movie and enjoy the music of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. This is a competent adaptation with some decent moments of comedy.

Don't see it if you want to see something fresh and original. This is a familiar story, but it lacks emotional honesty. It feels uninspired.

75
Quirky, Raunchy, Confusing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love Nathan Lane or anything inspired by Shakespeare. The piece is funny and outrageous.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about corpses or scatological humor. The language can be hard to understand, and the show is somewhat bizarre.

80
Intelligent, Fluffy, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie. It's a comic story with a nice message. The choreography is well performed, and it all works well.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals. This is an adaptation that is made to fit neatly into the showtune mold. It doesn't take the form anywhere new.

60
Overrated, Relevant, Intense, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like amazing singers and dancers. The talent onstage is extraordinary. The story is a Greek myth told with a bluesy flavor.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical. This is like a concert that has a broad narrative. Characters are more like archetypes than humans.

73
Fluffy, Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show with a nice message for teens. This is a sci-fi musical fantasy that's funny and sweet. It's also unique.

Don't see it if you want a show about complex human beings. These characters are broad and one-dimensional. The moral is somewhat generic and vague.

73
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want a radical reinterpretation of a classic musical. Damon Daunno is ridiculously charming. A serious side of the story is explored.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a standard production of the show. This one is dark and unsettling. The music is stripped down and the staging is simple.

88
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy thinking about political science and personality psychology. The piece is a work of speculation that has the ring of truth.

Don't see it if you're a partisan hack. The show portrays its characters as human beings. They have flaws, but they also have admirable qualities.

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Relevant, Intense, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy kitchen dramas about family dynamics with political overtones. The acting is superb.

Don't see it if you find it hard to understand the Northern Irish accent. The family intrigues are complicated and difficult to understand.

81
During previews
Dated, Great singing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Cole Porter and his classic musicals. Kelli O'Hara is a dream, and Corbin Bleu oozes charm.

Don't see it if you're a purist who prefers to see a musical in its original form. Likewise, don't expect a modern makeover. It doesn't go that far.

60
For a previous production
Funny, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy farce and physical comedy. The actors are extremely talented and the show is put together meticulously.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a message or a meaning. The gimmick gets old, and the gags are mostly one-note.

70
Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like musicals. This is a story about people being kind to strangers in a time of tragedy. It's uplifting and heartwarming.

Don't see it if you'd like to see a show that explores difficult questions. This story dances around the tough political issues that arose on that day.

75
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if you want to see a spectacle. The show borrows elements from myth, music video, comic books and video games. Reminiscent of Julie Taymor.

Don't see it if you want catchy songs. The music is forgettable and the book is weak. There are some nice ideas that are poorly executed.

90
During previews
Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy comedies that explore the emotions that come with the end of a relationship. This is a gay story that everyone can relate to.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with breakups. This is a story that may be painful for those who have recently ended a longterm relationship.

95
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like fantastical stories which bend time and space to explore our collective relationship to politics, history, technology, and truth.

Don't see it if you'd prefer to see a linear narrative with a conventional story. This play is offbeat and esoteric, and it's not for the apolitical.

75
Funny, Great acting, Dated, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an extraordinary cast of actors together onstage. The humor is acerbic, and the characters grapple with real-life problems.

Don't see it if you want something new. These characters are bitter and self-destructive. They face the same challenges that gay men have faced for years.