GreatAvi

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  A theater, music and film fan living in the most cultural city in the world, enjoying as much of the Arts as my time and money can afford.
Reviews (110)
65
During previews
Half-baked, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're into weird, under-written, over-acted, hysteric productions that are filled with stereotypes, masquerading as women empowerment.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent, mature play, that has something new to say, expecting more than crass jokes and bland characters.

92
Relevant, Excellent staging, Captivating

See it if for the genius dramatic sensibility of Sorkin,complex but effective direction of Sher,transforming a literary classic into a theatrical one.

Don't see it if you don't like wordy plays, are easily confused with multiple narrators and timelines, don't think a classic needs to be reshaped or touched

70
During previews
Trite, Tiresome, Tedious

See it if you enjoy stuffy, mediocre plays with one-dimensional characters that deal with the same dilemma for 90 minutes without adding anything new

Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced evening,dislike cobwebbed dramas or expect a substantial treatment of the theme of principles vs. compromise

87
Interesting, Provocative, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy LaBute's sustained awkwardness, sketching out in few short minutes whole personalities, deeply flawed,annoying, always relate-able

Don't see it if you see through some of the dramatic devices, don't enjoy provocation that sometimes feels like it's there for provocation's sake alone.

78
Fussy, Effective production, Great acting

See it if for Glenn Close's performance, one of our finest actors in a meaty role, and for a different angle on the familiar story of Jean D'Arc.

Don't see it if you're looking for something truly new, the show looks and feels like something we've already seen before and the play is a tad banal.

90
During previews
Must-see theater, Original, Provocative

See it if you're into hearing a fresh and brilliant new American theatrical voice, enjoy being shaken and challenged on a journey you may not like

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are wordy at times, probably at least 30 minutes overlong and require your intellectual and emotional investment

Also It took me several days to process (yes, for those that saw the play, ... Read more Read less

88
Energetic, Relevant, Interesting

See it if you're interested in seeing the banal human side of young '60s-era social "revolutionaries", engaging story and great detailed set

Don't see it if you've seen (better) more original and deeper plays about this time in history, expect a more layered character play or better acting.

82
Relevant, Satirical, Funny

See it if you enjoy a look through an exaggerated mirror, showing how we deal with historical relevance, social conscience & cultural appropriation

Don't see it if you dislike simple stereotypes & broad characterization, plays that make a pretty obvious point but really add nothing new to the discussion

94
During previews
A joy, Sophisticated, Brilliant

See it if you enjoy Stoppard's way of cleverly weaving deep intellectual & relevant ideas with narrative elements. An intelligent, witty and fun play.

Don't see it if you dislike wordy plays where people constantly argue over big ideas, where the story is little more than a bland cover for those arguments

70
Interesting, Unnecessary, Melodramatic

See it if you're looking for a play that deals with a gay couple's issue of getting married, and predictable plot complications & character behaviors

Don't see it if if you dislike heavy-handed preachy plays that portray unbelievable characters in situations that could've been easily resolved differently

80
Repetitive, Quirky, Surreal

See it if you like biting, funny satire that really hits home, despite being written almost 50 years ago, a great cast with some great standouts

Don't see it if you don't plays that are very self aware, artificially heightened drama and acting and a nonsensical plot with bizarre episodes thrown in

90
During previews
Weird, Thought-provoking, Brilliant

See it if your soul needs a little Becket, a little Albee and a lot of Eno. This is a masterwork of existential theater,beautifully written and acted

Don't see it if you expect a clear narrative, dislike theater that deals with words and meaning (and meaning of words), don't enjoy stream of consciousness

83
During previews
Fluffy, Crowd-pleasing, Hilarious

See it if you want an entertaining & fun night out. This is one of those 'feel-good' musicals that's done really well, with some scenery-eating actors

Don't see it if you're looking for anything deep, the message of inclusion is hammered again and again, the second act sags, repeating same themes over.

65
Self-indulgent, Boring, Pretentious

See it if you're a history buff or especially a fan of Sarah Bernhardt's, like plays celebrating women's fight for power in a male-dominated society

Don't see it if you don't like messy, long, unfocused plays, that seem to pander to today's audience, while bringing nothing really new to the table.

88
A gem, Great singing, Great music, Charming

See it if you like beautiful, smart, little musicals that just make you smile from the very first second, led by a charismatic and personable cast.

Don't see it if you expect a big production, are sick of "different people in NYC whose paths cross" narrative, dislike sung-through musicals with no dialog

78
During previews
Entertaining, Immersive, Irreverent

See it if you want a fun night out with young energetic actors,creating a funny and basic variation on the original,with a few food tastings thrown in

Don't see it if you're looking for a sophisticated take on Shakespeare's play,expect a more professional theatrical experience or don't like dinner theater

55
During previews
Mediocre, Unnecessary, Long

See it if you like historical theater, are a hardcore "Wagner-ite" or enjoy pointless plays that are an hour overlong with mostly unlikable characters

Don't see it if you're expecting complex characters, or an honest treatment of Wagner's notorious antisemitism, based on what is a historical footnote...

88
Fun, Convoluted plot, Magical stagecraft

See it if you're into extravagant theater events that really need to be seen to be believed, and familiar with the Harry Potter character universe

Don't see it if you believe there's no merit for this material to run for nearly 6 (!) hours, or rather avoid the same endlessly repeating plot device.

88
During previews
Small theatrical gems, Funny, Brilliant

See it if you like clever short plays from a great writer, that grow from good to genius to the sublime, reflecting on one another, crisply directed.

Don't see it if you dislike theater that at times seems like it's on the brink of being too over-the-top & self-aware, or not a fan of the short play format

35
During previews
Boring, Pedestrian, Amateurish

See it if you're a fan of mediocre writing, acting and staging, or find interest in sub-par mother-daughter Hallmark channel special 'acted' on stage

Don't see it if you've had enough of complex cosmology & quantum physics theories thrown into drama with shallowness and irrelevance, just to "appear" deep.

94
During previews
Must see, Profound, Devastating, Intelligent, Powerful

See it if you like plays that are hard-hitting but delicate,deep but approachable,touching but not kitschy.An emotional & intellectual kick in the gut

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid rich complex plays, you're looking for a light night out, be warned this is theater that will haunt you for days after.

Also Get yourself to Playwrights Horizons this fall!

76
Repetitive, Great singing, Fun

See it if you like musical revues based on classic oldies, an energetic and hugely talented cast with terrific voices that's trying very (too?) hard

Don't see it if you're looking for more than just a bunch of songs sung one after another with no plot, characters or dialog, even at 90 min - it gets old..

68
Kitchy, Predictible, Bland

See it if you like unnecessary movie-based musicals that so closely follow the original material they lose their own identity & '80s rock-anthem songs

Don't see it if you're expecting anything original and memorable, beyond cruise-ship review level choreography, or charismatic ensemble performances

96
A joy, Great production, Masterful

See it if you like it when a classic musical machine works perfectly: Smart staging, great singing and a production that delivers on every level.

Don't see it if you get easily bored with the classics, or can't get past the cliched and dated material to appreciate its core beauty when done right.

98
Unforgettable, Masterful, Powerful

See it if you enjoy intense theater, genius direction, memorable combination of stage & video and an experience that will haunt you days after.

Don't see it if you're offended by cruelty,violence and nudity on stage..but seriously the 20th century & our times force us to not look away - do not miss!

90
A classic, Great writing, Terrific acting

See it if you want to witness one of the greatest American plays in a top-notch production with the outstanding performance of Ethan Hawk as Lee.

Don't see it if you're not into Shepard's poetic take on American myth and reality, what we'd like to be and what we've become,& masculinity and domesticity

75
During previews
Inventive staging, Monotonous, Low-key

See it if you like overly sentimental, slow, ballad-driven musicals with a cliched family drama at their center, with good singing and staging.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of long-winded, drawn-out repetitive songs, first act actually pretty promising, but 2nd act crawls and adds nothing new.

80
Shallow, Fun, Glitzy

See it if you're looking for a Cher jukebox musical that cranks up all the hits, amazing costumes, great choreography and even decent Cher-like voices

Don't see it if you're looking for sophistication, an honest (and not self-aggrandizing) look at Cher's life and work, expect more than just a pageant show.

96
Masterful, Disturbing, Powerful

See it if you like memorable theatrical events,visceral and smart,great combination of form and content & tour-de-force performance by Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are less preachy, think that the gimmick of live video on stage has played itself out, or just want lighter fare

86
Direct, Great writing, Powerful

See it if you're into a compelling short play, that manages to sum up the mainstream challenges of current race relations and our various prejudices

Don't see it if you're looking for a new or original angle on this topic (try Slave Play for that!),or prefer material that's less heads-on and more nuanced

44
During previews
Groan-inducing, Ridiculous, A train-wreck

See it if you're missing '90s music (exactly!) so much - you're willing to hear it being butchered through 2.5 hours of cliched inane lyrics & acting

Don't see it if you're looking for cleverness, originality, an actual story, characters to like, in a show that's not even good enough to be camp. Stay away

Also It takes a certain amount of effort and nerve to write a show that dea... Read more Read less

92
Great production, Honest, Devastating

See it if you like playwrights with a great ear for dialog,telling harsh truths without getting too sentimental,or had to deal with elderly loved one

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a masterful but rather depressing evening of theater, don't care for the topic of aging or taking care of the old

80
During previews
Uneven, Insightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy "bourgeois dinner party" plays, that accurately capture unlikable characters, combining minute nuances with 'big question' ideas.

Don't see it if you've seen 'Repeating a Situation Multiple Times with Different Outcomes' before (and done much better), or dislike pointless adult banter

98
Must see, Masterful, Essential

See it if because it's arguably the perfect musical (sorry King Kong), because of its iconic choreography and musical numbers in a perfect production

Don't see it if the concept of a musical about the stories behind members of a chorus line,where nothing much else happens,is not your idea of fun (too bad)

73
Disappointing, Energetic, Silly

See it if you enjoy creative shows where two actors play multiple characters, moving quickly between them by using a simple prop or change of voice

Don't see it if the idea of two actors trying really hard to play all these characters sounds repetitive (it is!), or if you're looking for an actual play

95
Intelligent, Dark, Masterful

See it if you enjoy smart, rich, meaty, relevant plays with interesting characters, outstanding lead performance by Ms. Channing and great direction

Don't see it if you're tired of those family plays where parents are confronted by their children with the tough life choices they were forced to make

87
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Laugh-out-loud funny

See it if for the sheer mastery of storytelling, for the hilarious observations and perfect delivery, for an enjoyable 90 min that are also memorable

Don't see it if you don't like stand up, one-man plays, or shows that discuss honest truths that are also intimate and revealing in a direct and funny way

76
During previews
Guilty pleasure, Ridiculous musical, Spectacular puppetry

See it if you like... well let's just face the big gorilla in the room: See it for the breathtaking giant-size ape that is a marvel to watch on stage

Don't see it if you don't care about giant animatronic stage constructions. The music is bad, story is banal, singing mediocre and dancing uninspired.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you like smart topical plays that give you something to think about while being a lot of fun to watch, great timing and cast chemistry.

Don't see it if you expect a more intellectually deep conversation on the topic of the importance of truth and facts, or want better character development.

77
During previews
Wordy, Intelligent, Provocative

See it if you like to see well-articulated topical debate covering many current issues, that will get you thinking and spark great conversation after.

Don't see it if you're looking for an actual play,this is more of a series of speeches.Interesting as they are,once introduced - second act adds nothing new

Also I left this play completely infuriated at the depiction of the profess... Read more Read less

35
Stale, Cliched, Repetitive

See it if you're into young playwrights and actors trying their best, enjoy long uninteresting dialogues and an unoriginal story stretched to 2 hours

Don't see it if you have little patience for endless banter that seems to repeat the same themes, and broad, annoying, characters that are badly written

80
During previews
Self-righteous, Different, Interesting

See it if you're in the mood for a 90 minute intellectually fascinating & personal lecture on merits of our constitution, whether it truly protects us

Don't see it if you're looking for a play; This is mostly just one long monologue about important themes, but nothing else happens except an annoying ending

79
During previews
Meandering, Smart, Great cast

See it if you like being 'in the room when it happens',interested in an insider view of NY politics,or a fan of Edie Falco (amazing, can do no wrong)

Don't see it if you prefer plays that 'crackle' ; Most scenes hover repeatedly over same themes without something new to say or propelling drama forward..

83
During previews
Suspensful, Entertaining, Offbeat humor

See it if you enjoy quirky, funny British writing, a wonderful cast, an absorbing story and terrific staging.A fun and enjoyable night at the theater

Don't see it if you expect a completely original show; The first half is very promising, but the second act does fall a little more into cliche territory.

Also Any play with a transgender character named Waxy Bush can't be all bad... Read more Read less

72
Childish, Eclectic, Original

See it if you enjoy shows that are so creatively inventive - you're willing to forgive their underlying lack of substance. A 'low tech' extravaganza!

Don't see it if you have a hard time seeing so much amazing design, costume, staging and choreography talent wasted on nonsense (not even the good kind).

40
Laughable, Annoying, Immature

See it if Rock of Ages is your Hamilton,you're mentally a 10-year-old,enjoy cringe inducing bottom of barrel community theater acting,dancing &singing

Don't see it if you're looking for an ounce of originality, authenticity or talent, you'd rather avoid your intelligence being insulted by crude stereotypes

84
During previews
Entertaining, Original, Clever

See it if you like refreshing new works that may seem simple on the surface, but actually touch many nerves in surprising ways and brilliant direction

Don't see it if you have a problem with unusual works, offended easily by sexual references (really?), or plays that are constantly self-aware of themsleves

Also Some reviewers here on Show-Score have given this show low scoring bas... Read more Read less

85
Touching, Thoughtful, Intelligent

See it if you like a rich character study,presented as out-of-sequence scenes.Episodic structure is uneven, but the pieces that do work are excellent!

Don't see it if you get bored or run out of patience easily, prefer a more linear story line or looking for lighter theater fare.

74
Entertaining, Pointless, Confused

See it if you like plays that shift in tone, that appear to be tackling the issue of white privilege (but hit too many false notes), funny at times.

Don't see it if you dislike muddled plays that haven't quite figured out what they will be when they grow up, and actors lacking (yet?) any real chemistry.

Also Broadway sorely needs a play about straight white men privilege. This ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Familiar, Great directing, Interesting

See it if you like to learn about an interesting time in our history through an engaging (though borrowed) story, presented via a beautiful production

Don't see it if you dislike the unevenness of poetic and mundane dialog, and a feeling of deja-vu & self-absorption that runs through this whole production