Gregory Bernard

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Avid theater-goer, aka theatre junkie. I eat sleep and breathe theater.
Reviews (41)
79
Great singing, Enjoyable, Good coming-of-age story, Middle-of-the-road, Big audience pleaser

See it if you need a safe bet-worth it-not great but not bad or deserving a snub. A cross between Bullets Over Broadway & Hairspray & West Side Story.

Don't see it if the Italian cliche mobsters gets on your nerves or dealing with racism, bigotry, & violence set to music & dance is too hard to stomach.

70
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Dizzying, High energy, All-female, Teenage angst, Disappointing

See it if you like an all-female soccer team w/ pushed teenage angst, ending with a touching dramatic event that still left me feeling disappointed.

Don't see it if you expect young playwrights to study the craft of playwriting; this one's not even a play but pushed energy, projection, and 1 sad event.

69
During previews
Funny, Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Great acting

See it if you like a funny obnoxious man who digs his own grave. Performance--great; writing not so. Still trying to survive the fear of being nice ;)

Don't see it if tired of 1-man plays that talk non-stop cuz of booze, drugs, & cattiness, w/ claws out like an ancestor from Boys in the Band, pathetic&sad.

88
Great acting, Edgy, Powerful, Slow, A bit esoteric

See it if you want to see commanding skillful acting, a master class in playing multi-leveled complex characters, both enduring and repulsive.

Don't see it if you dislike prison plays, the f-word used more than w/ Mamet, disturbing accounts of violence, and esoteric writing that leaves one unsure.

90
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great design, Great staging, Epic, Historic, Perfect family entertainment

See it if you love musical comedy staged & designed exquisitely w/ delightful performances, musical numbers, score, and hi-tech gorgeous projections.

Don't see it if you have low tolerance for musical comedy conventions w/ a touch of precious fairy-tale, G-rated family entertainment, & happy endings.

89
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Masterful, Relevant, Riveting, Visionary, Historic

See it if you appreciate masterful staging, design, writing & acting, even if you have strong memories of the original, which I do, but loved this one

Don't see it if you don't like stories of international historic times (China's communism take-over), w/ transgendered issues, nudity, spectacle & narration

65
Illyria
East Village
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Historic, Annoyingly naturalistic

See it if interested in the history of Joe Papp/NY Shakespeare Festival, filled with real life folks, history, & solid naturalistic acting. Big cast!

Don't see it if interested in the craft of playwriting or visionary writing & directing. Little energy, projection, or forward development. Fraud theater.

75
Cute, Silly, Well-done stupidness, Bare bones fun, Adorable performances

See it if you like the TV show Friends for which it sends up & spoofs; a high energy bare bones musical comedy with funny fine performances & score.

Don't see it if you can't sit on the front row because the audience sits on the same level which makes for awful sight lines--the worst theater in NYC.

79
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Spooky, Relevant, Manipulative, Confusing, Violent

See it if you like violent, edgy, topical plays about potential school shooters and guns that produces gasps and infuriating manipulation throughout.

Don't see it if constant alternative realities infuriate you and school shootings w/out a satisfying conclusion; you're an adjunct who already does enough!

70
Fire
Midtown W
Historical, Ambitious, Insipid, Cliched, Demanding

See it if actors playing several roles is your thing; you don't know of the tragic event; ambitious staging in a small black box space turns you on.

Don't see it if loads of narration, pretentious dance breaks, sloppy staging, and scripts that ask actors to accomplish way too much bogs you down.

68
War Paint
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Chick flick :), Problematic book, Slow

See it if the cosmetic world fascinates you as well as historic women including Lupone & Ebersole; you see everything because it may never be revived

Don't see it if you're expecting the 2 stars & the director of Dear Evan Hansen to impress you as they've done in the past; there are other things to see.

79
During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Great acting, Great design, Presentational, 1-hour & 45 straight, Something's missing

See it if you like tennis & how athletes keep their head in the game or not, with high energy, amazing sound cues when they work, and adorable Sergei!

Don't see it if you hate constant narration or appreciate the craft of playwriting & the well-made play; if you don't want to know athletes as everyday man.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you value when every collaborative aspect in the theater works together perfectly as well as relevance to social media & school bullying.

Don't see it if you don't like real-life issues mixed with your Broadway musicals: today's struggles for teens, single parents, suicide, social media, etc.

97
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Edited to 2-acts, Period gay

See it if perfect casting is vital; you don't mind a trip back to the 70s; you want an edited 2-act version that's vastly improved without that voice.

Don't see it if you want to see a torch singer--she's cut; tired of Come-out-of-the closet plays or Respect-me-or-leave-me-gay plays and sentimental endings

89
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you voted for Trump; need to be inspired to get involved w/ politics and take action, and want to experience Michael Moore's activist life.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man story-telling, and sketches & games in the theater, preaching to the choir, and not wanting to end up admiring M. Moore.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, Profound

See it if you like Brecht and plays with tough subjects, and characters who breakout in song, and the intellectual experimental mind of Suzan-L. Parks

Don't see it if you giggle when characters breakout in song when least expected, and heavy-handed drama that could come off as pretentious & unsatisfying.

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great design, Just didn't happen

See it if you like new British plays, 2-story sets, strong company of actors, being perplexed at a play's awards, and arbitrary endings.

Don't see it if you want a clear journey or theme, a capable playwright, and a story that feels relevant and meaningful.

94
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Farcical, Masterful, British

See it if you liked Noises Off, community theater gone wrong, and all things British, silly, base, and fluffy material far from art & literature.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate "putting on a show" as the subject, slapstick, laughing at silly people who live to be onstage--no matter how low.

75
Charm
West Village
Relevant, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Welcomed

See it if you agree that it's time to see a play about transgendered characters played by transgendered actors, and to explore the trans world.

Don't see it if you can't allow for ocassional weak acting and directing, and a very simple story and young writing.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Slow

See it if you appreciate solid playwriting, direction, and design, and classic theater from the last century, and you're patient and can focus.

Don't see it if you need everything to be fast, if British accents and acting get on your nerves, or if you can't wait for the set-up to pay off.

95
During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate great ensemble acting, plays based on our historic past: freedom riders; intimate staging, and strong direction & design.

Don't see it if you don't like general seating, poor sight lines, slightly overwritten dialogue, and endings that are subtle and ongoing.

90
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Great music, Great light design, Great passion, Great energy

See it if you like pure talent of a great band passionately telling touching non-fiction stories of its lead married couple, who are very very special

Don't see it if you don't like concert theater/band theater told directly to audience, amplified, often loud, & unlike most theatrical performances in town.

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Simplistic, Ultimately touching, International (ghana)

See it if you can laugh at meanness, which is hard to suppress. Luckily, there's heart with a touching ending, so it's not as 1-dimensional for long.

Don't see it if you're steered by titles: neither is strong. The theater has awful sight lines & isn't comfortable. A reminder that meanness is universal.

89
During previews
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Gripping, Edgy, Powerful, Violent, 1970s nyc

See it if you love unexpected plays about 1970s NYC in an intimate setting, filled w/ great ensemble acting and a nonstop play w/ an intense ending.

Don't see it if you want to avoid dead beat moms, racism, homophobic tortured souls, violence, interracial lust & semi-nudity, dysfunctional families&times.

82
During previews
Quirky, Stupid fun, Crazy wild, Big musical comedy, Roaring audience

See it if you love big silly shows w/ a huge score, voices & heart, crazy creativity, fun numbers, even if you don't know original source material.

Don't see it if you can't stomach Seussical-the musical & Pee-wee's Playhouse, or seeing the classy Palace Theater turned into a low bar kid's playground.

50
Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Disappointing, Hokey, Over-amplified, Cliched, Bigly

See it if you like the music of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, w/ triple threats working their asses off (7 singer-dancer-musicians) sadly to no avail.

Don't see it if you have standards for acting & librettos; resent a music club event taking up a theater space; hate narration & humor based on stupidity.

94
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Presentational

See it if you like visionary takes on classics, imported to a contemporary Hispanic cast, in-and-out of prison w/ energetic masterful acting & staging

Don't see it if you're opposed to daring, adult material, language, violence, male/female nudity, and a sophisticated high bar of theater, art, and politics

82
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Intelligent, Resonant, Profound, Repetitive, Meaningful

See it if you like advice columns, esp. those from wise souls, filled with truth and white light; a theatrical event leaving you a bit more rich.

Don't see it if you're expecting a crafted play; it's a theatrical event and recommended, but it's not a conventional play at all. But it's Cheryl Strayed!

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Smart & silly

See it if you want to see a small cast musical comedy at its best, smartly written, beautifully designed, staged & performed. Clever, silly, & smart.

Don't see it if you're opposed to dialogue in verse, silly westerns, intimate small cast musicals, or character/story driven plot & refreshing zippy scores.

75
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like plays w/ a big cast, fast shouted dialogue that rarely stops, breathes, or reflects, same w/ the staging, historic strong writing.

Don't see it if the financial market confuses you; the 80s of greed & corruption depress you; how our scandalous predicament got away w/ murder, yet thrive.

89
During previews
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're intrigued w/ futuristic what-ifs, technology, robots, post-nuclear survival, & an imbalanced female w/ a gorgeous husband all around.

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid depressing possible scenarios of where Trump is leading us (the few who survive); if you need laughs or happy endings.

92
Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Beautiful & ugly, Effective melodrama

See it if ya don't mind dark dank drama mixed w/ your Bway musical, not to mention the Vietnam War. Does contain humor, spectacle, dance & heartbreak.

Don't see it if you're bringing children: lots of cursing, raunchy choreography, and ugly sad mistreatment of Vietnamese working-girls, soldiers & all. War!

74
Ambitious, Warm-hearted, Based on a true story, Presentational, Poorly written

See it if you appreciate/need a story full of white light, humanity, & a true important story to boot, with fun regional music rarely heard on B-way.

Don't see it if you dislike characters narrating to the audience, actors playing multitude of roles, one-set musicals where story is high but writing is low

49
For a previous production
Stuffed
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Poorly written, Not a play

See it if an all-female cast & confessions are important to you; however, be warned that it's stand up writing pretending to be a play; the bar is low

Don't see it if you appreciate a craft for playwriting; you want more than a collection of monologues by women sitting around talking about food disorders.

90
Entertaining, Old-fashioned, Delightful, Star-studded, Masterful

See it if you want to see innocent old-fashioned B-way and a star's stage presence that ignites howls of energy & adoration--classic B-way at its best

Don't see it if you don't like a simple book that's only toe deep; you expect Bette to be anything other than Bette in ok voice w/ lots of mugging & milking

72
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Theatrical, Profound

See it if you like actors successfully playing various roles (adults & kids), w/ tough dark dank poignant subjects, ultimately touching and well done.

Don't see it if you don't like theater holding a mirror to tough dark subjects in theatrical non-realistic ways, w/ adults playing kids and sad situations.

95
Mary Jane
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great design, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see a writer/director/ designers at the top of their craft, with a sad, difficult subject and outcomes, honoring heroic mothers.

Don't see it if you can't handle seeing theatre holding a mirror to some of life's most difficult parenting situations with no clear ending in sight.

97
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Smart

See it if you appreciate smart writing, exquisite acting, simple but effective staging & design, and a new play that brings alive an old classic.

Don't see it if you want spectacle, fluff, a low bar, a send-up of the original, or another long play with an intermission.

96
During previews
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you'd like to discover a strong new playwright w/ a subject matter that will touch us all, sooner or later. A great design and staging.

Don't see it if you only want realistic story-telling or prefer not to see every day characters with warts and all, reminding us how tough it is 2 b human.

97
Familiar
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see a perfect production where the writing, acting, directing, and design fit like a glove, with relevant subject matters & more

Don't see it if you're opposed to stories about clashing cultures that reexamine what it means to be family, American, and African.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Homoerotic

See it if you like all male jacked up testosterone theatrical violence & subject matters, with lots of homoerotic moments and lots to think about.

Don't see it if you don't like story-theater, presentational acting, or actors playing several roles, and loud music, violence, and man-on-man kissing.