Harriet

Brooklyn

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Reviews (49)
95
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you like well made plays and terrific acting. Cynthia Nixon was excellent as Regina, although no one could erase Bette Davis' performance'

Don't see it if if you prefer avant garde plays.

81
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thought provoking drama, with humor, about liberals, racism, con artists, and the things we tell ourselves to get through life.

Don't see it if you loved earlier productions.

99
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a lesser O'Neil play made modern and absorbing. All the actors are excellent and Bobby Cannavale is simply amazing.

Don't see it if you like your O'Neil straight.

69
Great writing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to know how a director can impose his vision on a poetic drama and make you wonder why this play is a classic.

Don't see it if you love Williams'' work. A waste of good actors.

70
Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the sixties and the later lives of people who lived through the decade. Good actors in a cliche ridden play.

Don't see it if you expect new insights.

69
Cliched, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a break out performance by Carmen Cusack. The plot is cliche ridden ut the music is fine.

Don't see it if you expect something different.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if you like Kristin Chenoweth. Very well done and entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like traditional music comedies.

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

See it if you are interested in the concept of open marriage. Not terrible but not compelling either.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the relationships of the English upper middle class.

79
Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like something different. Thought provoking and interesting concept of the interactions between civilization and "primitive" people.

Don't see it if you see theater as a collective experience.

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are tired of current moral degenerates and want to see how they did it in the ancien regime.

Don't see it if you expect 2 great actors to connect on stage. I eagerly anticipated this play and was very disappointed.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a searing indictment of racism. Well written and acted.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the effects of racism on personal relationships or society at large.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like terrific acting. Nathan Lane is outstanding is this all star cast. Mildly amusing until he enters and then the play sings.

Don't see it if you have no interest in news, fake or otherwise.

70
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like great acting. Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh are outstanding in this excellent ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting good Chekhov. Although amusing, the adaptation is clunky and indulgent.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are interested in great writing in the theater and the stories of forgotten people of color. Terrific acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to think.

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you like excellent acting. I found it mildly amusing which appeared to be a minority opinion the night I saw the play.

Don't see it if you don;t care about the love lives of 20 somethings, straight or gay.

92
Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like thought provoking dramas with a woman as the central character. Janie Dee gives a riveting performance.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the struggles of women.

89
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like clever staging and a quirky story.. Andy Karl is excellent as is most of the cast.

Don't see it if you want memorable songs and have small tolerance for whimsy.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like socially and politically relevant drama with an excellent cast. It is a little didactic,

Don't see it if you like fluff.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musical theater that has a serious theme. Danny Burstein was exceptionally good as Tevye, I wept my way through Anatevka.

Don't see it if you can not identify with the immigration experience of the early 20th century.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you like plays about dysfunctional families. Lots of angst but very funny as well. Terrific acting. Very well written.

Don't see it if you like happy families. If you do not have center seats, a lot of the beginning of the play can be heard buy not seen.

100
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if "Butler" is a play that deals with serious matter of conscience and law. Witty dialogue and excellent acting. Surprisingly funny.

Don't see it if See it.

71
Ambitious, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if The story is told from the point of view of a young man with autism. The subject matter, a story about a mystery, was interesting.

Don't see it if The direction was self indulgent and called too much attention to itself.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Delightful

See it if Music by the Gershwin brothers, choreography by Wheeldon. Great dancing. Who could ask for anything more?

Don't see it if you don't want to enjoy yourself.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like clever entertainment. The show was funny and the whole production was well done. The songs worked within the context of the show

Don't see it if See it.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like great dancing, singing and costumes in a musical that also has a social agenda.

Don't see it if See it.

81
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you like musicals with a message. (PTSS in WW 11 veterans) that are also entertaining. Excellent choreography and good singing.

Don't see it if you want something completely new. A little it of Mickey and Judy putting on a show.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in geopolitics. The acting was good and the play, which was nearly 3 hours, sped along. Terrific writing.

Don't see it if you are bored by plays about ideas and complicated issues.

71
Great singing, Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are a Cagney fan. This is a labor of love with good actors and Robert Creighton is outstanding as Cagney. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if you expect new insights about Cagney.

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a clever, entertaining evening of musical theater. Totally delightful.

Don't see it if Just see it.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if if you are interested in 2 riveting performances in a play that deals with Jim Crow laws and the change from singing gospel music to popular

Don't see it if you don't like plays with a social conscience.

83
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you like plays about unexpected relationships. Very well acted by Mary Louise Parker and Dennis Arendt.

Don't see it if you like more traditional relationships and staging..

24
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to waste your time.

Don't see it if you hate sophomoric and indulgent work.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like a different take on Jane Austen. Clever and well done

Don't see it if you like more traditional story telling.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great lyrics and score

See it if you like musicals with a social conscience. Beautiful chamber adaption of the play. Well sung and acted.

Don't see it if you like your musicals fluffy.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a one man show that deals with political issues using parables and metaphors. Brian Stokes Mitchell was excellent.

Don't see it if you hate parales.

Also The play was surprisingly funny.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like sung through musicals about significant issues. Funny and moving, nearly flawless. Terrific cast.

Don't see it if See it.

86
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like generational plays that are non-linear. A little bit of everything in this immigration story of the aftermath of the Vietnam war.

Don't see it if you like a linear play.

75
Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you like the Estefans' music. An immigrant's American Dream, very relevant in today's political climate.

Don't see it if you want a seamless book. The execution of the story is clunky.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Good score and lyrics

See it if you like Roger Miller''s music.. Very well done, chamber version of the play.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a musical version of "Huckleberry Finn".

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you like clever and different musicals. The theater was physically transformed into a club. Josh Grobin and Shoa Narayan were excellent.

Don't see it if you like a tradition musical.

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

See it if you want to see Kevin Kline channel his inner Noel Coward. Excellent supporting cast. Still funny.

Don't see it if you are not amused by British humor.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Witty

See it if you are interested in a reconstructed lost show by Cole Porter. Cleverly done with some throwaway songs and 2 standards.

Don't see it if you like a book musical

95
Great staging, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musical theater that has a serious theme. Kelli O'Hara was outstanding in a very good cast The staging was excellent.

Don't see it if you only like fluffy musicals.

60
Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you are a suburban parent. I found it to be mildly amusing, although many audience members were laughing out loud.

Don't see it if you are looking for something for something truly original.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you like coming of age stories. The whole was less than the sum of its parts. Minimal character development. Perhaps too hyped.

Don't see it if you like complexity even in the book of a musical.

100
Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Resonant, Great singing

See it if A folk opera by singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell about Orpheus and Eurydice. Good songs, well sung. Inventive staging .

Don't see it if you like big scale musicals.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you are in the moos for fun and froth. Silly and hysterically funny. Excellent acting and singing.

Don't see it if you like more serious entertainment.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if This is a play about the plight of women in war zones in Africa. It is intense and powerful. The acting was uniformly excellent.

Don't see it if It is difficult subject matter but it should be seen.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a great actor-Frank Langella. The play depicts a man slipping into dementia from his point of view. Heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you are too uncomfortable with the subject matter. Or that might be the very reason to see it.