Haynes

The Bronx | 50-64 | Male
About:  Avid Theatre Goer
Reviews (137)
79
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Disturbing, Well acted

See it if You want to see an extremely well acted, beautifully disturbing, drama exploring the hurdles of being gay in Uganda

Don't see it if you can't live with a bare set, being preached at, and LGBTQ and church/family issues

Also I am not sure I can say I Liked this play, even though I know what hap... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Masterfully acted, Intelligent writting, Absorbing

See it if you like baseball which is used as a vehicle to discuss sexism, racism hope and passion

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear stories, baseball, or strong female driven narrative

Also Be ready to be entertained by the choreography and engaging acting. se... Read more Read less

90
Smiley
Gramercy
Funny, Intelligently acted, A lil raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy intimate productions about A Gay love story, can read Supertitles quickly and ready for a little eye-candy

Don't see it if Gay sexual content bothers you, your expecting a Lin-Manuel Miranda production

Also I was surprised that this theatre is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Fun, Amazing costumes

See it if You like Cher, ready 2 have fun

Don't see it if Want an engrossing musical, the ladies do an admirable job but there is really only ONE CHER

96
Ambitious, Riveting, Epic, Great acting, Masterful

See it if Glenda Jackson is surrounded by an amazing cast

Don't see it if You can't sit through 4hrs of real ART

85
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Energetic

See it if You like Musicals about Actors and the quirkiness of small town/big city contrast, ready 2 see the chorus Dance their a**es off

Don't see it if You too narrow minded to enjoy a story about a H.S. age lesbian

90
All My Sons
Midtown W
Surprising, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful

See it if Masterful actors at the top of their craft, you like Arhur Miller's worlds

Don't see it if You need happiness, comedy and hopefulness, Miller's plays are American Tragedy

85
Great staging, Clever, Good twist & turns, Funny, Amazing set

See it if you just want to laugh at slap-sticky silliness

Don't see it if you want a complicated plot where everything makes sense

90
Proof of Love
West Village
Funny, Relevant, Profound, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready to think, feel, laugh and be moved by this one-women performance

Don't see it if you don't want to think about family dynamics and only want to escape while in the theatre

Also it was refreshing to see this Voice of the African American Experience... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent writing, Good special effects, Well acted, A little scary, Absorbing

See it if you like ghost stories with a twist, you want to enJOY hearing Asian American and African American voices

Don't see it if you scare easily and don't like it, want big production and don't like plays that discuss mental health

Also i was pleasantly surprise at how engaging this play was

95
Political, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are ready to be blown away by a well written and acted play that is engaging.the "children" are phenomenal

Don't see it if racial tension, rape, and violence upset you

Also i usually hate the use of the "n" word but here it made sense coming f... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Riveting, Refreshing, Great staging, Clever

See it if The Road to Hell is a breathtaking, heartbreaking journey. Wonderful performances by ALL cast members

Don't see it if You are jaded and your musicals have 2 be old fashioned.

90
Good Grief
Gramercy
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Refreshingly heartfelt, Must see

See it if U like humor with your grief, the music, set, acting all evoke pure emotions of love, loss, joy, family wonderful multicultural experience

Don't see it if if you can't understand African accents, you are not ready to see pain/grief honesty portrayed - need a linear story - u might have to think

Also I love the Vineyard Theatre - a boy and his soul, the scottsboro boys ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Laura Benanti is amazing and the staging is Fan-tab-ulous, you know the music and will LOVE this performance

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 1/2 hrs, don't like grand musicals

92
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like funny, freshly written plays that don't give clear answers. Ready 4 All Female

Don't see it if You're not interested in plays by and about women of color, African culture or the "other" - want a light bite @theatre

75
Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Intimate staging

See it if you like will and grace - don't mind siting on top of the action

Don't see it if you think Gay Camp is offensive, need to sit away from the action

80
During previews
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Intense, Captivating acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Relevant

See it if you are READY to Laugh, Cry and applaud the same play - the writing is engaging and well acted - Not Hetronormative at all - with surprises

Don't see it if you want a night of pure fluff (go see King Kong) you don't like plays that make you think, don't like gay plays/gay banter(BoysInTheBand)

Also i read some of the reviews about this being cliché, well a a gay man i... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Interesting staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you loved Spring Awakening done by the deaf company, like clever, intense writing with the complexities of Deaf, Same-sex-loving characters

Don't see it if you are confused where to look when ASL is spoken - you need a happy light ending

80
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Intelligent, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you like cabaret shows with audience interaction, like surprises and slam poetry musicals

Don't see it if you can't appreciate gender queer performers, too conservative to hear another point of view

Also i actually appreciated not being at the cabaret tables, where i was ab... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great sets

See it if The acting and sets are worth the price of admission, however the writer needed a better 2nd act

Don't see it if if you are expecting to see Bernhardt play Hamlet, while good laughs are had during the play, could have been more of the actual Hamlet

Also i am not big on the trend of the 90min get-em-in/get-em-out plays but ... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Gender queer

See it if You want to see great performances by actors you know, like comedies that push limits without following a traditional plot

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with gender and sexual fluidity, get offended by the word p*ssy, it's used a lot.

Also While ALL the actors bring their A game, Ana Vllafañe is Hilarious

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fun fun fun

See it if ready to enJOY 90 mins of wonderful voices an inventive set and slick dance moves

Don't see it if need a story, don't like the music of the 60's

89
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if You are ready for brainless, non thought-provoking Fun

Don't see it if you expecting a classic musical, don't like lyrics that rhyme

Also after a week of intense theatre it was great to see well acted, great ... Read more Read less

89
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are ready to laugh and be puzzled by the imperfections of "having it all"

Don't see it if you are not ready to look in the mirror about isms, parenting, long-term relationships, and what is "normalcy."

90
Travesties
Midtown W
Hilarious, Confusing, Intelligent, Amazing staging, Casting/acting perfection

See it if you want to see acting and staging that will constantly excite you for 2 1/2 hrs

Don't see it if easily confused by non-linear plot, not a fan of wordy plays, have a need to understand every joke & reference, want 90mins of light comedy

Also I am not a history or literary buff, I don't love Stoppard but i am sm... Read more Read less

89
In the Closet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Well acted, Clever writing, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you like Gay coming of age stories with a twist

Don't see it if you are triggered by rape or euthanasia,

Also as we commemorate 50years of the Stonewall Riots and Celebrate World P... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Great staging, Indulgent, Intense, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like one-man shows of extremely personal stories that include trauma

Don't see it if you want more, and don't like painful family dramas

Also This was just too white for me. even-though it's only 80mins I was a b... Read more Read less

96
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Revolutionary;, Thought-provoking, Intense, Fierce, Must see

See it if You are ready to laugh, cry, snap, clap and be thoroughly entertained with amazing voices, inventive lyrics and magnificent sets

Don't see it if you are offended by truth that is not yours, racist or homophobic

Also Michael R Jackson is flagrant and uncompromisingly QUEER and I loved h... Read more Read less

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Updated nicely, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You liked the movie and ready to laugh through a thoughtful updated musical version

Don't see it if You don't enJOY non-traditional casting and you are expecting everything to be the same as the movie

86
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are read to listen to dialogue and be entertained

Don't see it if Want light fluff,

Also I was surprised at how much I related to Rubert Murdoch, I guess money... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Exquisite, Sexy, Funny

See it if I will see anything Audra McDonald is in and she and Michael Shannon don't disappoint

Don't see it if Nudity and cursing bother you

89
The Day I Became Black
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Only 2 performances left, make the time this Memorial Day Weekend

Don't see it if You are white and easily offended by race relation talk

Also I laughed out loud and cried, this young Bi-racial Actor is Very Effec... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Magical, Great acting, Amazing special effects, Enchanting

See it if you like Magic and special effects

Don't see it if not ready to devote 5 1/2 hrs to theatre

Also while i will #keepthesecrets I don't think part 2 was as good as part ... Read more Read less

85
BLKS
Midtown W
Relevant, Raw, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you are ready to see the world through the eyes of Black Female 20 somethings, like to laugh while being made to think

Don't see it if you don't like cursing and sexual innuendo, aren't ready to deal with racism from a Black perspective

Also great Set

93
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Bryan Cranston deserves the TONY, he is amazing, the set and direction make for an entertaining evening

Don't see it if you want a str8 forward story with little technology, you like fox news

95
Refreshing, Clever, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if This is the 2nd most nominated show this TONY season - and the Talent is wonderful throughout the entire cast

Don't see it if you have no interest in Motown

79
Fun, Entertaining, Great voices

See it if you love theatre and see everything

Don't see it if you are expecting Dear Evan Hansen, not ready to re-live teenage angst

Also There are many Stand Out performances, the music is forgettable, but t... Read more Read less

80
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if U have never seen Glenn Close live

Don't see it if U don't like female driven story

80
Entertaining, Epicurian delight, Energetic, Quirky

See it if you like intimate setting where the actors are in your face, nice appetizers & wine - Shakespeare with music, dancing, wine & food

Don't see it if you like theatre in the dark away from the action - you know and love Shakespeare to the point were any deviation from his words upset you

75
Funny, Entertaining

See it if U like 1 man/woman shows, like to learn about diversity

Don't see it if You need multi-cast show, need a liner story line

79
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
King kong lives, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like Julie Taymor on steroids - this musical is ALL about the Puppet, fun night@theatre Total Fluff good choreography & amazing staging

Don't see it if you want a musical were the music is the center piece

Also Christiani Paris has a wonderful voice and sings her heart out (and th... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Fireflies
Chelsea
Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if you like unpredictable stories, ready for an intense theatre w/compelling and intelligent dialogue, relevant, like a lil "Baptist church"

Don't see it if your racist, looking 4 a light nite at the theatre

85
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love amazing acting, know something of Ireland's history

Don't see it if you can't sit thru 2 1/2hrs - Irish dialect hard to decipher, you need stories to be linear and not layered

Also As a Black man i was a lil lost with some of the references, but i tho... Read more Read less

75
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if yeah i know it's a musical and i said great acting, because the music is just OK - sung well but not memorable, nice night at the theatre

Don't see it if you are expecting to remember the score after you leave

Also i finally went to see this because of Nicolette Robinson, NaTasha Yvet... Read more Read less

87
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like British comedies, enJOY slapstick & twist and turns in the plot

Don't see it if You get offended by Transgender people, like situation like comedies

95
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Theatre-in-the-round

See it if You are ready to be enchanted by an amazing cast headed by Anika where the minimalist esthetics of Mr Doyle make the actors shine

Don't see it if can't sit thru operatic voices, need all the action facing you

80
During previews
High camp, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you like the Go-Go's music, ready for a fun night at the theatre

Don't see it if you're expecting a broadway production, singing that has nuance, more than one note - stay for the 2nd act it's stronger than the 1st

Also I totally went to see this for Peppermint and she did not disappoint, ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Sad, Thought-provoking, Hard 4 str8 white men

See it if you're open minded enough to see a play that speaks truth to power, and entertains while opening the perspective of how gender is seen.

Don't see it if can't be reflective about how "hard" it is to be a STR8 white man, are triggered by the dynamics of 3 siblings, haven't been to a loud club

Also so Actor Stephen Payne has assumed the role of Ed , following the depa... Read more Read less

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

See it if you have any interest in a different love story, the time will fly by. The acting, writing, set and costumes are all superb

Don't see it if if you are not prepared to hear the "N" word or see the queer experience in history with complexity and profound love.

95
During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Immersive theatre experience, Sensual aesthetic

See it if you love the language of a people that is ingeniously written & interpreted by a powerful ensemble of actors

Don't see it if you like to be detached from your theatre, don't like jazz/blues,

Also Morisseau is August Wilson-esk in her exploration of Detroit and Ruben... Read more Read less