Heraklea

New York City
About:  Love Broadway, Off-Brodway, Off-Off-Broadway, and London (whenever I can get there)
Reviews (49)
78
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Like rock music, musicians and actors are the same people, history, situations on personal responsibility in horrific times.

Don't see it if Don’t like rock music, aren’t interested in history or personal or national conflict.

Also The themes have been written about before, but this play/concert is de... Read more Read less

86
Little Gem
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if family drama of 3 generations focused on women. Very funny and moving. Started slowly but built beautifully; Marsha Mason excellent. Go see!

Don't see it if don't like family drama or Ireland (though it applies to many places); don't like monologues.

80
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A re-telling of THREE SISTERS for today, but faithful to Chekhov. Outrageous & touching! Love Chekhov & loved this though it's a bit long.

Don't see it if Don't like modern language in a classic play; don't like Chekhov.

75
Daddy
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if explores sexuality, what is an artist, power flow in various types of relationships. Work by a new and very talented playwright.

Don't see it if Don't want to see explicit sex scenes. Don't sit on the front row - you might get wet from that pool!!

71
Noura
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like immigrant plays. Story of a Christian family from Iraq, their friends and family and many problems in their former and new homes.

Don't see it if Switches in characterization were unbelievable, but many interesting ideas. Had trouble hearing even in this small theater.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you like the Go-Go's music; Elizabethan, raunchy stories; good dancing and choreography; just want to have fun.

Don't see it if hate The Go-Go's, raunchy plot, Elizabethan plays.

50
Disappointing, Slow

See it if Want to see an early Churchill play; interested in English history and themes related to our time.

Don't see it if Want a concise involving story; to understand the actors especially since the supertitles were often distracting and out of sync with dialog

78
Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if want to think and expand horizons about people, especially those with a "disability." Ferrentino is a truly talented writer.

Don't see it if want total fluff or a casual night out. There are cliches, but it's an emotional subject, well done.

73
Harriet's Return
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if One-woman show about Harriet Tubman, well-written and acted; important, inspiring, story about determination and action.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or American history.

78
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like sci-fi and plays about relationships. Milioti is excellent, especially when talking with Arthur the robot.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or plays that move a bit slowly or are put off by "cute" - the robot is very cute.

2
Confusing, Excruciating, Dreadful

See it if you want to find out how truly dreadful a play can be.

Don't see it if you want a well written, thought provoking play. One of the worst, most offensive, plays I have ever seen.

50
The End of Longing
West Village
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're a Matthew Perry fan. Good acting by Jennifer Morrrison

Don't see it if want an original take on the serious problem of alcoholism. This is a heartfelt play, but poorly written.

74
Entertaining

See it if you enjoy mentalist shows; like to figure out how the show is done. Want a pleasant and clever evening.

Don't see it if want traditional dramatic entertainment. Overall a bit disappointing, but I have no idea how the final event was pulled off.

89
During previews
Rotterdam
Midtown E
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want a play on a complicated topic handled with great dialogue and acting that keeps audience on edge with some surprising turns.

Don't see it if don't want play on transgender, homosexual or heterosexual subjects

70
Cagney
Midtown W
Disappointing, Pleasant, good dancing

See it if you want to know more about James Cagney and like the music of his era and good tap dancing. Has some clever staging and choreography.

Don't see it if you want a well written book that shows the many interesting facets of Cagney or you don't like tap dancing.

79
For a previous production
Great singing, Quirky, Great acting, Melancholy

See it if love good acting and singing; Lenk and Shalhoub standouts. Wistful and melancholy; you root for and laugh with the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like off-kilter stories; need 100% happy endings; don't want a lovely and moving piece.

68
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Intense

See it if you like seeing very disfunctional families. June Gable was excellent in two roles.

Don't see it if you don't like exaggerated acting styles and a new version of the sins of the mothers and fathers carrying on to the next generation.

85
During previews
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if love Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley, Joel Perez, and those songs! Small off-Broadway theatre a big plus.

Don't see it if don't like period pieces or want huge production numbers with 100's of performers.

70
Great acting, Slow

See it if you love good acting - Judith Light is marvelous in a shaded and wide ranging performance.

Don't see it if don't like monologues, even 55 minute ones. Want more than one view of the story that's being told.

78
Aubergine
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are a patient type. It's a lovely, empathetic play about life, dying and food, and is sometimes very funny.

Don't see it if you need a fast pace or are upset by death; hate reading titles especially when they are hard to see.

78
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you like actors doubling linked roles, clever staging, Austen done irreverently, you're ready to relax and go with the action.

Don't see it if you don't like writing, direction and acting that is sometimes over-emphatic; are worried abut getting hit by rolling scenery.

93
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if want a moving subject beautifully written and performed. It reaches the universal through a specific story. Go to see it before it closes!

Don't see it if you are not interested in great theatre.

56
During previews
Engagements
Upper W Side
Funny, Cliched

See it if you want a play with zingers and turn arounds.

Don't see it if you are tired of cliched characters.

92
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you haven't seen it yet -- it's closing soon! Amazing production worth more than one viewing. A fascinating story that keeps you alert.

Don't see it if you want only a simple story with old-time painted sets.

67
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you want to know the backstage life of a high-end restaurant, its patrons and staff.

Don't see it if you find non-stop, over-the-top acting tiring.

73
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Find out facts about historic people and their relevance to today. Good acting.

Don't see it if Don’t like history, two person plays. Some messages are heavy handed, but these are fascinating people.

77
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Important topic of eating disorders by young playwright & actress; good acting; kept my interest. A bit obvious, but good play, well done.

Don't see it if don't like serious topics of illness or family disfunction.

71
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Indulgent, Hilarious

See it if like in-your-face raunchy humor, good acting. Yes, they really said that, and did that, on stage!

Don't see it if don't like raunchy humor. Long 1-act no intermission play - def needs to be cut to make it sharper.

59
Hatef**k
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Excruciating, Edgy

See it if You want to see two very attractive people trade zingers. You like seeing "brown" (the author's phrase) issues on stage.

Don't see it if Want fully developed characters exploring serious issues. Female character was so obnoxious I found it hard to believe anything she said.

68
Black Light
West Village
Disappointing, Good music

See it if Liked the persona of Jomama, great costume changes. Good, necessary message, but too heavily hit.

Don't see it if Don't like drag performers.

61
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Like Kander's music, score is excellent; like danced drama.

Don't see it if Dialogue is stilted; choreography poor, even though by Stroman. Performances don't stand a chance with poor material, except fine score.

51
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if Want to see a "puppet" show without traditional puppets.

Don't see it if Poor choreography to the music; very repetitive. Should not have used a microphone on a grand piano in that size space.

79
Hangmen
Chelsea
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if like twists of plot and black humor; great acting.

Don't see it if don't like McDonagh's style or suspense, though the major twist was easy to see coming. Entertaining but a bit too long.

79
Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like one-man shows - Crudup gives a terrific, exhuberant performance in a wild, provocative play.

Don't see it if you don't like a one-man show that is sometimes raunchy and don't care about really good acting.

80
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to feel involved with unraveling the storyline, like plays that provoke conversation & make you think.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in non-linear structure, don't like excellent acting.

50
During previews
Disappointing

See it if you're interested in Teresa Deevy or Irish playwrights in general.

Don't see it if you want good acting and good direction. Think the 4 plays are better than the production they received.

77
Animal
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if love great acting. Rebecca Hall is remarkable and play should be seen just for her, but all the actors are excellent.

Don't see it if don't like character studies. Not all the play is up to a high standard and the "reveal" was disappointing but go for the ideas & acting.

87
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you've wondered what happened after Nora left; want fine writing that provokes thoughts about both then and now.

Don't see it if aren't interested in issues of personal development as well as family and cultural issues.

49
During previews
Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You have absolutely nothing else to do. You want a low mark by which to judge other plays.

Don't see it if You want thought provoking theatre. One of the poorest plays I have ever seen. Playwright tried to be shocking but was trite instead.

64
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Disappointing

See it if you've ever lived on Long Island. Good acting by Corman, Halston and especially Randy Graff who is very funny.

Don't see it if you like concise plays; this meanders even in the better parts and should have been cut.

77
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want a play that is both a family drama and a serious work about apartheid. Excellent acting by all three performers.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about racial, class and personal struggles.

88
Vietgone
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Must see

See it if You like controversial topics cleverly staged and acted & want to know more about human nature. Want a story from a different viewpoint.

Don't see it if Can't take profanity & aren't interested in the myriads of humans and their reactions to crisis situations.

66
For a previous production
Stuffed
Midtown W
Funny, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if like standup humor, put-down humor.

Don't see it if don't like standup or put-down humor. Not really a "play" but a series of talks about a weight issues and self esteem; some funny 1-liners.

75
The Encounter
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Over long

See it if great story of adventure; asks many questions: what is time; what are we doing to the earth and all its people. Interesting sound design.

Don't see it if don't like head phones or want a straight through narrative. Saw Wednesday mat, McBurney did not perform, disappointed but sub was good.

Also For me one of the main reasons to go was to see a play performed by th... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like gospel music and rock n roll and are interested in the music's history and want great singing.

Don't see it if you don't like gospel music; are irritated by having performers pretend to play instruments (the real musicians are great).

52
The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in Wales, village against government stories and Welsh a capella singing.

Don't see it if unfamiliar accents are confusing, want elaborate production, need a story clearly told. Had a few good moments, but mostly disappointing.

82
The Golden Bride
Financial
Entertaining, Romantic, Quirky, Historic style

See it if you like the period style of Yiddish theatre with charming performances

Don't see it if you want only edgy drama.

79
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh and think, need to feel sympathy and empathy.

Don't see it if "immersive theatre" irritates you. I missed one actor's face in 80% of her scenes and that was very irritating.

84
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interest in world events.

Don't see it if you're not willing to spend three hours thinking, and laughing..