HeyLiam

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (154)
80
During previews
Coarse, Raucous, Hilarious, Subversive, Provocative
November 10th, 2022

See it if u want a loud, crude, disturbing, riotous, thoughtful, edgy collage of scenes satirizing the evacuation of black Americans to Africa

Don't see it if you don't like the N word. It's hammered into opening scene. The talented cast deftly moves from scenes - funny, intense, grotesque, brutal

78
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Mostly great acting, Historically fascinating
October 30th, 2022

See it if you are interested in contentious history of NYC city planning. Well acted. Would have loved more insight into the activist protesters

Don't see it if u want silly songs. There is humor & charm. But it's historically insightful & thought provoking. Some acting is stiff. Fiennes is on fire

72
During previews
Juvenile, Preposterous, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
October 20th, 2022

See it if you are young. It's silly and fun & very musical. Most of the story is sung. Great young talent, funny queer themes, charming and delightful

Don't see it if you don't want song after Disney type song. It wasn't as meaningful and moving as I expected. It really wasn't for me. Young adults loved it

60
Great singing, Bad english accents, Cringe, Cheesy, Commercial
October 13th, 2022

See it if you want high production off-bway, inspirational, silly, predictable goop. Great talent, but this wasn't for me. Everyone else loved it

Don't see it if you expect anything original, clever or challenging. I hadn't seen it before because it's exactly as I expected. Cliche, tacky, insufferable

70
During previews
Meh, Funny, Dated, Great writing, Great acting
October 7th, 2022

See it if u want great acting exploring tragedy & humor of economic hardship, black struggle, abandonment, racism, brotherly love and deceit

Don't see it if u want something intense that packs a wallop. It felt dated. Nothing too profound. Great actor chemistry. But overall left me feeling... meh

80
Titanique
Gramercy
Stupendous, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Fun
October 6th, 2022

See it if you want Celine realness, musical talent brilliance in a very off off broadway venue. This will be playing a Broadway theater soon

Don't see it if you are stone cold, boring. serious, crusty. Camp hilarity with incredible talent. Everyone loved the outrageous uproarious energetic fun.

72
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Melodramatic, Funny, Thought provoking, Some good acting, Ambitious
October 2nd, 2022

See it if u want brave tackling of a challenging theme (skin cancer), but with some weak unbelievable plot twists that was more "General Hospital"

Don't see it if if you want light material. Or expect heavy, emotional writing. There's some fine acting. And humor (just like real life) in times of trauma

72
During previews
Fizzling, Great acting, Disappointing, Melodramatic, Bold
October 1st, 2022

See it if u want important, edgy subject material and fine acting compromised by a plot that fizzles into soap opera. Worthwhile but underwhelming

Don't see it if you want fluff. Or if you expect a consistently compelling plot. A wonderful, earnest, challenging plot that somehow becomes somewhat silly.

55
Historic, Reductive, Unoriginal, Unimpressive, Short
September 25th, 2022

See it if you don't have YouTube and can't watch Baldwin's power, mesmerizing cadence and eloquence in the original debate. Confusing jumps in time.

Don't see it if you expect something new, clever, insightful. The original debate was epic and powerful. Baldwin is an icon. This is a mediocre depiction

80
During previews
Delightful, Heartrending, Tragic, Great writing, Great acting
September 15th, 2022

See it if you want to share an arc of family joy and celebration, and astute reflection full of dread. Great acting. Competent cast. Powerful story.

Don't see it if you're triggered by Jewish family tragedy. The story is sad and infuriating and savvily depicted. And still relevant and ominous for today.

30
POTUS
Midtown W
Excruciating, Senseless, Screaming, Annoying, Crass
May 21st, 2022

See it if you want to be part of a boisterous crowd that seemed to love the loud, abrasive, vulgar, unfunny, witless screaming that felt like improv

Don't see it if you want clever, funny, or thoughtful. This was an obnoxious, hectic mess that did zero justice to the profound topic it attempted to tackle

85
Poignant, Raw, Funny, Intense, Great singing
May 7th, 2022

See it if you want proud loud raunchy sensitive thoughtful edgy funny black queer musical theater. Uncomfortable (but not gratuitous) language and sex

Don't see it if u r offended by raunchy language. Or if you want fluffy feel good themes. It's clever. Wonderful cast. A very moving & original experience

65
Inconsistent, Sporadically entertaining, Tedious, Excruciating, Disappointing
April 9th, 2022

See it if u want naked men & don't mind a play that should've been more moving than it was. I couldn't have cared much less for any of the characters

Don't see it if Ferguson's neurotic clumsiness and flapping hands annoy you. His character adds nothing. Williams is wooden. Good staging & some good acting

82
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Illogical, Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Fun! fun! fun!
April 8th, 2022

See it if u want a superbly talented cast, dizzyingly wonderful staging, great music, a full on Broadway show with non linear musings on relationships

Don't see it if you're bothered that the gender flip from the original play sometimes illogically takes away from the spirit of the original message.

75
Sophomoric, Overrated, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing
April 2nd, 2022

See it if u don't care what I think and want to see a feel good play with good acting and music meant for teens and family bonding. I expected more

Don't see it if u want more than a very contemporary look at teen struggle that just didn't move me. I cry at Pixar movies. DEV was just kinda obvious

70
Inconsistent, Great acting, Unbelievable, Preachy, Enlightening
April 2nd, 2022

See it if u want an educational play and contemporary look at the history of Jewish struggle and persecution. Some really fine moments. Strong message

Don't see it if u want more than a high school class on the history of Jewish struggle. Some very banal and obvious themes. Moderately thought provoking

Also How does can a Jewish American student from the Upper East Side be obl... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Some really bad acting, Some good acting, Mediocre, Fluffy, Disappointing
April 2nd, 2022

See it if U r a fan of Messing. Otherwise it was pretty cheesy made for TV. Messing held her own. Some actors (the son) were sub-par. Not bad. Ju

Don't see it if u want a moving, funny, entertaining Broadway show. It has its moments. Some salvaged emotion from the weak writing. But it's not good

70
During previews
Disappointing, Star studded, Banal, Pointless, Pedestrian
April 2nd, 2022

See it if u want to see 3 amazing actors do their best in a story that really didn't stir any emotion. Thrilling to be in their presence. But ... meh!

Don't see it if u expect anything hard hitting or intense. It was dated & vulgar & I feel bad for the actors having to repeat that scene nightly for 4 weeks

69
During previews
Almost good, Hackneyed, Some clever writing, Some fine acting, Funny
February 25th, 2022

See it if you want some really good acting (sisters have great chemistry), frequent moments of humor and clever insight and a play that tries hard

Don't see it if you don't want cliche attacks on PC culture, too much awkward dialogue and unrealistic, unnecessary scenes. It's got heart. It needs work

69
Suspenseful, Momentarily powerful, Clownish, Mundane, Annoying
October 24th, 2021

See it if u want a short (barely 75 min) show better suited for a downtown theater. Skilled talented actress, but 3 actors are clownish & exaggerated

Don't see it if unless you score a discount ticket. The concept is great - interesting, intense true story (it's verbatim from original recordings).

83
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Precise, Riveting, Masterful, Intense, Clever
October 24th, 2021

See it if u want amazing acting by stunningly precise lip sync of the real harrowing testimony of a woman's abduction by an underworld criminal.

Don't see it if u want multiple actors, multi acts, elaborate scenery. This is intense, riveting depiction of a wild story even though it's all lip-synced

79
Soulful, Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
October 23rd, 2021

See it if u want a deft & masterful one man depiction of loving/violent/misfit/ funny characters from his upbringing + skillful guitar accompaniment

Don't see it if You'd rather see these compelling, colorful characters performed by multiple actors. The production is wonderful & moving. Ruben is amazing

70
During previews
Silly, Clunky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny
March 12th, 2020

See it if u enjoy a funny well crafted farcical play with great characters & dialogue that builds but jack knives into an ambitious unimpressive mess

Don't see it if u want song & dance. It's funny & clever but goes dark without going impactful or poignant. Needs to be re-worked off-Broadway for a while

85
For a previous production
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Sinister, Funny
March 3rd, 2020

See it if you want funny + dark. Clever, eloquent, riveting dialogue. The 2.5 hours moved quickly, all actors delivered. Great set. Go see it!

Don't see it if you are triggered by hangings, struggle with northern English accents, want a light night out. The ending was a bit weak and anti-climactic.

78
For a previous production
Confusing, Captivating, Exciting, Great staging, Entertaining
February 28th, 2020

See it if you are a fan of the books and movies. Otherwise it will be confusing (eg for a neophyte like me!). Thank goodness for my date who was a fan

Don't see it if you don't have a clue who the characters are. It really is for those who know the story and characters. Impressive visuals. Big commitment.

82
For a previous production
Seven Sins
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Amazing talent, Bawdy, Queer, Sexy
February 28th, 2020

See it if you want incredibly talented gender bending erotic burlesque. Their shows are always highly produced and an amazing experience. LOVED IT!!!

Don't see it if you are prudish or homophobic. There is burning incense that might offend some. They have a VIP thing going on now which was kinda silly

Also The storyline wasn't as dizzyingly delightful as previous shows. Could... Read more Read less

69
Unsubstantial, Entertaining, Commercial, Silly, Tacky
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you loved the movie. Or visiting and you want a big splashy dazzling experience. I didn't care what happened. Just wanted it to end.

Don't see it if u want to hear more than 1 line sung from each of the 100s of pop tunes crammed in to the show. Pretty set. No substance. My friend loved it

78
During previews
Ambitious, Dark, Fanciful, Tragic, Great singing
February 14th, 2020

See it if you want to see an odd, mesmerizing, meandering tale of American tragedy, despair, delight, madness, torment and haunting musical talent

Don't see it if you expect a musical tribute to Dylan. Songs are oddly rearranged, but moving and captivating. Takes a while to sink in. But I loved it!

75
Inconsistent, Disjointed, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining
February 9th, 2020

See it if you want incredible vocal talent from young and older Tina and other cast - although they rearrange and sing Tina's songs haphazardly

Don't see it if u want to be moved & dazzled by Tina's story. The Ikettes were amazing but the story falls long & flat. Thankfully ends with an encore bang!

84
During previews
Relevant, Powerful, Resonant, Great acting, Edgy
January 15th, 2020

See it if u want a powerful, gripping, well crafted play with great actors & a story that doesn't feel dated. Racism is ugly, deep rooted & persistent

Don't see it if u want Broadway glitz & tra-la-la. This is fine acting. My first impression of an army story was: "BORING!"- but it got rich and clever soon

90
During previews
Powerful, Delightful, Percussive, Outstanding, Masterful
October 6th, 2019

See it if you want a musical master and 10 amazing musicians play real music old and new in an intimate adult concert environment. Byrne is a legend

Don't see it if you want a rock concert or if you're going to have your phone out the whole time videoing it. Why?? Just enjoy the performance.

75
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious
October 2nd, 2019

See it if you don't mind all the negative and positive reviews here because they actually are all right. Sometimes marvelous, sometimes hackneyed.

Don't see it if some wonderful emotional funny clever scenes woven into some unnecessary soap operatic tangents leave you overall uninterested. I enjoyed it

74
Entertaining, Inconsistent casting, Great singing, Edgy, Dark
September 20th, 2019

See it if you want a dark and ominous twist on the original. Some great cast- but some odd. Curly is awesomely talented, but no connection with Laurey

Don't see it if you are obsessed with the classic original. There are glitches, like the weird bright auditorium lighting. But it was edgy and moving.

75
Epic, Dizzying, Camp, Great music, Great singing
September 8th, 2019

See it if you want a fun show, great set, amazing singers, and the epic music of Jin Steinman. Dizzying campy Mad Max plot but the crowd loved it

Don't see it if you're uptight and want high theater and Sondheim music. It's silly, raunchy, but tons of fun. The cast gave it their all. Loved it!

Also The back up dancers were confusing. Too high school musical and not ed... Read more Read less

85
Ink
Midtown W
Refreshing, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
May 12th, 2019

See it if you want a riveting play about the rise of Rupert Murdoch's populist trash journalism. Great cast, especially the 2 leads. Gripping, clever.

Don't see it if you struggle with British accents, or don't want a superbly acted, historically relevant play with modern implications. Very impressive

78
During previews
Romantic, Banal, Dated, Great writing, Great acting
May 6th, 2019

See it if you want to see Shannon and his dark weirdness paired perfectly with McDonald. Great chemistry, great acting. Good first act. Funny moments

Don't see it if u want dialogue heavy insight into odd relationships. First act was entertaining but I was bored by the 2nd. 80s message got a bit worn out

90
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Dreamy, Delightful, Masterful, Gorgeous, Exquisite
May 4th, 2019

See it if u want sexy, sensual, wonderful, magical, talented, burlesque in an intimate baroque theater. The best show of the many I've seen from them

Don't see it if you are offended by queer theater (lots of men in makeup, codpieces and high heels), sexy voluptuous women and overall amazing talent.

75
All My Sons
Midtown W
Dark, Intelligent, Clunky acting, Great writing, Intense
May 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see the legendary Bening, albeit overacting and maybe even miscast in the role. Father and son were powerful together. Great set

Don't see it if u have superlative expectations. I didn't. I liked it. Race blind casting is weird for me. Racially different siblings in 1950s middle USA?

72
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing
April 13th, 2019

See it if you want a fun night on Broadway with no huge expectations. Dustin Hoffman's Dorothy was waaaay more endearing and clever.

Don't see it if you overthink why a cross-dressing man is getting women's roles. Made more sense in the movie. The final reveal doesn't pack the same punch

75
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Silly, Big production, Great staging
April 13th, 2019

See it if you love the movie which is why most people were there. Massive production. Too much going on. Some funny moments. I preferred the movie

Don't see it if you have young kids. No idea why they included drug references and so many f-bombs. Unnecessary. The lead actor is good but not the best fit

75
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Funny, Intense, Overwhelming, Great writing, Great acting
March 29th, 2019

See it if you know somewhat the plot cuz it gets a bit hectic. But the language is lyrical and the acting committed and intense. I loved it after all

Don't see it if if u just came from happy hour cuz you'll lose track of plot and dialogue in 10 minutes. Enjoyed the 2nd act more when I could concentrate

80
During previews
Truthful, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
March 23rd, 2019

See it if want a deep, dark fanciful estimation of the emotion & intelligence behind Bill and Hillary. No accents or wigs. Just psychological intrigue

Don't see it if you don't like politics. The theme still seems current. It's about the politics of the election & their marriage. Unexpected and I loved it

75
During previews
Gross, Hectic, Great writing, Funny, Ridiculous
March 23rd, 2019

See it if you want an outrageous play with themes of violence and excrement that is silly but moving and clever. Needs some fine tuning. But good fun

Don't see it if you're a theater snob & might walk out 10 minutes before the end like some. It's crass, choppy and crude but it has heart, talent and depth

79
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Intense, Great acting, Occasionally hackneyed, Ambitious, Must see
March 6th, 2019

See it if you want edgy downtown theater tackling relevant race and social issues, clever strident writing, great performances, long show but worth it

Don't see it if u want light theater & don't want to deal with painful issues. Longer than it needs 2 b. Absurd. Funny. Borders on cliché, but impactful.

60
Disappointing, Uneventful, Lazy, Thought-provoking, Relevant
March 2nd, 2019

See it if u want to be moved and shook by the tragedy and resonance of the core material (prison recordings). Sad, maddening, painful, still relevant

Don't see it if u expect theater performance that should build on the core material. It was like karaoke, with minimal A/V embellishments. Dropped the ball.

Also I expected so much more. The recordings are so powerful. But the perfo... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Overrated, Big-hearted, Crowd-pleasing, Great story
February 19th, 2019

See it if u want a mediocre production of a really wonderful story. I was so looking forward to seeing this.The story moved me. The performance didn't

Don't see it if u don't want a narrated history lesson w/ dates and times. & more music than theater. Overall performances were lackluster. But lovely story

65
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Banal, Staid, Fun staging, Good acting, Preachy
February 12th, 2019

See it if u want a light hearted but unadventurous depiction of well trodden themes (gay marriage, the Christian wedding cake debacle). Easy to digest

Don't see it if u expect edgy or clever. The set is fun, the lead is charming. The fiancée is indignant & dull. Not bad. Just didn't satisfy my sweet tooth

65
Disappointing, Hammy, Great writing, Poorly executed, Uneven acting
February 8th, 2019

See it if you want a great script delivered like what felt like a sit com. It seemed to be yukked up and the ending lacked danger and intensity

Don't see it if you find yourself critiquing line deliveries as actors continuously missed opportunities. I was constantly thinking - No! That was wrong!

82
During previews
Funny, Intense, Great acting, Engrossing, Tragic
February 6th, 2019

See it if you enjoy historically enlightening interpretations of troubled and violent era, with charm and humor and total commitment by actors.

Don't see it if you're lost by thick accents, bored by period pieces of true history. Otherwise, go! It was masterful and totally enthralling. I wanted more

82
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Great acting, Euphonious, Tragic, Great writing, Masterful
February 2nd, 2019

See it if 2 men, a bunk bed, and poetic, beautiful, melodious monologues - intensely and masterfully acted - are enough to enthrall you.

Don't see it if if u don't appreciate 2 meandering series of monologues that never constitute a dialogue but develop into a beautifully unified aching story