HeyLiam

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (120)
85
Ink
Refreshing, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

90
Dreamy, Delightful, Masterful, Gorgeous, Exquisite

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.

72
During previews
Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

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
Funny, Intense, Overwhelming, Great writing, Great acting

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

75
During previews
Gross, Hectic, Great writing, Funny, Ridiculous

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

60
Disappointing, Uneventful, Lazy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

65
During previews
Banal, Staid, Fun staging, Good acting, Preachy

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

82
During previews
Funny, Intense, Great acting, Engrossing, Tragic

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

75
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Preachy, Platitudinous

See it if u want more Ted Talk than performance. Clever, funny, engaging, charming performer wavers between raw personal insight and well worn themes

Don't see it if u expect edgy challenging insight on racism, race relations, police brutality. But very personal show, big thumbs up and highly recommended

75
During previews
Adventuresome, Dizzying, Odd, Experiential, Fulfilling

See it if you want to be immersed in a thoughtful experience, often funny and poignant, well crafted, great set, random emotions, unique and awakening

Don't see it if you want a linear plot or if you might be put off as a Vonnegut connoisseur (I'm not). It was long, needs editing, but a brave production

60
For a previous production
Silly, Slapstick, Endless, Disappointing, Unoriginal

See it if you want a 2 hour Carol Burnett skit that is endless gags and guffaws about a play going wrong. Some funny bits. Mostly just cheap laughs

Don't see it if u expect anything remotely clever. I went for a fun evening but it just seemed like silly community theater with a bigger production budget

70
During previews
Great staging, Funny, Inconsistent, Unpolished, Entertaining

See it if u like funny (silly) sitcom style punchlines, great characters (a feisty fabulous trans villainess). But many structural flaws to fix.

Don't see it if u want a truly edgy, cunning Brit comedy. Accents all over the map (Texas?). Lots of of laughs, cool staging, a weak ending that fizzled out

79
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Long winded, Riveting

See it if u want a powerful edgy thoughtful solo performance that is (thankfully) more creative storytelling than actually playing multiple roles

Don't see it if u need more than one actor & very bare staging to keep your attention. Great physical acting but very heavy on dialogue that went on and on

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Nostalgic

See it if u want a fun, whimsical show about rather peculiar themes in a nostalgic NYC past era. Amazing singing talent in a compact little show

Don't see it if u aren't keen to indulge in a quirky plot about ESP, hypnotism and paranormal activity in a by-gone NYC era. Ps. the theater AC is freezing

81
Raunchy, Loud, Hectic, Intense, Funny

See it if you want daring, outrageous, raw theater that is wild, intense, raucous and fun. Not suitable for all. Lots of profanity + drug use. Reco'd

Don't see it if you are offended by the c-word every 5 seconds, and fake blood and shit slopped around. No audience participation but it is very intimate

85
During previews
Hilarious, Great singing, Amazing talent, Queer, Fun

See it if you want a random but successful mix of GoGos song with clever Shakespearean dialogue and plot + a talented cast in an outrageous show. GO!

Don't see it if you're put off by queer themes, or if u want deep drama. This is silly fun. The audience loved it. I went not expecting much but I loved it!

75
Funny, Intense, Violent, Gratuitous, Great acting

See it if u want a disturbingly violent & absurd portrayal of madness/ obsession/ politics/ gender/ alienation/ family during Northern Irish Troubles

Don't see it if u don't want an ambitious play that bites off more than it can chew & spit out. Ultimately feels meaningless. WARNING: very violent ending

68
Almost good, Ambitious, Earnest, Silly, Contrived

See it if u r in a gay polyamorous relationship/ want gratuitous male nudity. Some thoughtful insight, decent enough acting that didn't compel overall

Don't see it if you're put off by indulgent gay themes/ soap opera drama/ a loud vent system. Again, some quality material that couldn't justify it all

78
Delightful, Great writing, Compelling, Historical, Relevant

See it if u want a wonderfully paced historical piece on creative genius, love, lust and life. 2nd act drags but recommendable show in a great theater

Don't see it if homosexual intimacy offends you. Actor playing Williams has great cadence and appeal. I didn't love the casting or performance of Inge actor

83
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Intense

See it if you want edgy, clever downtown theater with a conscience. Minimal, direct, and powerful. Beautiful movement and music. Flawed but formidable

Don't see it if you want fluffy fun. Or are bothered by too few actors playing too many roles. Great talent that was stretched a bit far. Bravo, Public!

78
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Sexy, Wonderful

See it if you want a sultry, sexy naughty evening extravaganza of burlesque and opulent queerness with lovely staff in a sumptuous environment.

Don't see it if you're offended by mild gender bending nude fun. Or if you're expecting a higher quality of burlesque from previous performances. A bit weak

73
During previews
Important, Dated, Lacklustre, Long, Disappointing

See it if you want a mediocre play about a wonderful insightful subject. Nothing bad but nothing dazzling. No emotional connection between the leads.

Don't see it if a 2.5 hour play with what feels like community theater actors sounds like too much. The male lead (Jackson) seemed to be reciting his lines

75
During previews
Earnest, Long winded, Rigid, Restrained, Ambitious

See it if you want a play about austerity staged in an austere setting. Well acted by a diverse cast but missing a lushness that the ending deserves

Don't see it if you're lost by actors playing multiple characters, varying between acting and narrating the experience. My mind wandered. Lacking sensuality

57
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Insipid

See it if you want an earnest, ambitious play that feels really dated in its themes. Some great acting and humor but it felt forced, puerile, awkward

Don't see it if you want a challenging perspective on anything. A very mediocre play about good causes - lesbian parenting, space travel, friendship.

72
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Profound, Verbose, Intelligent

See it if you want an intriguing historical perspective on the founding of state of Israel. Don't bother if you don't. The play lacks universal appeal

Don't see it if you don't want to get immersed in a very wordy play. I found my mind wandering, but really enjoyed the parts that I bothered to focus on

78
During previews
Romantic, Banal, Dated, Great writing, Great acting

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

75
Dark, Intelligent, Clunky acting, Great writing, Intense

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?

75
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Silly, Big production, Great staging

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

80
During previews
Truthful, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

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

79
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Occasionally hackneyed, Ambitious, Must see

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.

68
Disappointing, Overrated, Big-hearted, Crowd-pleasing, Great story

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
Disappointing, Hammy, Great writing, Poorly executed, Uneven acting

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
Great acting, Euphonious, Tragic, Great writing, Masterful

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

71
Ambitious, Far-fetched, Mildly intense, Good acting, Nice set and costumes

See it if you want a play that awkwardly but earnestly tries to tackle a lot! Race issues, infidelity, homosexuality, abortion, mental issues.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a clumsy and inconsistent attempt to explore too much without actually making you really care about anything.

65
During previews
Great singing, Nonsensical, Earnest, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if u really love Ethel Merman/ musicals. There are a few lines of dialogue between endless songs sounding like re-adaptations of classic tunes

Don't see it if u expect it to make sense. 2 earnest missionaries knock on the door of Merman and spend 1hr in her living room. Odd ending made no sense

25
Irksome, Annoying, Boring, Tedious, Relentless

See it if u want to see absurd human animation that reminded me of Pixar opening credits that persevered for more than an hour. Was cute for a minute

Don't see it if you want traditional, or clever, or funny or edgy. My friend fell asleep. I unfortunately did not. I like weird. This was just excruciating.

78
During previews
Intense, Funny, Edgy, Riveting, Inconsistent

See it if u want mostly great acting, intimate raucous off-bway fun suffering from sometimes weak direction of otherwise funny clever intense writing

Don't see it if u r offended by sex and drugs and chaos. Acting and writing were good but so much more could have been done with sound to create intensity

65
Disappointing, Uninspiring, Great staging, Great singing, Insipid

See it if you're visiting NYC and want to see an elaborate high production of classical Broadway musical with great vocal talent and mediocre acting

Don't see it if you're uninterested in bland characters with no chemistry in an excruciating production that left me wondering why it was even revived

69
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Dizzying, Frenzied, Sophomoric

See it if you're a teenager who loves musicals, great flashy staging, lots of energy, & an intellectually pretentious take on teen angst and drug use

Don't see it if you're an adult who does not loooove musicals. It's silly & attempts to tackle bigger issues. The teen crowd LOOOVED it. It has its audience

50
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Tasteless, Loooong

See it if u’d enjoy listening to a coked up girl at a party blather about every detail of her ordinary life. Or to a mom rationalizing with her kids

Don't see it if u r not into listening to a long pedestrian stream of consciousness ramble with a gruesome plot twist at the end. It was like bad improv

78
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Edgy, Relevant

See it if u want 2 see JTF play exact same but less annoying character than on Modern Family. Funny, sharp, thoughtful piece on sex, sexuality, gender

Don't see it if you're offended by queer theater, a tasteless masturbation scene, and a few dips into cliched territory. but great contemp off broadway. go!

85
During previews
Riveting, Exciting, Powerful, Epic, Great acting

See it if you want classic, impactful, articulate, exciting Shakespeare in a dramatic outdoor environment where even the light drizzle added intensity

Don't see it if you want a condensed modernized version. Iwuji (Othello) seemed the weakest link. The ladies delivered! Post intermission was stunning! Wow!

78
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Sublime, Romantic, Patchy acting

See it if u want an enthralling perspective on the torment & artistry behind a musical genius and the essential relationship with his financial patron

Don't see it if you're bothered that weak lackluster acting, especially by male lead, doesn't hold up to otherwise splendid young musical talent and passion

89
Funny, Clever, Riveting, Dark, Non compos mentis

See it if u want a well crafted, cunning masterful one man show that fascinates, delights and disturbs with nervous dread. So happy I saw b4 it closes

Don't see it if sexual (gay) references make you uncomfortable or if u want lots of frills. Just great acting, great writing, a chair, and great lighting.

75
Cliched, Over acted, Over written, Ambitious, Earnest

See it if you want a local play with heart and great actors suffering from misguided direction and a VERY convoluted plot. Enjoyable but missable

Don't see it if you're bothered by WAY too many subplots and twists that become annoying and unreal. This play needs rewriting/ redirection to become a gem

58
During previews
Messy, Buffoonish, Disappointing, Ridiculous, Raucous

See it if u speak Greek (2 hrs of it w/ English projected titles), are a fan Greek mythology, or r interested in an absurd hectic squawking lame mess

Don't see it if you are expecting a tight performance with a moral message based in mythology (like I was). It was like a provincial art school performance

70
During previews
Dated, Hackneyed, Humorous, Great staging, Perhaps overrated

See it if u want to see a starry Broadway show and an adorable performance by Glenda Jackson with supposedly intense insight into the arc of life

Don't see it if you find Metcalfe kinda rough to watch. Maybe I'd have found it resonant if I were 70 years old or it were the 80s. But still probably not

60
Hectic, Loud, Dated, Annoying, Silly

See it if u want to see very talented cast perform an insufferable operatic satire about depraved TV, without the ridiculousness & camp I'd expected

Don't see it if u think Springer was gross. The first act somewhat parodies his cringeworthy show, & the 2nd act is just a confusing moral descent into hell

77
During previews
Great singing, Resonant, Heartfelt, Historical, Restrained

See it if you want a fun historically relevant musical that has more to do with Harvey Milk's legacy than the man himself. Impressive musical talent.

Don't see it if you don't like want a thoughtful reflection on Jewish and gay culture. The play meanders but pulls together beautifully in last 10 minutes

83
Frantic, Wrenching, Funny, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if u want modern, hyper, hectic, confusing but passionate and heartfelt ultra-contemporary theater about dystopian living, community & kinship

Don't see it if u don't like Enda Walsh. Nightmarish violent confusing challenging rapid-fire & ultimately tragic & eloquently beautiful. Not for everyone