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Reviews (26)
During previews
Midtown E
Ambitious, Creative, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Manual Cinema, or puppetry, or want to see five people create an "animated" movie, sound effects & all, live in front of you

Don't see it if you can't be bothered with a show that's under an hour long; are looking for a traditional show with live actors, dialogue, strong plot

Also This show was incredibly inventive. They allow the audience to check o... Read more Read less

During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you're an Ethel Merman fan; you're in the mood for a silly/heartwarming bit of theatre; YOU'RE AN ETHEL MERMAN FAN (it's worth repeating)

Don't see it if you've never heard of Ethel Merman or the Golden Age of Broadway; you don't like tiny Off-Bway musicals in theatres with inadequate AC

Also I admit I'm a huge Ethel Merman fan (as, it appeared, was were a numbe... Read more Read less

Epic, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy epic, exciting, violent (esp in Part 2) plays; you're a Shakespeare/Marlowe fan;

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare; you have a short attention span; you have trouble keeping track of large numbers or characters

Also If you only have time for one part, go for Part 2. Part 1 squeezes Hen... Read more Read less

My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a comedy legend tell her life story live on stage; you like hearing stories about old-school Hollywood stars

Don't see it if an octogenarian sitting and talking for 90 minutes sounds boring; you've never heard of Marilyn Monroe, Lee Strasberg, or Jimmy Durante

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You've been a fan of ERS's other original works; a feminist parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf sounds interesting

Don't see it if You've never seen Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or Streetcar Named Desire; you're looking for a lot of laughs; you don't like "weird"

Also I've been a fan of ERS's stagings of literary works (things like Gatz ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you're a Tennessee Williams completionist, and have never seen the play before

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist productions. The set consists of a floor, ceiling, two paintings, and six chairs. There aren't even any props...

Also I'm a big Tennessee Williams fan, and have seen excellent work in the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Impressive cast

See it if you enjoy listening to people talk about ballet; you want to see an A-list cast in an intimate space

Don't see it if you have no interest in ballet; you would be frustrated that a play about a ballet company features almost no dancing

Also I was looking forward to seeing this based on the cast, and having enj... Read more Read less

Peter Pan
Midtown W
Ambitious, Raunchy, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in seeing an 'adult' take on Peter Pan; you're okay seeing an experimental production that isn't entirely successful

Don't see it if you're never seen Peter Pan before/don't know the story; you're expecting a traditional production with things like flying and a hook

Also Maybe it's because I had very low expectations after seeing the low sc... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Uneven acting

See it if You enjoy prison dramas, or talk about prayer and religion

Don't see it if Talk about God bores you; you don't like plays that are made up mostly of two-actor scenes and single-actor direct address to the audience

Also In defense of the production, at the performance I saw (Oct 15), one o... Read more Read less

During previews
The Traveling Lady
West Village
Slow, Great acting, Moving

See it if You're a fan of Horton Foote; you don't mind plays that are quiet and slow, but build to something special

Don't see it if You prefer plays that are loud and fast and action-packed; you're impatient and easily bored; you hate Horton Foote or plays from the 1950s

Also I saw this production at its first preview. There were definitely paci... Read more Read less

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Exciting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Glenn close!!!

See it if You missed seeing Glenn Close in the original (she's incredible!); you love Andrew Lloyd Webber; you want to hear a large orchestra

Don't see it if You're expecting a grand production to rival the original (this looks a bit cheap); you want to see more than just one brilliant performance

Also Glenn Close is really the only reason to see this. She's so good, she'... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Silly, Quirky

See it if You like b-movies, silliness, and scene-stealing piranha puppets

Don't see it if You want to see a serious drama that does not involve piranha puppets

During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an ambitious, original musical; you like seeing/supporting innovative theatre even if it doesn't 100% work

Don't see it if You're very sensitive to racial stereotypes; you get impatient when shows are slow to start; you're not a fan of "weird"

Also I found the first act to be a bit slow, but I was glad I stuck it out,... Read more Read less

During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a Jason Robert Brown/Songs for a New World fan; you like song cycles or musicals with almost no dialogue

Don't see it if you hate music that sounds like Jason Robert Brown; you aren't charmed by hipsters who think littering is a great idea

Also I wish the show had had some more dialogue, because I found the music ... Read more Read less

During previews
Moving, Tuneful, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you like crooner/lounge singer-esque music; you like of cabaret (the genre, not the musical); you like shows with a splash of gay history

Don't see it if you're looking for a big, splashy musical, rather than one with only two characters; you're want to see a comedy; you're hate romance

Also In my mind, this leans more toward "play with songs" than a full-blown... Read more Read less

During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant

See it if you're interested in stories about WWI; you want to see how one excellent actor can tell an extremely moving story with minimal set & props

Don't see it if you're looking for an uplifting show; you have trouble with Irish accents; you hate one-man shows or war stories

Red Hills
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre; are interested in hearing about the Rwandan genocide

Don't see it if you have trouble standing for extended periods of time; sitting on a hard wooden bench for the majority of the show sounds unbearable

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Silly

See it if if you're in the mood for an amusing bit of fluff

Don't see it if rhymed verse makes you want to stuff cotton in your ears; you're looking for serious drama (or a plot that makes sense)

Also David Ives isn't one of my favorite playwrights, and rhymed verse ofte... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Odd direction

See it if You're an Albee fan; you've never seen The Zoo Story (one of those "important" classics of the theatre - and deservedly so)

Don't see it if You don't like two-person plays; you get annoyed when a director has two characters have a conversation from opposite sides of the stage

Also I noticed some empty seats after intermission. In the case of this pla... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Overstuffed

See it if you want to see an ambitious, almost three hour long drama that jumps around in time; you're interested in Russian history

Don't see it if you like linear storytelling; you want to see a play that has characters the audience cares about, and not just a series of plot twists

Also I was surprised to learn (via a fact sheet given out after the play) t... Read more Read less

During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Romantic, Earnest, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a romantic person, or are currently in a long-term relationship; amazing vocals and lighting are enough to keep your interest

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with elaborate sets, costumes, and choreography - not just performers spending most of the show in front of mic stands

Also I kind of felt bad not liking the show, because the Bengsons - and the... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown E
Entertaining, Slow, Funny, Moving

See it if You want to see a play that is both funny and sad; you're a fan of Alan Ayckbourn

Don't see it if You're expecting a light comedy; you're not an Ayckbourn fan

Also Seems a bit misleading to call this a "madcap comedy." Sure, there are... Read more Read less

During previews
Must see, Thrilling, Inspiring, Exciting, Ambitious

See it if You love the great artform known as the theatre; you love immersive shows: you've always wondered what it's like backstage at the Claire Tow

Don't see it if You prefer sitting in one place for two hours; you want a plot and not just a collage of scenes; you're terrified of audience participation

Also Don't expect a Sleep No More-style show, where you're free to wander -... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated

See it if You've enjoyed other plays by Gina Gionfriddo; you have a subscription to the Vineyard or you've already bought a ticket

Don't see it if You want to see an enjoyable play with an exciting plot and interesting characters; you don't like plays with no intermissions (no escape)

Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a classic drama performed in a beautifully designed and acted, traditional production

Don't see it if You don't like classic dramas; you prefer your revivals deconstructed and modern (this is not Ivo van Hove or Sam Gold)

Also I liked this so much, I went to see both versions of the cast. Nixon a... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Must see, Enchanting, Epic

See it if You want to see a perfect staging of a classic musical; you love Bette Midler; you want to smile for two and a half hours

Don't see it if You're not a Bette Midler fan; you prefer pop/rock to Jerry Herman; you don't like so-called Golden Age musicals