Howard 6211

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (63)
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in Judy Holliday or just want to see a top-notch actress/singer get inside the truth of a historical person

Don't see it if you don't like show-biz bio-plays

Also Andréa Burns has been doing fine work for years on and off Broadway, m... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Troubling, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the great Elaine May back onstage with a great cast

Don't see it if you are not ready to vicariously experience the hellish spiral of caring for an Alzheimers patient

Also There is much humor here, but the play can ultimately seem slow and lo... Read more Read less

Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Delightful, Quirky, Well-crafted

See it if you want to hear the work of a younger theater writer who has really learned his craft - and be charmed by 4 excellent performers.

Don't see it if a skillful, charming but lightweight sung-through show is not enough to grab your attention.

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Boring, Repetitious, Heavy-handed

See it if you are fascinated by the sexual and socializing issues and angst of adolescent girls

Don't see it if you are annoyed by having the same points hammered at you repeatedly

Also I couldn't help thinking of skits I've seen long ago sending up super-... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Shaw in a serious vein, excellent character actors on top of their game and a leading actress who is something special,

Don't see it if you think Shaw means "funny", you can't handle a long and serious play about faith vs the Catholic Church.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great fun

See it if you want to have top-quality musical comedy FUN.

Don't see it if the idea of people appearing and launching into a big production number for very little reason makes you crazy.

Also I didn't realize how lightweight DOLLY was; these days we expect music... Read more Read less

Three Wise Guys
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like GUYS AND DOLLS and want to see another theatrical take on Damon Runyon's quirky stories.

Don't see it if You want something meaty or hate period pieces. Or hate GUYS AND DOLLS!

Also I found this charming from beginning to end. But if you are unfamiliar... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are intrigued by the idea of lowlifes using trashy language while singing like angels

Don't see it if you can't get past trashy language and very irreverent humor

Also This show is unique. Not really an opera, but an hommage to opera (and... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Intelligent, Talky

See it if you are interested in a debate about Jesus by historical personalities.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a debate about Jesus by historical personalities.

Also I had high hopes, but once the gimmick was played out, I was bored by ... Read more Read less

Dated, Overrated, Not absorbing

See it if you are ok with dated period pieces

Don't see it if you expect to be quickly hooked by a play's ideas and actions and characters.

Also The original idea in this play doesn't become clear until you are 2/3 ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Absorbing, Clever, Moving, Great direction/acting

See it if You are curious to see an very original take on family drama.

Don't see it if Gay characters or chickens upset you.

Also Here is a chance to see creative, original theater with heart and humo... Read more Read less

Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Touching

See it if you are curious to see the oft-told immigrant family story from a Korean-Canadian POV.

Don't see it if you want something deep and artsy.

Also This reminds me of the later Neil Simon memory plays - if he had been ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you want to laugh your head off

Don't see it if silly, yet brilliant, comedy doesn't appeal to you

Also Who knew that 19th-century Russian comedy could be gut-bustlingly funn... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Fun, Needs pruning

See it if you want a black feminist tall tale. Paul Bunyan here becomes more like Paula Buns-yan. :-)

Don't see it if you aren't interested in an upbeat, imaginative musical about a black woman's issues.

Also The production design, visual and aural, is top-notch as is choreograp... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you'd like a fun chamber musical with hi-tech production design and music-making

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals dark and serious

Also An excellent example of using history, imagination, and hi-tech in bot... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Quirky, Unusual, Over-long, Indulgent

See it if You are interested in an unfairly overlooked historical character and story

Don't see it if You don't like Brechtian and presentational theatrical styles

Also While the subject is intriguing, I felt the author was trying too hard... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Moving, Great casting, Unusual setting, Needs tightening

See it if you want to see fine performers in a setting you'd never expect for a musical

Don't see it if you have an issue with gay relationships

During previews
Great staging, Energetic, For kids/teens

See it if You like your TYA plays loud, fast-paced and including Greek mythology lessons and adolescent angst

Don't see it if You prefer lower-energy, medium-volume, thoughtful plays.

Man From Nebraska
Midtown W

See it if you're ok with fine actors even if the play offers nothing new

Don't see it if you expect a serious play to show you a new side of some situation or issue

The View UpStairs
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Touching, Absorbing, Great set/costume/lighting design

See it if you want to see some hugely talented and likeable performers on an uber-fabulous set (of a '70's gay dive bar).

Don't see it if you have no interest in a little-known event in gay history

Also The show is broadly written - no subtlety here - but it is brilliantly... Read more Read less

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great design (set/lights/projection/sound/costumes)

See it if you're looking for something off the beaten path in a musical

Don't see it if you want a musical with a Serious Statement.

Also When Canadians write musicals, they always seem to look at things from... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Not easily followed

See it if you want to see two fine actors bring a real sense of life to characters built in fragments

Don't see it if you have a hard time with very non-linear stories

Also While I thought Urie and deJesus did a extremely remarkable job, I got... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see how a specific incident in the playwright's life becomes a universal statement

Don't see it if you have difficulty with strong foreign accents (South African, in this case)

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Moving, Relevant

See it if you want to see a master impersonate many real people in order to illuminate a current societal problem

Don't see it if a one-person show about real-world problems doesn't interest you

For a previous production
Midtown W
Disappointing, Forced humor, Overrated

See it if you don't mind stand-up material trying to work in a play format

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the usual women-with-food-issues jokes

Also Unfortunately, the non-Lisa ladies exist here only as foils to Lisa, n... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a sassy social satire about the life experience of a black female striver in America.

Don't see it if You really don’t want the above.

West Village
Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Nourishing, Great writing

See it if you want to be absorbed into two different but related experiences of very intimate theatricality.

Don't see it if you want your theater to be BIG and ELABORATE or don't have the patience to sit through two intimately emotional 1.5-hour plays.

Also Up-close-and-personal experience of fine actors inhabiting finely-writ... Read more Read less

During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you appreciate excellent writing, top-notch acting and sensitive direction

Don't see it if you aren't interested in dramas by black writers about a black community, or you have no feeling at all for jazz.

Also This show is immensely satisfying. Meaty writing for the actors to dig... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Moving

See it if you like ensemble musicals and want to sample one with a Caribbean flavor

Don't see it if a love story in the mode of a Caribbean folk tale doesn't interest you

Also An excellent ensemble cast with big talent and big heart, imaginative ... Read more Read less

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like farce, appreciate verse plays, appreciate both high and low comedy.

Don't see it if you can't deal with verse and rhyming dialogue, want a story with meat on its bones. Or you can't follow English extremely quickly.

Also I'm a big Ives fan. This play is more cotton candy and less social sat... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You can commit 7 hours to a sprawling, glorious but imperfect melange of the personal, political and universal - funny, scary, moving.

Don't see it if You like your theater neat, elegant or compact. You have to work hard in experiencing this.

Also This is one of the great plays of the 20th century, really one-of-a-ki... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if you like theater made of endless static 2-person conversations

Don't see it if you don't like the above. Also if you expect a play about Heifetz. He's just the catalyst here.

Confusing, Uneven, Chopped-up

See it if you want to see John Doyle's take on the play.

Don't see it if you want to understand what's going on.

Also I thought I knew something about the play, but this production confuse... Read more Read less

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you're happy seeing fine performers doing numbers disconnected from their context.

Don't see it if you are already familiar with the shows and their excerpts.

Also The whole was not more than the sum of its parts. Some of the parts we... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Shallow

See it if You are interested in a discussion about art vs. commerce. You are curious about the personalities of Stravinsky and Disney.

Don't see it if You need more than a two-person talkfest when you see a show.

Also While the play stayed with rather obvious matters and didn't dig very ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You appreciate an original take on a story you thought had been thoroughly dealt with, a take both brilliant and entertaining.

Don't see it if You just like musicals. Or you don't want to think at the theater. Or anything involving women's issues turns you off.

Also Hnath is emerging as a great, original voice in the theater without be... Read more Read less

Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see what theater can do that a novel cannot.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a great deal of unhappiness.

Also I have not read the novel or seen film adaptations. But this play made... Read more Read less

Somebody's Daughter
Upper W Side
Funny, Relevant, Overrated

See it if You want to see Asian female characters and their concerns onstage

Don't see it if You expect to get new insight about these characters and concerns

Also A very mixed bag. The theme is worthy and the language is refreshing a... Read more Read less

The Lucky One
Midtown W
Dated, Mannered

See it if you are curious about Milne's work as a playwright

Don't see it if you expect something more than a period piece

Also While the third act confrontation finally gave off some sparks, it was... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Uneven

See it if You are already a Gionfriddo fan

Don't see it if You want your comedy to be more than a little funny

Also Frank Wood doesn't show up, well-cast as a very quirky character, unti... Read more Read less

Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if -you are a Sondhead - goes without saying. -you want a Japanese perspective on "globalization" -you want a musical history lesson

Don't see it if -you aren't willing to try a minimalistic production of a large show -you don't care about Japan or international relations

Also On balance, Doyle's minimalistic and shortened production loses more t... Read more Read less

West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Moving, Intelligent

See it if You like modern classic plays in top-notch productions

Don't see it if Low-key character studies aren't your thing.

Also BTW, my first chance to see Emily Skinner in a non-musical, dramatic r... Read more Read less

During previews
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Moving

See it if You are interested/curious about gay intergenerational relationships, gay history, Harvey Fierstein in a meaty role he didn't write himself

Don't see it if None of the above interest you.

Also Also, older male actors looking for kickass dramatic monologues of gay... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Intelligent, Unusual

See it if you are curious about how an ancient morality play can work in the 21st century

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a meta-theatrical variation on an old theme

Also It's an experiment, but an audience-friendly one. Very much worth a tr... Read more Read less

During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see a brilliant adaptation of a 17th century comedy combining period forms with modern vernacular language and wit.

Don't see it if You can't be convinced that rhyming iambic pentameter can be flat-out funny.

Also This may be the best yet of David Ives' comedic adaptations, given a s... Read more Read less

Dead Poets Society
East Village
Entertaining, Resonant, Cleverly staged

See it if you want to see the stripped-down John Doyle style applied to an adaptation of a realistic film

Don't see it if you've seen the film. It's not an improvement.

Also Robin Williams, in the film, still owns the role of Keating. His inten... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Confusing, Charming, Well-cast

See it if you'd like a chamber version of a classic whimsical musical

Don't see it if "whimsical" is too tame for your taste

Also FINIAN is a problematic musical to produce in this day and age. You ha... Read more Read less

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Disappointing, Unabsorbing, Moderately funny

See it if you are an Anglophile baby boomer

Don't see it if you want your comedy to be seriously funny

A Taste of Honey
Midtown W
Dated, Well-acted, Creatively directed

See it if you are curious about this play, an early yank into the reality of post-WWII society for the British stage

Don't see it if you expect it to feel as revolutionary now as it did in the 1950's

Funny Face
Midtown W
Entertaining, Charming, Well-cast, Period-stylish

See it if you want a sense of how those great Gershwin songs fit into the original paper-thin structure

Don't see it if you need your musicals to tell a meaningful tale