Howard 6306

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Actor/writer/director
Reviews (32)
59
Good Grief
Gramercy
Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow

See it if ...you want to see some early work of a promising playwright/actress I'm sure we'll hear more from in the future.

Don't see it if ...you're easily bored or fidgety. This requires some patience, and the payoff is ho-hum. I loved the set and stagecraft, however, --

Also -- and the ensemble did fine work all around.

75
A Solo From The Pit
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if ...you want to hear some inspiring music — brass coupled with electronic looping and soulful singing. Also, Elias is very personable.

Don't see it if ...you want a cohesive overall piece. This is too scattershot, though some of the sketches, one in particular, was edgy and hilarious.

Also He's got a beautiful, heartfelt tale of inner struggle to tell, but he... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you can go back in time, since it closed. I had to mention it, tho!

Don't see it if No reason not to have seen it, unless you have trouble sitting for the 7+ hours.

Also One of my favorite productions ever, next to the Brian Dennehy-starrin... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Dated, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if ...your mother-in-law wants a cute Jewish-themed play — though she will likely not relate to the one (and only really good) song about her.

Don't see it if ...you like a tight story. This one goes on for over ten minutes after its obvious, organic ending. Get thee to a scissor, O playwright!

Also A Bronx cheer for the theater itself, a dark brown, musty hall. At fir... Read more Read less

57
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if ...you enjoy "okay" theater that takes time to stop and explain itself.

Don't see it if ...you like a play that doesn't screech to a halt so a monologist can sort of defend what you've just seen.

Also Actors were good, but the whole was a bit of a slog.

84
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if ...you've never seen it, and can get discount tics. It's fun!

Don't see it if ...you like eye-filling B'way scenery — this is set up like a nightclub act with just the band as the backdrop.

Also Not a bad note in the show, but do a few cast members seem a bit bored... Read more Read less

84
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if ...you want to see a masterful performance of a difficult piece.

Don't see it if ...you don't like one man shows or like easier, linear stories.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if ...you enjoy knowing where the money goes in a B'way production — at least one in particular, the admitted rarity, Hamilton.

Don't see it if ... you're looking to produce a Broadway show. This is more of a teaser for fans.

Also Good fun, but I think our moderator had lots more to impart to us. She... Read more Read less

32
For a previous production
Ambitious, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like gag plays, many with little connection to even the alt-reality the play sets up for itself.

Don't see it if You want something cohesive, well-directed, funny (save for 2 or 3 "good ones"), or well acted, even knowing that they're supposed to be bad

Also I saw the Americanized version, and I'm wondering if the British versi... Read more Read less

98
A Hunger Artist
East Village
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if ...you like ambitious, thought-provoking one-man shows with great production values.

Don't see it if ...you don't. (But see it anyway, and your mind might be changed!)

Also Kudos to all involved for taking an allegorical Kafka short story and ... Read more Read less

86
Lou
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if ...you like interesting, well-acted theater with a troupe who knows how to make a big story work a tiny space.

Don't see it if ...you dislike discourse of psychology, though it's more about the personal and professional life and times of the lead character.

Also Huge kudos are deserved for all the actresses, some of whom portrayed ... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if ...you enjoy your laughter mixed with much food for thought, and seeing bravura acting from a superb cast.

Don't see it if ...you haven't at least read a synopsis of Part 1. Srsly, I told my play-mate the main plot of the original in about a minute. Go.

88
During previews
Diva: Live from Hell
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a solid performer sharing a fun, well-written and directed show with good songs.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, or need a clean ending.

Also Thud of an ending, but an easy fix — reprise the zippy opening song! B... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Indulgent, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a meaty, dark story with good acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like that story told in a protracted manner, thanks to just-serviceable music and odd choices that render it a bit of a slog.

Also Saw an early performance, so they may still cut/reshape. The song abou... Read more Read less

85
Matilda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a big, clever, beautifully designed musical with great singing and a terrific villain performance (tho all actors were great).

Don't see it if you need to understand all the lyrics. I couldn't, from the 6th row. One number, with adults scaring kids, was completely over my head.

24
Overrated, Insipid, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if ...you think two guys acting old, and making fun of themselves for acting old, is a cute idea for more than a ten minute party skit.

Don't see it if ...you're not already huge fans of the stars.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you like good, well-acted drama depicting tragic events that can happen to any family — and that are going on today in countless homes.

Don't see it if ...you don't like this sort of thing, but see it anyway! Elaine May is stupendous, and the ensemble is solid.

84
Small Craft Warnings
West Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Uneven acting

See it if ...you like Tennessee Williams! This is one of his later little gems. The theater itself adds to the grittiness of the bar life.

Don't see it if You need all actors on the same page. One was supposed to be drunk and living in a trailer, but seemed stone cold sober and Upper West Side.

Also ...Fine ensemble work just the same!

25
During previews
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if —you'd like a slow show about a couple struggling to make a movie while navigating their cliched, uninspiring relationship.

Don't see it if —you need to see reasons why this couple might love each other. The show mistakes their goal developments for character development.

Also There's a gripping 10-minute monologue here, beautifully delivered by ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if ...you want to see a bravura actress (Ms. Jackson!) at the top of her game. Her stage mates were terrific, too.

Don't see it if ...You need an easy, spoon-fed story. This ditty has meat on its bones, and may leave you discussing and figuring out its finer points.

Also Really enjoyed it. NY theater at its best.

95
The Lesson
East Village
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Intense

See it if ...you want to see a fine production of a classic Ionesco play. Comedy and darkness all under one roof.

Don't see it if ...you need an easy-to-understand story. I enjoyed discussing and reading up on its underlying themes/meanings afterwards.

88
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if ...you like gripping, well-staged plays about relevant, genuine fears — guns and troubled gun owners, in this case.

Don't see it if ...you like your plays spoon-fed, or not open to interpretation. There was a daring theatrical element to it that begs discussion.

82
During previews
Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if ...you enjoy solid acting and an interesting, personal tale well told! Fine voyeuristic entertainment.

Don't see it if ...you need a great deal of depth. This is an engrossing, nicely directed story, but light on meaning and resonance.

Also A return to high quality from the Vineyard! Last show I enjoyed there ... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Funny, Delightful, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if ...you're in the mood for a fun, campy, well-directed/staged/acted romp!

Don't see it if ...you're looking for deep Shakespearean work. This is decidedly not that.

78
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if ...you'd enjoy knowing about the relationship between two great men, and disparate yet valid natures of creativity.

Don't see it if ...you don't enjoy two handers that seem too long even at 75 minutes.

Also The opening third was terrific, realistic, and thought provoking, The ... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Great acting, Shrill

See it if ...you enjoy an uplifting story, but don't mind being yelled at via music and lyrics.

Don't see it if ...you want a show with more varied music, some quieter moments.

Also I know I'm in the minority here, but I found the music kind of shrill ... Read more Read less

38
During previews
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if ...you already have tickets or if you really like the fine Amber Tamblyn, who gamely plows through long monologues here.

Don't see it if ...you like a 90-minute play that isn't a slog for the 1st hour.

Also On the bright side, I did enjoy the last half hour. It's just that the... Read more Read less

86
War Paint
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Sumptuous

See it if ...you want to experience great stars at the top of their form. Also if you enjoy great design, style, and wit.

Don't see it if You need a deep, absorbing story. This is mostly a paint-by-numbers account of the literal spring and fall of two groundbreaking women.

Also That said, I found it very entertaining!

45
Shear Madness
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if ...bang-you-over-the-head comedy is your thing. You don't mind 30% of a show's jokes landing, and the rest being somewhat embarrassing.

Don't see it if ...you don't want to feel bad for 6 good actors, working very hard with an okay script, and topical references alone substituting for jokes.

88
The Front Page
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Venerable

See it if ...you're a fan of classic humor, bits of business, and low-comedy theatrics...and great character actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if ...you're not a fan of three-hour plays, and a show that reeeeally takes its time to get going. But you will be amply rewarded.

Also It ain't Shakespeare, it's a lark. They should have had the cojones to... Read more Read less

65
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Fluffy

See it if you don't mind Acts 1 & 2 having completely different tones (farce, drama). It felt as if there was directorial infighting, and nobody won.

Don't see it if you like one cohesive play. Act Two comes together as a nice family drama, however, and the lead actor seems better attuned to it.

79
The Humans
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if ...you like well-written drama and fine acting.

Don't see it if ...you're looking for ground-breaking theater.