Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
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Reviews (26)
Light, Unique, Traditional

See it if You like one-person shows, traditional storytelling, Japanese culture, and/or stand-up comedy

Don't see it if You expect big productions, high drama, or are easily bored. Rakugo is very simply and is not especially edgy, but it's quite charming

Made in China
Midtown E
Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if You would enjoy a topical, political puppet vaudeville with full-frontal puppet nudity

Don't see it if You need a clear dramatic through-line and payoff; the whole here is less than the sum of its parts

The Object Lesson
East Village
Slow, Clever, Absorbing, Indulgent, Immersive

See it if You like immersive theater, one-person shows and Beckettesque existential meditations -- it's like Krapp's Last Tape meets Slava's Snow Show

Don't see it if You get antsy when nothing much is happening, or you need a clear plot and real characters, or you are short -- sight lines are awful

Absorbing, Great writing, Confusing, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You love black comedy, or if you've never seen a Martin McDonough play, because this is the one that made his name.

Don't see it if You are put off by impenetrable accents, or if you don't like too-neat plotting, or if you want to preserve the memory of the original cast.

A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Dated, Intelligent, Slow, Old-fashioned, Moving

See it if You settle into a quiet little period piece like it's a familiar old afghan

Don't see it if You need more excitement in your life, or you can't stand bad child actors

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky, Weak story, Fluffy

See it if You'd love a cross between Glee and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and musicals with off-beat premises and hipster sensibilities

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary pop musicals or get annoyed by a show with paper-thin characterization and minimal story

Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Austen -- or you think you don't love Austen; you love theater -- or you think you don't love theater.

Don't see it if You are afraid of being hit by rapidly-moving pieces of scenery, or believe that classics need to be museum pieces

Dated, Romantic, Sweet, Charming, Static

See it if You love Yip Harburg's classic songs, Melissa Errico's singing, and a thick layer of sentimental Irish blarney

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with a bit more blood in its veins, or are a member of the misbegotten GOP

The Front Page
Midtown W
Dizzying, Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Slow-starting

See it if You're fond of old-school, broad farcical comedy like Noises Off or The President -- or just to see this incredible ensemble of actors

Don't see it if You're put off by dialogue too fast to hear, or need a payoff with emotional depth to be satisfied

The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Cliched, Inventive, Thin

See it if You're excited by the possibilities of audio-based virtual reality and enjoy one-man performances

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theater and/or are put off by re-warmed Carlos Castaneda

Midtown W
Dated, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are looking for a show that brings back sepia-toned memories of old Hollywood.

Don't see it if You have no idea who James Cagney is.

Then She Fell
Absorbing, Enchanting, Slow, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if You love Lewis Carroll or immersive theater. This is a beautifully realized trip inside a brilliant, unique man's mind and soul.

Don't see it if You go to the theater to experience a story. The show depends on you either already knowing Alice or not caring and having the experience.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You have kids, you are a kid, or you remember being a kid and being excited by the sheer magic of theater.

Don't see it if You go to the theater to be transported primarily by language, or you hate anything Disney.

Ambitious, Dated, Great staging, Resonant, Slow

See it if You would take a chance on an ambitious experiment that doesn't quite work, or want to see a great production of a rarely-performed classic

Don't see it if You prefer conventional theater and are irritated by frame-breaking and direct address -- or by the dated family drama at the show's core

Immersive, Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if You went on stage at "Once" and wished you could have stayed there for the whole show -- and that they performed in verse

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in a sing-along atmosphere, disapprove of drinking, or can't comprehend Scottish accents

Midtown W
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Predictable, Great acting

See it if You care most about powerful performances and topical issues -- in this case, the contested place of masculinity in America today.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with (male) full nudity and extremely frank sex talk, or prefer stories with a more complex or surprising plot.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Vaudevillian, Must see

See it if You need a laugh -- and who doesn't, these days?

Don't see it if You thought you were going to a play -- this is much more of a classic vaudeville, and as such, it is absolutely brilliant.

Midtown W
Banal, Great acting, Funny, Romantic, Slow

See it if You love Mary-Loiuse Parker and stories about unlikely couples falling in love

Don't see it if You are distracted by odd voices, prefer a story with a definite payoff, or don't like looking at the other half of the audience

West Village
Resonant, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Shakespeare performed by great classical actors and staged to speak not just for all time but for our time specifically

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or off-Broadway production values, or are too depressed about the election to think about politics

Midtown W
Dated, Great writing, Clever, Uneven, Emotional

See it if You (like me) were powerfully affected by the original March of the Falsettos when you first encountered it, and want to revisit that show

Don't see it if You don't want to hang around with four Jews in a room bitching, or if you (like me) find the second act sentimental and manipulative

The Present
Midtown W
Slow, Poorly written, Self-indulgent, Confusing, Great cast

See it if You would pay to watch Cate Blanchett read the phone book (and I just might)

Don't see it if You expect an experience on the level of her "Vanya" or "Streetcar," both of which were extraordinary -- because this text is appalling

Slow, Repetitive, Disappointing, Banal, Overrated

See it if You are crazy about immersive theater, don't need a story to follow, and like tropical drinks

Don't see it if You know how much more detailed and emotionally complex immersive theater can be

For a previous production
Sentimental, Sweet, Entertaining, Thin, Distinctive

See it if You want to hang out with sweet, sad characters in a Middle Eastern setting singing music you don't usually hear in an American musical

Don't see it if You prefer shows with strong dramatic action

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Edward Gorey, bio-pics, non-linear storytelling, multi-media storytelling, sad stories and fascinating weirdos.

Don't see it if You thought based on the title that you were going to see a horror movie.

Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if You like musical comedy at all, or you don't have an interest in musical comedy but you like comedy.

Don't see it if You are Anthony Comstock

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You can afford it. Seriously -- there's no other excuse.

Don't see it if You're a reflexive contrarian.