ib8301

Aspen
About:  The joy of theater, especially in New York! I see too much, but can't stop. I used to be able to leave at intermission if I wasn't enjoying it, but find that harder to do now.
Reviews (57)
79
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see an intelligent playwright satirize some current practices and value systems. If you appreciate biting witty dialogue.

Don't see it if if you don't want a bit of a dizzying cast of characters and some implausibly-stretched scenarios.

80
Tries to be deep, Slow, Great acting

See it if if you love Laura Linney - great performance, very demanding.

Don't see it if if you want action; this is very cerebral and covers emotional territory

79
Paradise Lost
Midtown W
Brave, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever, Ambitious

See it if if you appreciate the task of condensing Milton & the Creation story into 100 mins. If you are open-minded about religion, myth & mankind.

Don't see it if if you can't take some modern-day elements in this version; if you want no deviation from original Milton or the Bible

96
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if if you want great dialogue inspired by real characters & actual history; challenging perspectives; great debate around a painful incident

Don't see it if if you want fluff

Also i hope this show comes back and continues on. Fantastic. And when the ... Read more Read less

79
Angst-ridden, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Great acting, & Zeller is always thought-provoking. Ultimately though, if the message is about loss of a 50yr love, it didn't shine through

Don't see it if if you don't like angst and self-absorption and the pain of aging including how relationships with kids evolve. Pretty bleak. Not a feelgood

Also Can't underscore enough how strong Pryce is. Confusing message though ... Read more Read less

85
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if if you saw All the Way, and want more. If you're interested in historical theater. If you pay attention to the set.

Don't see it if if you can't sit 3 hours. if you're not interested in Civil Rights history and presidential power. 1 major character is not-as-strong

80
Unusual topic, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Great staging

See it if if you like imaginative adaptation of classic Greek mythology, in a musical with a great set.

Don't see it if if you expect a fast-paced gripping story. This drags, with some elocution issues (although not the fabulous Mr Hades/ Patrick Page).

Also I can see this might have been a gem off-Broadway, but the story doesn... Read more Read less

86
Fluffy, Great singing, Cliched, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A+ for singing, and cast had good chemistry. Lower grade for the dated story

Don't see it if if you prefer heavy serious non-musicals

Also Melissa Errico, Ben Davis, John Cudia were all excellent

50
In the Green
Upper W Side
Slow, Weird musical touches, Misguided, Disappointing, Terrible vehicle for terrific actors

See it if if you can ignore a flawed concept in order to see talented actresses/signers try to do their best despite. If you like distracting noises

Don't see it if if you expect a well-rounded story about Hildegard, versus 80 mins of sloooow mostly-supposition about a few childhood yrs, 5 mns of older

Also Note "origin story" in the description of this play. This is NOT the o... Read more Read less

93
Warm & uplifting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if terrific adaptation to musical. Excellent cast. Didn't look at my watch once. Saw a 2nd time and like it even more, they've fixed any issues

Don't see it if if you don't like hearty singing - some of it soulful, some in a fabulous barnstorming way. If you don't like humanity/ emancipation themes

65
Too much flesh, Intense, Intelligent, Excruciating, Edgy

See it if if thematically you enjoy exploring self-destructive emotional behavior and patterns. If you like lots of flesh & skin & sexual activity

Don't see it if If complex complex nuances get overshadowed by semi-porn. If biting isn't your thing. if you'd rather see inspiration than wounded outliers

88
Creative staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if if you are open to some updates on a classic. If you enjoy wellknown musical numbers very well-sung. If you like chili & large-format video.

Don't see it if if you are wed to the oldschool version. If you don't like moments of pitch black.

93
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Tracy Letts + Arthur Miller = Amazing. If you like old-school drama, theater that relies on the script (versus special effects or music).

Don't see it if if you can't overlook that many other characters were miscast.

89
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Relatively upbeat, Great singing, Dizzying, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if If you want to learn about Holliday. If you like music & musicals. If you enjoy dizzyingly paced characters & vignettes played by same actor

Don't see it if If you get confused by flashbacks and one actor playing multiple roles with minute costume changes as signals.

Also The small theater adds a wonderful intimate sense to this production w... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Historical musical, Fluffy, Great physicality, Needs editing!, Great singing

See it if Too Darn Hot! if you like revivals. for Shakespeare twist. If you are a Kelli O'Hara fan (or Will Chase, or Corbin Bleu), or Cole Porter.

Don't see it if if you are antsy - this show drags on and should be edited.

Also the Too Darn Hot dance number, and the main stars are enough to save t... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if if you enjoy being drawn into earnest yearning high-school drama that pulses with current as well as timeless themes - & plentiful music

Don't see it if if you don't like a little too much contrived dancing - the only glaring fault in this production.

Also Very well cast. Each actor is so good (and also at singing). Try to si... Read more Read less

85
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Cerebral

See it if if you like intellectual theater. Tom Stoppard is such a good writer, does deep research, & doesn't shy away from cerebral topics.

Don't see it if if you want fast-paced 'big' theater. if you don't want to have to follow closely & think through such an intangible topic.

70
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Too long., Slow, Overrated, Well-intentioned

See it if if you are ok sitting on the floor/ on benches for more of an 'immersive experience' than true theater with a story & character development

Don't see it if if you want traditional theater. if you don't like chaos & noise. After 10 mins, you get the main point of this show.

Also A valid attempt to raise the profile of the refugee experience in a ca... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Insightful, Witty, Humorous

See it if if you like to laugh even about tough current realities. if you like good acting (C Booth!) & insights. if you like Lynn Nottage's work.

Don't see it if if you only like Nottage's heavy drama, as this will make you laugh.

92
Enchanting, Entertaining, Resonant, Uplifting, Refreshing

See it if if you like positive musicals. If you like stories that underscore community, inclusion and working together. Good for most families.

Don't see it if if you can't understand accents, if you can't take a little 'campiness'

80
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Dizzying, Great acting, Letdown, Not compelling, Over-reliant on technology gimmicks

See it if if you are a diehard Cranston fan, who delivers a very solid performance despite somewhat weak material. If you like dining onstage

Don't see it if if you don't like strobe lights. if you saw van Hove's The Damned at the Armory, where his use of onstage videocam seemed fresher, rawer.

Also I heard the movie is better than this play, which seems hard to believ... Read more Read less

79
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Wants to be relevant, Work-in-progress, Great staging

See it if If you understand the purpose in drawing parallels between 1960s protests and today’s movements.

Don't see it if If you don’t like chaotic noise, rambling dialogue, and an intentional vague feeling of futility and pointlessness.

Also Brave of the playwright and 2nd stage to put this on at this time

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Good for little kids, Family, Engaging

See it if if you like mystery & magic. Audience participation. Oohs & aahs. A short show. Amazing it has lasted this long!

Don't see it if if you're looking for drama or a quiet show. if you don't like strobes & bubbles.

99
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Started a new trend of us political history in theater

See it if if you want to know what everyone else has seen. Part of our culture now. a version of US history like you've never seen it or imagined it.

Don't see it if if you don't like hiphop. but even then, you should see it.

79
Absorbing, Good acting., Relevant, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if if you're comfortable exploring teenagers, honesty with self & others, family dynamics, depression - all set to terrific music.

Don't see it if if you're not comfortable with the story of living life based on a lie - but perhaps art is intended to sometimes make us squirm...

82
Upbeat, Fluffy, Fun, Enchanting, Clever

See it if if you want a light-hearted show. if you appreciate exquisite comedic timing. if you are a Rachel Pickup fan.

Don't see it if if you don't appreciate a little slapstick-type rom-com of the British type.

80
Different, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you appreciate the intelligence it takes to create their concepts & impromptu rhymes; if you are glad to see street art come to Broadway.

Don't see it if it can start to get slow depending on who/what they pick from the audience; if you can't tolerate the inconsistency of live performance

85
During previews
Long, Surprisingly moms-night-out, Reminiscent, Great singing, Dizzying

See it if if you want to experience a story woven together from Alanis' songs - not all were familiar to me. Works in most current major themes

Don't see it if if you don't like loud music, some bright flashing lights, and heavy raw real themes - drugs, race, rape, college, porn, LGBT and more

85
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you like mental stimulation; great dialogue,acting & ideas; & trying to answer open-ended questions and deliberately-obscured situations

Don't see it if if you're expecting upbeat

86
Sniffle-inducing, Emotionally powerful, Intense, Great acting, Better-suited for smaller venue

See it if if you can explore themes of loss, grief, parenting bonds.

Don't see it if if you want an upbeat entertaining night out of laughs

53
Sunday
Chelsea
Dull, Confusing, Pointless, Disappointing

See it if if you are really into portrayals of other people's attempts at book clubs. if you like random confusing robotic-dance-scene interjections

Don't see it if if you want to stay awake & engaged, or be enlightened or entertained. One dialogue towards the end was good; narration was good.

87
Burn This
Midtown W
Great staging, Star power, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see very strong performers in very hot - albeit totally implausible - scenario. Some long fiery monologues.

Don't see it if if you expect plays to unfold rationally with characters responding at least somewhat logically. If you can't sit for almost 3 hours.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Uneven, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if if you like spectacle and historical fiction and an uneven pace - sometimes frenetic, sometimes southern-drawl-slow

Don't see it if if you expect this play to help explain the 2008 financial crisis and demise of Lehman. If you can't sit for a pretty long show.

Also If i could grade the acts separately: 1st act gets an A+. And i wish t... Read more Read less

73
Sensual, Amazing memorization feat, Unique, Slow, Ambitious

See it if if you appreciate how 1 actress can seemingly effortlessly single-handedly capture (& use every aspect of) the teeny stage for 75 mins

Don't see it if if you need action, multiple characters, punctuation. if you don't like overt sexuality and sexual longing.

79
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Current & real, Uneven, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if if you like plays about young people's dilemmas. Very well-cast. Reality for growing # of kids & families today. How to hold it together.

Don't see it if if you expect the 2nd half to be as TERRIFIC as 1st half. Should be reworked, then please bring it back. If i could score 1st half alone: A.

73
Tries too hard, Confusing, Bipolar, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Its all about Glenda Glenda Glenda. And Shakespeare.

Don't see it if if you don't like a muddled interpretation & glaring set. one-dimensional supporting cast. Painful to see people walk out during Act 1.

90
Ink
Midtown W
Contextual for today, Loud, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if if you want to understand the rise of tabloid journalism and Rupert Murdoch's start - & Fleet St's demise. This playwright is on the rise

Don't see it if If you can't understand heavy accents further made difficult by loud staging. if you don't want to lament society's downtrend.

Also I saw this the night before official opening, so it may have changed s... Read more Read less

82
The Cake
Midtown W
Excellent casting, A bit tiresome, Cute, Relevant, Cliched

See it if If you want to think about 'big' (Supreme Court) decisions on a human level. If you appreciate some campy touches. If you are open-minded.

Don't see it if if you can't appreciate a different point of view. Maybe if you don't like mashed potatoes...or a bit of being told how/what to think.

Also It is good of MTC to stage a less 1sided play on this sort of topic - ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Dark., Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if For a deep dive into family evolution, neuroses & dynamics. For a demanding & nuanced performance by Huppert. Exposing raw undercurrents.

Don't see it if If you can't relate to self-doubt, neuroses, maternal issues or family examination. If you want upbeat.

Also Worth seeing just for Huppert's raw performance and the emotional & me... Read more Read less

98
Ambitious, Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if if you enjoy highest level adaptation, drama, acting, direction. Profound. Substantive.

Don't see it if I don't know why anyone wouldn't see this unless you can not stand the idea of any changes to Lee's original novel.

Also Only 1 character I wish had been portrayed slightly differently (Boo R... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Painful at times, Miscast?

See it if if you are a Sam Shepard fan. if you liked old sitcoms. Paul Dano's metamorphosis isn't credible

Don't see it if if you like cogent storylines. if you wanted to see Ethan Hawke in good shape (he peels down so you can see the pudge).

Also Marylouise Burke steals the show but her part is only a few minutes. H... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Slow, Real., Great acting, Intelligent

See it if if you want a realistic glimpse into the unpleasant realities of aging. amazing just for 86yo Elaine May performing so mightily every night

Don't see it if if you prefer escapism and fluff. if you can't handle a bit of slow drama.

Also It must be hard to theatrically present the impact on family of a belo... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Fun, Upbeat

See it if if you liked the disco era, & Donna S; & want to hear snippets of so many of her songs; and to learn more about her life. And have FUN.

Don't see it if if you aren't into Donna Summer music. if you can't stomach a bit of a 'cruise ship' production feel.

Also Some reviewers have said they didn't like having 3 different Donnas an... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Unique

See it if if you like US political history. If you like debate. if you are thinking about how to shape current & future US policy idealistically

Don't see it if if you can't take some leaps in logic. if you are pro-patriarchy. if you won't like a female-heavy POV, & stats on violence against women.

94
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like drama. excellent theatre. Top acting performances (Stockard Channing! Dancy!). Family emotional drama. if you're a single mom

Don't see it if if an annoying American character will bother you. if you like slick gimmickry. This is sharp, biting, poignant timely drama.

97
The Niceties
Midtown W
Absorbing, Cliched, Intense, Profound, Must see

See it if If you want to see an intelligent impassioned debate between current points of view, represented masterfully.

Don't see it if If you want lighthearted entertainment, or an action show.

Also This is an important play for current academic environments especially

55
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Confusing, Quirky, Hard to follow

See it if If you Like following (or trying to find) actors in various rooms and disjointed scenes. More of an experience than a story.

Don't see it if If you want more of a story than an experience. I don’t think it would work to go alone. If you like traditional Theatre.

Also Best part was the bar at the end

93
Yerma
Upper E Side
Great acting, Difficult dark topic., Thought-provoking, Intense, Current.

See it if for masterful performances by Billie Piper & Brendan Cowell. A biting depiction of difficult real situations - physical, mental, emotional.

Don't see it if if you can't stand gutwrenching.

Also Hard to believe Lorca wrote this in 1934 but it is still so very relev... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Epic, Must see

See it if if you like ambitious productions, catchy tunes, fabulous period costumes & sets, great singing & performances overall. Classic must-see

Don't see it if if you don't want to see any changes to the original.

63
Banal, Disappointing, Profanity-laden., Pointless., Slow

See it if meh. if you like seeing pointless sitcom. if you don't mind excessive profanity. if you like seeing grown men fight over remote controls.

Don't see it if if you want a story that takes you somewhere, you may be disappointed.