Ira F

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (67)
93
Jewish Chronicles
Soho/Tribeca
Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an intimate musical performance by someone who is a master at transforming his life into art. Truly charming and impressive.

Don't see it if If you don't like intimate solo musical performances by truly talented, insightful and emotionally open artists.

48
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You follow the work by the people who produced "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice". This was a huge disappointment. Just bad.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for an hour and forty five minutes ruing there is no intermission forcing you to be subjected to terrible writing.

69
Make Believe
Midtown W
Cliched, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if Seeing young children perform on stage intrigues you, which was what drew me. The potential in the play was there but the execution failed.

Don't see it if You are not interested in plays about broken families and child abuse resulting in damaged adults. The play illuminates nothing about this.

35
During previews
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if If you wish to be confounded by some producers and critics' perception of what good theater. This was absolutely terrible.

Don't see it if Terrible premise and writing. Absolutely no socially redeeming value as political theater and certainly not entertaining. Just miserable.

56
Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are attracted to plays that are based on historical literary people and interesting premises. Thinking person's theater is chancy.

Don't see it if You are not adventurous in your theater-going habits. With interesting conceits sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This was a lose.

81
During previews
Handbagged
Midtown E
Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy plays that deal with history and politics. The heavy contextual exposition is handled cleverly. The performances are excellent.

Don't see it if If you are not interested about the relationship between the British queen and Margaret Thatcher. You need some context to appreciate it.

82
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some bravado, entertaining performances, especially the ubiquitous Jason O'Connell and wonderful Kate MacCluggage.

Don't see it if You can't forgive a play that succeeds on the performances only and not the script itself. While not boring the play is not coherent.

92
Williston
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a well-written, well-performed dramatic ensemble piece. It is engaging,compelling and intimate experience in a 50 seat theater.

Don't see it if You don't like good theater. It's a just a gem of a production. Everyone should see it.

92
During previews
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You expect theater to do more than entertain. This compelling historical drama confronts the audience with issues of moral ambiguity.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in historical fictions or theater that attempts to grapple with moral issues and their ramifications.

75
Edgy, Intense, Difficult

See it if You follow Shanley's plays. This production is obviously a showcase for the two actors and they do justice to the play.

Don't see it if It's not one of Shanley's better plays and it doesn't quite hold up as a good character study.

60
Skintight
Midtown W
Banal, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if If you are a fan of Idina Menzel. It's a nice vehicle for her and the overall performances are good.

Don't see it if The play's message, that beauty matters more than anything, appears to be the author's hang up. Don't need a 2 hour dissertation on this.

57
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Stephen Rea and want to see him live. He works hard at his role but the role is wasted on him. The play does not crystalize

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through an hour and a half of pseudo political ranting. It seems that there should be a political message there's not.

85
She Calls Me Firefly
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Edgy, Well acted, Engrossing

See it if You want to experience an immersive play experience that succeeds in telling a painful, intimate story subtly and powerfully. Nicely done.

Don't see it if If you don't like immersive theater and the topic of incest makes you uncomfortable.

64
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing a stage version of the Isak Dennison book of the same name. The direction unfortunately fails the story.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a literary adaptation that is poorly directed.

58
Disappointing, Poorly directed, Poorly acted

See it if You want to see a play by GB Shaw.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a GB Shaw play ruined. Poor direction and acting.

69
During previews
Tremor
Midtown E
Edgy, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You follow ensemble company performances to see what they do. This play needed further work but the acting was good.

Don't see it if If you don't want to have a theater experience where the actors are less than 2 feet away from you at any time.

65
Replay
Midtown E
Disappointing, Missed the mark

See it if If you like monologue type performance art, but this misses the mark. An overwhelming amount of minutiae and little inner life.

Don't see it if If you don't want to squirm for an hour.

77
Compelling, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a challenging and absorbing drama. The play is ambitious addressing the subject matter of deafness and does so well.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable having to pay very careful attention to everything; it is very intense in that much is signed or interpreted.

63
Just okay

See it if You want to hear some general information and kibbitzing about Broadway producing.

Don't see it if If you are looking for serious information about Broadway producing.

81
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to decide for yourself if the play is the classic it is made up to be. It isn't, but it is still very good and Garfield is great.

Don't see it if If homosexual issues, AIDS and didactic characters are not to your taste.

21
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if If you really need to see Ed Harris on stage, or have a need to punish yourself for something.

Don't see it if You can see almost anything else. Got it that this is written by David Rabe, a fine writer. He should not be represented by this awful play.

83
Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Billy Crudup and want to see him deliver a virtuoso one-man performance. He delivers!

Don't see it if If monologue theater is not your thing.

23
Scoop
Midtown W
Excruciating, Amateurish

See it if You want to see poorly acted, directed theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to waste an evening in the theater.

74
During previews
Cliched, Quirky

See it if You like shmalzy shtick that is entertaining but tries too hard to be clever. Ben Caplan is obviously very talented but goes overboard.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Klezmer music and diaspora sagas. The show straddles being a play and a concert and doesn't satisfy as either.

85
The Signature Project
East Village
Entertaining, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You like autobiographical style performance art. The show is about the fascinating creation of an artwork based on signatures and technology

Don't see it if you are not adventurous about what theater can be. This is not really scripted theater.

81
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy immersive theater and stories about historical people. This is an entertaining staging by a young, ambitious, energetic ensemble.

Don't see it if If you don't like intimate, immersive theater and like to take chances seeing work by a new and young ensemble.

69
Stupid F**king Bird
West Village
Slow, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Aaron Posner. I saw this play at the Pearl Theater previously and loved it. This production was disappointing however.

Don't see it if you like Aaron Posner's work and don't want to be disappointed by a poorly executed production.

70
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy politically topical theater. A worthy attempt to deal with the conservative mentality. It is lacking as drama but interesting.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear long polemic diatribes masquerading as drama.

65
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky

See it if The play has an interesting premise, and the performances are good, however the script is unfocused and leaves you unsatisfied.

Don't see it if You are not interested in psycho-drama. The performances are good but the writing is muddled.

59
Energetic, Hyped, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You wish to see a musical that deals with the angst of being a nerdy teenager. The performers are good and they put everything into it.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a hackneyed Faust story of a nerdy teenager who wants to be popular. It's not Broadway caliber theater.

84
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Aaron Posner. His adaptations of Checkov are very clever and entertaining. The performances were excellent.

Don't see it if If you don't like self-conscious plays that break the fourth wall. Posner is sometimes overly clever about calling attention to his craft.

89
During previews
Life x3
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy a play that is a clever structural conceit executed by consistently excellent performances, fine direction and a charming set.

Don't see it if If you don't like a play that takes risks by repeating its main scene with variations. It's an obvious attempt to be clever, and works.

67
Goodbody
Midtown E
Cliched, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

See it if You like plays with Mamet-like verbal circumlocutions. It's a heist-gone wrong trope where one role is a psychopath and the others cope.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that put form over content and attempt to be verbally clever without substance.

92
During previews
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy intelligent theater that informs and entertains. This is a wonderful, clever theater experience based on real people and events.

Don't see it if You don't want a theater experience where you have to actively engage and invest yourself to get the most out of the evening.

71
During previews
The Conduct of Life
East Village
Intelligent, Relevant, Good-effort

See it if If you wish to see a revival by a well regarded, now deceased NYC playwright. The actor playing the servant gave a marvelous performance.

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Maria Irene Fornes canon. It's not a good play and the staging is somewhat strange.

73
The Damned
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Epic, Overrated

See it if Almost anything done at the Armory will have extraordinary production values and we go to performances there to have that experience.

Don't see it if While the use of the space was interesting the narrative missed the mark. Too much gratuitous unessential things, not enough useful context.

68
During previews
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Disappointing, Edgy, Grating

See it if You are interested in historical blues-men. The play misses the mark by not developing a story and a performer with too many tics.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the blues. The music isn't that interesting.

18
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Excruciating, Indulgent, Miserable

See it if You are a fan of Eve Ensler (I am) and you want to see everything she does. This work is terribly disappointing however and a waste of time.

Don't see it if You have anything better to do, even laundry and clipping your nails.

87
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You want to experience the depth and breadth of the talent of a superb playwright. The staging and execution of the play is excellent.

Don't see it if If you don't care for topical plays that address social, economic and political issues.

96
Travesties
Midtown W
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see the best theater in NYC right now. Absolutely perfect direction, staging, and performances. The play is a masterpiece.

Don't see it if You hate clever, intellectual plays with lots of allusions and references to other literature and events.

90
I Am My Own Wife
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see a terrific one-man performance. It is engrossing, entertaining and informative.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man performance art.

90
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you want an engaging and compelling theater experience based on a simple and understated premise about doing the right thing. Nice!

Don't see it if Well acted and written drama is not your cup of tea.

55
Disappointing, Poorly performed

See it if You are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's plays and a fan of Denzel Washington. Denzel Washington turns in a reasonably good performance.

Don't see it if If you don't want to suffer through excruciating performances. Almost everyone "exclaims" their lines in a loud and monotonous way.

40
During previews
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if If you can put up with acting and writing that treats autism as hypersensitive histrionics.

Don't see it if You have something better to do.

96
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if You want to have a delightful theater experience that is intelligent, clever and perfectly executed. It's as close to perfect as it gets.

Don't see it if You hate farce or plays in verse. Be that way if you have to. It's your loss.

40
45 Coffee Dates
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a friend of the cast/staff. Providing moral support is an honorable thing.

Don't see it if Not well written or performed. We really enjoy single person performance art. This missed the mark.

80
Yerma
Upper E Side
Clever, Intense, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy ambitious, expensive production values, which is the signature characteristic of Armory shows. Great acting, but not the direction

Don't see it if You don't want to hear dialogue that is deliberately over-mic'd and overlapping. This was a deliberate staging direction and did not work.

85
The Whore From Ohio
West Village
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You have an interest in theater performed in Yiddish or Hebrew that has elements of expressionism and the theater of the ridiculous.

Don't see it if You don't have an interest in theater performed in Yiddish or Hebrew that has elements of expressionism and the theater of the ridiculous.

60
Kings
East Village
Overrated, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want a mediocre dissertation on what is wrong with the politician/lobbyist revolving door problem in Washington.

Don't see it if You want theater to be more than exposition and a series of disjointed scenes that are staged badly.

71
During previews
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like picaresque style theater in the manner of Candide. It's entertaining but very self-indulgent. Too clever by half.

Don't see it if Over the top theatrical indulgences to make a political point is not your cup of tea.