itsdlevy

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
About:  Contributor to Maxamoo: A Theater and Performance Podcast. Freelance writer about theater and more. Occasional producer of cabaret in NY, most notably SONDHEIMAS at 54 Below.
Reviews (39)
85
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Quirky

See it if you enjoy stories of friendship, loss, and coming of age.

Don't see it if you don't like ghost stories or plays that deal with the violence against children. (It's not graphic, but it's discussed.)

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you're interested in a Vietnamese take on the Vietnam War and its effects or are interested in genre-bending romantic comedy-drama.

Don't see it if non-linear storytelling, (purposeful) anachronism, or rap music as a storytelling device aren't your thing.

Also I think it was a little long and the nonlinear storytelling was at tim... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you are prepared to be confronted with hard realities about our relationship to race, history, and education in America.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity, sexual situations, or confrontational art.

Also This is absolutely one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. It'... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in exploring what "truth" means or are interested in postmodernism.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a plot that proceeds in a traditionally narrative way.

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in stories about love and friendship tested by conflicting ideas about how to live life.

Don't see it if you want a big, flashy production or are put off by stories about addiction.

95
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if You want to explore serious issues of racial justice wrapped in a campy, hilarious, genre-informed package.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with discussions of race relations or if you hate genre parodies.

100
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Must see, Quirky

See it if You want an off-beat take on Harry Potter than transcends parody to create something original and moving.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Harry Potter or are hoping for something with spectacle.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you're looking for a family show that might open conversations about topics in the news like refugees and immigration. Great for pre-teens.

Don't see it if you're put off by badly synthesized canned music.

60
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you're interested in failed attempts to rehabilitate problem plays.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a coherent directorial vision.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you are open to the reinterpretation of a classic, sadly still relevant to the headlines of today.

Don't see it if modern dress, (fairly) minimalist staging, or colorblind casting will confuse or upset you.

75
Great acting, Ambitious, Epic, Slow

See it if you enjoy science fiction or want to see a cast full of badass actors of color.

Don't see it if the nearly three-hour running time will be a deterrent for you. The show doesn't always feel like it justifies its length.

75
Great acting, Relevant, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love Gabriel Ebert - much of the show plays like a tour de force monologue for him.

Don't see it if you're hoping for light entertainment or confused by minimalist stagings.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Overrated

See it if ...you're dazzled by star power, or if you're familiar with the show and open to a bold, new take.

Don't see it if ...you're hoping for subtlety or nuance from a Blanche.

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Your hunger for underrepresented voices in the theater is greater than your hunger for well-told stories.

Don't see it if You dislike living-room dramas or find plays that juggle multiple time-frames confusing.

80
Clever, Delightful, Dated, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You're lookin for a fun evening that's a little raunchy and a little smart but not too raunchy or too smart.

Don't see it if You offend easily or if you can't overlook the racial politics of the show which haven't aged as well as the rest of it.

75
Delightful, Fluffy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love the Disney film and are open to a new interpretation. "Friend Like Me" is worth he price of admission.

Don't see it if You want the show to be exactly like the movie or are hoping for an experience that is deeper than "entertaining."

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Great dancing, Thought-provoking

See it if You love tap dancing and great singing.

Don't see it if You want to get a sense of what the original Shuffle Along was actually like.

97
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Intense

See it if You care about the people whose way of life is being upended by the economic shifts of the last decade. This is a Pulitzer-worthy play.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the stories of working-class Black people.

95
Entertaining, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see Broadway's newest big star: Cynthia Erivo. Also to experience an important story of people whose stories aren't often told.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light or fluffy. This is a heavy story, albeit one with lots of joy.

90
For a previous production
Great acting, Resonant, Must see, Original, Moving

See it if You are a teenager, know a teenager, or remember what it's like to be a teenager. It's a deeply moving story about those who feel unseen.

Don't see it if You're too cynical to allow yourself to be moved by a story of loners looking to connect that occasionally feels like a PSA.

70
Clever, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are a die-hard fan of The Sound of Music and/or really love plays that tell stories happening in/around more familiar stories.

Don't see it if you're hoping for something meaningful or profound, or if you don't know The Sound of Music enough to be amused by lots of references.

Also The idea behind this show is an interesting one, but I didn't leave co... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you like Chekhov but are open to new interpretations; you like stars but aren't too picky about what they're doing.

Don't see it if you're a Chekhov traditionalist or get upset at directing concepts that are a bit open-ended.

Also As far as the concept goes -- it struck me as though someone really wa... Read more Read less

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are up for an absurdist take on relationships -- between people and other people, but also between people and the way the world works.

Don't see it if you like easily understood stories or characters who are people rather than symbols.

80
During previews
Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like storytelling, radio, experimental theater, one-man shows, or have an interest in the indigenous people of the Amazon.

Don't see it if you require naturalistic drama, sets, or costumes.

89
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You want to experience one of the all-time great performance artists as she takes on the election and more.

Don't see it if You can't handle a sharp and unflattering critique of your candidate or don't like strong language or sexual imagery.

90
Delightful, Fluffy, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like operetta, gorgeous soprano singing, foreign languages, and getting a sense of how earlier generations were entertained.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a plot that makes sense and gets resolved or has any depth to it.

70
Resonant, Slow, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if Great singing, young talent, and an important theme is enough to keep you invested in a show.

Don't see it if The show's lack of form/structure/story/characters will prevent you from being engaged.

89
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Intense

See it if you're interested in speculative fiction, alternate history, or drama with a dose of philosophy.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to sit through a somewhat slow first act for the payoff of a dynamite act two.

80
War
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if issues of family, legacy, privilege, and race interest you.

Don't see it if you only like family dramas when they involve naturalism and/or white people.

50
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you love James Joyce so much that anything related to him will thrill you.

Don't see it if you want anything more than cliches (he drank! the church made him feel guilty!).

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of musical comedy and want a glimpse at what it was like before it became "musical theater," or if you love the Marx Brothers.

Don't see it if you need a deeply engaging plot or won't appreciate how far this team stretched a too-small budget.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love romantic musical comedy performed by a cast of absolute pros.

Don't see it if you have a thing against sopranos.

89
Clever, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like complicated family dramas that aren't confined to living rooms and don't offer clearly drawn lines of right and wrong.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with plays that switch between multiple modes -- realistic, fanciful, musical, direct address.

60
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You're a Sondheim or Rodgers (or Encores) completist, or if great voices singing with a big orchestra is enough for you.

Don't see it if You've already had the chance to see Do I Hear a Waltz? elsewhere - this is far from the ideal version.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You love ballet and the music of the Gershwins.

Don't see it if You require a story that engages from start to finish or a hero you actually root for.

85
Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You want to encounter a wide variety of what independent theater can offer, all within sixty minutes.

Don't see it if You're not into avant garde theater or are hoping for something more akin to sketch comedy.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz and are ready to be enchanted by non-traditional storytelling.

Don't see it if You're afraid of creepy puppets or can't handle a mostly-wordless piece of theater.

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Resonant, Great writing, Slow

See it if You've never seen Fiddler before, or are certain will love Fiddler in any incarnation.

Don't see it if You're looking for joy. This production does well with the pathos but misses the mark on happiness, which makes the first act endless.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You love family dramas with sensitive performances and gorgeous, if understated, music.

Don't see it if You're looking for big spectacle or Broadway bombast.